待ちぼうけ -- can't pass lesson quiz

See below. Am I missing something? I’ve been staring at it for 20 minutes character by character.

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You have a ば (ba) and not a ぼ (bo).

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THANK YOU oh my god. I thought I was going insane.

Now taking bets on how many times I make the same mistake when this pops up in my reviews… anyone?

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Maybe getting it wrong will help it stick better? :wink:

ば and ぼ are easy to confuse though. I still always listen to the audio to double check myself on lessons. My hiragana is pretty good now but my katakana is still iffy. ヨ and ユ give me fits.

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I prwtty much didn’t review katakana since i studied wanikani. That is october 2019.

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I used to play kanabento when I have a free minute. It is a drag & drop game to hammer down your kanas.


I no longer need it but I keep it handy for when my memory gets fuzzy.
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は comes from 波 while ほ comes from 保. That’s why ほ needs an extra line on top to represent the 口. I suppose this is only helpful if you’re familiar with both kanji, but we could tell ourselves something like ‘口 is a mouth, and it looks kinda like O… so I need that line for it to be hO and not ha.’

You could… tell yourself that ユ looks like a little ‘u’ flipped over onto its side? ‘Yu’ in Japanese and ‘U’ in English sound almost the same.

(Frankly, I’m making all this up on the spot because I learnt the kana by learning their source kanji since I already spoke Chinese. I have no idea if they’re good mnemonics. I’m just hoping that they help.)

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は is a wave and ほ is preserve. Got it. :smiley:

That’s pretty cool though. I should look into the origins of the kana someday. It’s interesting.

My personal mnemonics are ユ is Captain Hook and he’s going to catch “you” lost boys. I can’t use “U” since it would confuse me with ウ.

ヨ is wolverine, yo. :wink:

I get them right 90% of the time now, but that last 10 percent is for things like キョ and キュ. In 6 months I think I’ll be fine. The same thing happened for hiragana but I learned that about a year before katakana*.

Why? Laziness. lol

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Some ほpe for four arms, others are はppy with two. Not sure if this will actually help anyone but I kind of just made it up on the spot.

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