I'm awefully damned proud of myself and I can translate all Hirigana into Romaji(roman spelling of a Japanese word), although I don't know what the Japanese word *means* as of yet.
Next is Katakana, which I'm about half-way through. I have nobody to thank, but the resources on the web. I probably never would be this far, otherwise. I think that now that I know most of the Katakana and all of the Hirigana, that it is due time, to learn more Romaji. I can translate to and from Romaji, but do not know the meaning. *laughs* -- I think that having studied what I have, will make it easier to do the rest.
I'm also posting something I created, in order to make Hiragana/Katakana *combinations*(addition of words to a simple pronunciation, to change it's pronunciation), easier. Yeah, it wont mean tripe to you folks, but I'm pretty f*ing proud of it and it's gotten cool reviews on japanese-online.com.
Okay, here goes a bit of a thing I did for myself to help me remember the "combinations" for the Hirigana. I hope that you find them as useful as I have. Also, if there is anything incorrect, do feel free to correct me. :)
Only K, S, T & H can be made into combo's
A good way to remember this, is by associating the four rows with *English* words.
Ex.: Kelly Strives Towards Hiragana(substitute Kathy, Karen, Ken, Karl...etc)
Combo's are words with -"- at the end, as part of the symbol.
The following sentences utilize pronunciation of the word, with common *English* words, in *English* sentence structure.
Some examples are different, as stated below(Namely in the T-Section).
Ka(Ga) Gah -Gah!, he's Kocky!
Ki(Gi) Gee(k) -Geeks have Keys to registries.
Ku(Gu) Goo -Goo is Cool
Ke(Ge) Gate -the Gated crates belong to Kate.
Ko(Go) Go -Go Cold turkey.
Sa(za) Za -kaZaa is for Sods.
Si(ji) G -Gee, I can See! (this may be pronounced Jshi)
su(zu) Zoo -Zoo's get Sued when monkey's toss poo.
se(ze) Zay -Zey Say zat german is a different language.
so(zo) Zoe -Zoey is a Soldier.
T:D -Sometimes J/Z
Ta(da) Dah -TaDa! it's magic!
Ti(ji) Gee -Gee, I love Tea! (this may be pronounced Jchi)
Tu(zu) Zoot -wear a Zoot suit To the dance.
Te(de) Day -there's no Day like today's Te.
To(do) Doe -hunters have a Doe in Tow.
Ha(Ba) Bah -BaHahaha!
Hi(Bi) Bee -clowns give some HeeBee Jeebies.
Hu(Bu) Boo -BooHoo!
He(Be) Bay -there's Hay in the Bay.
Ho(Bo) Boat -the Boat will float, i Hope.
Ha(Pa) Pot -Pots are Hot.
Hi(Pi) Pete -Pete was Heated.
Hu(Pu) Poo -Who flung Poo?
He(Pe) Pale -Hey! He's Pale!
Ho(Po) Poor -Poor Hobos live day to day.
Okay, some of them are just silly, but come on. It's hard to think of short sentences that include the original *and* changed pronunciation. Happy mnemonic'ing, folks!
Until Next Time-
Hehe...I said "shit"