a Sake

“Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.” – Socrates

Do you recognize this word? Depending on how you learned it, you might not. In English, this word is often pronounced like “saki,” rather than the correct “sake.” Click the play button up top to hear the correct pronunciation.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, “sake” is Japanese rice wine.

The word “sake” consists of two kana. I bet you’ve guessed it already (and if you haven’t, you should give it a shot).

さ (sa) + け (ke)

Take the time to look at your hiragana chart and find these two kana, then write them down (with your hands, please!).

Are you starting to see how hiragana can be combined to create Japanese words? I think it makes a lot of sense when you use words you already know. Let’s look at one more word like this.

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