I've recently begun studying Japanese just for fun. I rely really heavily on patterns to learn languages. Please do excuse me if I'm using incorrect terminology. This is literally my second day of studying Japanese, so I really don't know exactly what I'm talking about. Feel free to correct me! In studying Hiragana so far, I accidentally stumbled across a pattern that helped reduce the amount of pure memorization I needed to do:
In generalized language studies classes, they sometimes teach you about "voiced" and "voiceless" consonants, which are just effectively a pair of two consonants in which when pronouncing one, your vocal chords vibrate more than the other (aka, "p" is kinda like a puff of air, but "b" makes your throat vibrate some) :
If you take a look at the Hiragana for most of the pairs of voiced/voiceless consonants, like:
(Ta and Da), you'll see that the Hiragana for them are nearly identical, but the "voiced" (d) consonant has a couple lines in the top right corner, whereas the "voiceless" (t) consonant does not. This pattern persists a lot across Hiragana of the voiced sounds having the couple lines in the top right corner and the voiceless ones lacking that:
I'm really happy to have stumbled across this pattern just because it looks like it reduces the "pure memorization" to about half, but I can't seem to find any other patterns to differentiate Hiragana characters that share the same vowel (like 'a'), but different consonants that are not voiced/voiceless pairs. Does anyone else know of any patterns that would help me differentiate between the Hiragana in a column like this:
By that I mean, yeah "ka" and "ga" are similar, so are "ta" and "da", but is there any similarity between "ka" and "da"
Thanks for your help!