Foreign Alphabet/Japanese/Hiragana/'a' Group

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Hiragana:
Unvoiced: [ a ] [ ka ] [ sa ] [ ta ] [ na ] [ ha ] [ ma ] [ ya ] [ ra ] [ wa, wo, n ]
Voiced: [ ga ] [ za ] [ da ] [ ba ] Others: [ pa ]
Yōon: [ Unvoiced ] [ Voiced ]

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あ is pronounced as 'a' as in 'alright'

Strokes[edit | edit source]

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Examples[edit | edit source]

  • なた (anata) -- You
  • き (aki) -- Autumn

Notes on Usage[edit | edit source]

あ can be used to extend the 'a' sound by one beat when used after another '-a' syllable. It is important to express this one beat as words like obasan (middle-aged lady) and obāsan (pronounced "obaasan") (grandmother) have only this difference to differentiate them.

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い is pronounced as 'i' as in 'itch'

Strokes[edit | edit source]

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Examples[edit | edit source]

  • ち (ichi) -- One
  • ちご (ichigo) -- Strawberry

Notes on Usage[edit | edit source]

い can be used to extend the 'i' sound by one beat when used after another '-i' syllable. E.g.: にいがった (Niigata) -- A prefecture (A administrative district) of Japan.