Questions tagged [hiragana]

ひらがな. The cursive form of the syllabary used mostly for (but not restricted to) the grammatical features of written Japanese including verb endings and particles, and for native words written without kanji.

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Is the Japanese か more rounded than the Chinese 力?

Is the Japanese か more rounded than the Chinese 力 ? It seems the Chinese character has a sharper corner there on the first stroke while the Japanese kanji seems to curve around the corner.
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can を comes at the end of a sentence?

so the sentence is this : せっしゃは…!!ひっく いつかこの国を!! Why there is a を there!? Is it a word or does it have a specific structure!? I would appreciate your help ♥♥♥
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Is ま (ma) related to ほ (ho) or は (ha) related to よ (yo)? What does adding a bar to the left mean?

I understand these character similarities might be arbitrary, like M and W being flipped. But it's tripping me up enough times that I thought if I knew a reason, perhaps it would help me memorize ...
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Fukushima in hiragana

It may be a stupid question, but will a Japanese person understand if I write 'Fukushima' in hiragana? Thanks
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meaning of hiragana in a verse

This sentence is from a poem: トイレットペーパーしゅるる. The katakanas mean "toilet paper". How about the hiraganas? I thought it would be a verb because of the る-ending, but can't find a verb like this in ...
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Why “ついてきてください” and not “付いてきてください”

I found some similar questions regarding Japanese switching out relatively "easy" kanji for hiragana, but I still can't seem to understand why it's done. I saw this sentence from a movie: 参加される方は ...
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how to pronounce name in japanese

Would appreciate some help here. The picture shows a nametag that's meant to spell Reina in hiragana, but does the last character look off? Specifically the top right bar. Additionally, do Japanese ...
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Do hiragana stroke ends (e.g. “hooks”) actually matter? [duplicate]

Like do native Japanese speakers even care about that kind of stuff? People learning Japanese (especially on reddit) seem to be super anal about trying to get perfect stroke ends with hooks and ...
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What is this Kanji? I can’t find it anywhere?

I’ve been searching radicals on Jisho and other places but I can’t find a kanji to match this one.
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What does どおし mean in this song?

In the song Chercher by Kotoko there's the line 心配性{しんぱいしょう}と言{い}われても ハラハラのしどおしよ And in a subtitled video it gets translated to: "Even if you say I'm a worrier, you're anxious with me" It all ...
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Question about Kana writing

Is the name Shinya written as しにゃ or しんや?
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Earliest Examples of Literature Written with Katakana and Hiragana Online

So it turns out that the Kojiki was (at least to my findings) written in 100% Chinese script, no Japanese. This is because it was written around 700CE, around the time when Japanese script is thought ...
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What is mostly used on signs in Tokyo: Katakana, Hiragana or Kanji?

I am going to travel to japan the next spring and I just want to be able to read most of the signs (and of course speak some Japanese). Any answers on what is the most common to use on signs: Katakana,...
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っ(sokuon) usage

Can i use the っ to replace the ん in こんにちは, it would still be konnichiwa right? If i can't then please explain to me why.
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Why is こんばんみ used as a response to こんばんは?

When I chat the term こんばんみ is occasionally used as a response to こんばんは. Is there any particular reason why this word is chosen?
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Why is 今年 written in hiragana in this NHK news article? [duplicate]

Article in question (Note that it's not NHK easy news, but the regular nhk news) ことしのノーベル賞の受賞者の発表が7日から始まり、日本人としては去年、医学・生理学賞を受賞した京都大学特別教授の本庶佑さんに続き、アメリカ国籍を取得した人を含め27人目の受賞者がでるか注目されます。 I thought at ...
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How to create adjectives in Japanese?

Look at the following words: 意 Idea 圧 Pressure おとこ Man 女性 Woman 子 Child ヘア Hair 想い Thought Some of the above words are single kanjis, some kana, and some combination of kanji-kana. Is there a ...
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Do the Japanese speak with On and Kun in daily conversation?

I am trying to wrap my head around how the Japanese speak and how that differs from kanji. On and Kun makes a difference when reading kanji, depending usually how the sentence is made up of kanas and ...
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What is this character? 始める_! [duplicate]

Probably a silly question. I assume that it is just a stylistic way of writing some katakana or hiragana that I know. The image is from ヘタリア but I’ve seen it in a few places. The full sentence is ...
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What are these two characters marked red? い_める and いじめ_いよォ?

What are these two characters marked red? I'm trying to learn reading some kid books, some Bonobono font chars meaning though is a mystery for me.
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Are personal names spelled in hiragana or katakana if the kanji isn't known? [duplicate]

I understand that a foreigners name is spelled in katakana, but wanted to know the appropriate way of spelling a Japanese persons name. Would hiragana be preferred? Would a choice be made between a ...
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Is my hiragana/katakana handwriting good or understandable? [closed]

I just started learning Japanese a few days ago.. so far in the process, do you think that my writing is good or easy to read? I am trying to learn, on my own, the hiragana and katakana characters at ...
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Partial ひらがな sentences (why ことし, きのう, きょう, あす?)

I was watching a news broadcast on YouTube and when it moved over to the weather report, I noticed that 「今日の天気」was actually written as 「きょうの天気」. Also 「明日の天気」was also written as 「あすの天気」. It wasn't just ...
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Why is katakana considered its own character set while the Latin capital letters aren't?

Everyone has agreed upon that Japanese has three sets of characters - hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Yet the Latin alphabet is considered to be one character set, even though the capitals and ...
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Where to put the dakuten and handakuten?

When writing hiragana and katakana, does the position of the dakuten and handakuten matter? I know it should always be placed after the character but there also some questions like these: What ...
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I want to know what “marumaru” means

What does marumaru mean? For example, this anime title ひとりぼっちの○○生活 (Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu). What does marumaru mean here?
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Can personal pronouns be written in hiragana?

Would it be frowned upon to say for example ぼく instead of 僕?Or わたし instead of 私?Is it just a stylistic choice or do these have to be in kanji?
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Is my handwriting (hiragana) understandable? [closed]

Hello! I'm a beginner in Japanese and so far I have kind of memorised hiragana. It would help me a lot if anyone could take a look at my handwriting and tell if it is understandable. Thank you so ...
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Why sometimes the same words are used in hiragana and katakana?

I saw on some restaurants ramen is written like ラーメン, but sometimes like らーめん. Seems like both are correct, but I'm confused which variant should I use when I write about this meal. Does it depend on ...
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How does さっきまで = “as before” in さっきまでと同じ部屋

As the title explains, how does さっきまでと in さっきまでと同じ部屋 . mean "as before" in English? (I know that all together from the context of the sentences that come before and after さっきまでと同じ部屋 that the ...
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Which sentence is grammatically correct?

I'm unsure how to write the sentence "That (near you) is a pencil." in Japanese. Is it "Sono pen wa desu." or "Sore wa pen desu." ? Or are both of them right/wrong? I'm a beginner so I can only read ...
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Why using です in katakana?

This question might sound stupid but it got me thinking for some hours. A friend bought me this gel pen from a Japanese store in my country, and it is written in the pen: かわいいデス instead of かわいいです ...
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Does the second stroke of ち have a break in it when handwritten?

き and さ when handwritten tend to have a break in the "loop" of the second stroke.   But I don't seem to be able to find if it is the same for ち. Is it ok to have separation of the second stroke ...
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What is used more in Japan for numbers? Kanji or Hiragana?

I’m trying to learn Japanese but I want to know if I should learn my numbers in Kanji or Hiragana because I want to learn what I will definitely use in Japan.
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Is hiragana equal to lower case and katakana equal to upper case when comparing Japanese and western writing systems?

In western languages, if we need to emphasize some words, or mark something to be special, we use ALL UPPER CASE to do that even when the word is normally written with lower case. While in Japanese, ...
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Why are certain terms sometimes written in hiragana and sometimes in katakana? [duplicate]

I was typing something up and when I went to type apple in Japanese, the Microsoft IME on the computer I was using defaulted to リンゴ in katakana. But from what I remember seeing online and out in the ...
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Use of っ in けっこうです (kekko desu) [duplicate]

I have started learning Japanese a couple of days ago. One of the new expressions I have just encountered is "けっこうです". In this case, is the "っ" not pronounced at all? And if it really isn't, could ...
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On hiragana, romaji and pronunciation

I have heard a Japanese teacher explain how long vowels should be pronounced and how they should be written when using hiragana. That's what I saw on the whiteboard: がっこう - gakkoo, (not gakkou) Is ...
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Hiragana Unicode Chart has two characters for each [duplicate]

Below is a unicode chart for Hiragana characters. I see there are two a, i, u, e, o and so on, small and big ones. Please help me explain this as I am just starting to learn Hiragana today. I got ...
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How do you say ‘near my house’ [closed]

without using kanji how do you say ‘near my house’ ?
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I am having trouble recognizing a specific character [duplicate]

I encountered this specific character while reading, and I've seen it before but can't recall meaning/reading. I've also had no luck trying to look it up, in spite of it's simple shape. Hopefully ...
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Why is it spelled やっほー instead of やっほう?

Very beginner question. I often see this spelled in hiragana with a dash. I thought the dash was used to indicate long sounds in katakana, where hiragana should have been spelled やっほう. Why isn't it?
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Ocha in Hiragana [duplicate]

I'm pretty early into learning Japanese. I've started learning hiragana, when writing "ocha" in hiragana I've noticed it comes up as おちゃ now I know お is "o" and normally ち is "chi" while ゃ is ya. Now ...
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What is the Japanese Homophonic Group?

Equivalent question: What Japanese letters won't equal 1? From: the homophonic group: a mathematical diversion → This is an exercise from Michael Artin's Algebra on, well, abstract algebra. In this ...
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Is the ー (ちょうおん) character used with Hiragana and Kanji?

It appears that the character is limited to Katakana. Is the character used in writing Hiragana and Kanji?
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Use hiragana for name that I only know in romaji [duplicate]

Suppose I have seen the name of a Japanese person only in romaji because all communications has been in English so far. When I want to address this person in Japanese, is it okay to write their name ...
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Katakana vs Hiragana [duplicate]

So I'm playing Pokemon Alpha Sapphire in Japanese hiragana (no kanji) to help with my reading comprehension. I've been noticing some of the characters will use words that I normally see in hiragana (...
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different ways of writing こ and ご?

When I write こ and ご I tend to write them with a straight line at the top instead of with a tail like how it's supposed to be written. I kind of have trouble writing it the proper way without making ...
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今このしゅんかん - に私が生きている in full cursive?

Can I ask you if you know how to write this sentences in full cursive? 抱えて生きている 今このしゅんかん - に私が生きている Yes, unfortunately the second one has to be broken, that means that it has to be written in two ...
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Correct pronunciation of「ひ」 [duplicate]

I used to pronounce it as "Hi" but recently i paid keen attention to natives speaking words like 「広い」、「低い」 and I find out they pronounce it as somewhat "che" but when i try to say "che" what comes out ...