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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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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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Sokuon Consonant Doubling Question [duplicate]

The text I'm learning from says that "っ" is used to carry the consonant sound to the back of the first character. I was wondering if this is the case for words composed of more than 2 other characters ...
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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 ...
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Why isn't the う (u) in どうして being pronounced?

According to Google Translate the phrase is pronounced dōshite (I've also heard it pronounced like that in anime and movies). I couldn't help noticing that the う (u) isn't being pronounced. Why is ...
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Write the reading of the following kanji in hiragana!

I just started learning Japanese and I'm trying to understand the whole kanji thing. The book I'm using gives some kanjis and then some exercise of the type: "Write the reading of the following kanji ...
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Is my hiragana readable? [closed]

I've just started learning Japanese and I decided to learn hiragana and katakana before proceeding because I want to stay away from rōmaji. How is my hiragana handwriting? Is it readable? Any ...
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Why is ゆ written in hiragana on bath houses' noren?

I am informally teaching Japanese to friends and they sometimes ask interesting questions I can't answer. Yesterday, I told them that ゆ could often be seen in front of public bath houses, and someone ...
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What's は in Hiragana Japanese? [duplicate]

I though は meant ha, but It says that It means wa? Wasn't わ the hiragana correspondent to wa?? Thanks in Advance!!
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Are hiragana letters written with their small nuances?

I'm talking about some nuances that appear to make the symbols look better. I mean everything from small, end of simple line swoops like the KO that has two lines and the first line can either look ...
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Is it correct/appropriate to write a word using katakana and hiragana at the same time?

For example: I noticed what the name of the game Nekopara (ネコぱら) is half-written using katakana(ネコ - neko) and half-written using hiragana(ぱら - para). I'm wondering why so. Сould you explain this to ...
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I cannot recognise this kana

Hello. I've circled characters I cannot recognise. The top one looks like を but there is an actual をnext to it and it looks different. Why? The middle one is ゆ in my opinion. But I'm not sure about ...
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True handwriting of Ri hiragana [duplicate]

I learned hiragana in memrise.com which Ri (り) has (like in ありがとう) a continuous form . But in most of the devices Ri has a discreet shape like below: So I am confused which one is true for ...
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Are surnames only written with kanji?

I wondered about this. I know the first name can be written in Hiragana, Katakata, Kanji (and maybe a mix of it?) but how is it with family names? I think I've never seen one which was mixed, Hiragana ...
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question about ったら and どうするんだろう

I am trying to read ぼのぼの vol 1, where the very first page of the comic has this: I managed to translate it to: 森は楽しい 森は楽しい 水の音聞こえる 水の音聞こえる ハナをかむ音も聞こえる ハナをかむ音は どうするんだろう __からどうするんだろう 森は楽しい 森は楽しいったら ...
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Is my hiragana legible? [closed]

I have only recently started learning Japanese and was wondering if my handwriting is easy to read. 手伝ってくれてありがとうございます
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Is this character a そ?

I'm learning Japanese and decided to pick up some manga in Japanese to improve my reading. I found a preview of a manga I'll be receiving and had a look inside. I found the following character, and ...
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To Kanji or Not To Kanji for うまく・上手く?

I picked up the following phrase to say "I hope you are well": うまくいきますように! Looking this up in a dictionary, it seems it could become: 上手く行きますように! Is this correct, or is it better to leave out ...
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Hiragana - Long vowel e (ei or ee)

I am wondering about the long vowel e, and whether it is -ee or -ei. Let's use hē as an example, is hē written as へい or へえ?
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Can't recognize one character

Can anyone please tell me what's the last character in the picture below? I can't recognize, it looks like hiragana but I don't know which one.
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In what situations would 居る (いる) be read as おる?

I was recently present in a chat room where someone asked: 日本人おるか I translated this as: Are there Japanese people (here)? But in that case, I'd expect it to be: 日本人いるか I looked up おる in an ...
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What does “しぇんぱい” mean?

Does "しぇんぱい" mean someone, who seems to be having a grudge. Or does it mean some who seems to be rehearsing? I made this assumption since the only words that appear in my dictionary that has the word ...
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Why does the katakana ラ look similar to the hiragana う?

More specifically, is there a historical reason why some katakana characters look similar to the hiragana ones, as the question suggests?
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How do I write the verb “To be”? 居る or いる?

Do native Japanese speakers write 居る or いる?
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Is there any rhyme or reason to hiragana?

I'm just beginning to learn Japanese. The grammar and kanji I can follow along thanks to similarities with Korean, but the hiragana is confusing the heck out of me. There seems to be no pattern at all ...
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Is おんえがいします different than お願いします? [closed]

I'm fairly new to the language so please bear with my stupidity regarding these type of questions. Okay so why is お願いします (onegaishimasu in Hiragana and 願 from i don't know) = "Please" but おんえおねがいします (...
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How do I alphabetize a list with Hiragana, Katakana and Jukugo?

I understand that there's the Gojuon order for あいうえお and so forth, but if I had list with Katakana アイウエオ, do I order it all like あいうえおアイウエオ, or do I order it like あアいイうウえエおオ? Consequently if I have ...
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Is my hiragana handwriting readable? [closed]

Even though I am in Japan for more than 4 months right now, I'm still worried about my Hiragana handwriting. Is it readable for Japanese? Because I know people had difficulties with reading my こ. Is ...
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How to read kanji when they are written together with hiragana or katakana in a sentence?

I am studying japanese have gone through almost all of the hiragana characters and was slowly also learning a bit kanji , and i want to know how to use kanji when i see one with a hiragana character ...
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Is there a standard for furigana? ふりがな vs フリガナ

When writing furigana I was told if it's written「フリガナ」write it in katakana. If it's「ふりがな」then write it in hiragana. I'm curious if there's a standard or everyone that makes a document just kind of ...
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Dakuten on る character

I saw a dakuten used on a る, but it doesn't seem to exist in basic rules. My assumption is it's some sort of slang or implied definition as opposed to "proper" Japanese (it was in a manga). Does ...