Questions tagged [kana]

かな. Covers both Japanese syllabaries, hiragana (ひらがな) and katakana (カタカナ).

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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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What does ゆーか mean?

In sentence: 見ず知らず子供を助けるほど、お節介とゆーか、親切ってほどでもない。 I searched jsho, weblio and googled it and nothing. What does it mean? Is this some kind of abbreviation, or onomatopoeia?
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Are those kanas "しい" ? (text found on a banner)

Today I learnt that "bald tug of war championship" was a thing in Japan, and came across some weird kana that I can't figure out (in the top left corner, underlined in red) : Is it simply しい ? That's ...
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Why are some words (e.g., 処方箋) sometimes partially written with hiragana? [duplicate]

Some words with complex Kanji are sometimes written in a mixture of Hiragana and Kanji. For example 処方箋 (prescription) is often written as 処方せん in pharmacies. This is used by native speakers that have ...
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Why use the kanji 伸 for "no" instead of the hiragana の, and the kanji 手 for "te" instead of the hiragana て?

In an anime opening song, at 0:08, I read the following sentence: omokage no naka te wo nobasu no おもかげのなか 手を伸ばすの Please, can you tell me: for "no", why is the kanji 伸 used instead of the ...
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Handwritten kana that looks like ヤダ, but I can't find ヤダ in a dictionary

studying Japanese for some months now I, began translating some Japanese sentences written on pictures or drawings. Unfortunately I came across a drawing with handwritten kana that I cannot clearly ...
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Unknown kana in a late C19th address cartouche

Given their visual form, I am uncertain about two kana (the 5th and 6th characters) in a late C19th cartouche. It names an artist's address: Asakusa-ku [... ...]suji chō gojūhachi banchi / gakō / ...
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This is a macron or a kana?

"来てXまった" What is the X in following image? Whole context :https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=manga&illust_id=69471473
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What’s written?

How do i read this ? I didn’t find the letters
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What is the order of the full list of kana?

My question would be, if I were to pick up a Japanese dictionary, or had a project in which I needed to put several Japanese words (including hiragana, katakana, and kanji, with gojūon, dakuon, yōon, ...
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what is the dakuten katakana character in the image?

what is the dakuten katakana character in the image ? Seem the image say Xサ?What is the X ?
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Is "まひろとアバ X 于ユール" in the image? What is ' X ' in the image?

What character is in X position on the image? まひろとアバXチュール Maybe that is アバコ?
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What is the regular kana text of the image?

What is the regular kana text of the image ? the context:https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=manga&illust_id=66035643
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What is the 'z' in kana character?

What is the 'z' in kana character? The context cartoon image:https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=manga&illust_id=66989588
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Is it acceptable to use kanji and hiragana in the same word if a kanji character is unknown?

I have come across this issue a number of times. I am studying Japanese at High School, so I only know about 200 kanji. When I write words that consist of more than two kanji characters, I am unsure ...
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Translation help of gravestone [closed]

I'm still learning Japanese so many of these kanji I can't even make out. This is the back of my great uncles grave in Hawaii and I'd appreciate if I can get the kana and English translations.
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What are the Japanese names of the columns in a Kana chart? (Vowels, K, S, T...)

Here is a typical Kana chart presented in gojūon order: In English, I refer to the first column in the chart as the 'vowels' and I refer to every other column in the chart with the first letter of ...
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Kanji combinations [duplicate]

Originally, i had thought that you could only put an onyomi and an onyomi together to form a word and use kunyomi with hiragana..that was all i knew about using kanji until i asked someone and they ...
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Question about use of セリフ in Yotsuba vol 1

I was struggling with this part of Yotsuba vol1 and couldn't find any other questions on it so I thought I would post here to make sure I am understanding this right. The sentence reads お?...
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Youon digraphs as a single character?

Was there ever any practice of writing youon digraphs as a single character (taking up the same amount of space as a monograph), and if not would that be a good idea? e.g. ハロウィーン or ハロウイーン instead of ...
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Difference between the usage of 君 and キミ

From what I read earlier, 君【きみ】 can be used for you. But in many instances over the internet, I have seen キミ being used instead of 君【きみ】. What is the usage difference between the two? If I take the ...
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Phonetic Mapping of the Hiragana System Used in the Okinawan Omoro Sōshi

The classical Okinawan poetry collection the Omoro Sōshi is written (mostly) in Hiragana, but the phonetic mapping of the characters to sounds seems to be different to their standard mapping. For ...
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What are these Okinawan kana-like characters?

I was taking a look at Wikipedia's page on the Ryukyuan languages when I came across the following picture: The billboard on the left features three kana-like characters that I have never seen before,...
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Why do not all かな get dakuten? And why only the は ひ ふ へ ほ へ kana get handakuten?

Can anyone answer the questions above? Because this really confuses me. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance, Bajiru
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た ち つ て と -> だ ぢ づ で ど (ta chi tsu te to -> da dji dzu de do) - Why is it different from all the other kana that can get dakuten?

Let's take the は ひ ふ へ ほ (ha hi hu/fu he ho) kana for example. When they get dakuten, they become ば び ぶ べ ぼ (ba bi bu be bo). The た ち つ て と (ta chi tsu te to) kana become だ ぢ づ で ど (da dji dzu de do). ...
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Writing jukugo where only some kanji are known [duplicate]

Having studied Japanese for two years so far, there are many instances of vocabulary that I have learned but for which I know [the 書き方 of] only some of the kanji that make up the word. Is there any ...
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What are the kana between kanji called?

For example, in 売り切れ, do the り and れ have a particular name? I found "okurigana" on wikipedia, but does that apply to grammatical suffixes only or does apply in these cases where it's mixed in the ...
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Having trouble identifying a kanji character in a comic strip

I'm "reading" a cute comic about a cat that has por luck, at the top of each strip is the title of the comic, but I can't identify this character: The closest I can find is 生 (life), which might ...
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What exactly does くずし字 refer to?

I have been practicing and interested in calligraphy for a while. Recently I was looking in general for books on the subject and I often encountered this word: くずし字 (for example in books titles etc). ...
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How to refer to kana verbally

In the English alphabet, each letter has a pronunciation (or many) as well as a name (that is used when referring to the letter as an entity, when spelling, etc.). As far as I know, in Japanese, the ...
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Can't find this character in the dictionary [duplicate]

I have been looking for the meaning of this I can't seem to find its meaning. And I see it being used a lot. Is it even a kanji, or is it just an expression?
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What are the small kana words put above kanji called?

Very quick question. What do you call the small hiragana written above kanji to show their pronunciation?
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I'm unable to identify the last character in this picture

I'm unable to identify the last character in this picture, OCR software identify only the first 2.
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What does かぎのあるヱ mean?

In the Japanese radiotelephony alphabet, all kana are assigned a mnemonic code word in the form Nippon no ni (日本のニ)... except one. ヱ (we) alone stands out with kagi no aru we (かぎのあるヱ). Why is this ...
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Why ī is the only romaji that can be spelled as a double ii

I am learning Japanese, and need to enter romaji into my keyboard to enter Japanese into documents and tables on my smartphone. My textbook shows ī as the only romaji that can be spelled as a double ...
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Hiragana long ō: spelling: おう versus おお? [duplicate]

I would like to know what the difference is between the two spellings of the long o (ō), in hiragana, namely おう (ou) and おお (oo). Are these pronounced the same? If so, then why does Japanese have ...
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Stroke order of cross in kana

Using the hiragana practice and katakana paractice Google Play apps as a reference, why is the stroke order of the cross in あ、お、か、き、け、さ、す、せ、た、な、は、ほ、ま、む、や、よ、ら、を is first horizontal, then vertical, (...
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Difference between the two "o" kana, and how to input them from romaji keyboard?

In Japanese, what is the difference between the two "o" kana (the お at the top of the list and the other "o" usually listed at the bottom rightmost entry of the hiragana our ...
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Stroke order of kana (not kanji) [closed]

I have learned hiragana and katakana, but the book I have learned these from alas does not show their stroke order. I have the Takoboto dictionary fire Android smartphones installed, which displays ...
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Desu pronounced dess: what about other words? [duplicate]

On a CD that came with my text book I hear that desu is pronounced dess. Are there many other words in Japanese, where done of the sound from the kana spelling actually falls off, like in this example,...
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Why was つ originally used to mark consonant gemination? When was that?

I can't find the answer anywhere. It seems that in manyougana consonant gemination was not marked in any way. And before the 1946 reform the normal size つ was used instead of the current smaller one....
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Kanji or kana for いってきます?

Should I use kanji or kana for the first and second verbs in いってきます? When each verb is used individually there's usually kanji if I recall correctly, but I'm wondering if it's changed for being used ...
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What are the right shapes of kana?

I have been learning Japanese for over a year now, and I have noticed that some people are writing kana differently. For example, I have seen う being written just like how it appears now (looks like a ...
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「チェ」 「ちぇ」 外来語のみ ? -- How old is the interjection 「ちぇっ!」 ? ??

Why does ちょうし translate to "choushi"? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%C5%8Don > Yōon or Youon (拗音?, contracted word or diphthong) is a feature of the Japanese language in which a mora ...
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Why does ちょうし translate to "choushi"?

I apoligize for the dumb question, I just started learning recently. But I'm using memrise to help me learn Japanese, and what I've learned is that ち = "chi", ょ = "yo", う = "u", し = "shi". Based on ...
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What is this odd character?

It foiled 3 different online handwriting input websites. I tried looking it up via radicals to no avail. The rest of the characters in this font were quite easy to get. As per request, the context. ...
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皆さんはどんな字を書いていますか? / How do Japanese speakers write kana or kanji by hand?

日本語 この頃メタの方で「手書きの文字をチェックしてください」という質問は受け付けるべきかという話題がありました。個人的には受け付けてもよいと考えているのですが、何人もの学習者がわけもわからず同じような質問を繰り返すのでは生産性がない、という意見があり、これはその通りだと思いました。学習者は教科書などから字の書き方を学ぶと思いますが、初学者用の教科書体といえども、毛筆の運筆を残していたり、...
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Meaning of kaomoji: ヨロ(`・ω・´)スク!

I’ve encountered this kaomoji: ヨロ(`・ω・´)スク! quite a few times already: However, I’m stumped as to what it could mean. I have noticed the half-width katakana「ヨロ」and「スク」, but am unclear on what ...
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Is there a standard way to clearly differentiate similar handwritten (kana) characters?

In English, you often see people who write certain letters or numbers with an extra stroke to differentiate them from similar characters, for example people will write a z with a horizontal stroke to ...
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IPA transcription of kana づ please

IPA transcription of kana づ please: I think it will be [dzɯ].