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Hiragana Page 08 き ki

Oni's picture

Follow the order of strokes shown below to make your Hiragana look natural

[Follow the red strokes from left to right]

- [as in KEY]

MEMORY: It looks like a skeleton KEY

EXAMPLES: How do you say them?
- This means 'big'

- This means 'train station'

- - This is the sound monkeys make in Japanese

Hiragana has many curves; Katakana is very sharp

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niakins's picture

just another thanks

i'd put one on every page if i could. thank you soooo much for making this a wonderful site! i've learned tons already. :)

Donna Simpson's picture

hi ^^

first of all, thanks for whoever made this incredible website <3 It's really good =3
i have a question : what does the last letter in this word(( うき- )) mean? I have seen it before but i don't know what is it *_* is it katakana or hiragana? I'm confused *_* help please

phreadom's picture

It's generally only used with

It's generally only used with katakana as far as I know, but what it means is a long vowel sound. You just stretch the preceding vowel out for an extra "beat" when you see that. So for instance ウキ would just be u-ki, but ウキー would be u-ki-i. You just say the "ee" sound longer by stretching out the sound. You don't say two distinct い sounds. ;)


If you click the little ♪ music note next to the monkey on that page, you can hear ウキー said with the long vowel sound. I think it's a little confusing on this page because it's said with a short vowel sound in the sample here. The way the sound sample here currently is would just be "うき" without the ー long vowel mark. (which actually means "fishing float (bobber), or buoy")

I might have to ask Clay about that. ;)

And remember, there is a kanji "一" that looks similar that means 1 and is used in words like 一緒「いっしょ」 that is used right in the title of our website. :)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chōonpu also gives a bit more explanation and examples of the long vowel mark.

Hopefully this answers your question. :)


Donna Simpson's picture


thank you sooo much ^^ but there's still another question
so the - is used mainly used with the katakana
but it can be used with the hiragana like in here
so my question is, how can i know when to use the - or the う u to make longer vowel sonds?

I'm reaally sorry for troubling you ><'

phreadom's picture

I think the general rule is

I think the general rule is that if you're writing a word in katakana, you use the ー for the long vowels, like when writing コーヒー (coffee). When you're writing hiragana, you just need to learn the spelling of the words. Like さようなら, とうきょう... or とお, etc.

If there are exceptions to that general rule, I don't know them. Sorry. :( Maybe someone else can give a better answer?


Donna Simpson's picture

thank you

ahaaa ^^
no it's okay now i got it :) I'm sorry i wasn't clear enough with my question but now i understand
thank you so much

can you get sounds please?

Not to sound rude but the sounds ahve really helped me alot and they dont seem to be here "=.= hehe please could you get them uploaded if they are going to be . aregato ^.^

phreadom's picture

Added the sounds. ;)

Added the sounds. ;)


very nice

Livemocha.com is an excellent source, i've learned a lot of hiragana and kanji just by not using the romaji. I only use it when i dont know what the word is.

helps with root words like kane and words like iro, etc. when you know these, you can tell what they are talking about even if you can't understand most of the other stuff. Learn hiragana is what my plan is now i know very little japanese. i plan on picking up kanji along the way.

Starting to come together now

Starting to come together now xD

Mpa's picture

this gets very entertaining

this gets very entertaining hahaha and thats right does feel like i'm learning alot already!

awesome isn't it?^^

awesome isn't it?^^

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