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Beginner Hiragana question

Postby Benvolio » Sat 01.19.2008 3:20 pm

Hello.

I have checked the FAQ section and nothing seems to be relevant. But I apologise if this has already been asked.

I am currently teaching myself Hiragana (mainly using this site) and I have noticed a difference in the symbols depending on the source. For instance the Hiragana for Sa, So & Ki is often shown in two ways. With Ki & Sa especially it is sometimes shown with a full loop at the bottom with the whole symbol connected and sometimes shown as a tick at the bottom, not connected to the rest.
I apologise for my poor description.

But I was wondering if there is a definitive answer to which is correct? Or if they are sometimes used differently.

Thank you.
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RE: Beginner Hiragana question

Postby everdream » Sat 01.19.2008 3:30 pm

The one which looks like it is in two parts are seen / used in handwriting.
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RE: Beginner Hiragana question

Postby katafei » Sat 01.19.2008 3:34 pm

Everdream beat me to it ^_^
On this link you can see the difference between printed and written hiragana.
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RE: Beginner Hiragana question

Postby Benvolio » Sat 01.19.2008 3:41 pm

Thanks guys.
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RE: Beginner Hiragana question

Postby furrykef » Sat 01.19.2008 7:09 pm

The two variants of "so" are a bit more interchangeable, I think. The "print" version is sometimes seen in writing... I was originally taught the "print" version even though I was taught the "handwritten" versions of "ki" and "sa". The first time I encountered the "handwritten" version (way back when I was first trying to learn Japanese) was not in handwriting, but in a video game, where it mildly confused me. (The game uses the print versions of "ki" and "sa".) But the general tendency does seem to be to have a horizontal first stroke in print and a diagonal first stroke in handwriting.

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