Hiragana あ

Japanese Hiragana A

Transliteration a
Section Vowels
Hiragana Man'yōgana
Stroke Number 3

あ in hiragana (or ア in katakana) (romanised a) is one of the Japanese kana that each represent one mora. あ is based on the sōsho style of kanji 安, and ア is from the radical of kanji 阿. In the modern Japanese system of alphabetical order, it occupies the first position of the alphabet, before い. Additionally, it is the 36th letter in Iroha, after て, before さ. Its hiragana resembles the kana no combined with a cross.

Pronunciation Edit

'あ' is romanized 'a' and is pronounced as ah as in 'art'.

(Examples) Word with 'あ' Edit

'あ' at the beginning Edit

  • ありがとう (arigatou -> Thank you)
  • あたし (atashi -> I (very feminine)
  • あし (ashi -> feet; leg)
  • あなた (anata -> you; dear)

'あ' in the middle Edit

'あ' at the end Edit

Stroke order Edit

Hiragana あ stroke order animation

The Hiragana あ is made with three strokes:

  1. At the top, a horizontal stroke from left to right.
  2. A downward vertical stroke starting above and in the center of the last stroke.
  3. At the bottom, a loop like the Hiragana の

Trivia Edit

See also Edit