Hiragana き

Japanese Hiragana KI

Transliteration ki
Section K
Hiragana Man'yōgana
Stroke Number 4

, in hiragana, in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, which each represent one mora. Both represent [ki] and are derived from a simplification of the kanji. The hiragana character き, like , is drawn with the lower line separated when writing (as in the picture to the right.) When printing, the lines are connected.

A dakuten may be added to the character; this transforms it into ぎ in hiragana, ギ in katakana, and gi in Hepburn romanization. The phonetic value also changes, to [ɡi] in initial, and varying between [ŋi] and [ɣi] in the middle of words.

A handakuten (゜) does not occur with ki in normal Japanese text, but it may be used by linguists to indicate a nasal pronunciation [ŋi].

Form variantsEdit

Form Rōmaji Hiragana
Normal k-
(か行 ka-gyō)
Kii, kyi
きい, きぃ
Addition dakuten g-
(が行 ga-gyō)
Gii, gyi
ぎい, ぎぃ
Other additional forms
Form A (Ky-)
Romaji Hiragana Katakana
Kya きゃ キャ Cat (キャット Kyatto)
Kyu きゅ キュ Cube (キューブ Kyūbu)
Kye きぇ キェ Kyela (キェラ Kyera)
Kyo きょ キョ Kyoto (キョート Kyōto)
Form B (Gy-)
Romaji Hiragana Katakana
Gya ぎゃ ギャ Gallery (ギャラリー Gyararī)
Gyu ぎゅ ギュ Gules (ギュールズ Gyūruzu)

Figure (フィギュア Figyua)

Gye ぎぇ ギェ Gienah (ギェナー Gyenā)
Gyo ぎょ ギョ Guillaume (ギョーム Gyōmu)

Pronunciation Edit

Words with 'き' Edit

'き' at the beginning Edit

'き' in the middle Edit

'き' at the end Edit

Stroke order Edit

The Hiragana き is made with three strokes:

  1. A horizontal line which turns and ends in a hook facing left.
  2. A curved vertical line that cuts through the first line.
  3. A small curved line on the right.
Hiragana き stroke order animation

Stroke order in writing き

Trivia Edit