Hiragana く

Japanese Hiragana KU

Transliteration ku
Section K
Hiragana Man'yōgana
Stroke Number 1

, in Hiragana, or in Katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, which each represent one mora. Both represent [ku͍], and their shapes come from the kanji 久.

This kana may have a dakuten added, transforming it into in hiragana, in katakana, and gu in Hepburn romanization. The dakuten's addition also changes the sound of the syllable represented, to [ɡu͍] in initial positions, and varying between [ŋu͍] and [ɣu͍] in the middle of words. A handakuten (゜) does not occur with ku in normal Japanese text, but it may be used by linguists to indicate a nasal pronunciation [ŋu͍].

In the Ainu language, the katakana ク can be written as small ㇰ, representing a final k sound as in アイヌイタㇰ Ainu itak (Ainu language).[1] This was developed along with other extended katakana to represent sounds in Ainu that are not found in standard Japanese katakana.

Forms Rōmaji Hiragana
Normal k-
(か行 ka-gyō)
Kuu, kwu
くう, くぅ
Addition dakuten g-
(が行 ga-gyō)
Guu, gwu
ぐう, ぐぅ
Other additional forms
Form A (Kw-)
Romaji Hiragana
Kwa くぁ
Kwi くぃ
Kwe くぇ
Kwo くぉ
Form B (Gw-)
Romaji Hiragana
Gwa ぐぁ
Gwi ぐぃ
Gwe ぐぇ
Gwo ぐぉ

Pronunciation Edit

Words with 'く' Edit

'く' at the beginning Edit

'く' in the middle Edit

'く' at the end Edit

Stroke order Edit

Hiragana く stroke order animation

Stroke order in writing く

The Hiragana く 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.

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