Hiragana し

Japanese Hiragana SHI

Transliteration shi
Section S
Hiragana Man'yōgana
Stroke Number 1

, in hiragana, or in katakana, and the variant form ㋛, is one of the Japanese kana, which each represent one mora. Both represent the phoneme /si/ although for phonological reasons, the actual pronunciation is shi. The shapes of these kana have origins in the character 之. The katakana form has become increasingly popular as an emoticon in the Western world due to its resemblance to a smiling face.

This character may be combined with a dakuten, forming じ in hiragana, ジ in katakana, and ji in Hepburn romanization; the pronunciation becomes /zi/ (phonetically [d͡ʑi] or [ʑi] in the middle of words).

The dakuten form of this character is used when transliterating "di" occasionally, as opposed to 's dakuten form; for example, Aladdin is written as アラジン Arajin, and radio is written as ラジオ.

In the Ainu language, シ is used to represent the ʃi sound. It can also be written as a half-width ㇱ to represent a final s sound, pronounced ɕ. In addition, it can be written as half-width with a handakuten (which can be entered into a computer as either one character (ツ゚) or two combined characters (ツ゜)) to represent the sound tu, which is interchangeable with the katakana ト゚.

Form variantsEdit

Form Rōmaji Hiragana
Normal sh-
(さ行 sa-gyō)
Addition dakuten j-
(ざ行 za-gyō)
Other additional forms
Form A (Sh-)
Romaji Hiragana
Sha しゃ
Shu しゅ
She しぇ
Sho しょ
Form B (J-)
Romaji Hiragana
Ja じゃ
Ju じゅ
Je じぇ
Jo じょ

Pronunciation Edit

Words with 'し' Edit

'し' at the beginning Edit

'し' in the middle Edit

'し' at the end Edit

Stroke order Edit

Hiragana し stroke order animation

Stroke order in writing し

The Hiragana し is made with three strokes:

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