Hiragana に

Japanese Hiragana NI

Transliteration ni
Section N
Hiragana Man'yōgana
Stroke Number 3

, in hiragana, or in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, which each represent one mora. The hiragana is written in three strokes, while the katakana in two. Both represent /ni/ although for phonological reasons, the actual pronunciation is [nʲi].

Notably, the katakana (ニ) is functionally identical for the kanji for two (二), pronounced the same way.

に is used as a particle, as well as a word fragment. As a particle it generally expresses direction, with a similar function to the English 'to'.

i.e Ton wa, Furansu "ni" ikimashita. Ton went "to" France.

Pan wa, Ton "ni" agemashita. Bread was given "to" Ton.

Form variantsEdit

Form Rōmaji Hiragana
Normal n-
(な行 na-gyō)
Nii, nyi
にい, にぃ
Other additional forms
Form (ny-)
Rōmaji Hiragana
Nya にゃ
Nyu にゅ
Nye にぇ
Nyo にょ

Pronunciation Edit

(Examples) Words with 'に' Edit

'に' at the beginning Edit

'に' in the middle Edit

'に' at the end Edit

Stroke order Edit

The hiragana に is made with three strokes:

  1. A vertical stroke from top to bottom.
  2. A short, horizontal stroke to the upper right of the first stroke, going from left to right.
  3. Another short, horizontal stroke at the bottom right of the first stroke, going from left to right.
Hiragana に stroke order animation

Stroke order in writing に

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