Hiragana を

Japanese Hiragana WO

Transliteration wa
Hiragana Man'yōgana
Stroke Number 3

, in hiragana, or in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represent one mora.

Modern usageEdit

In Japanese, this kana is used almost exclusively as a particle; as such, the katakana form (ヲ) is fairly uncommon in everyday language — mostly used as a stand-in for its hiragana counterpart in texts that need to be written entirely in katakana.

Generally, it represents Template:IPA-ja, although some dialects retain the pronunciation [wo],Template:Citation needed which is also often used in songs. It is also occasionally pronounced this way when stressing the particle, especially to clarify when someone misunderstands what has been said.

It is transliterated variably as <o> or <wo>, with the former being faithful to standard pronunciation but the latter avoiding confusion with お and オ.

A "wo" sound is usually represented in katakana as ウォ instead. For example, ウォークマン (Wōkuman, "Walkman") and ウォッカ (Wokka, "Vodka")

Form Rōmaji Hiragana
Normal w-
(わ行 wa-gyō)

Hiragana を is still used in several Okinawan orthographies for the syllable /o~wo/; in the Ryukyu University system it is /o/, whereas お is /ʔo/. Katakana ヲ is used in Ainu for /wo/.

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Stroke order in writing を

Hiragana を stroke order animation

Stroke order in writing を

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