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SO in hiragana: そ


The syllable ‘so’ in hiragana is written そ.

 

そ ‘so’ hiragana stroke order

そ has one quite complicated stroke:

  1. It starts with a Z-like shape before curving down to the left and back under itself.

 

 

そ ‘so’ hiragana mnemonic

See also: Making mnemonics

This image should help you to remember how to write ‘so’ in hiragana by associating the letters so with the shape of そ. Remember that the English words used here are not a pronunciation guide. They help you to remember how to write そ, not how to say it.

To learn pronunciation you need to get a lot of listening and speaking practice done. Online services like JapanesePod 101 can help with that.

そ is a sword.

 

If you have any other mnemonics for そ, please share them in the comments below.

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  • http://thiscanbepronounced.wordpress.com Rhoi Fajardo

    Typo on the sentence: “This image should help you…”

    Nice seeing these posts. I had totally skipped them since they’re no use to me, but cool to see what you were doing was posting mnemonics. (I happened to find this only because I was searching my own username on Google Images and this came up!)

    I simply memorized by repetition; drew out the table many times from memory in my notebooks… in classes where I didn’t need to pay much attention. I should have thought about visual mnemonics; would have made them easier to remember.

    • http://eastasiastudent.net/about Hugh Grigg

      Thanks, fixed the typo.

      Yeah these posts are mostly for me, as I find that the process of making the mnemonic images makes it pretty much impossible to forget the hiragana. And I thought other people might find them useful so I post them here too :)

      • http://thiscanbepronounced.wordpress.com Rhoi Fajardo

        Very cool; that’s exactly the point of my own site as well. Only recently started, beginning as a journal for my recent travel, but pretty soon I’ll start the language-related posts. I already have 25 posts (plus other content) in drafts, 10 out of which I could at any time decide to finish up and post.

        So I don’t really care for an audience right now, but as the content grows, I hope it’ll help others. It’ll definitely be written with that aim in mind.

        Keep it up, man. I like what you’ve done here. I’ve been following your blog a couple of years, and it’s helped a lot, especially back when I was only starting Chinese. Feels like so long ago….