The syllable ‘a’ in hiragana is written あ.
あ ‘a’ hiragana stroke order
あ has three strokes:
- A horizontal left to right stroke.
- A vertical stroke that cuts through the first one.
- A looping stroke that starts cutting to the left through stroke #2, back up through it to the right, and then loops back around to the left again.
あ ‘a’ hiragana mnemonic
See also: Making mnemonics
This image should help you to remember how to write ‘a’ in hiragana by associating the letter a with the shape of あ. Remember that the English words used here are not a pronunciation guide. They help you to remember how to write あ, 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.
あ ‘a’ hiragana origins
あ is derived from the kanji 安 (an) . This is pronounced ān in Mandarin Chinese (hanzi) and an in Korean (hanja).