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HE in hiragana: へ

The syllable ‘he’ in hiragana is written へ.

へ ‘he’ hiragana stroke order

へ has just one stroke:

  • It starts upwards to the right before coming back down at roughly a right-angle.


へ ‘he’ hiragana mnemonics

See also: How to make mnemonics

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

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へ is a helmet. へ

へ ‘he’ hiragana origins

へ is derived from the kanji 部 (bu) . This is pronounced in Mandarin Chinese (hanzi) and bu in Korean (hanja).

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