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NU in hiragana: ぬ

The syllable ‘nu’ in hiragana is written ぬ.

ぬ ‘nu’ hiragana stroke order

ぬ has two strokes:

  • A downwards stroke that curves slightly to the right.
  • A complicated stroke that starts downwards and leftwards through the first then back up and round through it again. It then curves round to the right and down before looping through itself one final time.


ぬ ‘nu’ hiragana mnemonics

See also: How to make mnemonics

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

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ぬ ‘nu’ hiragana origins

ぬ is derived from the kanji 奴 (nu) . This is pronounced in Mandarin Chinese (hanzi) and no in Korean (hanja).

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