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RI in hiragana: り

The syllable ‘ri’ in hiragana is written り.

り ‘ri’ hiragana stroke order

り has two strokes:

  • A short, downwards vertical stroke that hooks up slightly to the right.
  • A longer downwards vertical stroke that curves slightly to the left.

り (hiragana ri) stroke order

り ‘ri’ hiragana mnemonic

See also: Ways to make mnemonics

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

り is a reel of thread. A mnemonic image for RI in hiragana: り is a reel

り ‘ri’ hiragana origins

り is derived from the kanji 利 (ri) . This is pronounced in Mandarin Chinese (hanzi) and li in Korean (hanja).

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