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SE in hiragana: せ

The syllable ‘se’ in hiragana is written せ.

せ ‘se’ hiragana stroke order

せ has three strokes:

  • A horizontal left-to-right stroke that tilts slightly upwards.
  • A vertical stroke that comes down through the first stroke to the right.
  • An L-shaped stroke that comes through the first stroke to the left and hooks across to the right.

SE in hiragana: せ

せ ‘se’ hiragana mnemonic

See also: 10 ways to make mnemonics

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

せ is a cellar door. SE (せ) is a cellar door

せ ‘se’ hiragana origins

せ is derived from the kanji 世 (se) . This is pronounced shì in Mandarin Chinese (hanzi) and sey in Korean (hanja).

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