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TSU in hiragana: つ

The syllable ‘tsu’ in hiragana is written つ.

つ ‘tsu’ hiragana stroke order

つ has just one stroke:

  • It is an extended semicircle that begins horizontally moving right and curves back round under itself to the left.

TSU in hiragana: つ

つ ‘tsu’ hiragana mnemonic

See also: How to make mnemonics

This image should help you to remember how to write ‘tsu’ in hiragana by associating the letters tsu with the shape of つ. Remember that the English words used here are not a pronunciation guide. They help you to remember how to write つ, 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](/recommended/japanesepod101/” rel="nofollow “Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101”) can help with that.

つ is a tsunami. hiragana-tsu-tsunami-mnemonic

つ ‘tsu’ hiragana origins

つ is derived from the kanji 川 (kawa) . This is pronounced chuān in Mandarin Chinese (hanzi) and chen in Korean (hanja).

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