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WA in hiragana: わ

The syllable ‘wa’ in hiragana is written わ.

わ ‘wa’ hiragana stroke order

わ has two strokes:

  • A vertical straight down stroke that may have a slight curve in it.
  • A zig-zagging stroke that cuts through the first stroke to the right, then back through it going left, before finally looping over to the right and back under.

WA hiragana (わ)

わ ‘wa’ hiragana mnemonic

See also: Making mnemonics

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

わ is a dog wagging its tail. わ wa is a dog wagging its tail

わ ‘wa’ hiragana origins

わ is derived from the kanji 和 (wa) . This is pronounced in Mandarin Chinese (hanzi) and hwa in Korean (hanja).

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