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Hiragana K

The Japanese K sounds are pretty easy to pronounce. Just add a K sound before the 5 vowels.

Ka -
Pronounced 'ca' as in Inca



Ki -
Pronounced 'kee' as in keep



There are actually two styles for writing this character:
  • With the bottom left attached
  • With the bottom left detached

    Most computer fonts have it attached but most Japanese will write it detached. See the stroke diagram on the review Flashcard for an example of it detached and the stroke animation for an example of it attached. Either is valid.

    Ku -
    Pronounced 'koo' as in kooky



    Ke -
    Pronounced 'kay' as in okay



    Ko -
    Pronounced 'co' as in cope