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Hiragana S

The Japanese S sounds are also pretty easy. Just add an S sound before the vowels.

The exception is “shi” which is pronounced like the word “she”.


Sa -
Pronounced 'sa' as in balsa



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.

    Shi -
    Pronounced 'she' as in she



    Su -
    Pronounced 'su' as in super



    Se -
    Pronounced 'say' as in say



    So -
    Pronounced 'so' as in so what