や (ya) – Hiragana
– Pronounced as the Japanese ‘ya’. Sounds similar to the English ‘ya’ as in ‘yard’.
や, in hiragana, or ヤ in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. Hiragana is written in three strokes, while the katakana is written in two. Their shapes have origins in the character 也.
Mnemonic 1: In a rather surreal fashion, someone is whipping the letter y and shouting “yah!”. The vertical stroke is the whip.