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ふ (hu/fu) – Hiragana


– Pronounced as the Japanese ‘fu’. Sounds closest to an English ‘foo’ as in ‘food’.


ふ, in hiragana, or フ in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. The hiragana is made in four strokes, while the katakana in one. It represents ‘hu’, although for phonological reasons, the actual pronunciation is ‘fu’.


Mnemonic 1: This one’s easy, because it is the only instance of the letter ‘f’ in hiragana. The symbol looks like a log fire. If you want a mnemonic for the pronounciation, remember that a fire gives off fumes.

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