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な (na) – Hiragana


– Pronounced as the Japanese ‘na’. Sounds closest to the word ‘na’ as in ‘nacho’.


な, in hiragana, or ナ in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, which each represent one mora. The hiragana is made in four strokes, while the katakana in two.


Mnemonic 1: A narwhal is a kind of whale with a large horn on its nose. This picture shows a normal whale that wants to become a narwhal. For its new horn, it is choosing between a sword (top left) and a stick (top right).

Mnemonic 2: This is a picture of a man battling with a fierce snake. He’s saying ‘na!’ as he yells out and cuts it.

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