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ロ (ro) – Katakana


– Pronounced as the Japanese ‘ro’. This can be a difficult kana to pronounce for new students. There’s no direct word in the English language that has this sound, it’s rather a cross between the English ‘r’ and the English ‘l’. Imagine a sort of soft ‘r’ where your tongue doesn’t roll, then add the Japanese ‘o’ at the end of it – ‘ro’.


ろ, in hiragana, or ロ in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. The hiragana is written in one stroke, while katakana in three. Both have origins from the Chinese character 呂.


Mnemonic 1: ‘Rock’ – This could simply be a picture of a big square block of stone

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