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ル (ru) – Katakana


– Pronounced as the Japanese ‘ru’. 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 ‘u’ at the end of it – ‘ru’.


る, in hiragana, or ル in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represent one mora. The hiragana is written in one stroke; the katakana in two.


Mnemonic 1: This shows a pair of legs (making a ‘run’ for it!)

Mnemonic 2: This character looks like two legs of a ‘kangaroo’.

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