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テ (te) – Katakana


– Pronounced as the Japanese ‘te’. Sounds closest to an English ‘te’ as in ‘ten’.


て, in hiragana, or テ in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora.


Mnemonic 1: This is a ‘telescope’. As you can see, the two straight lines at the top represent part of the telescope itself, and the bottom curvy line represents a hand that is holding it up.

Mnemonic 2: ‘Temperature’ – Using the same mnemonic as for the hiragana, we see a close-up of a thermometer. The downwards stroke represents mercury spurting out of the side.

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