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Japanese - hiragana

Hi! I have a question about the sound "ri" in the kanas. So far, I understood there are hiraganas and katakanas; and at the moment, I'm just learning hiraganas. Althought, for the sound "ri", there are two different ways to write; in the lesson 3, I saw this form: り. And, when using the tiny cards, I saw this: リ. Can you please tell me which one is supposed to belong to the hiraganas? or is it normal? Thank you!

March 24, 2018



り is Hiragana and リ is Katakana.

However sometimes, especially in handwriting, the Hiragana り can be written as two strokes. But you can still distinguish them because the first stroke goes straight down in Katakana but in Hiragana it's rather curved.


As someone above said. But in addition there are different writing styles, in some り looks like single stroke, but in others り looks like it's actually two strokes, same thing happens to き, here it looks like 3 strokes but it's actually 4, if you learn to handwrite.


See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ri_(kana) I asked the same question here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22920778

I can be wrong, but as far as I understand, each Japanese character written in the same way but it is possible that same characters can be looking very different. Most likely the correct way to write RI in hiragana is using two lines (not like "n") because if I write it like "n" character the Microsoft IME Pad doesn't understand my handwriting...


"Most likely the correct way to write RI in hiragana is using two lines."

Yes, when you are writing by hand, り is wrtten with two strokes and there is a small gap between them. When typing, some fonts (like this one) use a simplified version that appears to be a single stroke. This is most likely intended to represent the actual appearance of the character when it is handwritten with ink.

Ink from a vertical stroke will often trail across the page toward the next stroke, partially connecting the lines. These "ink trails" can be seen in many other hirigana characters as well, once you know what to look for. There is even a name for it in Japanese - it is called 跳ね (hane). These ink trails are an important part of the characters and also give you insight into proper stroke order.

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