aiueo あいうえお

a あ

The first letter, or sound, in Japanese is “a”. It’s the “a” sound of Artic, or Aha! Not the sound of apple or and. I believe it’s more common in British English than American English. We use the same sound for “o” in some words, such as “on”.

The hiragana looks like this:

To me, it looks like this:

ah, yes.

ah, yes.

Do you see it?

a2 a3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve always thought ’あ’ looked rather pretentious.

i or い

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