Introduction to Japanese Writing: Hiragana Group 5: N (なにぬねの)

Did you miss our introduction to Hiragana?  If so, you can go back and read it here.

The consonant for this column is N, so all five members of this group will be N followed by one of the five vowels, in order.

  • な [NA]
  • に [NI]
  • ぬ [NU]
  • ね [NE]
  • の [NO]

This group is perfectly regular; there are no changes to the consonants to reflect actual pronunciation.

How to Write

For reference, here is a quick review of the general rules for stroke order:

  • All characters should fill a square of about the same size
  • Top to bottom, left to right
  • Horizontal strokes before vertical strokes that intersect them

Note that ぬ [NU] starts with two near-vertical strokes, and that the one on the left takes precedence.

Vocabulary Practice

The following words can be written using only the characters we have covered so far.  Once you’ve practiced reading them a couple of times, try writing them on a piece of paper without looking and see how well you do.

  • なに [na ni] what?
  • ぬの [nu no] cloth
  • おかね [o ka ne] money
  • しぬ [shi nu] to die


When you’re ready, click here to move on to Group 6: H!

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Paul Baptist

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