The consonant for this column is Y, so all members of this group will be
Y followed by one of the five vowels. That said, this group is relatively unique in that it only uses three of the vowels: A, U, and O:
- や [YA]
- ゆ [YU]
- よ [YO]
YI and YE do not exist natively in modern Japanese.1
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
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.
- やく [ya ku] roughly, about
- ゆく [yu ku] to go
- よく [yo ku] quite
- よい [yo i] good
When you’re ready, click here to move on to Group 9: R!
- It’s possible that they existed in very old forms of Japanese, however they appear to have disappeared by the time Japanese started being written down. In the rare event these sounds need to be written (more common when using Katakana, since it is used for foreign words) the kana for I (い) and E (え) are substituted, respectively.