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Character  ラ 
Unicode name KATAKANA LETTER RA
Codepoint U+30E9

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
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Etymology[edit]

Simplified in the Heian period from the man'yōgana kanji .

Pronunciation[edit]

Syllable[edit]

(Hepburn romanization ra)

  1. The katakana syllable (ra), whose equivalent in hiragana is (ra). It is the thirty-ninth syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (RA-gyō, A-dan; “row RA, section A”).
    ジオ
    rajio
    radio

Usage notes[edit]

Unlike the hiragana system, used for Japanese language words that kanji does not cover, the katakana syllabary is used primarily for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of loan words (collectively gairaigo), as well as to represent onomatopoeia, technical and scientific terms, and the names of plants, animals, and minerals. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words, are also written in katakana rather than the other systems.[edit]

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