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Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai small A.png
U+3041, ぁ
HIRAGANA LETTER SMALL A
[unassigned: U+3040]

[U+303F]
Hiragana
[U+3042]

Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Small form of the hiragana character (a).

Combining form[edit]

  1. Small combining form of hiragana (a).
    - the sound [ɸa] rather than [ɸu] () or [ha] ()
    ふぁん - transliteration of English fan

Usage notes[edit]

  • Small combining kana , , , and are used in the following ways.
    1. After a kana of the same vowel, representing a nonstandard lengthening of the vowel.
      はぁ () - (sound of breathing)
      うぉぉぉぉぉぉぉ (wooooooo) - (cry of excitement)
    2. After (fu), (vu), (shi), (ji), (chi), (tsu), replacing the preceding vowel.
      じぇ (je)
      つぁ (tsa)
      Three special combinations, すぃ (si), てぃ (ti), とぅ (tu), and their voiced versions are also used in this way.
    3. After other kana ending in -i or -u, changing the preceding vowel to a semivowel.
      いぇ (ye)
      くぃ (kwi)

Related terms[edit]

  • (katakana small a)
  • (full-size a)

See also[edit]