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Stroke order
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Character  あ 
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER A
Codepoint U+3042

Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

The short form of are.

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Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

(romaji a)

  1. : (archaic) first-person personal pronoun; I, me
    • c. 759: Man'yōshū (book 14, poem #3456)
      宇都世美能 夜蘇許登乃敝波 思気久等母 安良蘇比可祢弖 乎許登奈須那
    • c. 759: Man'yōshū (book 14, poem #3457)
      宇知日佐須 美夜能和我世波 夜麻登女乃 比射麻久其登尓 乎和須良須奈
    • c. 759: Man'yōshū (book 14, poem #3458)
      奈勢能古夜 等里乃乎加恥志 奈可太乎礼 乎祢思奈久与 伊久豆君麻弖尓
    • c. 759: Man'yōshū (book 14, poem #3471)
      思麻良久波 祢都追母安良牟乎 伊米能未尓 母登奈見要都追 乎祢思奈久流
    • c. 10011014: Genji Monogatari (Yūgao)
      が君、生き出で給へ。いと、いみじき目な見せ給ひそ
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Etymology 2[edit]

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style.

Pronunciation[edit]

Syllable[edit]

(Hepburn romanization a)

  1. The hiragana syllable (a), whose equivalent in katakana is (a). It is the first syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (A-gyō, A-dan; “row A, section A”).
    • りがとう
      arigatō
      thank you
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Etymology 3[edit]

Kanji reading[edit]

(romaji a)

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