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U+306D, ね



Stroke order
2 strokes


Etymology 1[edit]

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



  1. The hiragana syllable (ne). Its equivalent in katakana is (ne). It is the twenty-fourth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (na-gyō e-dan, row na, section e).
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Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Korean (ne, yes, yeah, right).



  1. (after a phrase) emphasis and question marker particle; asks for confirmation; right?; eh?; isn't it, innit?
    Anata wa atama ga ii ne.
    You’re smart, aren’t you.
    Kakkō ii desu ne.
    That’s pretty neat, eh?
    “Dame.”“Da yo
    "No." "Yeah, I thought so."
  2. (after -te, or sometimes -te kudasai) particle that softens a request, or conveys friendliness; okay?; please?
    Ganbatte ne.
    Do your best.
    Ki o tsukete kudasai ne.
    Please be careful, okay?
  3. meaningless filler particle, which may also have a softening effect when introducing information; well...; you see...

Usage notes[edit]

Sense 1 is used at such a frequency that it is often absent in a normal English translation, instead expressed with general inflection of voice, or context. It can also imply agreement. A common usage of it is in conjunction with particle (sa), as よね (yo ne).

Sense 3 is similar to filler particle (sa) in usage and placement, but is different in that it sounds more gentle, and also can be used in more polite situations (e.g. the common filler usage of ですね (desu ne), where です (desu) becomes part of the filler particle, and ignores its own grammatical meaning and usual syntax).

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  1. (informal, begins sentences) used to catch listener’s attention; hey
    Ne, shitteru?
    Hey, did you know?
  2. (informal, women's speech, see sense 1 above) I know, right?
  3. (informal, women's speech, see sense 2 above) please?

Etymology 3[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entries.
[proper noun] (Chinese astrology) Rat, the first of the twelve Earthly Branches:
[proper noun] north
[proper noun] the hours between 11:00 P.M./midnight and 1:00/2:00 A.M.
[proper noun] a day or year assigned to the Rat
[proper noun] the eleventh month of the lunar calendar
[proper noun] a place name
[syllable] (dated, until the 19th century) variant katakana syllable (ne)
[noun] a sound, voice
[noun] the cry of an animal
[noun] [from 712] a root of a plant
[noun] [from 720] (by extension) the source or root of something
[noun] [from 1000] the cause or basis for something
[noun] [from mid-1300s] one's nature, the character one has by birth
[noun] price
[noun] sleep, sleeping
[noun] summit of a mountain, peak
Alternative spellings
(This term, , is the hiragana spelling of the above terms.)
For a list of all kanji read as , see Category:Japanese kanji read as ね.)

(The following entry is uncreated: .)