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Character  や 
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER YA
Codepoint U+3084

JapaneseEdit

Stroke order
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Etymology 1Edit

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

PronunciationEdit

SyllableEdit

(Hepburn romanization ya)

  1. The hiragana syllable (ya), whose equivalent in katakana is (ya). It is the thirty-sixth syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (YA-gyō, A-dan; “row YA, section A”).
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Etymology 2Edit

ParticleEdit

(romaji ya)

  1. and
    Used to conjoin nouns, や (ya) implies that the list is not limited to the nouns named. Contrast with (to), the other particle typically used to conjoin nouns, which implies that the list is limited to the stated nouns.

Etymology 3Edit

ParticleEdit

(romaji ya)

  1. (Kansai) is, are
    Variation on the Japanese copula だ (da), associated with Kansai dialect, particularly Ōsaka. The use of や (ya) is common in fictional dialogue attributed to characters from Ōsaka.
    • まあぼちぼちなあ
      Maa, bochibochi ya naa.
      Well, things are slow. (A stereotypical Ōsaka expression)

Etymology 4Edit

NounEdit

(romaji ya)

  1. : arrow

Etymology 5Edit

NounEdit

(romaji ya)

  1. : shop, store

SuffixEdit

(romaji ya)

  1. : shop, person who does or sells that thing
  2. : house
Last modified on 21 August 2013, at 10:52