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Character  わ 
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER WA
Unicode block Hiragana
Codepoint U+308F

JapaneseEdit

Stroke order
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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

SyllableEdit

(Hepburn romanization wa)

  1. The hiragana syllable (wa), whose equivalent in katakana is (wa). It is the forty-fourth syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (WA-gyō, A-dan; “row WA, section A”).
Derived termsEdit
  • (small form)
See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Japanese.

ParticleEdit

Wikipedia

(romaji wa)

  1. a particle used in the end of sentences to indicates admiration or emotion
    あなたの (かみ) (なが)ね!
    anata no kami wa nagai wa ne!
    Wow, your hair is so long!
     (いま) ()
    ima, iku wa.
    I'm coming.
     ()らない
    shiranai wa.
    I don't know.
Usage notesEdit
  • In common Japanese, this particle is mainly used by women. In various dialects, particularly western, it is used by both men and women, but with a different pitch accent.

Etymology 3Edit

Reading for various kanji.

CounterEdit

(romaji -wa)

  1. : birds or rabbits
  2. : bundles
  3. : stories, TV episodes

NounEdit

(romaji wa)

  1. , : a sharp bend in a valley, inlet, coast, or river
  2. , : a ring
  3. , : Japan, Japanese
  4. : harmony; a sum

Proper nounEdit

(romaji Wa)

  1. , : Japan, Japanese, Nippo-

PronounEdit

(romaji wa)

  1. , , : the first-person personal pronoun: I, me

ReferencesEdit