Last modified on 29 September 2013, at 16:20

Character  テ 
Unicode name KATAKANA LETTER TE
Unicode block Katakana
Codepoint U+30C6
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JapaneseEdit

Stroke order
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EtymologyEdit

Simplified in the Heian period from the man'yōgana kanji .

PronunciationEdit

SyllableEdit

(Hepburn romanization te)

  1. The katakana syllable (te), whose equivalent in hiragana is (te). It is the nineteenth syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (TA-gyō, E-dan; “row TA, section E”).
    • レビ
      terebi
      TV

Usage notesEdit

Unlike the hiragana system, used for Japanese language words that kanji does not cover, the katakana syllabary is used primarily for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of loan words (collectively gairaigo), as well as to represent onomatopoeia, technical and scientific terms, and the names of plants, animals, and minerals. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words, are also written in katakana rather than the other systems.[edit]

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