Character  ザ 
Unicode name KATAKANA LETTER ZA
Codepoint U+30B6

JapaneseEdit

Stroke order
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EtymologyEdit

The katakana character (sa) with a dakuten ().

PronunciationEdit

SyllableEdit

(Hepburn romanization za)

  1. The katakana syllable (za), whose equivalent in hiragana is (za).

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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Last modified on 17 December 2012, at 18:46