Hiragana Lessons - Stroke Guide to な、に、ぬ、ね、の (Na, Ni, Nu, Ne, No)

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What Is Hiragana?

Hiragana is a part of the Japanese writing system. It is syllabary, which is a set of written characters that represent syllables. Thus, hiragana is a basic phonetic script in Japanese. In most cases, each character corresponds to one syllable though there are few exceptions to this rule. 

Hiragana is used in many cases, such as writing articles or miscellaneous words that have no kanji form or an obscure kanji form. 

With the following visual stroke-by-stroke guide, you will learn to write hiragana characters な、に、ぬ、ね、の (na , ni, nu, ne, no). 

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Na - な

how to write the hiragana na character

This step-by-step visual guide will teach you how to write "na".

In each of these guides, remember to follow the stroke order when writing the Japanese character. Learning the proper stroke order is a great way to help you to remember how to draw the character.

Sample word: なまえ (namae) --- name

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Ni - に

how to write the hiragana ni character

Learn how to write the hiragana character for "ni".

Sample word: にほん (nihon) --- Japan

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Nu - ぬ

how to write the hiragana nu character

While it looks complicated, the hiragana character "nu" is actually really easy to write. Follow this visual stroke guide.

Sample word: ぬま (numa) --- swamp

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Ne - ね

how to write the hiragana ne character

This is the proper stroke order for the character "ne".

Sample word: ねこ (neko) --- cat

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No - の

how to write the hiragana no character

Only one stroke, this visual guide will show you the correct way to write "no".

Sample word: のど (nodo) --- throat

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More Lessons

If you want to see all 46 hiragana characters and hear the pronunciation for each, check out Hiragana Audio Chart page. Additionally, here is a Handwritten Hiragana Chart.

To learn more about Japanese writing, take a look at Japanese Writing for Beginners.