Learning Japanese Hiragana Letter ざ

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Hiragana Tutorial Series

Learning Hiragana Japanese Letter

Another hiragana letter in Japanese alphabetic system is . It is actually a modified form of hiragana letter. It is built by adding two lines which is located on top of the right side of the letter . The letter itself will be read as ‘za’ or it is written in roman letter as ‘za’. Those two lines is called ten ten.

Hiragana Form

Hiragana Letter’s Stroke Steps







Basic Information


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Word Example



      1.       ざっし(zasshi)

      2.       ざんねん (zannen)

      3.       ざいむ(zaimu)

      4.       ざせき(zaseki)

      5.       ざいか(zaika)

      6.       ざいがい(zaigai)

      7.       ざいしつ(zaishitsu)

      8.       ざいせき(zaiseki)

      9.       ざいだん(zaidan)

     10.   ざんこく(zankoku)

1.       journal, magazine

2.       deplorable (an), bad luck, regret,

3.       financial affairs

4.       seat

5.       commodity, property

6.      overseas, abroad.

7.       material properties, lumber quality

8.       enrollment

9.       foundation.

10.   cruelty (an), harshness.


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