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Ka (kana)

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transliteration  ka
translit. with handakuten  (nga)
katakana origin  
translit. with dakuten  ga
hiragana origin  
spelling kana  為替のカ (Kawase no "ka")
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, in hiragana, or in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, which each represent one mora. Both represent [ka]. The shapes of these kana both originate from 加.

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The character can be combined with a dakuten, to form が in hiragana, ガ in katakana, and ga in Hepburn romanization. The phonetic value of the modified character is [ɡa] in initial positions, and varying between [ŋa] and [ɣa] in the middle of words.

A handakuten (゜) does not occur with ka in normal Japanese text, but it may be used by linguists to indicate a nasal pronunciation [ŋa].

か is the most commonly used interrogatory particle. It is also sometimes used to delimit choices.

が is used to denote the focus of attention in a sentence, especially to the grammatical subject.

[Supplementary explanation] Historical usage in Yōon くゎ Current usage in .

Stroke order

The Hiragana か is made with three strokes:

  1. A horizontal line which turns and ends in a hook facing left.
  2. A curved vertical line that cuts through the first line.
  3. A small curved line on the right.

The Katakana カ is made with two strokes:

  1. A horizontal line which turns and ends in a hook facing left.
  2. A curved vertical line that cuts through the first line.

Other communicative representations

  • Computer encodings
  • Braille
  • Japanese semaphore
  • The Wabun code for か or カ is ・-・・, が or ガ is ・-・・ ・・.

    References

    Ka (kana) Wikipedia


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