Learn Hiragana え - how to write and pronounce the fourth Japanese letter
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Learn Hiragana e え

え is the fourth Hiragana character vowel sound that we will meet.

is pronounced like the letter “E” in “Elephant”.

The Katakana counterpart to え is エ.

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How to write Hiragana え e

え is pronounced like the word “eh” or the sound “ay” in the word “kay”.

The Hiragana え is made with 2 strokes. Start with the short downwards dash going left to right. Follow with 2nd stroke starting horizontally at the top left. Cut back into a straight vertical line down to the bottom left of the character.

Then, without taking your pen off the paper, retrace to the middle of the line and then curve down sharply and then tail out right at the base of the character. It kind of looks like a backwards misshapen E.

(Note: when the え sound is extended as in ええ it is often written with an い like so えい in Hiragana.) A short え sound with a rising intonation, often written as えっ? , expresses surprise in reaction to something. Similar to the English “huh?”

Word samples using Hiragana え e

Hiragana JapaneseEnglish meaning
えがおEgaoSmiling face
えんぎEngiActing, performance
えるEruTo get, to earn
えがくEgakuTo draw, to paint

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