Learn Hiragana ki-き is pronounced like the word “key”.
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Learn Hiragana ki き

き is pronounced like the word “key”.

The Hiragana き is made with 4 strokes. (Note: the typed character looks different from the way it is normally written by hand)

The hand written き looks like a nose and a mouth. A long きい sound, often written キーッ is an onomatopoeic sound similar to the english ‘creak’ or ‘screech’.

The katakana counterpart to き is キ. Both have two horizontal lines intersecting a vertical line. Remember for き the top horizontal line is longer whereas for キ the bottom generally is. They are the same length in most typed fonts, however.

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How to write Hiragana ki き

The Hiragana き is made with 4 strokes. (Note: the typed character looks different from the way it is normally written by hand) Start with a slightly upward slanting horizontal line.

Then make another slightly shorter line parallel to this one below. Now draw the slanting vertical line intersecting these two lines, and end it with a short left horizontal hook.

Finally, make the 4th stroke a curved line, like the left side of a smile, at the base of the character. (Alternatively, continue this line from the horizontal hook of the 3rd stroke to make the typed version of the character)

Word samples using Hiragana ki き

Hiragana JapaneseEnglish meaning
KiWood
ひきHikiCounter for animals
きっぷKippuTicket
きょうしつKyōshitsuClassroom
きってKitteStamp (postage)

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