Learn Hiragana o お - how to use & pronounce the second Japanese vowel
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Learn Hiragana o お

お o is the fifth Hiragana character vowel sound that we will meet.

お is pronounced like the “o” or “oa” in words like “So/whoa” respectively.

The Hiragana お is made with 3 strokes. (Note: when the お sound is extended, as in おお, it is often written with a う like so おう in Hiragana in words. おおきい, meaning big is one exception to this rule.)

A short おっ! is an expression of surprise or realization. It’s like the English Oh! The katakana counterpart to お is オ. They both have a horizontal and vertical line.

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How to write Hiragana o お

The Hiragana う is made with 2 strokes.

  1. Start with the short downwards dash going left to right.
  2. Underneath this stroke, arc a sideways slanted U that ends near the center of the character at its base.

Word samples using Hiragana o お

Hiragana JapaneseEnglish meaning
OTail
おんがくOngakuMusic
おとなOtonaAdult
おとOtoSound
おくものOkurimonoGift

More about Hiragana お o

お and ご are often used as a particle to express respect to a word or politeness to a person. You can find more about it here.

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