Learn Hiragana ra ら. It's pronounced like the “ra” in “ramen”.
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Learn Hiragana ra ら

ら is pronounced like the “ra” in “ramen”.

The Japanese “r” sound is between the English “l” and “r”. Try and make an “r” sound but keep your tongue at the roof of your mouth as you do so.

ら is a pluralizing suffix. Its kanji is 等. Eg. あなたら means “you all”.

かれらのノートです。 Karera no nōto desu. These are their notebooks.

The katakana counterpart to ら is ラ. They look fairly similar.

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How to write Hiragana ra ら

The Hiragana ら is made with 2 strokes. Start with the short dash stroke on top.

Follow with the second stroke vertically 2/3rds to the bottom of the character, then cut out right, curving first upwards then looping back around in a horseshoe shape to the base.

Word samples using Hiragana ra ら

Hiragana JapaneseEnglish meaning
らいしゅうRaishūNext week
らいねんRainenNext year
らいげつRaigetsuNext month
らくだいRakudaiFailure (in an examination)

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