Hiragana shi - し. It's pronounced like the word “she”.
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Learn Hiragana shi し

し is pronounced like the word “she”.

Note: there’s no “si” sound in native Japanese, only shi.

し can be added to the end of verb conjunctions to mean also or and. A long しいい is how one says shhhh or shush in Japanese.

The katakana counter part of し is シ, not to be mixed up with the other katakana ツ.

Mnemonics to remember Hiragana shi し

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Is there a Si in hiragana?

No, but this is a reasonable question considering that most of Hiragana and Katakana follow the A, I, U, E, O pattern!

Read some conjecture about the subject here.

Does Japanese have zi?

Yep. When we add Dakuten (the two little strokes in the top right corner) to し it creates じ zi.

How to write Hiragana shi し

The Hiragana し is made with 1 stroke. Start from the top vertically and curve in horizontally at the base.

Word samples using Hiragana shi し

Hiragana JapaneseEnglish meaning
ShiFour
しごとShigotoWork
しんぶんShinbunNewspaper
しみんShiminCitizen
しじんShijinPoet

More about Hiragana shi し

し comes from the cursive form of the kanji 之. You can find more about the origin of this character here

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