Learn Hiragana ya や. It's pronounced like the “ya” in the word “yak”.
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Learn Hiragana ya や

や is pronounced like the “ya” in the word “yak”.

The Hiragana や is made with 3 strokes.

や is another “and” particle similar in use to と. The difference is it’s less specific and leaves open other unsaid items when making a like.

みせでパンやコーラをかいました。 Mise de pan ya kōra o kaimashita. I bought bread, Coke, etc. in the store.

The katakana counterpart to や is ヤ. They look quite similar.

Mnemonics to remember Hiragana ya や

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How to write Hiragana ya や

Start with the horizontal hook shaped stroke.

Add the small vertical dash through where the stroke began to hook around. Finish with the slanted vertical line.

Word samples using Hiragana ya や

Hiragana JapaneseEnglish meaning
やさいYasaiVegetable
やねYaneRoof
やくわりYakuwariRole
やすみYasumiRest
やさしいYasashīEasy

More about Hiragana ya や

Learn more about and other Japanese noun related particles here

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