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sa

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 sa-(sah)

shi

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 shi-(shee)see note 1

su

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 su-(soo)

se

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 se-(seh)

so

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 so-(soh)

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 hiragana and katakana alphabets are arranged by their starting letter; just click on the letter you want.

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za



 za-(zah)

ji



 ji-(jee)see note 2

zu



 zu-(zoo)

ze



 ze-(zeh)

zo



 zo-(zoh)

sha



 sha-(shah)


shu



 shu-(shoo)


sho



 sho-(shoh)

ja



 ja-(jah)


ju



 ju-(joo)


jo



 jo-(joh)
 note 1: the character 'shi' is an exception to the s characters in that it contains an h. as shown in the pronunciation brackets it is pronounced differently too.
 note 2: the character 'ji' is an exception to the z characters in that it starts with a j. as shown in the pronunciation brackets it is pronounced differently too.
 kc says: when combined with a little (lower-case) character you compress the sounds of the two characters, making new (more rarely used) characters; pronounced as shown. only the characters shown here can be compressed in this way.
examples
su-shi - sushi (means 'japanese raw fish and rice') su-mi-ma-se-n - sumimasen (means 'excuse me')

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