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kana Line breaks: kana
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːnə/

Definition of kana in English:


[mass noun]
The system of syllabic writing used for Japanese, having two forms, hiragana and katakana. Compare with kanji.
Example sentences
  • Japanese writing uses Chinese characters and two native syllabic scripts (the kana: hiragana and katakana) derived from them.
  • Most texts incorporate both kana and kanji systems.
  • Japanese children with reading disabilities often have disproportionately more difficulty reading and writing kanji than kana.



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