Definition of kana in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːnə


[mass noun]
  • The system of syllabic writing used for Japanese, having two forms, hiragana and katakana. Compare with kanji.
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    • 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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