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Alphabet Course

Lesson 9:らりるれろ

In this lesson, I will teach you five hiragana, which are らりるれろ.


ら is pronounced as /la/.

TipI love steamy ramen noodles.
ら as in “ramen”.
 
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り is pronounced as /li/.

TipI’ll give Lily a ribbon.
り as in “Lily”.
 
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NoteDepending on the font, some “ri” will be connected while others won’t, you can choose the style you like.

る is pronounced as /lu/.

TipLook at my loop!
る as in “loop”.
 
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れ is pronounced as /le/.

TipLet’s race!
れ as in “Let’s”.
 
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ろ is pronounced as /lo/.

TipLower your body to avoid the rope.
ろ as in “Lower”.
 
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Note:

らりるれろ are pronounced as [la, li, lu, le, lo], but their romaji are [ra, ri, ru, re, ro].
If you want to write them in romaji, be sure to write them as “ra, ri, ru, re, ro”.
And if you want to get the correct answer in the quiz later, you need to type [ra, ri, ru, re, ro].
HiraganaHow to write
り is kind of similar to い in some fonts, be sure to not confuse them.

Below is a video to help you pronounce らりるれろ. Hope it helps!

Author: Sayuri’s Selection

Vocabulary:

WordReadingMeaningType
あるあるhaveVerb
いるいるthere is Verb
要るいるneedVerb
入れるいれるto put inVerb
いろcolorNoun
うらbackNoun
うりmelonNoun
売るうるto sellVerb
偉いえらいgreatAdj
得るえるto obtainVerb
降りるおりるto get offVerb
折るおるto foldVerb
おれmePronoun
らくeasyAdj
理科りかscienceNoun
ろくsixNoun
辛いからいspicyAdj
かりtemporaryNoun
軽いかるいlightAdj
かれhePronoun
切るきるto cutVerb
着るきるto put onVerb
暗いくらいdarkAdj
来るくるto comeVerb
くろblackNoun
黒いくろいblackAdj
蹴るけるto kickVerb
これこれthisPronoun
ころaroundNoun
留守るすabsenceNoun
さるmonkeyNoun
去るさるto leaveVerb
お尻おしりassNoun
知るしるto knowVerb
しろwhiteNoun
白いしろいwhiteAdj
そらskyNoun
それそれthatPronoun
揃うそろうto alignVerb
れつrowNoun
地理ちりgeographyNoun
散るちるto disperseVerb
お釣りおつりchangeNoun
てらtempleNoun
照れるてれるto be shyVerb
とらtigerNoun
とりbirdNoun
取るとるto takeVerb
なるなるto becomeVerb
慣れるなれるto get used toVerb
煮るにるto boilVerb
塗るぬるto paintVerb
狙うねらうto aimVerb
寝るねるto sleepVerb
乗るのるto get onVerb
呪うのろうto curseVerb
はらbellyNoun
はりneedleNoun
はるspringNoun
晴れはれsunnyNoun
ひるnoonNoun
広いひろいwideAdj
降るふるto fallVerb
風呂ふろbathNoun
減るへるto decreaseVerb
掘るほるto digVerb
惚れるほれるto fall in loveVerb
まるroundNoun
丸いまるいroundAdj
まれrareAdj
見るみるto seeVerb
むらvillageNoun
無理むりimpossibleAdj
群れむれflockNoun
もりwoodsNoun
脆いもろいbrittleAdj
やりspearNoun
やるやるto doVerb
揺れるゆれるto shakeVerb
よるnightNoun
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18 thoughts on “Lesson 9:らりるれろ

  1. Is the pronunciation really an “l” sound rather than “r” or is it more like something in between?

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      It is “L” sound

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  2. i think that it is (R) not (L)

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      It’s written as R maybe, But it’s read as L, so I write it here L to make sure you won’t be confused

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  3. hmmm i think that pronouce is “Ra Ri Ru…”

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      Nope, Japanese can’t pronounce “r” sound. They are written as ra,…, but they are pronounced as la,…,

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  4. Marshall Yin sensie better you put the romaji of RA, RI, RU, RE, and RO… And tell them how to pronounce in japanese language as L sound😊

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      I will! Thanks for the suggestion!

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  5. It is between ‘L’ and ‘R’, but closer to an R. When Japanese men sing Love Me Tender at karaoke bars, they sound like they are trying to say RUB or ROB.

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  6. Oh my, for long I thought the ‘r’ hiragana is pronounced is what it looks. Only to turn out I was actually wrong.

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  7. This looks pretty complex after looking into it. I don’t think it’s pronounced just l but a mixture between r and l.

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  8. so “li” is written exactly as “i”? I’m confused lol

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      I have added a note about it, hope it helps.

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  9. I didn’t know the Japanese struggled with the “r” sound, interesting 🤔 I understand why they go with “l”.
    どもありがとうございます 😊

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      haha!

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  10. If anyone is confused, I feel like watching/listening to anything with native Japanese (yes even anime) can help with pronunciation. R’s are definitely a unique sound. Bordering on L and D. Think of the very beginning of rolling your tongue in Spanish, your tongue taps against the roof of your mouth to generate the sound.

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  11. Well, apparently it doesn’t sound like our russian R but it’s not pure L either. More like very soft R

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      It’s 80% L and 20% R

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