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Lesson 9:らりるれろ

In this lesson, I will teach you five hiragana.
They 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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Romaji of らりるれろ:

Hiraganaら、り、る、れ、ろ
Romajira, ri, ru, re, ro

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 containing らりるれろ:

WordReadingMeaningType
あるあるto haveVerb
いるいるthere be Verb
入れるいれるto put inVerb
いろcolorNoun
売るうるto sellVerb
得るえるto getVerb
降りるおりるto get offVerb
折るおるto foldVerb
おれIPronoun
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
黒いくろいblackAdj
これこれthisPronoun
ころaroundNoun
留守るすabsenceNoun
去るさるto leaveVerb
知るしるto knowVerb
白いしろいwhiteAdj
そらskyNoun
それそれthatPronoun
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
取るとるto takeVerb
なるなるto becomeVerb
慣れるなれるto get used toVerb
狙うねらうto aimVerb
寝るねるto sleepVerb
乗るのるto get onVerb
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
丸いまるいroundAdj
見るみるto seeVerb
むらvillageNoun
無理むりimpossibleAdj
群れむれflockNoun
もりforestNoun
やるやるto doVerb
揺れるゆれるto shakeVerb
よるnightNoun

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21 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. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. I like how Sora comes after Shiro 😂🥰

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      Yeah, no game no life😆

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  12. I feel like there’s probably a better meaning for 丸(まる) than “round,” because there’s so many different uses of the word round as a noun in English:
    “Cut the cucumber into small rounds” (a disk-like shaped object) [this is probably the one you mean]
    “The first round of the fight was ended with one punch” (a division of session in an event)
    “A round of drinks on me” or “The crowd burst into a round of applause” (a reoccurring cycle of events)
    “The hunter fired three quick round into the bear” (the amount of ammunition required to fire a single shot)

    I don’t know if “circle” would be as accurate, but it’s the only close word I can find.

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      Fixed! Thank you for your information!

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  13. So if I see in anime they are going to say lo instead of ro

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