The Japanese や(“ya”) column

The 46 sounds on the so-called hiragana chart are mainly written and pronounced in Japanese. In addition, there are other characters with small dots or circles above the letters, as well with smaller “ぁぃぅぇぉ”, “ゃゅょ”, and “っ”, so in reality, many more sounds can be expressed.
This series will explain the 46 characters on the hiragana chart, 25 hiragana and katakana characters with dots and circles above them, and their pronunciations.

The 「や」 Column: や, ゆ, よ

Pronunciation of each letter

「やゆよ」 (“y” sound)


Mouth position: The front part of the tongue goes up close to the mouth roof.
Air release: Force air to flow through the small space.
Vocal cord vibration: Yes (Voiced)

“y” sound + [あ]

“y” sound + [う]

“y” sound + [お]

Samples of handwriting

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