Su (kana)

, in hiragana, or in katakana is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. Their shapes come from the kanji 寸 and 須, respectively. Both kana represent the sound [su͍]. In the Ainu language, the katakana ス can be written as small ㇲ to represent a final s, and is used to emphasize the pronunciation of [s] rather than the normal [ɕ] (represented in Ainu as ㇱ).[1]

Forms Rōmaji Hiragana Katakana
Normal s-
(さ行 sa-gyō)
su
suu, swu
すう, すぅ
すー
スウ, スゥ
スー
Addition dakuten z-
(ざ行 za-gyō)
zu
zuu, zwu
ずう, ずぅ
ずー
ズウ, ズゥ
ズー
Other additional forms
Form A (sw-)
Romaji Hiragana Katakana
swa すぁ スァ
swi, si すぃ スィ *
swe すぇ スェ
swo すぉ スォ
Form B (zw-)
Romaji Hiragana Katakana
zwa ずぁ ズァ
zwi, zi ずぃ ズィ *
zwe ずぇ ズェ
zwo ずぉ ズォ
su
transliterationsu
translit. with dakutenzu
hiragana origin
katakana origin
spelling kanaすずめのス
(Suzume no "su")

* スィ and ズィ are also used to present si and zi pronunciations respectively. For example, 'C' is presented as スィー /siː/. See also Hepburn romanization.

Stroke order

Other representations

Character
Unicode nameHIRAGANA LETTER SUKATAKANA LETTER SUHALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER SUKATAKANA LETTER SMALL SUHIRAGANA LETTER ZUKATAKANA LETTER ZU
Encodingsdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhex
Unicode12377U+305912473U+30B965405U+FF7D12786U+31F212378U+305A12474U+30BA
UTF-8227 129 153E3 81 99227 130 185E3 82 B9239 189 189EF BD BD227 135 178E3 87 B2227 129 154E3 81 9A227 130 186E3 82 BA
Numeric character referenceすすススススㇲㇲずずズズ
Shift JIS130 18382 B7131 8883 58189BD130 18482 B8131 8983 59
  • Braille
す / ス in Japanese Braille
す / ス
su
ず / ズ
zu
すう / スー
ずう / ズー
Other kana based on Braille
しゅ / シュ
shu
じゅ / ジュ
ju
しゅう / シュー
shū
じゅう / ジュー

References

  1. Refsing, Kirsten (1996). Early European Writings on the Ainu Language. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-7007-0400-0.


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