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    (Original post by pongalo)
    can i ask a quick question to people that can speak japanese? more specifically about hiragana, basically i started learning hiragana on monday starting by learning the alphabet and i've found on two different sites that the symbol for 'ki' was different :s is there any difference?

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    No difference at all. It just depends on the font and/or the writer's preference.
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    (Original post by pongalo)
    can i ask a quick question to people that can speak japanese? more specifically about hiragana, basically i started learning hiragana on monday starting by learning the alphabet and i've found on two different sites that the symbol for 'ki' was different :s

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    I know its not the best quality but help would be appreciated
    The first picture is usually how 'ki' is handwritten; the second is general computer output. You see this type of difference with the characters 'sa' and 'chi' too (and others I may have forgotten!)
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    No difference at all. It just depends on the font and/or the writer's preference.

    (Original post by Paramore<3)
    The first picture is usually how 'ki' is handwritten; the second is general computer output. You see this type of difference with the characters 'sa' and 'chi' too (and others I may have forgotten!)
    Thanks guys!
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    Thanks guys!

    'so' can also be written in two different ways depending on the font and how old the writer is. 'fu' can also be written with the top stroke becoming part of the main central stroke -- so it becomes 3 strokes instead of 4. Also, in some fonts 'ri' becomes joined so it looks like a single stroke.

    A few things to be careful of! I remember when I first started learning and thought the exact same thing! Basically, in handwriting, the style in the first 'ki' is pretty much ALWAYS used for ki, chi, and sa.

    I work in a school in Japan and so I see a lot of handwriting every day and I have never seen anyone write ki, chi and sa in the second way in your picture (with it joined together). It seems that style is only for computers.
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    I started teaching myself Japanese last December with the desire to become a TEFL teacher over there for a while. I did some work experience in a school of English with Japanese highschool kids so i can read Japanese handwriting fairly well, even though i don't know much kanji yet

    I am going to study Japanese at university in September as an elective so i can't wait haha

    For everyone doing any Japanese studying; がんばってみんな!
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