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How to difference Katakana "shi" and "tsu"?

evilprincess_yui
Asked 4 years ago

Katakana "shi" (シ) is the one that has the two smaller strokes slanted towards the left and the longer stroke is slanted towards the right. As for the katakana "tsu" (ツ), its first two smaller strokes are more upwards and the longer stroke is also pointing towards the top. I hope this helped you out at least a little.

ダリウス
Commented 4 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBmDM2cUEQw

Keith
Commented 4 years ago

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b5/Difference_between_tsu_and_shi_in_japanese_katakana.png

Olkusz
Commented 4 years ago

Thanks a lot. It really helped.

evilprincess_yui
Commented 4 years ago

Don't know if this is too late but, TSU smiles at U! That's how I remember it.

fallrisk
Commented 4 years ago

Seems silly but I memorized by thinking シ sounds like she and looks more like long hair flowing back

Alisha
Commented 4 years ago

fallrisk and Alisha, thanks it's getting easier to remember now. ʕ→ᴥ←ʔ

evilprincess_yui
Commented 4 years ago

Shi looks like a smiling girl (she). And tsu sounds like tonight. So I imagine that tonight there are shooting stars near a mountain. It sounds weird but this is how I imagine it! I hope this comment helps you.

Emmachan
Commented 4 years ago

emmachan Thank you so much. OAO

evilprincess_yui
Commented 4 years ago

I'm kinda late for this I guess, but I agree with the first comment. The orientation is what gives it away. Keep in mind you will see different fonts used for kana in real japanese media, and these fonts may seem weird if you're too familiar with a specific font. Take this image for example, it uses a fat font: http://www.ac-font.com/fontpreview/j001_fat_font/preview.jpg On the second line there's a small tsu, on the third there's a ji (shi with dakuten). Notice the orientation of the lines for each one. Think of shi as 3 horizontal lines and tsu as 3 vertical lines. I think I've seen japanese people draw them exactly like that, probably when they want to write fast. (then tsu would kind of look like this: ''| )

モリナ・ジエゴ
Commented 4 years ago

How I remember it: Shi (she) looks up at the moon, then looks down and says "Oh no, I need to tie my Tsu (shoe)!"

Ashton
Commented 4 years ago

Know someone who might be able to answer this question?

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