ra ri ru re ro (ラリルレロ)
Imagine the front of a ship about to ram into something. This character is spelled “ra”, like the first two letters of the word “ram”, and sounds like “rah”.
Imagine a ribbon tied into a bow. These two lines are the tails of the ribbon hanging down from the bow. The character is spelled “ri”, like the first two letters of “ribbon”.
Think of this character as the trunk of a tree and its roots. It’s spelled “ru” and sounds like the “roo” in “roots”.
Imagine that this character looks like the antlers of a reindeer. It sounds like “re”, the beginning of “reindeer”.
This character looks like a big square rock. It’s spelled “ro” like the first two letters of “rock”.
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