“E” OR “え” SAYS “short e sound as in egg”
The First stroke belongs in the upper middle of the character. Starting on the left, make a very small sloped line downwards.
Sometimes, you might see this line with a small side-stroke back towards the left. These characters were originally written with a brush, and this was just a small pull sideways that gave it flair. It shouldn’t be too deliberate – more a fast pull than anything.
Second, below the first line and without picking up your pen! Start by making a sloping-upwards line. Then pull your pen down quickly in a slight diagonal. Drag it back up again about 1/2 way. Then pull off into a sloping “s” shape.
Kind of like a slanted “h” with a fancy top and a hooked end.
Pay attention to proportions – note that Step 2 ends up close to where Step 1 started. Step 3 pulls off at close to where Step 1 started. The hook on Step 4 goes below Step 2.
Final Version of This Part:
EXAMPLES (FROM TOP 1000 JAPANESE WORDS)
- かえる (Kaeru) = Frog
- いえ (Ie) = House / Home
- えんぴつ (Enpitsu) = Pencil