Mnemonics for the シ (shi), ン (n), ツ (tsu), (ソ) so, and ノ (no) Characters
In this section we will analyze the シ (shi), ン (n), ツ (tsu), (ソ) so, and ノ (no) characters.
You’ll notice that these characters can be grouped into two separate categories. The シ (shi) and ン (n) (call this Group 1) and the ツ (tsu), (ソ) so, and ノ (no) characters (call this Group 2).
Now let’s look at Group 1 (the シ (shi) and ン (n) characters). What do these characters have in common? Notice how they both have a bottom slopey line that is curved upward only slightly. Also, you’ll notice that the angle of the dot(s) at the top of each character are on an almost horizontal angle.
シ (shi) and ン (n)
Compare this to Group 2 (ツ (tsu), (ソ) so, and ノ (no) characters). With the Group 2 characters, notice how the bottom line is curved upwards on an almost vertical angle? It’s not a slight curve, it’s almost a straight upward curve, and it’s longer! Also notice how the dot(s) on the ツ (tsu) and ソ (so) characters are almost vertical as well?