2.7. Hiragana for m + vowels


m + vowels:
HiraganaRomanizationPronunciationDescription
(ma)ma[ma] audio English "m" + Japanese "a".
(mi)mi[mi] audio English "m" + Japanese "i".
(mu)mu[mu] audio English "m" + Japanese "u".
(me)me[me] audio English "m" + Japanese "e".
(mo)mo[mo] audio English "m" + Japanese "o".


Hiragana examples:

Hiragana:(ki)(mo)(no)
Pitch:LHH
Romanization:kimono
Meaning:kimono

For your interest: Kimonos are Japanese traditional clothes. The English word kimono means only Japanese-style casual ones. There are several kinds of kimonos, such as (hu)(ri)(so)(de) "hurisode" (beautiful formal kimonos for women) and (yu)(ka)(ta) "yukata" (light kimonos for summer).

Hiragana:(mi)(so)
Pitch:HL
Romanization:miso
Meaning:miso (noun)

For your interest: Miso is fermented paste made from (da)(i)(zu) "daizu" (soy beans). It is used for (mi)(so)(si)(ru) "misosiru" (miso soup) and other foods.

Hiragana:(ma)(me)
Pitch:LH
Romanization:mame
Meaning:pea, bean (noun)

Hiragana:(mi)(mi)
Pitch:LH
Romanization:mimi
Meaning:ear (noun)

Hiragana:(mu)(su)(me)
Pitch:LHH
Romanization:musume
Meaning:daughter (noun)

Hiragana:(su)(mo)(mo)
Pitch:LHH
Romanization:sumomo
Meaning:plum (noun)

Hiragana:(me)(ma)(i)
Pitch:LHL
Romanization:memai
Meaning:dizziness (noun)



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