2.5. Hiragana for n + vowels


n + vowels:
HiraganaRomanizationPronunciationDescription
(na)na[na] audio English "n" + Japanese "a".
(ni)ni[nji] audio Similar to Spanish "ñ" + Japanese "i". Since the Japanese don't distinguish [nji] from [ni], you can use the latter pronunciation (English "n" + Japanese "i").
(nu)nu[nu] audio English "n" + Japanese "u".
(ne)ne[ne] audio English "n" + Japanese "e".
(no)no[no] audio English "n" + Japanese "o".


Hiragana examples:

Hiragana:(ka)(ta)(na)
Pitch:LHH
Romanization:katana
Meaning:Japanese sword (noun)

For your interest: Japanese swords are single-bladed curved swords. They are not only weapons but also artistic creations. Some Japanese swords are priceless.

Hiragana:(ne)(ko)
Pitch:HL
Romanization:neko
Meaning:cat (noun)

Hiragana:(nu)(no)
Pitch:LH
Romanization:nuno
Meaning:cloth (noun)

Hiragana:(ni)(zi)
Pitch:LH
Romanization:nizi
Meaning:rainbow (noun)

Hiragana:(o)(ni)
Pitch:LH
Romanization:oni
Meaning:demon (noun)

For your interest: Even though this word is often translated to demon, they are more human-like than ghost-like in many fairy tales, so they are often more similar to ogres and trolls.

Hiragana:(sa)(ka)(na)
Pitch:LHH
Romanization:sakana
Meaning:fish (noun)



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