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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Pronounce Hiragana Part 7: ma, mi, mu, me, mo

with Ayaka Hills

Understanding hiragana is an important part of learning Japanese. Here's a guide to the hiragana characters ma, mi, mu, me, mo.See Transcript

Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Pronounce Hiragana Part 7: ma, mi, mu, me, mo

Hi, I'm Ayaka Hills of Hills Learning in New York, for About.com. In this video, I am going show you how to pronounce the hiragana characters まみむめも (ma, mi, mu, me, mo).

Hiragana Characters "ma," "mi" and "mu"

Let's begin with ま (ma). "Ma." ま (ma) is used to write まくら (makura), which means "pillow." まくら (makura), pillow.

The next character is み (mi). "Mi." み (mi) is used to write みなと (minato), which means "harbor." みなと (minato), harbor.

Next, let's pronounce む (mu). "Mu." む (mu) is used to write むし (mushi), which means "insect." むし (mushi), insect.

Hiragana Characters "me" and "mo"

The next character is め (me). "Me." め (me) is used to write めがね (megane), "eye glasses." めがね (megane), eye glasses.

The next character is も (mo). "Mo." も (mo) is used to write もり (mori), which means "forest." もり (mori), forest.

まみむめも (ma, mi, mu, me, mo) "Ma," "mi," "mu," "me," "mo."

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