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TYJ Hiragana for m + vowels

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2.7. Hiragana for m + vowels

m + vowels:
ma[ ma ] ListenEnglish "m" + Japanese "a".
mi[ mi ] Listen English "m" + Japanese "i".
mu[ mɯ ] ListenEnglish "m" + Japanese "u".
me[ me ] ListenEnglish "m" + Japanese "e".
mo[ mo ] ListenEnglish "m" + Japanese "o".

Hiragana examples:
Pitch:L H H
Romanization:ki mo no
Meaning:kimono (noun)

For your interest: Kimonos are traditional Japanese clothes. The English word kimono means only Japanese-style casual ones. There are several kinds of kimonos, such as ふりそど "hurisode" (beautiful formal kimonos for women) and ゆかた "yukata" (light kimonos for summer).

Pitch:H L
Romanization:mi so
Meaning:miso (noun)

For your interest: Miso is a fermented paste made from だいず "daizu" (soybeans). It is used for みそしる "misosiru" (miso soup) and other foods.

Pitch:L H
Romanization:ma me
Meaning:pea, bean (noun)

Pitch:L H
Romanization:mi mi
Meaning:ear (noun)

Pitch:L H H
Romanization:mu su me
Meaning:daughter (noun)

Pitch:L H H
Romanization:su mo mo
Meaning:plum (noun)

Pitch:L H L
Romanization:me ma i
Meaning:dizziness (noun)
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My name is TAKASUGI Shinji. TAKASUGI is my family name, and Shinji is my given name; a family name is placed before a given name in Japan, as in other Asian nations. My family name is capitalized to avoid misunderstanding.

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