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Japanese Consonants: How to Pronounce ま み む め も

Japanese Letter ま み む め も

Description of the Japanese Pronunciation ま み む め も

Picture describing Japanese pronunciation [m]

ま み む め も consist of the Japanese consonant [m] with the Japanese vowels [a], [i], [u], [e] and [o] respectively. When you pronounce [m], you are going to close your lips and make a sound by allowing air to pass out through your nose. Regarding the sound み /mi/, you need to raise your tongue a little more towards the roof of your mouth than the other sounds. [m] is a voiced sound.

Does it make sense to you? Let’s try to pronounce ま み む め も after the tutor on the video!

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Words Exercise with the Pronunciation [m] ま み む め も

Please repeat the following words after the tutor on the video.

Words Roman Letters Meanings
まえ ma e front
まいにち ma i ni chi everyday
mi ru to look at
みち mi chi road
むいか mu i ka 6th (day)
こう mu ko u over there
me eye
めがね me ga ne glasses
もっと mo tto more
mo tsu to have

Sentences Exercise with the Pronunciation [m] ま み む め も

Please repeat the following sentences after the tutor in the video.

Japanese Sentences English Translations
毎日同まいにちおなみちあるきます。 I walk the same road every day.
まえすすみます。 I will look forward and proceed.
がねっています。 I have glasses.

Tongue Twister Exercise with the Pronunciation [m] ま み む め も

Please repeat the following tongue twisters after the tutor on the video. Also, please focus on the pronunciation practice, not the meaning, because they were made only for the sake of practice.

Japanese Tongue Twisters Vocabulary


むすめ: daughter, むす: son, むすめ婿: son-in-law, こう: over there, む: to drink


むぎ: barley, ごみ: trash


なま: row, むぎ: barley, こめ: rice, たまご: egg




This is the how to pronounce [m] ま み む め も. We recommend that you practice the sentences above at least 5 times for each exercise, though we understand that pronunciation practice can be dull. Good pronunciation will give you listening and speaking ability, and thereby you will be confident enough to speak Japanese with native speakers. Thus, the ability you gain is well worth the time spent. We are looking forward to seeing you in the next lesson; [j] や ゆ よ.

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