Last modified on 31 January 2014, at 06:21
Character  マ 
Unicode name KATAKANA LETTER MA
Codepoint U+30DE
See also: , , , , and

JapaneseEdit

Stroke order
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EtymologyEdit

Simplified in the Heian period from the man'yōgana kanji .

PronunciationEdit

SyllableEdit

(Hepburn romanization ma)

  1. The katakana syllable (ma), whose equivalent in hiragana is (ma). It is the thirty-first syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (MA-gyō, A-dan; “row MA, section A”).

Usage notesEdit

Unlike the hiragana system, used for Japanese language words that kanji does not cover, the katakana syllabary is used primarily for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of loan words (collectively gairaigo), as well as to represent onomatopoeia, technical and scientific terms, and the names of plants, animals, and minerals. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words, are also written in katakana rather than the other systems.[edit]

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