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Ma (kana)

ma
transliterationma
hiragana origin
katakana origin
spelling kanaマッチのマ Matchi no "ma"

, in hiragana, or in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, which each represent one mora. The hiragana is made in three strokes, while the katakana in two. Both represent [ma].

Form Rōmaji Hiragana Katakana
Normal m-
(ま行 ma-gyō)
ma
maa
, mah
まあ, まぁ
まー
マア, マァ
マー

Stroke order

Stroke order in writing ま
Stroke order in writing ま
Stroke order in writing マ
Stroke order in writing マ
Stroke order in writing ま

The hiragana ま is made with three strokes:

  1. An upper horizontal line from left to right.
  2. Another horizontal line going from left to right under the first stroke.
  3. A vertical line from top to bottom, then a small loop towards the left, which then crosses the vertical line going to the right.
Stroke order in writing マ

The katakana マ is made with two strokes:

  1. A horizontal line from left to right, accompanied with a diagonal line towards the bottom-left.
  2. A small line at the end of the diagonal line.

Other representations

Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER MA KATAKANA LETTER MA HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER MA
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 12414 U+307E 12510 U+30DE 65423 U+FF8F
UTF-8 227 129 190 E3 81 BE 227 131 158 E3 83 9E 239 190 143 EF BE 8F
Numeric character reference ま ま マ マ マ マ
Shift JIS 130 220 82 DC 131 125 83 7D 207 CF
  • Braille
ま / マ in Japanese Braille
ま / マ
ma
まあ / マー
Other kana based on Braille
みゃ / ミャ
mya
みゃあ / ミャー
myā
⠵ (braille pattern dots-1356) ⠵ (braille pattern dots-1356)⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠈ (braille pattern dots-4)⠵ (braille pattern dots-1356) ⠈ (braille pattern dots-4)⠵ (braille pattern dots-1356)⠒ (braille pattern dots-25)

Japanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 9.svg Japanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 5.svg