Ma (kana)

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

Stroke order

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.

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 nameHIRAGANA LETTER MAKATAKANA LETTER MAHALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER MA
Encodingsdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhex
Unicode12414U+307E12510U+30DE65423U+FF8F
UTF-8227 129 190E3 81 BE227 131 158E3 83 9E239 190 143EF BE 8F
Numeric character referenceままママママ
Shift JIS130 22082 DC131 12583 7D207CF
  • 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


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