Ma (kana)

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ma
transliteration ma
hiragana origin
katakana origin

, 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[edit]

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 right, which then crosses the vertical line going to the left.
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-right.
  2. A small line at the end of the diagonal line.

Other representations[edit]

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