ま (ma) – Hiragana
– Pronounced as the Japanese ‘ma’. Sounds closest to the English ‘ma’ as in ‘mast’.
ま, in hiragana, or マ 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.
Mnemonic 1: Imagine that this is the mast of a great ship, or perhaps even the mast of a TV arial.