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Let's take a look at the M's. These five are as you should expect... No big surprises

- ma    - as in MAMA
It's someone's MAma kicking someone out with her foot.

- mi    - as in ME
It looks like a MEteor shower.

- mu    - as in MOOd
It's an upside down MA, pronounced MU.

- me    - as in MAY
It looks like a man with his legs tied who MAY fall if he doesn't stop leaning over.

- mo    - as in MOE 
This looks similar to a lawn MOWer.

Write them out 10 times a day and soon you will get it.  To aid memorization, make silly associations to go with them. You can use the above mnemonics or you can make your own!



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How do you read these Katakana characters? What English words do they sound out? (Some may be easier than others to guess)

マン ____________    This means ____________
ミート ____________    This means ____________
コーム_____________   This means ____________
メキシコ _____________    This means ______________
モーア _____________    This means ______________
イニ、ミニ、マイニ、モ_____________    This means ______________

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Perhaps you can recognize these 5 in just one day of practice.  







マン   man This means Man
ミート mi-to This means Meat
コーム  ko-mu This means a Comb
メキシコ mekishiko  This means Mexico
モーア  mo-a  This means Mower
イニ、ミニ、マイニ、モ ini, mini, maini, mo  This means Eeinie, Meenie, Minie, Moe

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Normally モウワー is Mower, not モーア.
And イニ, ミニ sounds strange. I wonder who made these examples.

モーア is in EDICT, モウワー is not.

モーア is in EDICT, モウワー is not. (neither appears in the online dictionaries I use, but then, I don't have access to a katakana dictionary.) I think the native word synonyms are normally preferred to the katakana words in this case anyway.

I would have expected イーに、ミーに、マイニ、モー but these aren't in any dictionary I have and probably not any dictionary, I can't imagine 'eenie, meenie, minie, moe' is used outside of translating English language media. Any form of them will probably sound strange in Japanese. :o

No モーア

And I don't think EDICT is very reliable.

モーア. I made another mistake

i think it was 'more'... Katakana is rather hard for me

ミート, I guessed it was "meet"

ミート, I guessed it was "meet" .

Another long mnemonic

Mu kind of reminds me of the recycling symbol. Recycling makes me think of greenhouse gasses. Cows are the main producer of the methane in the atmosphere. Cows say MOO.

In this test theres an ン (n)

In this test theres an ン (n) which we haven't learned let.

That got me too.. the lessons

That got me too.. the lessons are good, so I just noted it and look forward to seeing that lesson.

メ(me) mnemonic

Since it kind of looks like an X: It should remind you of x-MEn.

i love the eeinie meeni mini

i love the eeinie meeni mini mo part haha

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