Bilabial nasal facts for kids

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Bilabial nasal
m
IPA number 114
Encoding
Entity (decimal) m
Unicode (hex) U+006D
X-SAMPA m
Kirshenbaum m

 

The bilabial nasal is a type of consonant. It is used in almost all spoken languages. The International Phonetic Alphabet represents this sound as ⟨m⟩. The X-SAMPA symbol for this sound is ⟨m⟩. We can find the bilabial nasal in English, and it is the sound represented by "m" in map and rum.

Nearly all languages contain this sound. A few languages (for example, Mohawk) do not often use this sound.

These are some examples of where the bilabial nasal occurs in various languages:

Language Word IPA Meaning
Arabic Standard مطابخ [mɑˈtˤɑːbiχ] 'kitchens'
Catalan mare [ˈmaɾə] 'mother'
Chinese Cantonese /maan5 [maːn˩˧] 'night'
Mandarin 母親/mǔqīn [mu˨˩ tɕʰin˥] 'mother'
Dutch mond [mɔnt] 'mouth'
English him [hɪm] 'him'
Finnish minä [minæ] 'I'
French manger [mɑ̃ʒe] 'to eat'
Georgian სა [ˈsɑmi] 'three'
Greek μάζα/maza [ˈmaza] 'clump'
Hawaiian maka [maka] 'eye'
Indonesian masuk [ˈmasuʔ] 'enter'
Italian mamma [ˈmamma] 'mamma'
Japanese 乾杯/kampai [kampai] 'a toast'
Malay malam [malam] 'night'
Malayalam കമ്മി [kəmmi] 'shortage'
Polish masa 'mass'
Portuguese mato [ˈmatu] 'bush'
Russian муж [muʂ] 'husband'
Spanish grumete [ɡɾuˈme̞te̞] 'cabin boy'
Vietnamese muối [mwoj˧ˀ˥] 'salt'
Zapotec Tilquiapan man [maŋ] 'animal'

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