In the last lesson, we went over わ and を — a super simple lesson with just a couple similar characters to worry about.

This is probably this simplest lesson — the N consonant — just one character.

Pronouncing N-ん

First, let’s cover how to pronounce this character. You might think the N sound would be pretty simple. It is, but there is something I want you to know about it.

Stand-Alone Syllable

The N sound is its own standalone syllable.

Take for example the Japanese word for bakery: panya (パンや). It is pronounced pa-n-ya, not pa-nya (you will learn nya in a later lesson).