Have you ever wondered if there are words or phrases in Japanese that start with hiragana ん (n)? The answer is YES, in this article we will examine some examples of words and phrases that start with this hiragana.
ん is the only kana that does not have a vowel, and there are few words that begin using that ん. Most of these words tend to be slang, dialect or words borrowed from foreign languages.
Slang and Dialects
ん な ば か な!
Slang from そんなばかな
ん な わ け ね ぇ だ ろ う!
Slang from そんなわけねぇだろう
These 2 words are slang to give a strong emphasis on: “no way, it can't be like that!”
ん や ろ う
Slang for: このやろう
Meaning: bastard, you…
ん と · · ·
ん だ と?!
Slang for: なんだと!
Meaning: what the hell did you just say ?!
んだ = What?
We noticed a certain similarity between the syllable “un” and the hiragana ん (N).
The ん (N) is used at the beginning of foreign words like "Ngorongoro", which is transcribed as ンゴロンゴロ. Some words originating from the Okinawa dialect as a word for miso, nnsu (written as ンース).
The ん(N) is also used to create words that have Nwa, Nwi, Nwe, Nwo. Here are some examples:
- んうぉ / んをンウォ / ンヲ = Nwoya District (ンウォヤ・ディストリクト Nwoya Disutorikuto)
- んうぇ / んゑンウェ / ンヱ Nwenaing (ンウェナイング Nwenaingu)
- んうぃ / んゐンウィ / ンヰ Nwisd (ンウィスド Nwisudo)
The ん also reminds us of the shiritori game whose objective is to form words that start with the kana that ends the inner word, whoever speaks a word ending with ん loses, since there are almost no words that start with ん, and it is forbidden to use slang and foreign words.