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Japanese Word for "Daughter"

The Japanese word for water is musume. It's phonetically pronounced "moo-soo-may".

The kanji for musume is quite simple:

Word for daughter--pronounced moo-soo-may

Here's how to write the Japanese word for water, mizu, in hiragana:

Hiragana for mu, pronounced moo Hiragana for su, pronounced soo Hiragana for me, pronounced may

The kanji for musume is made up of two parts (called "radicals"). The one on the left means "woman" and the one on the right means good. The literal meaning of musume is "a woman who is still good".

You would only refer to your own daughter as musume. The polite way to refer to someone else's daugher is musume-san

Click here to check out how to say and write more Japanese words


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