This letter is normally pronounced "ha" but when it is used as a "topic marker particle" it is pronounced "wa".
words that start with “ha” (は):
ha = a leaf (also happa is leaf), leaves
ha= a tooth, teeth
hahaha = the sound of laughter ;-)
hai = yes
haru = spring
haha = the sound of laughter?
Well, actually “haha” means “mother”…
For me, the words “laughter” and “mother”, are kind of the same thing.
My father passed away when I was a toddler. So my mother brought me up on her own….in a country that was not her homeland. She spoke English like her life depended on it, and well, I suppose it did.
Despite the grief she held inside her after my father passed away, she is the person who taught me to laugh. There wasn’t a week that I didn’t get scolded but there wasn’t a day that we didn’t laugh out loud. (All my personal “Joy Luck Club-ish” memories can go into another post…)
More words that start with “ha” are:
hashi = chopsticks
hashi = bridge
If we didn’t use Kanji, it could be hard to figure out what the above sentence means.
But with Kanji....