Proper Pronunciation Guide


[tsu nɑ mi]


  • Pronounce the initial consonant cluster /ts/ as one sound. (Normally this cluster occurs at the ends of words, such as “hats” or tests.”)
  • Stress the second syllable.

Practice Sentences:

A tsunami struck Japan in 1864.
We hope never to get caught in a tsunami.


  • (noun) An ENORMOUS wave in the ocean resulting from an earthquake or undersea volcanic eruption (from the Japanese: “tsu,” meaning harbor, and “nami,” meaning wave).

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