how to pronounce haiku


audio example by a male speaker

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the above transcription of haiku is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

haiku is pronounced in two syllables

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example pitch curve for pronunciation of haiku


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video examples of haiku pronunciation

An example use of haiku in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and i also fought part of the haiku jam …”

meanings of haiku


  1. A Japanese poem in three lines, the first and last consisting of five morae, and the second consisting of seven morae, usually with an emphasis on the season or a naturalistic theme.
  2. A three-line poem in any language, with five syllables in the first and last lines and seven syllables in the second, usually with an emphasis on the season or a naturalistic theme.

haiku frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word haiku occurs in english on average 6.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics haiku can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that haiku can be often used in the following areas:

1) leisure and entertainment;

words with pronunciation similar to haiku


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