The letter M can either represent a normal M sound or a breathy M sound.
In normal situations, M has the same sound as the English M.
- mamma, um, magi
The breathy M sound is pronounced without using the voice. You pronounce it by closing your lips like in a normal M, and then blowing air out of your nose with your mouth closed. In English, it is the sound you make when you do a strong “hmm”.
It appears in the following situations:[a]
- When the next letter is a p:
- lampi, svampur, sjampó
- When the next letter is a t:
- fimmti, skemmtilegur
The name of the letter is “emm”, same as in English.