Japanese orthography (was Re: Grie Ka #2 : ( the weirdest? aspects of Ka ))
|From:||Hiroshi Kato <hkato@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, December 11, 2001, 22:23|
From: "Nik Taylor" <fortytwo@...>
> Hiroshi Kato wrote:
> > Would anyone in the list complain about it if I do this?
> Well, it would be confusing for us gaijin studying Japanese. :-)
Well, it's not so bad as you might think.
If you know the following, you are 90 % O.K.
ha in the middle or the end of the word wa
hi in the middle or the end of the word i
hu in the middle or the end of the word u
he in the middle or the end of the word e
ho in the middle or the end of the word o
Isn't it simple? And I'm sure you already knew some of them (wo, ha, he as
And in addition, if you know the following list, you are 99% O.K.
Note that the latter list can be applicable when a consonant is attached in
front of them.
kau -> koo
kwau -> koo
kiyau -> kyoo
seu -> shoo
tehu(butterfly) -> tyoo(choo)
And note also that the latter list is only applicable when this combination of
sounds are considered to be unseparable.
kahu( to buy) is considered to be ka + hu, so it is not pronounced as "koo" but
toho( walking) is considered to be to + ho( two Kanji), so it is not pronouced
as "too" but as "toho"
But hoho (cheek) is one word and it's not separable, so it is pronouced as "hoo"
Well, there are some exceptions
ihu (to say) is i + hu but still it is pronounced as "yuu"
shimaseu (let's do) is shimase + u but still it is pronounced as "shimashoo"
But don't worry about it too much..Almost all the time you can guess.