View topic - About pronunciation over word boundaries?
When you're reading a sentence aloud like 日本語を話す, for example, would you lengthen the お sound in 語 to 2 morae due to the を particle, or do you distinguish the particle from its word audibly? Same goes for a word that starts with a vowel following a word that ends in the same vowel.
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You asked a good question. In the case of your example, 「を」 , which is indeed pronounced 'o' is actually spelt 'wo.' I can't say it is really pronounced like we say 'wo' in English, but particularly in such cases where 「を」 is preceded by an 'o' sound, you may be able to discern a very slight change in inflection moving onto the 「を」。 (A linguistics student will be able to explain a lot better. Or if you can find your example spoken by a native speaker you might see what I mean.)
Sometimes it is pronounced/sounds like an elongated 'o' sound. As long as you recognize in your head that it is にほんごを （As oppose to にほんごー） I don't think it should matter too much.
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