Different pronunciation with different "xあ+い" combinations?

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JacobARF
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Different pronunciation with different "xあ+い" combinations?

Post by JacobARF » Thu 07.16.2015 10:34 am

Hi!

I've noticed that the い in 世界 (せかい) and はい are pronounced differently? In 世界 it's like "se ka i" but in はい it's like one quick word, "hai", almost a diphthong? Same for やさい and はやい. Is there a rule for this, or do you just learn word by word?

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Re: Different pronunciation with different "xあ+い" combinatio

Post by richvh » Thu 07.16.2015 2:04 pm

It may depend on where the tonal accent falls.
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