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Postby jiro » Tue 02.01.2005 8:43 pm

ok. i have a japanese penpal who writes to me in english, and i write to her in english as well. ( i know its sad, but i dont know enough japanese to write to her) but ya. so i asked if she could write something in japanese in one of her letters. so she did. and she wrote it in hirgana/katakana, and did the romaji under it.

こんにちは。(konnichi ha) but isnt it supposed to be こんにちわ。(konnichi wa)?? just wondering. ありがとう。

sorry if this is in the wrong place.
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RE: wa and ha

Postby clay » Tue 02.01.2005 10:46 pm

Hi, normally the hiragana は is pronounced ha, but when it is used as a particle, you pronounce it wa. It is one of the few irregularities. go here: http://www.thejapanesepage.com/readarticle.php?article_id=6 for more on some particles.
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RE: simple words...

Postby jiro » Wed 02.02.2005 2:17 am

ok. that makes sense. lol. thanks!

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RE: simple words...

Postby Spaztick » Wed 02.02.2005 2:07 pm

The "wo" is pronounced "o," but the only one I didn't see listed (a while ago, I havne't checked so it might be there) is "he" (pronounced "e"), which is the same as "ni" (shows movement or time) but implies that there is more than one place. EX:

Boku wa nihongo ni iku tsumori. (I plan to go to Japan).
Boku wa nihongo e iku tsumori.

They are both the same, but the "he" implies that you won't jsut visit Japan.
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