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small tsu

Post by EmilyBean » Wed 11.02.2005 9:51 pm

what's the point of small "tsu" in words? you can hardly hear it and I never know where it comes from, when to put it, etc...

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Post by AJBryant » Wed 11.02.2005 9:57 pm

It doubles the following consonant.

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Post by Kates » Wed 11.02.2005 11:51 pm

As Tony said, it doubles the following consonant. So words like "gakkou" (school) would look like がっこう. The っ 'sounds' like a stop, somewhat. Try saying the words "hot tea" and you might understand what I mean. When we say "hot tea" naturally, it sounds more like "hottea" doesn't it? That's what the っ does. ^_^

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RE: small tsu

Post by EmilyBean » Wed 11.02.2005 11:56 pm

alright, I think I understand it now...
like "katta" makes it katta not "kata" which sounds harder to me.

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RE: small tsu

Post by nprz » Thu 11.03.2005 3:56 am

Kates: You mean when you say "hot tea" it doesn't come out as "hottie". I want a hot tea in my hands right now.

And I think any Japanese can hear where there is a っ or not in a word. It is only people that are just starting to learn the language that can't.

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RE: small tsu

Post by Kates » Thu 11.03.2005 7:39 am

nprz: No, my 'hot tea' does not sound like 'hottie.' ^^; Does YOURS? haha

As you (just speaking to beginning Japanese students in general) get better and better at Japanese, (ESPECIALLY LISTENING! PRACTICE LISTENING.) you'll be able to tell the difference between words like "kite" (cut) "kiite" (listen) and "kitte" (come/approach). And you'll be able to hear the long 'o' sound better, and you'll be able to say "kon'yaku" and it won't sound like "kon'nyaku"....

But getting the small tsu down should be a first step. That is... after getting the pronunciation difference between "kowai" and "kawaii." :P

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RE: small tsu

Post by AJBryant » Thu 11.03.2005 8:57 am

The doubled consonant is easy to understand. It's the difference in the /D/, for example, in "madog" and "mad dog", the /K/ in "black cat" and "blanket", or the /T/ in "bit up" and "bit top."

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RE: small tsu

Post by Kates » Fri 11.04.2005 7:32 am

Ooh, arigatou~ More good English examples.

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