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The handakuten turn h into p.
and diphthongs are generally written out in Japanese as double vowels or combinations of vowels, which is at least easier than English in that regard.
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The Tale of Genji (currently)
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The above is perfect, but for a bit more visual idea. The dakuten is the quote looking thing ( " ) and the Hanadakuten is the little circle used only with H. Diphthongs are the double consonant sounds in Japanese that have a brief space between the preceeding syllable and the Diphthong syllable. It's usually indicated in Hiragana by a small "tsu" right where the space should be.
diphthongs are the vowel slides like in: hai. where the vowels slur together rather than
being pronounced seperately. hai vs. ha-i.
the double consonants are glottal stops: nippon. where the flow of air is momentarily
blocked by the glottis.
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I read in the grammar section of this site that the Japanese right: subject-object-verb as opposed to subject-verb-object so I was was wondering if I were gong to say "Hello, everyone" in Japanese would i say "everyone" and then "hello"?
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