sonhadora_18 (sonhadora_18) wrote in linguaphiles,

Japanese elongation of vowel and consonant sounds

Hi all,

There are three things I've observed when reading Japanese hiragana.

1. Sometimes, for elongating a vowel sound, the

'a / ee / oo / eh / oh' vowel is used an extra time, such as いいえ (no) Or, 大きい (big)

2. And sometimes, just this ------ is used, like ま (MA) maybe followed by ----- to indicate a longer 'ma' sound? I'm sorry, I cannot seem to find word examples of this at the moment.

3. I see that small 'tsu' っ' is also used sometimes for elongating a vowel sound, like 閉まっている ( to be closed )

So I was wondering, how do you know when to use an extra vowel, the ----- symbol, or small 'tsu' when you want to denotate the extra vowel sound?
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