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Schneefloeckchen
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12:13 pm, Jul 7 2012
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I can't speak Japanese but tried to learn Hiragana and Katakana. I noticed, that "Seiyuu ka-!" in the Japanese Titel (声優かっ!) has the Hiragana "っ" (tsu) at the end. Why is it left out in the english titel?

I would love to know that (and Google doesn't want to be friends with me), so please answer me smile


Baltha
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A small tsu indicates doubling the following consonant in a middle of the word, for example いぷん
is "ipun" and いっぷん is "ippun" (Hepburn romanization).
At the end, it's mostly onomatopoeic and indicates a sudden stop. That's why it's often seen in combination with sound effects in manga.

Edit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokuon

Ibleda
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Hmm... you'll have to wiki hiragana for the exact explanation, but the small tsu is not pronounced. Basically it means to lengthen the last sound or something.

"つ" & "っ" See the difference? It's basically the same as that silent letter in many English words. Wiki makes it sound very difficult and confusing but honestly... there's nothing wrong with choosing to ignore all that. There's a katakana version to it too: "ッ"

I'm not 100% sure but I think if you wanna type it, you double the next sound in English. Er... like Takki (Ta--ki). Do I make sense? Double that "k" from "ki". Or from Baltha's example, double that "p" from "pu".

Last edited by Ibleda at 12:55 pm, Jul 7

Schneefloeckchen
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Thank you very much! smile

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