Reading Rules: Long Vowels and Sokuon っ

We look at special combinations of sounds: long vowels and sokuon, or little "tsu." Long vowels are simply longer and little "tsu" is a slight pause.

Lesson Objectives

  • Learn the difference between short and long vowel sounds.
  • Be able to read and write words that have long vowels in Hiragana and Romaji characters.
  • Learn how words with Sokuon っ are written and pronounced correctly.

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