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how to make the L sound in japanese

狐の火
Asked 7 years ago
if you have a name that starts with an L how would you write it in katkana ?

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There is no "L" sound, but the closest is the ら line ("r"). So Lima (a city in Peru) would be リマ; lovey-dovey (literally love-love) would be ラブラブ; lily, リリー; etc. Hope that helps!

Snowman
Answered 7 years ago

what about for the name laruen?

狐の火
Commented 7 years ago

its actually spelled lauren

狐の火
Commented 7 years ago

rauren or ラウレン。 It may use a long vowel instead. Not sure. In that case it would be ラーレン.

Taylor
Commented 7 years ago

Hello, first comment is right, there's no L sound in the Japanese language, so they instead use the R sound (ra, re, ri, ro, ru). For example, there's a JRock band called Velvet, the name of the band is written in katakana: ベルベット. See? They spell "berubeto" placing the character "ru" in L's place. Also, in Death Note (デスノート) anime, the protagonist is called Light Yagami but they pronounce is as "Raito". Hope to be helpful for you. Greetings!

Diaura Yagami
Commented 7 years ago

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Hello, first comment is right, there's no L sound in the Japanese language, so they instead use the R sound (ra, re, ri, ro, ru). For example, there's a JRock band called Velvet, the name of the band is written in katakana: ベルベット. See? They spell "berubeto" placing the character "ru" in L's place. Also, in Death Note (デスノート) anime, the protagonist is called Light Yagami but they pronounce is as "Raito". Hope to be helpful for you. Greetings!
Diaura Yagami
Answered 7 years ago