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っ Vs. つ

Kelby
Asked 7 years ago

Could someone explain to me what the difference is between っ and つ, as I was trying to translate something and they have different meanings. Maybe the answer is explained in one of the lessons but just haven't reached it yet in which case I apologize for asking. 

 

-Kelby

Okay thats not too hard a question :) The つ is a hiragana letter that represents the sound tsu. It can be used in words for example つき - tsuki which means moon. っ which looks like a small tsu symbol doesn't show a sound as such. Instead it shows a slight pause in the word. When this is used as a symbol it as written as a double of the romanji after it. For example the word ゆっくり which means slowly. In romanji it is written as yakkuri because the ku is after the っ. When saying a word containing it, it would sound like Yew, *a slight pause* kew ree. Hope that helps :)

Bossdra
Commented 7 years ago

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Okay thats not too hard a question :) The つ is a hiragana letter that represents the sound tsu. It can be used in words for example つき - tsuki which means moon. っ which looks like a small tsu symbol doesn't show a sound as such. Instead it shows a slight pause in the word. When this is used as a symbol it as written as a double of the romanji after it. For example the word ゆっくり which means slowly. In romanji it is written as yakkuri because the ku is after the っ. When saying a word containing it, it would sound like Yew, *a slight pause* kew ree. Hope that helps, if not please feel free to message me and I'll try and clean it up a bit more :)

*Sorry if this can been seen twice, I've never answered a question before and for some reason it said your question still had no answers.

Bossdra
Answered 7 years ago

Ahh thank you :) This is explains a lot of it now.

Kelby
Commented 7 years ago

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The sokuon is the little "tsu" and provides a double consonant which turns out to be a slight pause.  There's actually a lesson here that describes it:

Reading Rules: Long Vowels and Sokuon つ

Taylor
Answered 7 years ago

Thanks for the link! It'll be the next thing I read.

Kelby
Commented 7 years ago