Day 22: Long vowels

In katakana, long vowels are represented by the elongation mark. On the other hand, in hiragana they are represented by two hiragana letters.

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ああ(aa) is pronounced as prolonged “ah.”
いい(ii) is pronunced as prolonged “ee.”
うう(uu) is pronced as prolonged “oo.”

かあ(kaa) is pronounced as prolonged “kah.”
きい(kii) is pronounced as prolonged “kee.”
くう(kuu) is pronounced as prolonged “koo.”

えい(ei) is pronounced as prolonged “eh.”
Accordingly, けい (kei) is pronunced as prolonged “keh.”

おう (ou) is pronounced as prolonged “oh.”
Accordingly, こう(kou) is pronounced as prolonged “koh.”

Look at some examples. The vowels in the underlined syllables are doubled in length.

とけい (tokei), pronounced as toh-keh, is clock/watch.
くうこう (kukou), pronounced as kookoh, is airport.

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This is ぼうし. How do you pronounce it?

hat
ぼうし (hat)

Boh-shi.”

This is ちょう. How do you pronounce it?

butterfly
ちょう (butterfly)

Choh.”

Well done!