Why?

Why do some kana have 2 small marks such as じ compared to its original hiragana し . Im presuming because its pronounced differently but what to the marks tell exactly and how do you understand what sound to make with the marks? Anyone know?
posted by arashi

Comments 3

  • apple
    apple
    your assumption is right. the small marks modificates the pronunctiation. I think its because the sounds theyll make would belong to the same group.

    し shi (like she)
    じ ji (like in jeans)
    て te (temple)
    で de (debt)

    youll encounter a circle mark as well °
    ひ hi (he)
    び bi (big)
    ぴ pi (pig)

    へ he (hello / e)
    べ be (better)
    ぺ pe (pet)

    ふ fu/hu (fur)
    ぶ bu (bool)
    ぷ pu (put)

    ほ ho (home)
    ぼ bo (bold)
    ぽ po (pond)

    は ha
    ば ba
    ぱ pa (past)

    or
    か ka
    が ga
    こ ko
    ご go
    け ke
    げ ge
    く ku
    ぐ gu

    keep in mind that every single kana stands for itself.
  • pemulaabis
    pemulaabis
    じ is ji
    し is shi
  • JACKBOSMA
    JACKBOSMA
    にごり
    濁り
    voiced consonant marks
arashi

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