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Or do native Japanese speaker not think about the implicit association with "east" in the name of their country in a way that would make sense to think of a western counterpart (Japan obviously isn't east or west to anyone who lives there) This is true. Many people know, as a piece of knowledge, that the etymology of 日本 has something to do with east or ...


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日末 'himatsu' would mean "end of the day" if anything if you wanted to say (something of the) setting sun 落日 (raku jitsu) might be appropriate Check out http://jisho.org/search/setting%20sun


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Neither Wiktionary (English / Japanese) nor jisho.org contain any reference to 日末, so I don't think that it's possible to use this kanji combination as a word. Swapping the kanji around, there is an entry on jisho.org for 末日 (read as まつじつ), but the definition is "last day (of a month)" rather than "land of the setting sun". I'm not sure how common this word ...


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Throughout my searches I find the some of the best audio practice to Japanese youtube video's with subtitles - though, of course, they may not always be right. Also free online TTS systems could work but their syntax is often strange. I like https://acapela-box.com/AcaBox/index.php the best. Or for those who are pretty beginner then of course you could ...


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Shape of the tongue aside, what's important is that you're placing the tip of your tongue against your lower teeth. Try placing the tip of your tongue right where your lower teeth go into your gums. Thinking about the shape of the tongue in the mouth makes little difference; it's more about where the tip is in your mouth (as with all consonants). Here's a ...


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The pitch for Sayaka is さやか【HLL】 (or in your notation SAyaka). Also Makoto has pitch まこと【LHH】 and Katsura has pitch かつら【HLL】. Stressing the penultimate syllable is a frequent pronunciation mistake that especially native speakers of English seem to be prone to (but of course not only native English speakers). Stressing the penultimate syllable is one of ...



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