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Since I'm guessing you're intending the ee sound as approximately that of "between", that's represented by i in romaji, making the end nin, which refers to people, appropriately enough. However, I couldn't think of (or find) any word shokanin or shoukanin, or even shokkanin, so I had to take a few liberties. I think the word you most likely heard is ...


There are three differences rhythm たんい has three morae ("syllables"), where as たに has only two. sound たんい has a uvular ("nasal") /ɴ/, i.e. [ta.ɴ.i], whereas たに has a "normal" /n/, i.e. [ta.ni]. pitch たんい【HLL】 drops in pitch after the first mora, たに【LH】 drops in pitch after the second mora. Try to listen for all three differences, they're all important. ...


単{たん}is pronounced たん and 位{い}is pronounced い. Together, they are pronounced たんい or tann-i. This is distinctly different from に or ni. For example, 谷{たに}is pronounced たに or tani. I don't know phonetic symbols so I apologize but you can sound these two out to hear how they are different.


If you're really interested only in grammatical and semantic clarification, yes, you are understanding that sentence correctly. That would be still somewhat funny to the eyes of native speakers by its nature, but at least you don't have to worry about your tattoo being listed in sites like this. If you want to separate that sentence into two lines, yes, ...

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