I was looking for improvements on my vocabulary and then I saw the word telephone which accordinly to Genki series is でんわ, but let's suppose that I want to say This telephone is white, is gramatically correct to say このでんわはしろです.

Can I say both は and わ? Sounding something like kono denwa wa shiro desu? Or should I choose another word (if there is one) to replace でんわ to not mess up the noun with the particle?

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    I think it's normal, you can repeat wa sound twice in a row and it's ok, the same is for ga "manga ga hoshii" and probably most sounds. Even in portuguese that happens as well "ele está na caMA MAs não quer levantar"... Aug 29, 2017 at 17:39

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You would still pronounce it wa. You will not have to change the reading of the は particle just because a noun ends in わ. Here's another example:

Excuse me, but this conversation is boring.


In Japanese, repeated sounds like this are not uncommon, and should not be a reason for concern.

  • Well I was actually thinking about changing the noun telephone but not the particle は. But now I know that there is no problem repeating the wa sound, although just for academic purposes, are there any other words for telephone? Aug 29, 2017 at 17:44
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    @JoãoBrgai Not really. Some people use けいたい, but that's short for けいたいでんわ, or mobile phone. Saying けいたい is like saying mobile in English.
    – ajsmart
    Aug 29, 2017 at 17:45
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    @JoãoBrgai, でんわ works for any kind of telephone, land-lines and cell-phones alike. けいたいでんわ is a mobile phone, never a land line. けいたい is the same, but faster to say. Most of the time, however, you'll hear でんわ, but that's just my opinion.
    – ajsmart
    Aug 29, 2017 at 17:52
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    What about 3 in a row: この会話はワクワク!
    – istrasci
    Aug 29, 2017 at 20:11
  • Or even 三日掛かるか?
    – bcloutier
    Aug 29, 2017 at 23:45

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