We have a school project for Japanese and we have to explain what Little つ means but I can't find the meaning of it anywhere and our teacher won't tell us what it is. Please help!

  • OK we got her to tell I'm going to say what it is so I can remember and so other people know. if you write a word in japanese it makes the letter in front of it go double and when you sya it you say it with a 'hiccup'. idk if you can even understand what i'm saying but at least i do.
    – George.aus
    Mar 23, 2018 at 0:15
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    Did you try researching it yourself at all? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemination#Japanese
    – Leebo
    Mar 23, 2018 at 0:21
  • yeah but i had no idea what it was at all so when i searched it up it didnt come up with anything. just a bunch of japanese websites that i couldnt understand. i used this website so i could get a simple and easy to undersatnd answer not a blunt remark from someone and the answer i didnt want
    – George.aus
    Apr 17, 2018 at 0:25
  • I can see how you'd regard my comment as blunt, but I don't understand what you mean by "the answer you didn't want." The article explains what the function of the small つ is in Japanese. It comes up in basic searches for "small tsu japanese" and the like. Stack Exchange is intended to be a resource to assist in your understanding/research rather than just a homework/translation service, so prior research is something that is appreciated in questions.
    – Leebo
    Apr 17, 2018 at 1:04

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the 促音(small tsu) creates “double consonants”.

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    I didn't vote it down, but I would advise looking at the guidelines for answers. The goal is to provide the best and most complete answers possible, and this answer doesn't really explain much.
    – Leebo
    Mar 23, 2018 at 2:57

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