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Do these two sentences have the same sound? (The romanji are the same, but I am not sure about the stress).

  1. いつか日本に行きます。(I will go to Japan someday.)
  2. 五日日本に行きます。(I'm going to Japan on the 5th.)

How can we tell one from the other?

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No, they are different in pitch accent.

  • [いつか]{HLL}日本に行きます。 someday
  • [いつか]{LHH}日本に行きます。 on the 5th

You can check Google Translate's synthesized voice, which sounds fine enough to me.

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  • Thank you so much!. By the way, how do you type the stress symbol in StackExchange (and in other settings, such as Google Doc)? That would be a useful tool for me. – leeyuiwah Oct 21 at 7:13
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    @leeyuiwah I used a markdown extension enabled only on this site. See: japanese.meta.stackexchange.com/q/806/5010 – naruto Oct 21 at 7:19

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