it is going to be the end of week 3 in learning japanese and i've noticed how sometimes in sentences the hiragana は can sound like "wa" as well, why is this so? And also when do i know when to say "wa" instead of "ha"?
from alexa the learner ^_^
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It's only pronounced as 'wa' when used as a particle. Such places include:
other things + は + ない
Also, curiously, in こんにちは. Not sure whether it was originally a particle there or not.
My list is probably not exhaustive but hopefully you get the idea. I wouldn't worry about it too much. With a little time it will become obvious to you which pronunciation to use.
Please comment if you have additional uses which remain confusing.