7

A Japanese textbook labels the pronunciation of 800 / 八百 as はっゃく, but elsewhere labels the pronunciation of 5,800 / 五千八百 as ごせんはっゃく (emphases added). Should the first syllable of 百 be ぴゃ or びゃ following 八, or does it depend? How to determine which to use?

14

It should be always はっぴゃく [happyaku]. If they say はっびゃく [habbyaku], it’s a typo.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.