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?

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


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