A video game I've been playing has the following word in it:


I'm not familiar with アェ. Does it represent a specific sound? If so, what sound?

If it makes sense to do so, please include アィアゥアォ in your answer.

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    This is just a guess: In many European languages, the sound between a & e gives the "a" in "fat." Many languages don't have that sound, but it's considered somewhere between "a" (as in father) and "e" (as in pet). The Japanese ア is more like the "a" in "father," so if you wanted to specify the "a" in "fat," アェ seems reasonable.
    – AHelps
    Commented Nov 27, 2012 at 18:40

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“アェ” is not a valid spelling of any sound in the standard usage of kana letters. If it is used to describe any sound (in a nonstandard way), I agree with AHelps that it probably describes “æ” sound.

However, according to web search, アェウクス is a password which appears in a video game “時空の覇者 Sa・Ga3.” As it is a video game, the password used in it does not have to be actually pronounceable. It is スクウェア (the name of the company who made the game) spelled backward.

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    Ooh, I should have realized it was スクウェア backwards. Thank you!
    – user1478
    Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 4:44
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    The company is now known as スクウェア・エニックス.
    – Kenzo
    Commented Dec 1, 2012 at 21:07
  • Like ドロップス is written スプッロド on the can in that famous Ghibli movie Grave of the Fireflies. blogs.c.yimg.jp/res/blog-15-a2/uran_poron/folder/572274/98/… When Japanese is written traditionally, it's top to bottom and left to right. I imagine this is like a single column version of that.
    – gbag
    Commented Apr 20, 2014 at 15:38

I usually would do this in a comment, but I lack the reputation to do so.


Click the "speaker" icon, usually Google gets those things quite right. Also I assume that you would rather spell the 'a' in 'fat' with a エ

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    As I wrote, “アェ” cannot appear in any word according to the Japanese orthography, and therefore there is no correct pronunciation of it. Google Translate just treats it as アエ because アェ is not a valid spelling. Commented Dec 2, 2012 at 23:27

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