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when hearing いう, it sounds a little like ゆ, like the う sounds like it said a little y before is. Am I hearing it correct. I feel like is sounds like いyう or something like that

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いう is written いう but pronounced (indistinguishably from, as far as I know) ゆう. Make sure to pronounce it for two moras (and not one mora, as if it was written ゆ).

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  • That's what I learned and the NHK 日本語発音アクセント辞典 (1966) also lists 言う under ユウ Commented May 14, 2023 at 22:45

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