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Why doesn't Japanese have a special Katakana form for “hu”?

They have created many new Katakana words such as ファ フィ ヴァ ヴィ ティ テゥ to write foreign sounds. But why didn't they create a new combination for "hu" such as ハゥ or ホゥ? Instead they use the same kana for "...
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Correct pronunciation of “sukiyaki”?

I've heard it both as "soo-kee-ya-kee" and "skee-ya-kee". Which is correct? Some more background: A native speaker once told me that the correct pronunciation is "skee-ya-kee", and I subsequently ...
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Confusion with pronunciation in some words: 'm' and 'n' sounds when there is 'g'

It has been bugging me for a while; I'm using memrise for learning and for example: ちゅうごく China → I hear it pronounced chūmoku かがく science → I hear it pronounced kanaku Is this an error from memrise'...
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When spoken casually, how different do 「た」 and 「だ」 in 「頂きます」 sound to native speakers?

For example, it's very difficult for my ears, which have been accustomed to Mandarin that does not differentiate voiced sounds and unaspirated voiceless sounds, to tell the difference between 「た」 and 「...
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Are there many occurrences of elongated syllables throughout the language?

I've been studying Japanese through Duolingo and I wouldn't say I've progressed very far. I've learned some of the basics of Hiragana and it's beginning to transition into Kanji. While learning ...
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Why do I hear a lot of “L” sounds in Japanese music?

I'm a super beginner, but I like to listen to Japanese music and I often hear some "L" sounds. Given the fact that there is no "L" column on hiragana tables, I assume that is some other sound, perhaps ...
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How Dakuten works with Romaji?

I was reading different hiragana charts and saw that "ち(chi)", applying dakuten it can be read as "dzi" or "ji". Other hiragana words in dakuten also have different ways of pronunciation depending ...
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Is it okay if we pronounce a word with an 'r' sound in English 'R' instead of the Japanese 'R', which is somewhere in between 'L' and 'R'?

So instead of pronounce, 'la le li lo lu', I pronounce it normally, which is, 'ra re ri ro ru'. Could the Japanese tell the difference?
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What's my name in Japanese - Sensei can't pronounce it

I moved to a different country and joined a new karate club. Sensei speaks only Japanese and I'm ok with the commands he gives, but the ridiculous situation is that he can't pronounce my name (Povilas)...
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“z” sound, which to choose?

I've read about if "z" sound is pronounced /z/ or /dz/ and found the answer here that: Typically, though not consistently, [dz] occurs at the beginning of a word or in the middle of a word ...
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三分 (3 minutes) pronunciation is sanpun or sampun?

My question is not whether the reading of 三分 (3 minutes) is さんぷん. I've learned that if ん is followed by an m, p or b sound - then ん is pronounced as m. However, I always hear sanpun and not sampun ...
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Translation of words like マサラタウン

So I understand that translating literally is often not enough, since there has to be a "patching" between the cultures of the two languages. What I don't understand is how to handle ...
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Is ホテルブレッド the name of a hotel?

Hello: I don't speak Japanese, so the only way for me to translate ホテルブレッド was using Google Translate, and "Hotel Bled" was the translation. Could someone please confirm if that's the ...
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「卯月」 pronounced as 「うすき」(?)

In a scene from the Japanese movie 「四月物語」, the heroine introduced herself, saying 「[卯月]{うづき}です」, which is her given name. The 「月」 part is kind of whispered (?) , and sounds to me more close to 「すき」. ...
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Listening, I mistake R for any of L, R or even D. Is there any exercise to improve my ability to hear this sound correctly?

I'm learning Japanese at an advanced age, and I'm having difficulty hearing R. Depending on the speaker, I hear one of three different consonants: R, or L but also it can sound like a D. In the first ...