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んい and に are pronounced differently. 真意{しんい} is markedly different in pronunciation from 死に{しに} beyond just the accent. しんい is pronounced for roughly 1.5x the time of しに, and while in しに there's a clear consonantal [n], in しんい the previous [i] is lengthened and nasalized.


The short answer is no. ンイ would still be two mora in Japanese. To an English ear, it would be more like two separate syllables ng. ee. Not sure how else to try to get that sound across.


The drawing is called へのへのもへじ (so じ not し, mind the dots). I guess this much is all most Japanese know (including me). The rest is what Google taught me. (Modern) variations As such, there is no conventions or principles on how letters are used for drawing. Using them liberally, apparently almost anything can be drawn. There are variations to へのへのもへじ(see ...

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