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For their own perception, yes, from the perspective of English speakers, no. In languages there is a difference between what is called "underlying phonology", which is the discrete sequence of sounds that speakers perceive, and "surface realization", which is what they're actually factually saying. In every language, a process occurs called co-articulation, ...


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I think it depends on the situation. For example, if you are a young woman, and your boyfriend just gave you a ring, you'll probably say something similar to ありがとう{LHHHH}! rather than ありがとう{LHLLL} because it doesn't quite fit with the expected enthusiasm and femininity. "Neutral" pitch is indeed ありがとう{LHLLL} IMO in 標準語. In Kansai it is ありがとう{LLLHL}.


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For unaccented verbs, the accent falls on な. 行く  いく{LH}  → いかないで{LHHLL} いかなくて{LHHLL} 開ける あける{LHH} → あけないで{LHHLL} あけなくて{LHHLL} For accented verbs, the accent falls on the mora preceding な.* 書く  かく{HL}  → かかないで{LHLLL} かかなくて{LHLLL} 食べる たべる{LHL} → たべないで{LHLLL} たべなくて{LHLLL} *If the mora preceding な is ん due to the sound change ら→ん, the accent shifts one mora ...


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There are several ways to pronounce「ん」in Japanese. But you don't have to worry too much about it. To be able to pronounce the「ん」correctly, it's best to hear the correct pronunciation and then imitate it. The following YouTube link explains Japanese pronunciation of「ん」in an easy-to-understand way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlOMPi93DzE&t=1m31s ...


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Regarding the nametag, it does clearly say れいな -- it's probably just the joins between the elements that are making it 'look off' to you? Perhaps seen from afar it would be clearer, as those small joins would appear less prominent? As for pronunciation, Forvo is a good place to check for native pronunciation recordings. This individual says "Reina Miura" (...


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There's a very slight difference between an English pronunciation and a Japanese pronunciation. While the English pronunciation would be Ray-nuh, the Japanese pronunciation would be more like Re'ena. You hold the "eh" sound for a bit longer. The closest example in English that I can think of off the top of my head is the first "e" in "pepe the frog". As for ...


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The easiest way to pronounce れいな for an English speaker would be "Ray-Na". And yes, the な in the picture is very much incorrect. What font was used to make the plate?


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