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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 11: Extended Sounds

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Japanese extended sounds are compound syllables that combine two Hiragana. Learn Japanese extended sounds with this helpful language tutorial.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 11: Extended Sounds

Hello! My name is Yuki for About.com. Today I am going to talk about how you write and pronounce extended sounds in Hiragana.

Pronunciation of Japanese Extended Sounds:

Extended sounds in Hiragana are compound syllables which always combine two Hiragana:

Kya Kyo Ko

Nya Nyu Nyo

Hya Hyu Hyo

Mya Myu Myo

Rya Ryu Ryo

Sha She She Sho

Cha Chu Che Cho

Gya Gyu Gyo

Bya Byu Byo

Ja Ju Je Jo

Pa Pyu Pyo

Extended Sounds in Japanese Writing

Extended sounds are very easy to recognize in writing: let me show you some examples.This is "ju.". As you can see there is a big Hiragana first and there is a little Hiragana right next to that. Those two together are extended sounds. "ju" means "ten".This is another one: "ocha." There's a bigger Hiragana and a smaller Hiragana next to that. "ocha" means "tea." This is "kyo" - means "today."

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