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Hiragana Extra Lesson 7: Long Vowels and Special Symbols

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More about Japanese long vowels

い after Kana that end with "e" (i.e. え、け、せ) can be treated as long vowels. For example, せい, めい and れい can be pronounced as long せ, long め and long れ respectively.

On the other hand, う after Kana that end with "o" (i.e. こ、そ、と) can be treated as long vowels too. So こう, そう and とう are pronounced as long こ, long そ and long と respectively.

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