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DamianD

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Hello everyone, I'm both new to learning Japanese and to the forums. I already have a few questions and I wanted to start with this one.

I know "wa" is read as は when it's a particle and as わ when is not.

My question is, is there a scenario where は by itself (as a particle) could be read as "ha" instead? and if so, how can you know in this case what は stands for? Or does every single use of は as a particle (by itself) is read exclusively as "wa".

Sorry if my question is a bit confusing. Thank you.
 

Toritoribe

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は is always read "wa" as a particle. As for いろは歌 Mike-san mentioned, it's read i ro ha ni ho he to as a hiragana chart, and iro wa nioedo as the first verse of a poem.
 

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Thank you both for your replies, very clear. As i said I've recently started my studies and I still have a hard time differentiating when a character is a particle or part of another word. Hopefully this will change with practice.

Again, thank you for replying.
 

Mike Cash

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It gets easier. After a while you'll wonder why you ever had trouble with it.
 

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You'll soon become thankful for them since they separate all the things you don't know from each other.
 
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