What's new

Welcome to Japan Reference (JREF) - the community for all Things Japanese.

Join Today! It is fast, simple, and FREE!

Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com

The long "o"

Tomoko

Sempai
Joined
19 Mar 2002
Messages
160
Reaction score
3
When writing in Hiragana, is the second "O" in the long sounding "O", written in the Hiragana symbol for "U"???

Thanks for the help....
 

thomas

Unswerving cyclist
Admin
Joined
14 Mar 2002
Messages
10,341
Reaction score
1,776
Take for example おうさま (ou-sama) = king. 

I think that not all "long o's" ( ô ) are transcribed as "ou" in hiragana, but also as "oo". However, please don't quote me on that and wait for the nihongo experts. :)
 

moyashi

Sempai
Joined
15 Apr 2002
Messages
1,571
Reaction score
13
I believe so too.
I wonder where the "u" "o" actually sound different?

Probably a left vintage usage from the Heian period.
 

Maciamo

Twirling dragon
Joined
17 Jul 2002
Messages
3,333
Reaction score
108
Usually a long "o" is spelled "ou", but sometimes it's "oo", like in ookii 大きい (big) or toori 通り (road, avenue). To avoid confusion, you can also pronounce "oo" as two separate "o", but in conversation both "ou" and "oo" sound the same.
 
Top Bottom