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Alphabet Course

Learn Japanese sokuon

What is sokuon?

sokuon is a small っ or ッ in the middle of vocabulary. It doubled the consonant after it, and leave a small pause in the middle.

How to read sokuon?

nippon → nip_pon
In the case of にっぽん, you’d pronounce it like “nip” (a pause) “pon”.
You don’t want to leave a really long space there, obviously, but just a little bit to separate the two pieces out.
To pronounce the small tsu, imagine that you are separating the consonants from each other and pronouncing them each individually.

For example, がっこう is gak + a pause + kou.


Below is a video to help you understand sokuon.