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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(Meaning: Japan)
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(Meaning: school) is gak + a pause + kou.

Video:

Below is a video to help you understand sokuon.

Author: Japanese-lesson.com

N5 Words Containing Sokuon:

WordReadingMeaningRomaji
明後日あさってthe day after tomorrowasatte
喫茶店きっさてんcoffee shopkissaten
作家さっかwritersakka
おっとhusbandotto
切手きってstampkitte
雑誌ざっしmagazinezasshi
せっけんせっけんsoapsekken
しょっぱいしょっぱいsaltyshoppai
酸っぱいすっぱいsoursuppai
立派りっぱfinerippa
おっしゃるおっしゃるto sayossharu
結婚するけっこんするto get marriedkekkonsuru
ポケットポケットpocketpoketto
マッチマッチmatchmacchi
コップコップcupkoppu
ペットペットpetpetto

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12 thoughts on “Learn Japanese Sokuon

  1. Is it only me or sounds do not work?

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      It should work now

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  2. Is there any kanji written for sokuon?

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      Nope, just a small っ

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  3. Sokuon looks similar to tsu つ How do I not get confused?

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    1. Or is it just that tsu when in the middle of a word acts as Sokuon?

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      the size ,sound is smaller

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  4. It seems that there are names/labels for everything used in Japanese. I did not know about these before. It’s really interesting.
    The Nihongo foundation that this website offers is remarkable. It is stable for any student.

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  5. how can i type sokuon on keyboard?

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      for example, if you want to type きっと, you need to type: ki tto

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  6. when we are writing we just write ‘tsu’ smaller than the others, right?

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      yes!

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