Long Vowels (ー)

Understanding Long Vowels in Katakana

When you're studying Japanese and come across the katakana script, you might notice a unique way of representing extended vowel sounds. Unlike hiragana, where vowel extension can involve different characters, katakana simplifies this process. All long vowel sounds in katakana are marked using a straight horizontal dash: ー.

For clarity:

- If you want to write the word "cute" in katakana, it would look like this: キュート.

Remember, whenever you see the dash ー in katakana, it's signaling that the preceding vowel sound is prolonged.

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