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Japanese[edit]

Character  っ 
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER SMALL TU
Unicode block Hiragana
Codepoint U+3063

Pronunciation[edit]

If preceding a consonant, results in the following consonant being geminate; an English example is cattail – see Gemination: English for further discussion.

If ending a word, results in the word ending in a glottal stop.

In no case is it pronounced like the full-size つ (tsu).

Etymology[edit]

Small form of the hiragana character (tsu).

Combining form[edit]

  1. The sokuon: a small form of (tsu). In romanization, this is represented by doubling the following consonant. The equivalent in katakana is .
    いっぱい — ippai
    もっと — motto
    すっぱい — suppai
    おっぱい — oppai
  2. A glottal stop or “choked sound”.
    あっ!
    Ah!

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Usage notes[edit]

Primarily used as the sokuon (for gemination), which is a common sound. Used as a glottal stop at the end of interjections, primarily expressions of surprise or effort.