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How to not confuse 四日 reading with 八日 Hello. I have a problem. Let's say I want to make a conversation with some stranger irl and I use 四日.  How to make sure you are telling to the stranger guy/girl that is 四日 and not 八日 in context ?
Apr 6, 2018 4:57 PM
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Maybe a mnemonic device related to the shape of the numbers can help.

I always see a 4 as more angular and sharp, so the pronunciation is sharper too, like a hiccup. よっか

But 8 is more fluid, looks like the sign for eternity if you flip it horizontally, and so the sound is smoother and longer. ようか

That's how I've always checked that I am saying the right one.

I hope you see what I mean and it helps.

April 13, 2018

*** Prounouciation

I suppose many foreigen learners prounounce '四日(よっか)' in 2 moras. Yo/Ka,

however it has 3 molas. Yo/'/KA.

八日(ようか) has also 3 molas, YO/U/KA or YO/O/KA. 

it is not YOKA(2 molas)

**** How to clarify in communication.

Use your fingers,

Or you can say HACHI/NICHI , that also means 八日

April 7, 2018



The Pronunciation is a little different! 

April 7, 2018

That's very simple. 

We also repeat saying YON and HACHI when you need to make sure the other person has not misunderstood you for an important appointment. There is no use in repeating two similiar sounding words. Yokka and Yohka. 

The best way is to say, ICHI NII SAN SHII no SHI des! Or  HACHI-GOH ROKU SHICHI HACHI no HACHI des.

So it is the same for us natives. We repeat after Shichi or Shi  7/4 and say, Yokka dewanaku, NANANICHI des.

Good luck!

April 26, 2018
I struggled with this. The solution was just to drill the heck out of them with flash cards. On one side, I put the word in kanji. On the back I wrote the pronunciation in kana. It helped me keep straight which one had the extended よう sound and which had the short よっ sound with an exaggerated pause before the next syllable.
April 22, 2018
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