onee-chan or onii-chan?

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onee-chan or onii-chan? 2008/5/10 06:32
how would you pronounce ''onee-chan'' verses ''onii-chan''
by evelyn-SAMA  

... 2008/5/10 08:52
evelyn-SAMA,

In onee-chan the "e" is pronounced like the "e" in "egg." Since it is a double "e" the sound is held twice as long but the pronunciation doesn't change.

In onii-chan the "i" is pronounced like the "ee" in "keep". Again the double "ii" is held twice as long without a change in pronunciation.

On an unrelated note, attaching "sama" the end of someone's name is a polite way to refer to someone else, but shouldn't be used when referring to oneself. The same applies for attaching "san" to names.

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... 2008/5/10 12:55
''onee-chan'' verses ''onii-chan''

"onee-chan" (dear elder sister) is pronounced with the English word "ehh" (with a bit clearer "e" sound) in it.
"onii-chan" (dear elder brother) is pronounced with the English word "knee" in it.

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