Comments for Hotaru (Pronunciation Only)

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In more detail of how this name is pronounced would be to invasize on the R in this name. In America, we would pronounce this name like, Ho-tar-rue but that is incorrect. The R sound in Japanese is pronounced like the unrolled Spanish R. So the proper pronunciation of Hotaru would be HO-taH-du.
Cyneburga  1/26/2007
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The Japanese 'r' is a sound between "R" and "L", so the 'r' wouldn't necessarily be a harsh, solid 'd' sound.

Here is an example of the Japanese 'r' put to use in the name Shiro;
http://www.csupomona.edu/~pronunciation/sounds/japanese/male/shiro.wav

And here's another one in the name Hiromi;
http://www.csupomona.edu/~pronunciation/sounds/japanese/female/hiromi.wav

It sounds similar to the sound 'd' makes, but it's not.
― Anonymous User  7/20/2007
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The ponunciation is Ho-Ta-ru.
― Anonymous User  7/8/2005

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