事実 pronunciation

事実 is marked as being pronounced じじつ, but I’m sure Kyoko’s audio is saying じしつ. Is that an alternate pronunciation, a mistake, or am I completely mishearing?

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Sounds like じじつ to me. She’s just not voicing the second “i” sound very strongly.

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Yeah it sounds like じじつ to me as well. I think Belthazar is correct, it sounds like the second じ is being devoiced a little, I would romanise it as jijtsu, like you are only getting the j portion on the second character as it leads into つ。

Yeah, it sounds like じじつ and not じしつ to me.

Here’s a recording of someone saying 自室 (じしつ) for comparison.

自室 の発音: 自室 の 日本語 の発音 (forvo.com)

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Weird, but good to know. Thanks!

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I assume it’s the same thing that’s happening with for example ん in a lot of words. Depending on where in the word it is and what surrounds it, you might pronounce it differently. (just remembered, there is a dogen video of this The 7 different ways to pronounce ん / 「ん」の7つの音 - YouTube).

Your tongue has a certain speed limit, if you try to go beyond that, the sounds will morph into others to accomodate the word.