Currently I have “Eiffel Tower” in my lessons (level 45) and for the life of me I cannot figure out how to write it in kana:エッフェル塔. Specifically, it’s the smallェ after the フ…what is the combination of English letters that enables this combo?
I can’t believe I’ve never run into this before, but somehow I missed it and I’m completely stumped. How does this work? Thanks to anyone who can help!
Now I’m curious, is katakana/imported words the only place where you see odd small vowel usage like this, or do some hiragana words do it too? My guess would be “no” since imported words tend to try and approximate the pronunciation of the words in its original language while “traditional” Japanese words don’t have to do that, but it seems like there’s always an exception to every rule.
I hadn’t either until I tried Torii SRS, where you have to type x in order to make small vowels. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to type small vowels to type the word パーティー until I poked around the app’s settings and how-to’s.