Hyphen when testing vocabulary reading

I don’t know if there are more cases (I guess there are, why not in 6000 words?) but when testing the reading of ビー玉 the response is set as wrong if the hyphen is not written. It doesn’t have sense to me since the hyphen doesn’t sound (びーだま). At least, shouldn’t both answers set as correct (びーだま and びだま)?

It does sound though, kind of. It elongates.
ビー玉 and ビ玉 are pronounced differently.

Bidama vs biidama, sort of. The vowel is extended.


Aye, it’s not a hyphen, it’s a katakana long-vowel mark.


I had no idea.

Thanks for the clarification!

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Watch for the small ッ as well. Does a similar thing. Doubles the following consonant, sounding a bit like a pause.
ハット -> hatto, not like hatsuto or anything.

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I also hear people call it a 伸ばし棒 (のばしぼう) in casual contexts.


You might want to review your katakana.


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