Pronunciation question - 放つ


#1

I just ran into my review for 放つ today. Does it sound to other people as though the audio file says かなつ instead of はなつ? https://www.wanikani.com/vocabulary/放つ

I checked with 話す,放す, and 放れる and they all sound fine to me. Just curious if it’s only me, or perhaps the audio file got clipped at the beginning.

Edit: I just checked through my computer speaker and it sounds okay. Much more noticeable through headphones.


#2

Sounds like はなつ to me. :man_shrugging:


#3

My computer never came with speakers so I’ve always used headphones when on my computer and 放つ sounds perfectly fine to me. Maybe it could be something wrong with your headphones.


#4

Just listened to this on both $15 earphones and $150 headphones, and I see what you mean. I can hear はなつ at first, but after a while it becomes harder to hear, and easier to hear かなつ. It’s probably just that the “h” sound is quite breathy, so your mind starts hearing it as a “k”.

It may also be a hardware thing. Sometimes there’s a pop when playing audio, which seems to be present here. That may just be me though.


#5

Good point. Could be a bit of a pop in the recording process. I won’t worry about if if sounds fine to others. I know these things can be a bit subjective.