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Q. How do you write double consonants?

A. When writing in hiragana or katakana, the double consonants (kk, pp, ss, or tt) are expressed with a small "tsu" in place of the first consonant. See the examples below: kekkon (marriage), kippu (ticket), kitte (stamp), and kissaten (cafe).

To pronounce the double consonants, the first consonant represents a slight pause and the second consonant is pronounced. Click here to hear the pronunciation of these words. There are no words that start with double consonants. 

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