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Katakana Question

So, I am a weeb trying to learn 日本語. I recently mastered Katakana, and started writing my name in it. My last name starts "Vi" but because there is no "V" is Japanese, I decided to just use "ビ". Then, I found the U character with a dakuten being used sometimes (ヴ). Which is more accurate?

December 5, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arikancelikok

ヴィクトリア This is Victoria in Japanese. I suggest you to follow this and use ヴ


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rongway012

For "vi", follow the ヴ with a small ィ. If you listen to a native Japanese speaker say "vi", you'll notice that they pronounce it with a glide (bwi), and then you might discover that ヴィ makes more sense than it did before.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mya730913

How do you get the small 'イ'? I've been playing around with names in katakana, and my friend Tiffany's name uses the small 'イ' after the beginning 'テ', and I can't for the life of me figure out how to make the small 'イ'.

For reference, I'm learning English to Japanese, and I'm using Japanese IME to type in Japanese.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karmagith

you can get the small vowels on their own by typing x in front of the vowel, like xi -> ィ

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