ヴァヴィヴェヴォ “va vi ve vo” [56/365]

Yesterday I posted a funny picture with the caption:

ベントーヴェン
Bento-ven

I think we sometimes forget about ヴァ ヴィ ヴェ ヴォ…I know I do!

The Japanese for Busy People Kana Workbook summarises it in classically pithy fashion:

Japanese for Busy People VI
Japanese for Busy People is a great series for learning Japanese!

You would expect to see this only in katakana, for loan words. I don’t think the equivalents ゔぁ ゔぃ  ゔぇ ゔぉ even really exist in Japanese.

It might seem strange that ヴ “vu” is not included, but after a bit of research I found there are no words that use it. Can you think of a non-Japanese word that would have the “vu” sound and need ヴ? I can’t 🤔

Below are four words using these katakana:

ヴァチカン市国
(ヴァチカンしこく)
“va chi kan shikoku”
Vatican City State

ヴィーガニズム
“viーganizumu”
veganism

ヴェーパーウェア
“veーpaーuea”
vaporware

ヴォリューム
“voryuーmu”
volume

It is the weekend and I feel relaxed!

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