For people who wonder whether kana writing is phonetic or not, see
What are the differences between kana writing and pronunciation? To know what obstacles Japanese pronunciation
presents English speakers with see What parts of Japanese are difficult for English speakers to pronounce? To
find out why Japanese 'r' is neither 'r' nor 'l' see What is rōmaji r?
To understand why a haiku doesn't have seventeen syllables, see
What is the difference between a mora and a syllable?
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