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rayman.the.one.and.only1 wrote:Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I know は (Ha) is ONLY pronounced "Wa" when used as a sentence particle marking the topic of a sentence. For example If I were to say "Watashi WA (は）HAna (はな） desu" 「わたしははなです」 "My name is hana" The name Hana would NOT be pronounced Wana. The hirgana for は is only used as wa for the particle I think.
Like if you saw Kon'nichiwa written in hiragana it would look like this 「こんにちわ」 And わ is used as wa not は.
Hope this helps.
That's right: there are two particles that are written with different characters to what you'd expect. Wa, which is written with the は (ha) character and e is written with the へ (he) character. You'll perhaps notice they're both from the h row of the kana table, and in the old days the kana in the h row had more than one pronunciation (a bit like c in English being either an s sound or a k sound). Back in those days the particle wa was always written with は and the particle e was written with へ; when Japanese spelling was reformed in the late 1940s, the use of は for the particle wa and へ for the particle e was retained because they were so well established.