2 December 2018 by wolfganghofmeier
Sometimes the i in a Japanese syllable is silent.
1) We went back.
i-tachi wa kaerimash ita.
One might get the impression that i is always silent in the syllable shi, but this is not true. In the following words, i is not silent. Look for pronunciations on Forvo.
1) Shinkansen (bullet train)
It seems hard to find a written rule for this, but it seems that i is silent in the two syllables shitx where x can be any vowel.