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Hard Consonants

Some Japanese words have “Hard”, ”Double” or “Glottal” consonants. Basically it means you do a little pause before finishing the consonant.

English also has hard consonants.
The X in Max has a hard K sound.
The second B in Bob has a hard B sound.
In Japanese a hard consonant is represented by placing a small "つ" before the consonant. The Romaji for a hard consonant is two consonants in a row.
Listen to these examples:
ほっかいどう (Hokkaidō) has hard K.
さっぽろ (Sapporo) has hard P.