Voiced pronunciation

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Aug 27, 2019 14:49
The other day, I struggled to explain one of the Japanese pronunciation systems to my English teacher. He's an American and speaks Japanese a little.
While I explained about Japanese culture, I used a Japanese word. It was new for him, so I tried to tell the meaning of it by separating two parts. because the word is made by connecting two words. However, the pronunciation of it is different from each word. It sometimes happens. But I couldn't tell the change to him.

First, I'll show you some examples.
"Te" (it means "hand") and "kami" (paper) make "te-gami" in Japanese and it means "letter".
"Hana"(flower) + "hi"(fire) -> "hana-bi" (firework)
"Hito" (person) + "hito"-> "hito-bito" (people)

As you notice, the pronunciation from the beginning of the second word changes to the voiced sound.

I'm not a teacher nor an expert of language.
This changes don't always happen.
But I'll try this explanation to my teacher next time.
Could you understand what I wrote here?