The "y-" initial in Pinyin is quite unique. Without any final, it is pronounced similar to the "ee" sound in English. However, when paired with a final, the actual y sound like in the English word "yeah" becomes more apparent.
The name [y-] Yoshi also begins the the letter "y", so we chose him to represent this initial. [y-] Yoshi is a video game character dinosaur. Known for his distinctive green skin, he has a tongue that can extend to great lengths to grab objects. He can also make eggs on demand to use as projectiles to hit enemies, or form an egg around himself to protect himself from danger.
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