Beginner's Guide to Japanese Pronunciation ... and More!

Learn the basics of Japanese sounds, pronunciation tips and how to order your favorite food in Japanese in JUST AN HOUR!
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 44 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO JAPANESE PRONUNCIATION is designed to help you become familiar with Japanese sounds and develop a solid foundation in Japanese pronunciation. You will receive step-by-step instructions on how to pronounce Japanese sounds and syllables as well as how to order food in Japanese, all of which can be completed in JUST AN HOUR. This course is useful not only for those of you who are interested in the language but also those who love Japanese cuisines and/or music. At the end of the course, you will receive some tips on how to improve your Japanese pronunciation. There is no prior knowledge of Japanese required to take this course – HAVE SOME FUN WITH A NEW LANGUAGE!


Although it is short, this course aims to provide students with a real language learning experience. You will probably learn fewer words and expressions than many other courses that rely on memorization and direct translation. However, this course ensures that you will know exactly WHEN and HOW to use the expressions you are going to learn. For example, in many courses you only learn “arigatoo” and “arigatoo gozaimasu” as Japanese “thank you,” but these are not the “thank you” we native speakers use when waiters/waitresses bring us food in a restaurant. WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE EXPRESSION, then? We use a different “thank you” when we leave the restaurant, too. WHY IS THAT? This course answers these questions with very clear, simple explanations and helps you master the usages of practical Japanese expressions, which will give you a good start for learning the language.


    ·12 videos

    ·5 audio files

    ·3 handouts

    ·2 quizzes

    ·1 model dialogue for ordering at a restaurant


    ·Syllables of Japanese

    ·Pronouncing Japanese Sounds

    ·Ordering Food in Japanese

    ·Tips to Improve Your Japanese Pronunciation

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge of Japanese or additional material required. Just be prepared to practice speaking some Japanese out loud!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • understand the characteristics of Japanese syllables.
  • recognize and pronounce Japanese sounds.
  • order food and beverages in Japanese.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wishes to start learning Japanese
  • Anyone who loves Japanese food and wants to try ordering food in Japanese
  • Anyone who is curious about how Japanese words are supposed to be pronounced
  • Anyone who has an hour of free time and wants a language learning experience
  • Especially someone who wants to learn the REAL use of the language

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Course Introduction

Students will learn to the gist of what is covered in this course.

Section 2: Syllables of Japanese

Students will be introduced to familiar Japanese words/names that include all of the types of Japanese syllables and learn how to accurately pronounce them in Japanese.


Students will learn the 5 elements of Japanese syllables and how to read/pronounce Japanese written in Roman alphabet (Roomaji).


Students will learn the difference between English stress accent and Japanese pitch accent.

Review of Japanese Syllables
Section 2 Summary
1 page
Section 3: Pronouncing Japanese Sounds

Students will learn how to pronounce the 46 basic sounds of Japanese.


Students will learn voiced and semi-voiced sounds, contracted sounds and voiceless vowels in Japanese.

Review of Japanese Sounds
2 pages

This lecture contains the summary of Section 3 as well as audio files for the practice of basic sounds, difficult words to pronounce and contrast drills and listening quizzes 1&2.

5 questions

Listen to the audio file "Quiz1 Audio" under "Downloadable Resources" for Lecture 10, and choose the correct word from the choices after you hear each word.

5 questions

Listen to the audio "Quiz2 Audio" under "Downloadable Resources" for Lecture 10, and spell out the words you heard in Roomaji (roman alphabet).

Section 4: .Ordering Food in Japanese

Students will learn useful phrases/words for ordering food and beverages in a restaurant.


Students will learn how to use the phrases/words introduced in the previous lecture in context. They will also learn some of the common expressions used by waiters/waitresses.

Review of Ordering Food
Section 4 Summary
3 pages
7 questions

Choose the most appropriate expression for each situation.

7 questions

Write the appropriate word to use in each situation.


Students will learn the most useful survival tip when they do not understand the menu in Japan.

Section 5: Tips to Improve Your Japanese Pronunciation
Tips to Improve Your Pronunciation

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Instructor Biography

Online Japanese Lessons, Online Japanese Language Services

Online Japanese Lessons provides online Japanese language courses and tutorial sessions taught by a professional Japanese instructor. The instructor, Masako, has 15 years of teaching experience in various institutions including university, community college and college preparatory schools. She has also worked as Digital Book Editor for a leading college-level Japanese textbook series, contributing to the publication of the first interactive online Japanese textbooks. She has a Master's Degree in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and has recently earned Teaching Online certification. Masako is passionate about developing effective lessons and providing students with ample opportunities to practice their Japanese. Her instruction emphasizes the understanding of the core structure of the language and how to use Japanese appropriately in a variety of contexts.

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