Introduction to Perfect Japanese Pronunciation

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In this series, you'll master Japanese pronunciation. Proper pronunciation is essential for being understood, and in this series, you'll learn it in a fast, accessible, and comprehensive way. Let's start!

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English [Auto] Hi everyone. I'm Michelle Yamamoto. Welcome to the ultimate Japanese pronunciation guide. In this series you mastered Japanese pronunciation proper pronunciation is essential for being understood. And in this series you learn it in a vast accessible and comprehensive way. In this lesson you learn two keys to mastering Japanese pronunciation. First Japanese pronunciation is comparatively easy. Japanese has only five vowel and 14 consonant sounds. Almost all Japanese syllables are made up of one of these consonants and one of these dolls. But the five vowels also appear individually. Take a look at a chart. Each character or cannot represent one syllable the characters in the right column represent a vowel sound only in the top row of this chart. The characters represent consonant sounds. By combining these you can form most Japanese syllables. For example look at the consonant K RHO consonant k sound plus the vowel r becomes consonant k sound plus the vowel becomes key consonant k sound plus the vowel becomes the consonant and RHO follows the same pattern consonant. Ensouled plussed about becomes met consonant n sound plus the vowel for becomes more. Again each syllable on the chart is a combination of a consonant and a vowel. The main exceptions are the five vowel group and the special sound. Let's hear how some Japanese words are pronounced. The first example is a common Japanese surname Tanaka not cut. It's made up of three syllables pop not cut each syllable consists of one consonant and one vowel. Another common surname in Nanga that not at the pronunciation of these three Kanneh are the same as in up just the order has changed with a few notable exceptions. You can properly pronounce Japanese simply by reading hiragana or katakana. The two Japanese alphabets remember this tip and it will help you throughout your studies. Now the second key point is each syllable in Japanese is pronounced for the same length of time with equal stress. For example when you say America and English you put stress somewhere as sage for longer than the other parts. America the word America in Japanese has four syllables and you say each syllable for the same length of time. Made cut pronouncer like this to sound like a native Japanese speaker. Another example. How do you say this word in English. You would say karaoke. But in Japanese you say cut out. Remember that each syllable in Japanese is pronounced with the same length of time and gets equal stress. Now to close the lesson. Here's the question for you. Why should you including advanced speakers spend time on learning proper pronunciation. The answer new will be understood and this will build confidence when you're speaking. Also speaking with proper pronunciation is always impressive for beginners. You're on the path to perfect pronunciation and for their best students. This city has the perfect ear your pronunciation. Now you know the basics of Japanese pronunciation and the next lesson you'll learn. The top five pronunciation mistakes Japanese learners make you want to avoid at all costs. So keep watching. What is the hardest part of Japanese pronunciation. Tell us about it in the comments. See you in the next ultimate Japanese pronunciation guide lesson lesson.