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I have just started learning hiragana, and am confused about the pronunciation of some of them. I have heard some pronunciation guides for け which say it should sound like kay, and some which say it should just be ke (with an e sound like the one found at the start of the English word edge), and some for か say it should be kar, while others are telling me it should be ka (like the a sound at the beginning of apple). Can I have some verification as to which of these is correct, apologies if the question is deemed too basic.

EDIT: Apparently both sets of guides are incorrect, as they try and put the sounds into terms of English pronunciation. This being the case, can someone link me to a guide that explains how to properly pronounce them?

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Try keh and kə. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Dec 7 '13 at 17:41
definitely NOT 'ka' with 'a as in apple' or 'ke' like 'kay'! listening to native speakers is definitely the best solution. :) –  Cako Dec 7 '13 at 18:19
The reason it's bad to learn in terms of English pronunciation is that many of the sounds in Japanese (incuding /a/ and /e/ that you're asking about) don't exist in English. –  rintaun Dec 8 '13 at 4:05
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up vote 6 down vote accepted

This site has voice recordings of all the kana: http://www.saiga-jp.com/pronunciation_voice.html

Trying to learn kana pronunciation from English is a bad idea.

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