I've been learning Japanese but I am having trouble with pronouncing a few sounds, including "Tsu" and the R sound.

  • When I pronounce "Tsu", do I say Tsk with my teeth together or make a fizzy kind of noise?

  • Is it correct when I pronounce "Ra", that I say "Da" when tapping the roof of my mouth? If so, how do I know if it's properly done?

  • do you know how to pronounce katsu (chicken katsu)? It's not kat-su but ka-tsu, so try to say it with a pause between the ka and the tsu. Pronouncing the R sound, your tongue slightly tap the roof of your mouth where you would when pronouncing D sound. Look for videos for the pronounciation, then you can know whether your pronounciation is correct or not. You can also use Hinative to record your pronounciation and have a native check on them.
    – Dekiru
    Jun 4, 2018 at 10:49
  • I know a name that sounds like it but it's a English one. I've tried searching for videos but all they keep saying is "repeat D" or say R with your tongue on the roof of the mouth. Then, you say L swinging to R. There's loads of videos and they're confusing. Jun 5, 2018 at 9:12

1 Answer 1


When I pronounce "Tsu", I say Tsk with my teeth together and the a "u~".

To pronounce "Ra", I say "Dra" but the "d" extremely lightly. It kind of sounds like a Spanish "r", you roll your tongue (very slightly) for 1/4 of a second.

Real footage helps, so it might be a lot more helpful if you look t some Japanese pronunciation videos or even google translate.

I'm a native Japanese speaker, so I hope this helps.


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