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I'm learning Japanese from (glossika), still very Beginner A1 Low (1.7%), so I want to know how to pronounce 疲れ.

I know it's つかれ=tsu ka re, but I hear it like (tu ka re), and that the full Sentence, 疲れました.

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  • If your native language is English or another Germanic language, it may be that your aspirated stop consonants have high stridency and that's why you hear Japanese /ts/ as t. – broken laptop Jun 27 '20 at 10:03
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The 'tsu' sound is mostly pronounced as 'tsu', not 'tu'. In the International Phonetic Alphabet, this is written as [tsɯ] (see here).

Therefore, 疲れ is pronounced as 'tsukare' (つかれ). Again, listen to the native speakers saying the word here.

In some Japanese dialects, there is a slight devoicing of some 'tsu' sounds, which might make it sound like 'tu'. For example, Wikipedia lists the case of 'kutsu' being pronounced 'kutu' (described here), but I don't think this is common for the word 疲れ. Having said that, in the second example from Forvo above, the male voice does sound a little like 'tu'.

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  • thank you so much! – ナセル Jun 25 '20 at 16:46

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