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Pronunciation of /g/ [duplicate]

I have heard the following sentence in an audio file of a dialogue in the Japanese language teaching book Genki (vol 1): はがきは イギリスまでいくらですか? (= How much is a postcard to the UK? ) There is a clear N ...
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Does it matter if I say g as [g] or [ŋ] [duplicate]

I've seen that seen that the g can be pronounced as ŋ. But I have no idea how to replicate that, all I've seen is the it sounds like the ending of sing, but I still don't really know, so my questions ...
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Why do Japanese speakers have difficulty pronouncing "L"?

Why is it that native speakers of Japanese have a hard time pronouncing "l"? Whenever a western word contains "L" I see that they pronounce it "ru", "ra", "ro", "ri", or "re".
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Why doesn't Japanese have a special Katakana form for "hu"?

They have created many new Katakana words such as ファ フィ ヴァ ヴィ ティ テゥ to write foreign sounds. But why didn't they create a new combination for "hu" such as ハゥ or ホゥ? Instead they use the same kana for "...
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The nasal allophones of /g/

In this this post's comments, Zhen Lin said that the rules surrounding the nasal allophones in compound words are 'complicated', but couldn't remember them. I'd like to know what these complex rules ...
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"z" sound, which to choose?

I've read about if "z" sound is pronounced /z/ or /dz/ and found the answer here that: Typically, though not consistently, [dz] occurs at the beginning of a word or in the middle of a word ...
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Correct pronunciation of voiceless bilabial fricative [ɸ]

I found that there are two different pronunciations for the [ɸ] phone. For example, in Japanese compare those two pronunciations for same word 冬 (for which I believe will has [ɸɯjɯ] as phonetic ...
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三分 (3 minutes) pronunciation is sanpun or sampun?

My question is not whether the reading of 三分 (3 minutes) is さんぷん. I've learned that if ん is followed by an m, p or b sound - then ん is pronounced as m. However, I always hear sanpun and not sampun ...
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Is the japanese あ ever [ɐ] instead of [a]?

So, both those vowels are very similar, the only difference being that [a] is made when the mouth is fully open while [ɐ] is near-open. Both those sounds exist in my language (Brazilian Portuguese), ...
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Why words having 'が' in between other letters pronounced as 'んが'? [duplicate]

I came across many cases where I found Japanese natives pronouncing some words containing が or ぎ letter with others (Example: かぎ, ちがいます) as んが or んぎ. Are there any rules to do this in any particular ...
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