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Questions tagged [pronunciation]

発音. How the Japanese language i​s pronounced. For questions about which readings to use for particular kanji, use the "readings" tag instead.

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What does っ mean and how to pronounce it when it comes before a character with nothing before it? Ex. っか

I am a beginner in Japanese who is not even done learning katakana yet, so forgive me if this is a noob question. I know that when っ comes before a character, say the word was まって, there would be a ...
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Why is it 二ヶ月 and not 二か月? [duplicate]

I was studying kanji, and this word came up. I know the romaji is nikagetsu, meaning two months, so I was a little confused as to why it has a little "ケ". Do you know if this is correct, and if it is,...
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About the word Akagami [duplicate]

So my question is very simple. I know that Akagami means red hair but isn't hair in japanese named "kami"? I want to understand why it is akagami instead of akakami. Hope this question doesn't sound ...
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ほ /ho/ pronunciation

I've just started using Mango's On-the-Go (meaning "audio-only version") Japanese course. (It's free from my library. They also have Pimsleur, though their only copy is in use right now.) I think I'...
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Ambiguity about -masu forms of ていく and てくる in informal speech

いく and くる are usually considered a pair of antonyms and ていく and てくる is a pair of common constructions from them. When conjugated to the masu form, the first one becomes ていきます and the second one ...
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Is there an intuitive way to speak unknown Japanese words without having to search it up the furigana?

To be specific, I`m directing this question to intermediate/advanced learners. Do you guys eventually notice any patterns or trends on certain kanji pronunciation, and manage to instinctively know ...
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IPA for ふーん/んふふ (pronounced with your mouth closed)

I know that ふ is normally pronounced as [ɸɯ]. But ふ is sometimes used to represent a clearly different sound that occasionally appears in spoken Japanese, and I'm having trouble identifying its IPA ...
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Allophones: /e/ as [j] , /kj/ as [k͡xj]?

I noticed a few pronounciations which surprised me. https://youtu.be/MQmJYGBpBXM?t=20m8s In this clip, and in a lot of other movies, 返して, /kaeɕ.te/ sounds like [kaɪ̯ɕ.te] to me. Is there a rule?: /e/...
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オウ pronounced as ō or ou

First of all, I know next to nothing about Japanese, but this question came up to me recently. I was playing this board game called Shadow Hunters with my friends and on the cards below the English ...
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The yomikata of 十三

This has been obsessing me for quite a while. While 十三 is normally pronounced ジュウサン, it is often pronounced ジュウゾウ in people's names and also pronounced ジュウソウ in names of places. I am wondering how ...
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Doesn't 助けて follow the usual pitch accent rule?

助ける itself is ③, so according to the rule 助けて would become ② as 逃れる 休める etc. do. However, I myself find it extremely unnatural to say たすけて in ② rather than ③, and as I tried it on my iPhone, iOS ...
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IPA for the pronunciation of つづく

How do you pronounce "つづく"? [tsɯ̥dzɯkɯ] or [tsɯdzɯkɯ] or [tsɯzɯkɯ] Any comment are welcomed, as long as you know how to use IPA to transcribe human speech. ---3/23 night--- Wiktionary: [...
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Why is [好]{す}き pronounced with a voiceless/almost silent U, but [隙]{すき} is not?

Why is [好]{す}き pronounced with a voiceless/almost silent U, but [隙]{すき} is not? I've used 2 sound sample sources for both, Jisho and Rikai sama. They both pronounce the first (like) with a voiceless ...
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Do Japanese tend to pronounce some syllables ending to “-い” radically shorter than the others, by just voicing and dragging out the consonant sound?

It almost seems Japanese pronounce certain syllables ending to "-い" the way Chinese do. To my ear じ, し and some others sound like they are just consonants with the vowel at the end left out. In ...
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Pronunciation of 大罪

There's a Japanese manga/anime series called Nanatsu no taizai (七つの大罪, ), which is pronounced as ななつのたいざい as one can clearly hear in this intro or see in its Wikipedia page. However, the word 「大罪」...
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How is the long O sound pronounced when followed by を?

For example, 化粧 is read けしょう. When followed by を, how is it pronounced?
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Attempts to distinguish English “L” and “R” sounds using (extended) katakana

Katakana can represent many foreign sounds that do not exist in native Japanese words, either by using special characters such as ヴ or by using special katakana combinations such as フュ. They are ...
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Is it possible to algorithmically convert Japanese text to Romaji?

I am a programmer and I recently wrote two browser extensions, one will translate English text to "pronunciation" replacing all words founf on a web page, and another will replace all Chinese ...
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Pronunciation of 何

I would like to know the pronunciation of "何" in the following clause: 子供に頼まれていることは、何かという質問に対してご返答致します。 Is it なに or なん? I am wondering because the pronunciation of 何 can change. 子供に何(なに)...
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Why is 「てふ」 pronounced 「ちょう」?

I recently purchased a copy of One Hundred Leaves: A new annotated translation of the Hyakunin Isshu to try and improve my Japanese reading level. In addition to the English translation, each poem ...
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pronunciation, dialects/background: わたす、すた?

I was watching a few episodes of the anime for 魔法遣いに大切なこと and I couldn't help but notice that the main character, a girl from 岩手県 in this story, pronounced some words containing し as though they ...
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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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Are フィ、ファ、フェ and フォ still pronounced with a bilabial fricative or just a normal English “f”?

I know that ふ is pronounced with a bilabial fricative, which is different from an English "f" or "h". However, in 外来語 there are some words containing things like フィ、ファ、フェ and フォ. e.g. フィクション. Seeing ...
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About the kanji 兎: can rabbit be also pronounced as “to”?

There is a well known personage in Japan called Tsukishiro Yukito (月城 雪兎) from Cardcaptor Sakura. Tsuki stands for moon, shiro for castle, yuki for snow and the kanji "兎" means rabbit but it sounds ...
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Why is it 「ロワイアル」?

Always loved the "Battle royale" anime, but am curious about why in the Japanese title it's「ロワイアル」. Shouldn't it be something like「ローヤル」, if you wanted to match the French pronunciation? Why the「ワ」? ...
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Pronunciation question: bisuketto ビスケット [duplicate]

When I hear bisuketto pronounced I hear bisket-to. I don't hear bisuket-to. Is it my ears or do you just not say su? If not, why not? Is there a pronunciation rule I'm not aware of maybe?
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Confusion with pronounciation in some words: 'm' and 'n' sounds when there is 'g'

Alright it's been bugging me for a while I'm usong memrise for learning and for example: ちゅうごく china -> I hear it pronounced chumoku かがくscience -> I hear it pronounced kanaku Is this an ...
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Two stations written with the same kanji but pronounced differently — why?

The JR Nara line and the Keihan Uji line are almost parallel on their way through southeastern Kyoto and Uji. In most areas, both have a station and the names are clearly related if not identical (e.g....
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Is a phoneme nasalized when it has long sound?

For example, as in はい and ます, I think は and ま each happen to have a long sound in addition to a nasal sound. Is it real?
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The correct pronunciation of this phrase?

I'd like to know which way is the proper way to say あなたたちは早行きました。 The correct pronunciation of this phrase would be: anata tachi ha sou ikimashita or anata tachi ha hayai ikimashita
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What is pimsleur saying (shtain desnoga)?

Listening to the first Pimsleur Japanese audiobook and I'm having a hard time recognizing the words its saying. It says to say "I want to go shopping" and then in Japanese says something that sounds ...
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Need help on pronunciation

Words like 「滅入る」and 「翻る」I just cant understand. When I look at the spelling for えいる and がえる, it just doesn't match with what I hear. with えいる I hear "eh-E-ru", but since い extends え (I think it does) ...
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Pronunciation of n+y consonants

I recently learned the word 運輸{うんゆ}, which has ん immediately followed by ゆ. However, seeing this made me wonder in what way this is different to にゅ. I can't imagine that there's much of a difference ...
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How is “sakan” (盛ん) really pronunced?

I'm learning this word and the softwares I'm using (the package JLPT N4 Vocabulary Deck on Anki, and the app Takoboto, plus Google translation) tell me that sakan is pronunced "sakau" with a "u" sound ...
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How is a word like 風雨 (ふうう) distinguished in pronunciation from ふう?

Is the word separated out at all (as in ふう + う)? Or is that extra う simply drawn out longer?
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Encountered や with tenten [duplicate]

I started reading something my friend got for me from Japan and came across や with tenten and am not quite sure how to pronounce it. I've never come across it before and I've been trying to find a ...
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Use of Dash or Hyphen in Telephone Numbers

If reading out a telephone number e.g. 123-456789 Denwa bangō wa ichi ni san - yon go roku nana hachi kyū desu What is the dash / hyphen called? Is it spoken? If so how is it pronounced or how do ...
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Silent consonants when singing

I first noticed this odd pronunciation in the second opening of code geass. The singer repeatedly pronounces the word かんかく as something that sounds more like かんかう, missing the 'k' sound. I noticed ...
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When is お pronounced「ä」instead of「ō」?

Most often お is pronounced「ō」, however sometimes I hear an「ä」instead. It might be arbitrary, but it sounds so consistent to me, thus I ask, are there? And if so, what are they?
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What is the pronunciation of ai?

Sorry for using romaji. I'm referring to the sounds made when a word contains a kana sequence like 「ない」 or 「たい」or 「さい」 「かい」 I've read that the two together sound like the word "pie" sounds in ...
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Why is じどうしゃ (jidoushiya), jidōsha instead?

From what I understand, the hiragana characters above should make the word jidoushiya, but for some reason it is actually jidōsha. Why did the word change this way even though the characters are: ...
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Why does the aikido teacher spell 一 as “yetch”?

Please watch this video first, and carefully hear what the teacher said. Why does the aikido teacher spell 一 as "yetch"? Or I have to clean my ears?
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What's the pronunciation of か in ですか?

Basically, か , its pronunciation is 'ka'. But I hear 'ga', が , in this expression which is in the end of a question. So which one should we choose here? And when do we choose 'ka', when 'ga'? Thank u !...
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What does a w at the end of sentences signify? [duplicate]

Sometimes I see people attaching a w at the end of sentences (or multiple ws): なんか知らない間に人がめっちゃ増えてるw This is in an informal context, usually while chatting. And sometimes, just: wwwww What is ...
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Kun Yomi of Chinese origin, like 竹 (take)

I have came across an English book on Ancient Japanese languages. (Sorry I forgot the book name) In the book, it says some Kun Yomi of Kanji actually come from early contact of Chinese languages. ...
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Pronunciation of「ww」(笑い)

In Japanese internet slang, you see people use「ww」to mean something like "lol". I was curious how this would be pronounced if read aloud. In English, I hear people say either /ɛl oʊ ɛl/ or /lɑl/ for "...
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How is 件 pronounced as a counter?

In my bank statement there is the following line above transactions. 1-6件を表示(全6件中) How is the above pronounced? What is the meaning of 中 in 件中?
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How to pronounce 自払

ゆうちょ銀行 uses 自払 in the description of automatic payment transactions. I guess 自払 is an abbreviation of 自動支払. Should 自払 be pronounced as じはらい?
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Pronunciation of えい [duplicate]

Back to basics: I was certain the pronunciation of えい (like in せんせい) was "ee" (except in few cases like in スペイン), I've read that everywhere. But in one of the few French reference books for learning ...
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How to transliterate 中文 in Mandarin pronunciation to Japanese [closed]

I am working on an art project that I would like to collect the hundreds of different transliterations of 「中文」 zhōng wén in Mandarin Chinese. (Pronunciation available here: https://translate.google....