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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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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....
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四つ仮名 yotugana - pronunciation difference

Many of you probably know about the so called 四{よ}つ仮名{がな}, じ ぢ ず づ, and that in standard Japanese only two different pronunciations for them exist, that is じ=ぢ=/=ず=づ. However, they used to represent ...
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Dakuten on る character

I saw a dakuten used on a る, but it doesn't seem to exist in basic rules. My assumption is it's some sort of slang or implied definition as opposed to "proper" Japanese (it was in a manga). Does ...
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Why does this unvoiced ほ sound become a voiced ぼ sound?

I've seen a couple videos of a Japanese translation of the song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. This Japanese version is titled 「きら きら ぼし」. However, star is 「ほし」. Why is the ほ sound voiced in the title? ...
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How can I tell if a Japanese person's given name is male or female?

I am hoping that there may be some particular kanji and/or sounds used in determining if a persons given name is male or female.
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How do attendance checklists in Japan deal with multiple possible name readings?

Even though there are several recurring, easily guessable family name readings ([田中]{たなか}、佐藤{さとう}、田村{たむら}) in Japanese, there are usually many possible readings to people's names Kanji, especially ...
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How to pronounce 5,60年?

I came across this sentence: 5,60年後の人々の生活がどう変わっているかとても想像できません。 I cannot imagine how the lifestyles of people will change after fifty, sixty years. I am wondering how to pronounce the 5,60年 ...
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How to pronounce 体?

Does anyone have any tips on how to pronounce 体{からだ}. I can do ら and だ fine by themselves/in different words, but when they're right next to each other I really struggle to make both sounds ...
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Pronunciation of ん before a fricative

I've seen many questions asked about the ん sound, both on this site and others, but I'm still uncertain about how it should be produced before a fricative (e.g. さ, し, ひ, ふ). So I'm hoping someone can ...
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ている pronunciation/internalization

How are things like ている/でいる split in terms of pronunciation? Do people internalize/think of it as te-iru or tei-ru when speaking? (there is a small difference in what it would sound like between those ...
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Pronunciation of silent consonants in English names

My surname ends in a silent H, which makes the last two letters, TH, pronounced like a hard T. I've read that Japanese tends to "make close approximations (of names) based on spelling, not ...
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Why is -ng transcribed as ング?

Why are English words ending with -ing often transcribed with ング? For example, timing = タイミング, morning = モーニング, and diving = ダイビング. My guess is that グ is formally pronounced with 鼻濁音{びだくおん} , i.e. ...
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What is 中 after a verb?

In the examples below what does 中 stand for and how is it pronounced? 15日は海からの強い風が吹きつける中、およそ20人の男たちが、運河に架かる橋の欄干から次々と水の中に飛び込みました。 and オホーツク海の流氷が南下する中、北海道紋別市の流氷観光船「ガリンコ号」が今シーズン初めて流氷の中を航行し、...
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Pronouncing ichigo

I would like to know how ichigo is pronounced. I have listened but I cannot catch it. I would love to understand the rules for this pronunciation.
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Are バレー (volleyball) and バレエ (ballet) pronounced differently?

I recently learned that バレー is the short form of バレーボール and the word for ballet, on the other hand is typically spelled バレエ. I'm wondering whether this difference in spelling reflects a phonetic ...
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Are particles pronounced with nouns or verbs as one word all the time?

When reading Japanese, am I supposed to read nouns with particles together like it's one word? like in this sentence: 「音読」をするときは、口や舌を動かさなければなりません。 "口や舌を(くちやしたを)" is pronounced as a single ...
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Is it correct to read 黒川 as くろかわ or is くろがわ correct?

I always run into this problem. Sometimes か and が are very similar to me so I have to type them in the computer to find the correct pronunciation of word. When I type くろがわ or くろかわ they both give me ...
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How egregious a mistake is it to use the wrong reading for a number when counting?

I've learned that the readings for numbers in the context of counting have many irregularities to them (like 二十日 for example). I'm wondering how noticeable it would be to get them wrong. For instance,...
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Unfindable word 爆絶級 in Japanese Mario Maker level name

I just watched a video where Thomandy (a youtuber who plays games) plays two Mario Maker levels, and one of them is called: My transcription of this level by Daiki is: 挑戦者現れろ!!!  爆絶級 Assuming I ...
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Is かぐや姫 pronounced “Ka-gu-ya” or “Kag'-ya”?

皆さん、こんばんは! Just a quick question. Is かぐや姫's name pronounced "Kaguya" or "Kag'ya"? aka. Is the う dropped or not? Just curious as I haven't found a definitive answer for this yet.
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How to pronounce ぎ? [duplicate]

So far, I've met it only in 右 and 一本気. In the former ぎ sounds like "ni". In the letter, it sounds like "ni" probably, but I seem to hear "g" sound in it as well, if I'm not imagining it. Is there ...
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Why do I hear a lot of “L” sounds in Japanese music?

I'm a super beginner, but I like to listen to Japanese music and I often hear some "L" sounds. Given the fact that there is no "L" column on hiragana tables, I assume that is some other sound, perhaps ...
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Span of time - Does the pronunciation stays the same as it rotates from 1-10? [duplicate]

There are some slight sound changes when referring to the dates - days, months, years, hours, and minutes. However it wasn't discussed for the former 4 if the slight sound changes will continue or ...
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How to know the difference between two words with same pronounciation

I am new to japanese and I want to know how to find the differences between words that are pronounced the exact same way. So lets say there was a word in Hiragana and a word in Katakana, both ...
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Is it just me, or is “ryokai” pronounced “yokai” regularly?

I realize anime is not like real life. In any case, I have noticed for a long time now that when saying "roger", they sound like they are saying "yokai" when in fact there should be a "r" sound in the ...
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How to refer to kana verbally

In the English alphabet, each letter has a pronunciation (or many) as well as a name (that is used when referring to the letter as an entity, when spelling, etc.). As far as I know, in Japanese, the ...
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Whats the difference between ぢ and じ? [duplicate]

please also give the pronunciation
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Pronouncing ない as ねい / ねえ (also ~oi to ~ei)

I noticed that in anime and other Japanese shows, people often pronounce 「ない」 as 「ねい」. For example, instead of saying 「使わない」, the person will say 「使わねい」, but the translation is the same. I have many ...
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Is there any difference when pronouncing 橋 and 箸?

I once heard from my friend that the two words: 橋 and 箸 have different stress (stress falling on the first/second syllable). Is that true?
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Why is 1st floor written as ikkai いっかい?

Should it not be い かい as I thought the counter for floors was -kai ?
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Difference between the two “o” kana, and how to input them from romaji keyboard?

In Japanese, what is the difference between the two "o" kana (the お at the top of the list and the other "o" usually listed at the bottom rightmost entry of the hiragana our katakana chart. I can't ...
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How to pronounce the double consonant found in a word other than “nn”?

ちょっと here have a double consonant "t" . In double consonant the small つ is read as a silent speech(which will be symbolized by "_" for this question). Is it... Cho_to or chot_to or both?
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Correct pronunciation of “sukiyaki”?

I've heard it both as "soo-kee-ya-kee" and "skee-ya-kee". Which is correct? Some more background: A native speaker once told me that the correct pronunciation is "skee-ya-kee", and I subsequently ...
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Are there any words in Japanese with heavily disputed pronunciation?

I've recently come across several people arguing about the correct pronunciation of GIF. There are camps who believe it's "d͡ʒɪf" and others who believe it's "gɪf". Several people also argue about ...
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Pronouncing kanji of day of the week

Something I find very useful about Japanese is that events are often posted with the date along with the day of the week (something I see rarely when in the United States). For example: REOL 第一弾【...
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How to pronounce だいがくせい

I read だいがくせい as "daigakusei" But when I hear a recording I hear "dainaksei".
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本 pronunciation

I was learning the kanji 本 and read the following line: Counter - (Sometimes pronounced ぼん or ぽん) - counter for long cylindrical things.... So my question is, when do you pronounce this as a ぼん or ...
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Pronouncing the ひ sound correctly

I've been learning Japanese for the past month and I have a few problems pronouncing the ひ sound (being a native Hebrew speaker and fluent in English I don't believe that sound exists in those ...
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Omitting half of a letter in Japanese

Specifically when transcribing foreign words into katakana, it is often implied that half of a letter is dropped in pronunciation. Take for example メルボルン, the Japanese import of the Australian city ...
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How to pronounce 12歳〜14歳 [duplicate]

Could someone please explain how the Japanese would read the 〜 if they came across a range expressed like this: [12歳]{じゅうにさい}〜[14歳]{じゅうよんさい}
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Pronunciation of こんばんは? [duplicate]

Konbanwa, spelled Konbanha, is a greeting used in the evening. It is pronounced ko-m-ba-n-wa. I don't know if it's my hearing, but to me, the second n is silent. Sometimes I hear it as ko-m-báo-wa ...