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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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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 ...
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What is the correct pronunciation of 精撰寒晒?

I'm reading the front of a pack of 白玉粉{しらたまこ} and have run into something I think is a name. However, searching online doesn't produce results in any dictionary I can find. From what I can see, 精撰 is ...
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Difference between めっちゃくちゃ and めちゃくちゃ

Yesterday I saw the movie "Atelier", and I heard the phrase めっちゃくちゃ. Is it grammatically correct? And how to translate it? Can emphasized めっちゃくちゃ be found in official literature? Google shows about ...
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Did I read 金田 correctly?

On a kanji reading exercise I read 金田 as kin-den because the on-yomi of 田 is デン. Is that correct?
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Pronunciation of 空室

I have seen 空室 listed as having both the pronunciation くうしつ and あきしつ (both alone and in the phrase 空室あり). Which of these readings is more appropriate for everyday use? Is there a difference in nuance?
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Long vowel followed by っ

I've noticed that it seems rare to have a long vowel followed by a geminate consonant (っ + consonant). The only example I can think of is when attaching a suffix like 〜って to a word ending in a long ...
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Kanji with long あー sound

Although the long あー sound occurs in many words written in katakana, and in some onomatopoeia and interjections (ザーザー, まあ, etc.) it seems to be very rare in words written with kanji. The only example ...
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How are alveolar stops in Japanese articulated?

I notice that I tend to pronounce the /t/ in Japanese laminally (at least I believe this is the appropriate term), especially when it follows /ɕ/ as in "した". Whatever it is, it certainly feels ...
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Can the last い in かわいい be dropped?

In the Genki I textbook, it says that the i and the u vowels are sometimes dropped when placed between voiceless consonants or at the end of an utterance preceded by voiceless consonants. The example ...
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How to pronounce the English alphabet? (A, B, C, …)

I just had to tell a long booking number over the phone, and realized that some characters like V/B can be hard to convey. So, I want to learn exactly how each letter is currently taught in Japanese ...
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数 as used in math - pronounced かず or すう?

Eg in definition of 根:ある数を何乗かした数に対するもとの数。 Is it pronounced かず or すう?
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Can もう一つ Be Used As a Question?

Hirigana: もう一{ひと}つ Translation: Another; One More Scenario: I'm drinking with a close friend and we've both finished our beers. I get up to go to the fridge, point to his empty bottle and say "もう一{...
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how to pronounce 常暗い?

Saw this on the first page of きつねのはなし by 森見登美彦, searched online but only saw this book as reference. Wondering how exactly would you read it...Thanks a lot.
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Pronunciation of 書 when by itself (meaning “book” / “piece of writing”)

I am just beginning to read book reviews in Japanese, starting with this one at 小説すばる. I'm noticing that quite often the kanji 書 appears by itself, in phrases like: 書の内容 幅広いジャンルの書 ...