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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 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 pronunciation in some words: 'm' and 'n' sounds when there is 'g'

It has been bugging me for a while; I'm using memrise for learning and for example: ちゅうごく China → I hear it pronounced chūmoku かがく science → I hear it pronounced kanaku Is this an error from memrise'...
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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....
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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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