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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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Words in the Kagoshima dialect

Using this Wikipedia article here, I learnt that words in Standard Japanese may encounter something called sonorant gliding while converting to Kagoshima dialect. For what is written here, these are ...
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Pitch accent in combination with the を particle

I learnt that a word like 花 (はな) is of pitch pattern (2), i.e. with a drop after the last mora in case it is followed by a particle. Yet, when I hear people use a word like this is combination with ...
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Correct pronunciation of「ひ」 [duplicate]

I used to pronounce it as "Hi" but recently i paid keen attention to natives speaking words like 「広い」、「低い」 and I find out they pronounce it as somewhat "che" but when i try to say "che" what comes out ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Japanese dictionary with IPA pronunciations [closed]

Is there a reasonably complete dictionary of Japanese that includes IPA pronouncing keys? I can find plenty of sites with audio files, but I'd like to be sure I'm getting the phonemes exactly right.
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浴びる vs 浴びりゃ-Hikawa Kiyoshi [duplicate]

I was listening to Hikawa Kiyoshi's ソーラン節 and instead of 浴びる he said 浴びりゃ, is there a normal pattern for this kind of pronunciation? Is it regional?
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What dialect replaces です with a shorter version of it (ーす)?

The title pretty much explains itself, here is an example: Nio from Akuma no Riddle, the whole thing has been bugging me for awhile, thanks in advance.
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how to pronounce name in japanese

Would appreciate some help here. The picture shows a nametag that's meant to spell Reina in hiragana, but does the last character look off? Specifically the top right bar. Additionally, do Japanese ...
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Is it shi or si?

When I chat using romaji, Japanese people will always use si instead of shi, for example yorosiku instead of yoroshiku, siteru instead of shiteru. Do Japanese people actually pronounce shi as si?
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How do I read 青水庵 as a name?

Recently, I found a nickname, 青水庵 on the internet. How do you read this?
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「セイン星矢」 v.s. 「セイント星矢」 in the opening song of 「聖闘士星矢」

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTa0ENwF2bo&feature=youtu.be&t=48s It seems that the singer is singing 「セイン星矢」 despite the fact that the subtitle says 「セイント星矢」. Questions: Is it a ...
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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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Why many words (nouns?) end with つ?

Why many words (nouns?) end with つ? Some examples include 寝室{しんしつ}、万年筆{まんねんひつ}. Is there some underlying patterns or rules that Japanese language learners should be aware of?
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Why are some Japanese foreign words spelled with different sounds?

Please consider the following: Warrior is ウォリアー: this vowel sound "a" changes to ”オ" Work is ワーク:this vowel sound "o" changes to "ア" Chariot is チャリオット:this vowel sound "a" stays "ア" Corridor is コリドー:...
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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's the correct pronunciation of 思 in と思つ? [closed]

In this manga, 思 is being pronounced as おもう. However, on Google Translate, I'm getting shita. (In the same sentence: かわいいと思うよ.) Why is this?
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Can the word もう be pronounced むう?

I heard the word もう (meaning "already, not anymore") pronounced as むう in this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R3uMTMHgPc at about 1:18, and yet it is transcribed as "mou". Is it a pronunciation ...
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Pronunciation of [ 男爵 / だんしゃく ]

I was watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure where Baron Zepelli introduces himself, and it sounds like he says ”私はZepelliだんしゃんだ”. Here's a link to the scene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWaAct40xZ0&...
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Pronuncation of r in Japanese name [duplicate]

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but I was wondering how one would pronounce the Japanese name Reita when speaking English. Should it be [leːtə], [reːtə], or something else? For ...
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Why the pronunciation of some words is different than their components? [duplicate]

美味しい is being pronounced おいしい, but it is not the sum of the way its kanji components are being pronounced. I think I have also seen it in some other words. So why is that the pronunciation of some ...
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Japanese phrase about risk

I heard in anime a phrase related to risk, like "all or nothing". It sounded like "icka backa" but I can't find the exact phrase.
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Why isn't the う (u) in どうして being pronounced?

According to Google Translate the phrase is pronounced dōshite (I've also heard it pronounced like that in anime and movies). I couldn't help noticing that the う (u) isn't being pronounced. Why is ...
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「卯月」 pronounced as 「うすき」(?)

In a scene from the Japanese movie 「四月物語」, the heroine introduced herself, saying 「[卯月]{うづき}です」, which is her given name. The 「月」 part is kind of whispered (?) , and sounds to me more close to 「すき」. ...
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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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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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Whats the difference between ぢ and じ? [duplicate]

please also give the pronunciation
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How to correctly analyse kanji from jisho

I am newly learning Japanese , so I whenever I encounter a new Kanji I search for it on jisho.org , but then I find that there are given Japanese Kun Japanese on andJapanese names . How do I know ...
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テープでいいです vs テープでいいです - how to use the correct tone to differentiate them?

I've heard native speakers use テープでいいです in stores when they don't want a bag (e.g. they're just buying one item) and prefer that the staff use tape instead. Using it myself has not proved fruitful. ...
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今しかない!! pronouncation

My memory from playing the VN that the sentence is based off of is 87% certain in the protagonist's voice pronouncing the above as "YareshKA-nai!!" and meaning something similar to "I have to do ...
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How are し, ち, and じ pronounced differently than in English?

I know that sh, ch, and j are pronounced differently in Chinese than in English, but what about Japanese? I have read that し, ち, じ are pronounced slightly differently than they would be in English (...
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Is すか a shorthand for ですか? [duplicate]

I was watching the video below and noticed that it sounds like the lizard on the left was leaving out the で in ですか? I could be mishearing it of course, but I was wondering if that's a valid ...
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東北弁 Pronunciation Question about J's

I'm interested in Tohokuben and recently found this website https://konnok3.sakura.ne.jp/dialect.html. I know pronunciation can vary all over the Northeast, but in one section it covers numbers and ...
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Pronouncing Kanji when combined with other kanji [duplicate]

I have only just started learning Kanji, I know that 中国 means China and is pronounced Chūgoku . However 中 is pronounced differently (naka instead of chū).国 is also pronounced kuni on its own instead ...
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Are words with the combinations of ia io and ea eo pronounced the same as iya iyo and eya eyo

I see some words ending with eo or io and I try to pronounce as eyo or iyo but I do not know if that is correct.
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Why 鼻血 is read as “hanaji” but not “biketsu”?

I thought when 2 kanji characters next to each other we read them in onyomi. Why is this word 鼻血 an exception?
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Writing conventions / pronounciations for words with っ

I'm currently trying to figure out on how to do karaoke for some songs and I got a bit confused about the following. So let's say you have the words like ずっと [zutto] のって [notte] How would you write ...
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Pronouncing さ and ざ [duplicate]

How do you pronounce さ and ざ in Japanese? I understand that they are voiced and voiceless but how do you say them? I am currently learning Japanese. I am English, I can say "bus" and "buzz". However, ...
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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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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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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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Why are some names pronounced differently from their on-yomi and kun-yomi?

I'm learning how Japanese names work for a story I'm writing and creating names is one of the most fun things I've done in some time. However, it comes with a share of frustrations. One for me is that ...
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Unvoiced vowels in katakana: special case?

When foreign words or proper names are used in Japanese, some modifications are necessary, in particular a lot of vowels are introduced. E.g. 'plastic' (two syllables) becomes プラスチック (five). In this ...
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Is the し in はじめまして pronounced as “shi” or as “sh”? [duplicate]

Is this always the case for words that end in して similar to how です is pronounced "des"?
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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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How to know the difference between two words with same pronunciation?

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 let's say there was a word in Hiragana and a word in Katakana, both ...
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What does しゅごい mean?

I'm reading a manga and I can't for the life of me figure out what this phrase is supposed to mean; I've never seen it before.

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