JAPANESE PRONUNCIATION

Japanese language is a popular Asian tongue. Globally, there are more than 120 million people who speak Japanese nowadays. Japanese is a member of the Japonic language family, characterized by the complex system of its structure. In fact, there are 3 main alphabets that conform the language properly; we are talking about the Kanji (漢字), Hiragana (ひらがな or 平仮名) and Katakana (カタカナ or 片仮名). In addition, the Japanese tongue uses the Romaji alphabet, as a way to introduce Latin words in the complex language.

Even though the grammatical structure is quite difficult, Japanese is easy to understand and pronounce.

In order to pronounce Japanese language properly, people need to understand that the basic vowels have the same basic sound all the time. For example, the “a” sound in the word “aha” has the same pronunciation as in the phrase “father” and the letter “I” has the same pronunciation as in “tree” and “bee”. There aren´t diphthongs in the tongue and the vowels are pure.

Japanese Vowels

Japanese have only five basic vowels (a, e, i, o, and u), and these vowels are pure and short. Japanese learners consider them more like Spanish and English vowels, although Japanese vowels have some particularities in their pronunciation. Japanese have some phonetic rules that are important to have a good Japanese pronunciation; one can learn more about Japanese vowels by clicking the link above.

Japanese Consonants

Japanese consonants are similar to those in English with a few exceptions; Japanese Language also uses a system of double consonants that have a special pronunciation to its words. Language students know that learn the proper usage of consonants and vowels is a very important part of Japanese language. One can learn these rules on the link above.

Japanese Particles

Subject-object-verb is the basis order word in Japanese language, but object-subject-verb is also okay. However, Japanese people use a tag called a “particle” after noun phrases, there s a large list of particle that Japanese learners should know in order to speak as native Japanese. The complete list is on the link above.

Japanese Accent and Intonation

If one wants to speak Japanese language as one’s second mother tongue, one must practice one’s accent and intonation as well as a Japanese person. Japanese have simple rules to get a good pronunciation, most of these rules are based in its accents and intonation, and one can learn these tips on the link above.

As one can see, Japanese has many important parts to learn this beautiful and millenary language. If one learn these topics and follows its rules, one can soon speak Japanese very well. One must not forget to search more about its culture and traditions, because they have influenced in its language.


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