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Brief Japanese Learning

Lesson 1 Lesson 1 Pronunciation / Basics

Japanese pronunciation is not so difficult. I will show you the similar English (British) pronunciation.

Long vowels like aa, ee, ii, oo, and uu are pronounced in the same way as standard vowels. However it sounds twice as long as the standard vowels do.

You have to be careful with vowel length because it can change the meaning of the word. For example, "Ojisan" is uncle or middle aged man and "ojiisan" is grandfather or very old man.

"Yuuki" is brave and "yuki" is snow. Text books usually express such long vowels with a macron or bar over the words. But here, they are expressed using double a, e, i, o and u. as every browser can show them.

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