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How to Pronounce びゃ びゅ びょ、ぴゃ ぴゅ ぴょ

びゃ びゅ びょ、ぴゃ ぴゅ ぴょ

Description of the Japanese Pronunciation びゃ びゅ びょ、ぴゃ ぴゅ ぴょ

Picture describing Japanese pronunciation /py/ and /by/

びゃ びゅ びょ and ぴゃ ぴゅ ぴょ consist of the Japanese consonants [bj] and [pj] representing the sounds of the roman letters /by/ and /py/ with the Japanese vowels [a], [u] and [o] respectively. When you pronounce [bj] and [pj], your lip is going to close and simultaneously your tongue is going to touch the roof of your mouth, i.e. what you use to pronounce [j] (=/y/). This closure will cause a buildup of pressure. Then, you will release that pressure all at once by opening your mouth. [bj] is a voiced sound and [pj] is an unvoiced sound.

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Words Exercise with the Pronunciation [bj] [pj] びゃ びゅ びょ、ぴゃ ぴゅ ぴょ

Please repeat the following words after the tutor on the video.


Words Roman Letters Meanings
さんびゃく sa n bya ku three hundred
デビュー de byû debut
インタビュー i n ta byû interview
びょうき byo u ki sick
びょういん byo u in hospital
ろっぴゃく ro ppya ku six hundred
コンピュータ ko n pyû ta computer
はっぴょう ha ppyo u presentation, announcement
でんぴょう de n pyo u slip, check, bill
さんぴょう sa n pyo u   three votes

Sentences Exercise with the Pronunciation [bj] [pj] びゃ びゅ びょ、ぴゃ ぴゅ ぴょ

Please repeat the following sentences after the tutor in the video.

Japanese Sentences English Translations
デビューきょくさんびゃく万枚まんまいれました。 My debut song was sold three million [times].
びょうひとびょういんきます。 Sick people go to a hospital.
ろっぴゃくえんでんぴょうをもらいました。 I got a check for ­¥600.

Tongue Twister Exercise with the Pronunciation [bj] [pj] びゃ びゅ びょ、ぴゃ ぴゅ ぴょ

Please repeat the following tongue twisters after the tutor on the video. Also, please focus on the pronunciation practice, not the meaning, because they were made only for the sake of practice.

Japanese Tongue Twisters Vocabulary


カエル: flog, わせる: to add


ピョンヤン: a city name ピョンチャン: a city name ポピュラー: popular


ビュッフェ: buffet, インタビュー: interview, デビュー: debut



This is the how to pronounce [bj] [pj] びゃ びゅ びょ、ぴゃ ぴゅ ぴょ. We recommend that you practice the sentences above at least 5 times for each exercise, though we understand that pronunciation practice can be dull. Good pronunciation will give you listening and speaking ability, and thereby you will be confident enough to speak Japanese with native speakers. Thus, the ability you gain is well worth the time spent. We are looking forward to seeing you in the next lesson; [mj] みゃ みゅ みょ.

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