Description of the Japanese Pronunciation ち
ち consists of the Japanese consonant [tɕ] representing the sound of the roman letter /ch/ with the Japanese vowel [i]. When you pronounce [tɕ], your tongue is going to touch the place where is a little farther back than your upper gums. This closure will cause a buildup of pressure. Soon after that, you will make a chink and cause friction by passing air through the chink. This way is similar to the one to pronounce [ts] in つ, but you will use the point of your tongue where you make a chink is a little farther back than the [ts]. This sound is also similar to the English sound (cheese). The difference is that you need to use your tongue flat as opposed to pronouncing (cheese). [tɕ] is an unvoiced sound.
Does it make sense to you? Let’s try to pronounce ち after the tutor on the video!
Wasabi Japanese Pronunciation Lessons
Words Exercise with the Pronunciation [tɕ] ち
Please repeat the following words after the tutor on the video.
|chi ka i
|cha i ro
|cha wa n
|chi ka te tsu
|chu u i
|attention, notice, note
|i ri gu chi
|tsu i ta chi
|ni chi yo u bi
Sentences Exercise with the Pronunciation [tɕ] ち
Please repeat the following sentences after the tutor in the video.
|I will use the brown rice bowl.
|I borrowed a map for the subways.
|July 1st is Sunday.
Tongue Twister Exercise with the Pronunciation [tɕ] ち
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
お茶: tea, 立てる: to make tea
第一: the first, 陣: camp, 著者: author, 知事: governor
うちの: our, チヂミ: Korean pancake, ちと: a little, 違う: different
This is the how to pronounce [tɕ] ち. 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; [ts] つ.
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