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Japanese Consonants: How to Pronounce な ぬ ね の

Japanese letters na, nu, ne, and no

Description of the Japanese Pronunciation な ぬ ね の

Picture describing Japanese pronunciation [n]

な ぬ ね の consist of the Japanese consonant [n] with the Japanese vowels [a], [u] [e] and [o] respectively. When you pronounce [n], your tongue is going to touch the roof of your mouth just a little farther back than your upper gums and you will make a sound by allowing air to pass out through your nose. [n] is a voiced sound.

Does it make sense to you? Let’s try to pronounce な ぬ ね の after the tutor on the video!

Wasabi Japanese Pronunciation Lessons

Words Exercise with the Pronunciation [n] な ぬ ね の

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

Words Roman Letters Meanings
なぜ na ze why
なか na ka inside
なが na ga i long
いぬ i nu dog
しぬ shi nu to die
ne ru to sleep
あね a ne sister
のむ no mu to drink
もの mo no thing
のみもの no mi mo no drink

Sentences Exercise with the Pronunciation [n] な ぬ ね の

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

Japanese Sentences English Translations
はなながいぬがいます。 There is a long nosed dog.
あねかいています。 My sister is sleeping on the second floor.
きなものはコーラです。 My favorite drink is coke.

Tongue Twister Exercise with the Pronunciation [n] な ぬ ね の

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


きょう: brand name coming from きょう (Japan’s previous capital), なま: raw, たら: cod, 奈良なら: prefecture’s name


おんな: woman, ぬう: to stitch, ぬの: cloth, : name, なに: what


野良のらねこ: stray cat, ノンノ: cat’s name, のんき: easy, ものがたり: story




This is the how to pronounce [n] な ぬ ね の. 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; [ɲ] に.

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