Description of the Japanese Pronunciation た て と、だ で ど
た て と and だ で ど consist of the Japanese consonants [t] and [d] together with the Japanese vowels [a], [e] and [o] respectively. When you pronounce [t] and [d], the top of your tongue is going to touch your upper gums. This closure will cause a buildup of pressure. Then, you will release that pressure all at once by moving your tongue down. [t] is an unvoiced sound and [d] is a voiced sound.
Does it make sense to you? Let’s try to pronounce た て と and だ で ど after the tutor on the video!
Wasabi Japanese Pronunciation Lessons
Words Exercise with the Pronunciation [t] [d] た て と、だ で ど
Please repeat the following words after the tutor on the video.
|たべる||ta be ru||to eat|
|たまご||ta ma go||egg|
|だれか||da re ka||someone|
|でる||de ru||to leave, to go out|
|でんき||de n ki||electricity|
|ときどき||to ki do ki||sometimes|
|ところ||to ko ro||place|
|たいせつ||ta i se tsu||important|
|どうぶつ||do u bu tsu||animal|
Sentences Exercise with the Pronunciation [t] [d] た て と、だ で ど
Please repeat the following sentences after the tutor in the video.
|Japanese Sentences||English Translations|
|卵をよく食べます。||I often eat eggs.|
|誰か車から出てきます。||Someone will get out of the car.|
|動物を大切にします。||I consider animals to be important.|
Tongue Twister Exercise with the Pronunciation [t] [d] た て と、だ で ど
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|
竹: bamboo, 竹薮: bamboo thicket, 立てかける: to lean ~ against ~
天道虫: ladybug, テント: tent, トド: sea lion, トート（バッグ）: tote bag
ただの: just, plain, 戸棚: closet, ついたて: screen, タダ: free 立てる: to set up
This is the how to pronounce [t] [d] た て と、だ で ど. 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; [tɕ] ち.