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Japanese Consonants: How to Pronounce た て と、だ で ど

Japanese Letters ta te to

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Description of the Japanese Pronunciation た て と、だ で ど


Picture describing Japanese pronunciation [t] and [d]

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!

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Words Exercise with the Pronunciation [t] [d] た て と、だ で ど

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

Words Roman Letters Meanings
たべる ta be ru to eat
たまご ta ma go egg
だれか da re ka someone
te hand
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
たまごをよくべます。 I often eat eggs.
だれくるまからてきます。 Someone will get out of the car.
動物どうぶつ大切たいせつにします。 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


たけ: bamboo, たけやぶ: bamboo thicket, てかける: to lean ~ against ~


天道虫てんとうむし: ladybug, テント: tent, トド: sea lion, トート(バッグ): tote bag


ただの: just, plain, だな: closet, ついたて: screen, タダ: free 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.

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