Description of the Japanese Pronunciation っ,－, ん
When you pronounce っ, you don’t make an actual sound, but wait for ‘one beat’ with the form of your mouth to pronounce the following sound. When you pronounce ―, you don’t make a new sound, but elongate the sound of the vowel before ― for ‘one beat’. When you pronounce ん, you need to make the sound of ん for ‘one beat’ to make the proper pronunciation. In order to master the concept of ‘one beat’, you will learn these sounds with a Japanese poetry form; Haiku
Haiku consists of three phrases having five, seven and five sounds respectively. Please repeat the following Haiku after the tutor on the video while being conscious of っ, ―, ん playing the role of one sound.
Japanese Double Consonant; っ
|あの月を 取ってくれろと 泣く子かな （小林一茶）|
|月: moon, 取る: to take, 泣く: to cry, 子: child|
|秋の草 まったく濡れぬ 山の雨 （飯田蛇笏）|
|秋: autumn, 草: grass, まったく; not… at all, 濡れる: to get wet, 山: mountain|
|雪とけて 村いっぱいの こどもかな （小林一茶）|
|雪: snow, とける: to melt, 村: village, いっぱい: be full of…|
Japanese Macron; ー
|春愁の つーんと笹の 葉が尖る （藤木清子）|
|春愁: spring depression, 笹: bamboo grass, 葉: leave, 尖る: to get sharp|
|水さっと 抜手ついつい つーいつい （芥川龍之介）|
|水: water, 抜手: overarm stoke, ついつい: unintentionally|
|ほーほけきょ やっとおいでか 花見鳥 （Wasabi）|
|ほーほけきょ: song [of birds], おいで: to come (honorific), 花見鳥: Japanese bush warbler|
|閻王の 口や牡丹を 吐かんとす （与謝蕪村）|
|閻王: the King of Hell, 口: mouth, 牡丹: purplish red, 吐く: to vomit|
|朝市に 磯もの多し 神無月 （水原秋桜子）|
|朝市: morning market, 磯もの: sea snails, 神無月: October|
|青蛙 お前もペンキ 塗り立てか （芥川龍之介）|
|青蛙: frog, ペンキ: [house] paint, 塗る to paint|
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Wasabi Japanese Pronunciation Lessons
Words Exercise with the Pronunciation っ,－, ん
Please repeat the following words after the tutor on the video.
|せっけん||se kke n||soap|
|クリーム||ku rî mu||cream|
|べんり||be n ri||useful, convenient|
|かんじ||ka n ji||kanji (Chinese character)|
This is the how to pronounce っ, ー, ん. 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.
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