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Material Information

Name Wasabi’s Japanese Pronunciation Lessons
Level All Levels
Lesson Number 27
Total Time 72 minutes
Contents 1. Japanese Vowels
2. Japanese Consonant
3. Exceptional Sounds
Translation English
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If you would like to utilize your mobile devices or hear them off-line, you can download them via the following URL. Additionally, we have labeled the audio files as follows: “vowels” as “V”, “consonants” as ”C”, and “exceptional sounds” as “E”. For example, if you would like to hear the audio for い, please use No. V02.

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Japanese Vowels
Japanese Consonants
Exceptional Sounds

Program Table of Japanese Pronunciation Lessons

Japanese Vowels

  1. [a] あ
  2. [i] い
  3. [u] う
  4. [e] え
  5. [o] お

Japanese Consonants

  1. [k] [g] か き く け こ、が ぎ ぐ げ ご
  2. [s] [z] さ す せ そ、ざ ず ぜ ぞ
  3. [ɕ] [ʑ] し、じ
  4. [t] [d] た て と、だ で ど
  5. [tɕ] ち
  6. [ts] つ 
  7. [n] な ぬ ね の
  8. [ɲ] に
  9. [h] は へ ほ
  10. [ç] ひ
  11. [ɸ] ふ
  12. [b] [p] ば び ぶ べ ぼ、ぱ ぴ ぷ ぺ ぽ
  13. [m] ま み む め も
  14. [j] や ゆ よ
  15. [ɾ] ら り る れ ろ
  16. [w] わ 

Japanese Exceptional Sounds

  1. [m] [ŋ] [N] [n] ん
  2. [kj] [gj] きゃ きゅ きょ、ぎゃ ぎゅ ぎょ
  3. [bj] [pj] びゃ びゅ びょ、ぴゃ ぴゅ ぴょ
  4. [mj] みゃ みゅ みょ
  5. j] りゃ りゅ りょ
  6. っ、-、ん

Note

We have adopted the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) in our Japanese pronunciation lessons. Some of the symbols such as [ɕ] and [ɸ] are probably unfamiliar with learners. Thus, we have clarified them by corresponding to roman letters in each page like this; “[ɕ] representing the sound of the roman letter /sh/”. Similarly, in the following table, [] shows the IPA and // shows roman letters. It’s read from top to bottom and right to left.

Hiragana with the International Phonetic Alphabet and Roman Letters

[wa]
/wa/

[ɾa]
/ra/

[ja]
/ya/

[ma]
/ma/

[pa]
/pa/

[ba]
/ba/

[ha]
/ha/

[na]
/na/

[da]
/da/

[ta]
/ta/

[za]
/za/

[sa]
/sa/

[ga]
/ga/

[ka]
/ka/

[a]
/a/
 
[ɾi]
/ri/
 
[mi]
/mi/

[pi]
/pi/

[bi]
/bi/

[çi]
/hi/

[ɲi]
/ni/
ぢ*
[zi]
/di/

[tɕi]
/chi/

[ʑi]
/zi/

[ɕi]
/shi/

[gi]
/gi/

[ki]
/ki/

[i] 
/i/
 
[ɾu]
/ru/

[ju]
/yu/

[mu]
/mu/

[pu]
/pu/

[bu]
/bu/

[ɸu]
/fu/

[nu]
/nu/
づ*
[zu]
/du/

[tsu]
/tsu/

[zu]
/zu/

[su]
/su/

[gu]
/gu/

[ku]
/ku/

[u] 
/u/
 
[ɾe]
/re/
 
[me]
/me/

[pe]
/pe/

[be]
/be/

[he]
/he/

[ne]
/ne/

[de]
/de/

[te]
/te/

[ze] 
/ze/

[se]
/se/

[ge]
/ge/

[ke]
/ke/

[e]
/e/
を*
[o]
/o/ 

[ɾo]
/ro/

[jo]
/yo/

[mo]
/mo/

[po]
/po/

[bo]
/bo/

[ho]
/ho/

[no]
/no/

[do]
/do/

[to]
/to/

[zo]
/zo/

[so]
/so/

[go]
/go/

[ko]
/ko/

[o]
/o/

*We divided our pronunciation lessons based on how your tongue and mouth are moved. ぢ, づ and を are omitted because they are the same movement as じ, ず and お respectively.

Exceptional Sounds with the International Phonetic Alphabet and Roman Letters
 ん  りゃ
ja]
/rya/
みゃ
[mja]
/mya/
ぴゃ
[pja]
/pya/
びゃ
[bja]
/bya/
ひゃ*
[ça]
/hya/
にゃ*
[ɲa]
/nya/
ちゃ*
[tɕa]
/cha/
じゃ*
[ʑa]
/zya/
しゃ*
[ɕa]
/sha/
ぎゃ
[gja]
/gya/
きゃ
[kja]
/kya/
りゅ
ju]
/ryu/
みゅ
[mju]
/myu/
ぴゅ
[pju]
/pyu/
びゅ
[bju]
/byu/
ひゅ
[çu]
/hyu/
にゅ
[ɲu]
/nyu/
ちゅ
[tɕu]
/chu/
じゅ
[ʑu]
/zyu/
しゅ
[ɕu]
/shu/
ぎゃ
[gju]
/gyu/
きゅ
[kju]
/kyu/
 っ りょ
jo]
/ryo/
みょ
[mjo]
/myo/
ぴょ
[pjo]
/pyo/
びょ
[bjo]
/byo/
ひょ
[ço]
/hyo/
にょ
[ɲo]
/nyo/
ちょ
[tɕo]
/cho/
じょ
[ʑo]
/zyo/
しょ
[ɕo]
/sho/
ぎょ
[gjo]
/gyo/
きょ
[kjo]
/kyo/

*For the same reason as above, しゃ, じゃ, ちゃ, にゃ, and ひゃ line are omitted because they are the same movement as し, じ, ち, に and ひ respectively.

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These texts were translated into English through the combined efforts of freelance translator Christina Schaak, and Wasabi’s co-founder & project director Takyua Tokiwa. For more information on Christina and her work, please visit schaaktranslations.com.

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