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Each time I introduce a new word, I'll explain how to pronounce it. But I believe the following excerpt will help you to familiarize yourself with the Japanese vowels.

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In some English dialects, Japanese vowels can be approximated as follows:

  • /a/ as in father
  • /i/ as in feet
  • /u/ as in soup
  • /e/ as in get
  • /o/ as in go
This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Japanese phonology."

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Learning the five vowel sounds shown above is essential. Then, memorize the five hiragana letters below.
  • あ /a/ as in father
  • い /i/ as in feet
  • う /u/ as in soup
  • え /e/ as in get
  • お /o/ as in go

Refer to the table 1. in the Japanese Alphabets page for the hiragana letters.


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