lauantai 18. elokuuta 2012

Japanese Vowels

Short vowels:
(romanji, hiragana, katakana)
a, あ, ア 
like 'a' in "palm"
i, い, イ 
like 'i' in "marine"
u, う, ウ 
like 'oo' in "hoop", but short (best described as the sound said without rounded lips)
e, え, エ 
like 'e' in "set"
o, お, オ 
like 'o' in "rope", but less round
Long vowels:
(romanji, hiragana, katakana)
ā, ああ, アー 
like 'a' in "father"
ii, いい, イー 
like 'ee' in "cheese"
u, うう, ウー 
like 'oo' in "hoop"
ei, えい, エー 
like the 'ay' in "pay"
ō, おう, オー 
stretch out the 'o' in "soap"

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