How to read Japanese? Does the pronunciation and speech change? basic rules

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Anyone who studies Japanese should know that its sounds don't change like in English that is full of accents or with the crazy changes of S with Z sound, etc. But actually, Japanese does have a change in the reading or pronunciation of phonemes depending on the occasion. It is not known for sure if these are rules or just the Japanese custom, since in Japanese there is no stress.

In this article we are not going to talk about the peculiarities or rules of the Japanese language, such as the pronunciation of each hiragana or anything like that. Therefore, we recommend having basic knowledge of Hiragana, Katakana and their pronunciation. Let's just talk about tips and how to read and pronounce phonemes in Japanese everyday life. We recorded a video explaining and giving examples of how to read some words that you can see below:

The video doesn't have much explanation, it's just examples. The audio is not good, but we have already changed the microphone for other videos. In addition to the video, I think it's good to highlight some points related to Japanese pronunciation that can help you when talking or reading. For this we recommend the article features of the Japanese language. 

Reading and Pronunciation Rules Checklist

  • Each syllable has the same length and strength;
  • The vowel is lengthened when: aa / ei / ii / oo / or / uu;
  • The u sound is usually short;
  • There are differences in accent, region, dialects, etc;
  • Two consonants together prolong the sound of the previous vowel along with it (っ);

Although it is a little complicated to follow these rules, remember that a lot of this was a natural adaptation in speech, some things only with living together you will get the habit of pronouncing like a Japanese. Don't expect to start talking like them, as even they have difficulty with English.

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