Japanese Phonetics - Part 1 : Step 1

Introduction to the Japanese writing method based on the Japanese phonetical sounds

Hereinafter in following matrices are presented principal elements which compose the Japanes writing method based on the so called "50 Sounds" of Japanese Language.

Attention: In all matrices presented hereinafter in every steps of this course, the word in plural also means singular instead the word in singular means plural.

Single Syllable Sounds of vowels
Vowels (V) A / あ I / い U / う E / え O / お
All single syllable of vowels have their own various meanings.

 

Single syllable sounds composed by a consonat with a vowel.

Vowels (V)

Consonants (C)

a i u e o
K Ka /か Ki / き Ku / く Ke / け Ko / こ
S Sa / さ Si/Shi / し Su / す Se / せ So / そ
T Ta / た Ti/Chi / ち Tu/Tsu / つ Te / て To / と
N Na /な Ni / に Nu / ぬ Ne / ね No / の
H Ha / は Hi / ひ Hu / ふ He / へ Ho / ほ
M Ma / ま Mi / み Mu / む Me / Mo / も
Y Ya / や Yi Yu / ゆ Ye Yo / よ
R Ra / ら Ri / り Ru / る Re/れ Ro / ろ
W Wa / わ Wi Wu We Wo / を

Single syllable sounds highlighted by red color have their own meanings.

Dymmed components of phonemes haven't any meaning in japanese language.

 

Single syillable sounds composed by a consonat with a vowel.

Vowel

Consonants

a i u e o
G Ga / が Gi / Ghi / ぎ Gu /ぐ Ge/Ghe / げ Go / ご
Z Za / ざ Zi/Ji / じ Zu / ず Ze / ぜ Zo / ぞ
D Da / だ Di Du De / で Do / ど
B Ba / ば Bi / び Bu / ぶ Be / べ Bo / ぼ
P Pa/ぱ Pi/ぴ Pu/ぷ Pe/ぺ Po/ぽ

Single syllable sounds highlighted by red color have their own multiple meanings.

Dymmed components of phonemes haven't any meaning in japanese language.

 

Syngle syllable Sounds of vowels with a half-vowel "n"(pronounce as "[ung]")

Vowels

Half-vowel

A I U E O
n / ん An / あん In / いん Un / うん En / えん On / おん

All single syllable of vowels followed by a half-vowel "n" have their own meanings.

The half-vowel "n" never comes on the head of word, but only follows after any kaind of vowel.

When "n" is pronounced, last "g" of [ung] shouldn't be solidly sounded, but gulped down through nose.

 

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