Phonetical approarch to Japanese Language −Self-tutorial course

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A quite unique phonetical feature of Japanese Language is in that every consonants are necessarily followed by at least one vowel or half-vowel "y", which, as already is explained, makes the precedent consonant softened. Although there are some spelling methods like "Sh" and "Ch" in the so called "Rooma-Ji" (a writing method of Japanese Language in use of English characters which was created by an American Henry Hepburn in late 18th Century and up to today commonly used in certain linguistic scenes), in fact any of consonants never directly follows after a consonant in Japanese phonetical experiences. A phonetical sound "Si" should be expressed as "syi" and "Ti" as "tyi" in analitical view of phonemes of Japanese colloquial language. You need to understand "Sh" and "Ch" as tipical element in writing system of Japanese with English characters, but not in any means a kind of phonetical element.

Additional knowledge for you :

Hereinafter in the matrices you'll find a seriese of phonetical sounds that contains another half-vowel "n [ung:]"which is anothor unique phonetical feature of Japanese Language. The sound of "n" is quite short and soft, and is to be pronounced so as to be gulped through nose. Before "n" doesn't stand any kind of consonants, but only vowels should be. So, there is no doubt that here is only five instances which could happen, i.e. "an", "in", "un", "en" and "on" in all. However you should bear in mind that there may be a delicate nuances in the sounds (namely difference of intonation and accent) depending on where may appear these units of phonemes, at the head, in the middle part or at the end of words and/or idioms. This difference of tones of sounds may differ even the implied meanings in accordance to the feeling/sence of the speaker. So check it with attention when pronouncing the expression contained such phonetical sounds.

Another thing you should bear in mind is that there are many repetitive sounds linking with this half-vowel. This feature is also another unique nature in the Japanese phonetical experiences. Generally, there are numbers of repetitive phonetical units which compose of Japanese expression not only literal but also onomatopeic which you may looking through later.

Now let's go foreward to the 3rd Step.



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