Pronunciation Guide

Japanese is one of the easiest languages in the world to pronounce. There are only five vowels, each of which has only one pronunciation.

The Japanese vowels are pronounced as follows:

"a" as in father

"e" as in pet

"i" as in meet

"o" as in tow

"u" as in too

There are no variations.

There are nine consonants. The only one of these that presents any difficulty is "r". A Japanese "r" is halfway between "r" and "l" in English. Try saying "ram" and "lam" at the same time to approximate this sound.

Note: There is no plural tense in Japanese, so avoid adding an "s" to Japanese words. You have one katana or ten katana, not ten katanas.