Japanese Big Question Mark 8 - Pronunciation
If there are other Japanese words you'd like to know how to pronounce, please add them to the list. For now I want to know how to pronounce the following words:
Can anybody tell me? Is the "y" a vowel?
How about terms like
Are they one syllable or two?
two - go-te, ha-ne
Chris Hayashida: This might help, but only if you speak English:
- dan - pronounced like "dawn."
- kyu - pronounced like the letter Q.
I don't know a good way to write how to pronounce moyo. I think I'd write it like "moi-yoh." I don't know if that helps.
kokiri - writing down pronounciations, especially in a situation like here, where there are people from differnet backgrounds with different accents is a bit of a minefield, perhaps the best way is to look at something like http://www.sf.airnet.ne.jp/~ts/japanese/ and listen to the real thing...
Fhayashi: A simple guideline is that there are hardly any long vowel sounds in Japanese (unless the word has the ~ or - following the characters. And the only consonant ending is "n" or "m". Each syllable breaks down into consonant and vowel combinations.
- Dan - not long like dawn, but shorter like "done"
Kirby: Actually, I would say it's more like "dahn"
- Kyu - like kew, or "Q" like above
- Moyo - moh-yo, with emphasis even on both syllables, not MOH-yo or moh-YO
- Gote - goh-teh, not emphasizing either syllable
- Hane - hah-neh, again with even emphasis
Bob McGuigan: Not to be pedantic but these pronunciations ignore the long vowel occurences in Japanese. For example it should be kyuu, two syllables kyu-u, and moyou, three syllables. You can find this elongation in any standard romaji Japanese-English dictionary such as Kenkyusha's, or from the kana versions.
Bass: The reasonable way to learn how a foreign word should sound is to listen to it. Here's how:
- open WWWJDIC in a new tab
- go to the appropriate page for the term here on the Sensei's Library. Some are linked in the comments just above.
- In the top right corner of the page you'll find a box that has the term written in Japanese, among other languages. Copy-paste the Japanese text (the foreign looking scribbles, not the pronuncuation guide) into the WWWJDIC "keyword" box, and click "Search".
- On the search result page, look for the entry (or entries) that exactly match the term. There may be more than one, so you'll have to read the descriptions as well.
- Once you have located the relevant entry, look to the beginning of that line. You should see a round button that has a "play" symbol (white triangle on a blue background). Click it to hear the pronunciation.
- Be sufficiently proud of learning a new cool thing.