Japanese pronunciation of the five vowels (a, e, i, o, and u) is very strict. To be able to speak Japanese correctly, you must know how to pronounce vowels as well as consanants.

Each vowel in Japanese has only one sound. When put together, they have no effect on each other (like in English, "oo" makes a different sound than "o".). Here are the five basic rules for pronouncing vowels:


Most consonants in Japanese are spoken the same as they are in English. However, there are a few exceptions:

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