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Japanese accent

Japanese Accent

93121301 Carol 陳佳渝

93121304 Yoyo 林芷帆

93121306 Jessica 黃芊芊

93121308 Sindy 林欣慧

93121334 Cindy 謝依君

93121358 Scarly 李紅穎

  • WhyJapanese have their particular strong accent? (Cindy)

  • Consonant-vowel formation, and comparison in English and Japanese phonetic symbols. (Carol)

  • Japanese pronunciation: voiced sounds; “r” and “l” features in Japanese. (Yoyo)

  • Stress, “sokuon”, and “choon” in Japanese pronunciation. (Jessica)

  • Interview (Sindy& Scarly)

Japanese english accent meaning not good at english
Japanese English Accent→ meaning not good at English

Learning English ads everywhere in Japan

Japan english
Japan English

  • Japanese VS English→ stress, retroflex

  • School education → focus on grammar and reading

  • culture→ pursuit perfect→ effect on speaking

  • translation

Comparison in japanese and english phonetic symbols
Comparison in Japanese and English PhoneticSymbols

  • The formation of consonant-vowel in Japanese.

  • There’s no voiceless sound in Japanese.

  • andし; and (じ); and ち.

  • There’s no diphthongs and schwa in Japanese.

  • /r/ and /l/ sound are identical in Japanese.

Japanese pronunciation
Japanese Pronunciation

  • Tend to insert vowels particularly at the end of a words ending in a consonant

    • Japanese has no closed syllables

    • (C)V or CVCV

    • e.g. get becomes getto

    • sound, cake, hot dog, book…etc.

  • Trouble with ‘r’ and ‘l’ sound

    • i.e. rule becomes ruuru (ルール)

    • i.e. radio becomes razio (ラジオ)

  • Lack of the /v/ sound

    • It now has two accepted pronunciations, /b/ and /wh/

    • i.e. video becomes bideo or whideo

  • ti’ and ‘di’ often become ‘chi’ and ‘ji’, respectively

    • Like chicken

    • tube, steam, tip, student, ticket, team

  • ‘tu’ and ‘du’ often become ‘tsu’ and ‘ju’, respectively

    • Like sportsman

    • i.e. suitcase, tuna, tool, tour, tourist, tree

Glottal stop japanese sokuon
Glottal stop--------Japanese “sokuon”

  • There’s glottal stop in Japanese, but not in English.

  • Japanese use glottal stop when they translate foreign language in to katakana.

  • Glottal stop usually appear when there’s a short vowel.


  • switch→スイッチ

  • racket→ラケット

  • fashion→ファッション

  • classic→クラシック

  • sandwich→サンドイッチ

  • basketball→バスケットボール

Long vowel japanese choon
Long Vowel----------Japanese “choon”

  • All the Japanese characters have the some vowel length.

  • In order to make the long vowel sound in the katakana, Japanese use two vowels to make it sound longer.


  • coffee→コーヒー(ko o hi i)

  • cola→コーラ(ko o ra)

  • table→テーブル(te e bu ru)

  • cake→ケーキ(ke e ki)

  • party→パーティー(pa a di i)

  • guitar→ギター(gi ta a)


  • When English translated into Japanese as a borrowing words, they sometimes have different stress

  • Example

    • button→ボタン

    • ribbon→リボン

Short films
Short Films

  • http://grm.cdn.hinet.net/xuite/56/0c/12067215/blog_13366/dv/5177280/5177280.wmv

  • Japanese cartoon: 櫻桃小丸子