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How to Pronounce the “th” Sound: The IPA Way

During a conversation with a friend visiting from Japan, I noticed that the “th” sound was being replaced with other sounds. Thank was heard as “sank” and think as “shink.” After a while, my brain recognized what was happening and compensated for it. It could recover...

How to Pronounce the Japanese “ry” sound: The IPA Way

Languages share many speech sounds in common, but organize them in different ways. Languages also feature different speech sounds. Both issues present challenges for those learning Japanese. In this article, we’ll examine the pronunciation of the syllables rya, ryu,...