fbpx

Pronunciation of the R’s

How to pronounce the R sounds

Pronunciation of the R’s

10 MINUTE LESSON
RULES: 1. Say the examples. 2. Pay close attention to the underlined
parts.


In this lesson we
will look at how to correctly pronounce the R sounds. For English speakers these
are probably the most difficult to pronounce, because it sounds nothing
like the English R sounds.

GOOD NEWS! Really, if you spend a little time learning
how the sounds work, you can master it in no time! Get ready!

BEFORE
THE LESSON YOU NEED TO KNOW…

  • The pronunciation of the R’s
    are NOT the same as in English
  • There are two parts to master
    the R’s: Tongue and Mouth
  • Listen to the sound file & come back to
    it many times while reading– >
    RARIRURERO.wav
    (53 kb)
  • Lastly, You can do it!
始めましょう!
Let’s begin…

PART ONE: The Tongue…

The sound is made by lightly slapping
your tongue
just behind your upper teeth. Think of
making an L sound
, like LOVE. That is the
approximate place. The only difference between the Japanese R and
the English L sound is how long the tongue is held there.
In English the tongue is held a while while air goes around it.
In Japanese, the tongue is immediately dropped.All of
the R sounds are made the same way
with the tongue.

Read that again and then once more while
actually making the sound.


PART TWO: The Mouth…

The mouth takes a little practice to make
it natural, but it is also easy, really. Very simply, for RA RI
& RE the mouth is more opened and for RU & RO the mouth
is more rounded and shut. [NOTE: actually for perfect
pronunciation, ALL 5 sounds have separate mouth positions — we
will look at this, but remember basically for RA, RI & RE
the mouth is more opened
and RU & RO it is rounded and
smaller
.]

I apologize
for the pictures, but here are the 5 general positions of the
mouth for the 5 different sounds… To hear a sound file for each
sound click on the letter below:

Again the most important thing is RA, RI & RE (the
yellow)
have a kind of opened, wide mouth
and RU & RO
(the red) have a more rounded, small mouth. Practice saying them in
order — (open mouth) RA RI (round mouth) RU (open mouth) RE (round mouth) RO.
Listen to the sound file —
RARIRURERO.wav (53 kb)


Lastly remember, slap the
tongue
with a wide mouth for RA, RI, RE and slap
the tongue
with a round mouth for RU & RO.

[wpdevart_facebook_comment curent_url="https://www.thejapanesepage.com/beginners/pronunciation/" title_text="or facebook your comment here! :D" order_type="social" title_text_color="#000000" title_text_font_size="22" title_text_font_famely="monospace" title_text_position="left" width="100%" bg_color="#d4d4d4" animation_effect="random" count_of_comments="10" ]

Support Us On Patreon

ecome TheJapanesePage patreon

FREE EMAIL COURSES

KANJI A DAY IMAGE

WORD A DAY IMAGE

GRAMMAR LESSONS

LINK TO INTEREST

FREE EBOOKs

Get Clay’s Kanji 100 eBook For FREE

TJS-Newsletter-FB-ad

Get Clay's Fiction eBook for FREE

fb-ad-clay-landing-page-6

Join our two TheJapanShop.com email lists for freebies, exclusive coupons, and the latest information.

Kanji Girl

Get your copy of Kanji 100 (eBook) for FREE!

Super Suiyoubi

Get Super Suiyoubi once-a-week sale

Polish your Japanese!

Get your FREE email courses, or Be A Patron.