Japanese is a syllabic language; most consonants are followed by a vowel, “n” being the exception. Take the word for ‘hello’ 「  ko-n-ni-chi-wa  」
When it comes to pronunciation, Japanese is relatively simple. What you see is what you get. Unlike some of its neighbours, you do not have to worry much about tones or multiple ways of saying a vowel (looking at you english).
For those who have also studied Spanish, vowels are similar.
a  – as in father
i  – as in the letter ‘e
u  – like the ‘oo’ in moon
e  – as in elephant
o  – like the letter ‘o‘ (just say it shorter)

As for consonants there is relatively few compared to English, and for the most part are pronounced the same.
k (ky)
g (gy)
s (sh)
j (jy)
t  (ts)
n (ny)
h (hy)
b (by)
p (py)
m (my)
r (ry)

Again, when spoken, each consonant is followed by a vowel either a,i,u,e, or o; with the exception of  the singular “-n”.
Here you can see the sounds of the Japanese language.

japanese soundsHere is a video made by a Taiwanese Youtuber singing about the sounds of the Japanese language and basic phrases, enjoy!


Now that that’s out of the way…

Basic Phrases


Good Morning
Good Afternoon
Good Evening
Good Night

Nice to meet you

Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu

I am in your reguards/ please keep me in your reguards

What’s up

Good bye/farewell
See you later

Thank you very much
Thank you

Sorry (pardon me, excuse me)
Sorry (I apologize)


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