A collection of sites for pronunciation (5): About accents

We’ve introduced some websites that are helpful for learning pronunciation in our Collection of Sites for Pronunciation (1) to (4).
This time, we will introduce three sites that are helpful with learning “accents” in pronunciation.

The low and high accents known as pitch accent is a characteristic of accents in Japanese. It’s different from the stress accent of English and other languages.
By learning about the characteristics of Japanese accents, you may be able to realize problems that you are having in speaking or listening.

Japanese Pitch Accent


You can study about Japanese accents with material created by a learner of Japanese themselves.
The writer explains the basic details, with some personal experiences mixed in, in English.
For learners who don’t know much about Japanese accents, after learning about them here, please use the following two sites as a reference.


Explanation


Practice

To practice on this site, first, please make an account on memrise. (It’s free and requires an email address and a password.)


After logging in, click on “Courses”.
Then, select I speak “English”.


Select Japanese from the language category, and in the search box, search for “Japanese pitch” and it will come up right away.




This site was introduced on the eな Information Station.

日本語教育用アクセント辞典 - Japanese Accent Study Website


When you want to know about accents, this is a site you can use to search.
Only the top page is available in English.
When you want to search for the accent of a word, click “かな” from the right side of the screen.


This is a useful dictionary for people who want to know how to read the accent marks, advanced learners of Japanese and teachers of Japanese.
For people who want to learn more about the basics, the site introduced first is recommended.

アクセント/Japanese Word Accent


This is a part of the contents from the SP Home Page of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University.

The points of accents in Japanese and examples using accents are gathered.
At the bottom of the page, you can know about the different types of accents and take quizzes to practice your knowledge of accents. (Java is required)



Pitch Accent! If I understand it, maybe my Japanene pronunciation will get better!


Last update 2014.08.29

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