A collection of sites for pronunciation (2): The basics 1

In A collection of sites for pronunciation (1): Total beginners, we introduced some websites that include a brief outline of the key points of Japanese pronunciation, aimed at those who are thinking of starting to study the language.

In A collection of sites for pronunciation (2) and (3) we would like to introduce a couple of sites that go a little further toward explaining the foundations of Japanese pronunciation.
These are definitely recommended for those people who want to make a point of studying pronunciation in order to master a more natural style of spoken Japanese.

Japanese Learning Support Site RAICHO (Introduction article)

At this site, created by the University of Toyama's International Student Center for its overseas students, there are all kinds of contents for Japanese study.
One of these is for pronunciation.
Click on 'CIER開発教材 Textbooks Developed by TISC'.

On the next screen, click on the link marked '毎日の発音練習 Web版 (Pronunciation practice for every day - Web version)'.

It is probably a good idea to read the section '記号の説明: About the signs used in this website' from the table of contents at the beginning.
If you click on the musical note symbols, you can hear spoken Japanese.
The display language is primarily Japanese, but if you click on the 'ふりがな' button, ruby furigana will be shown.

Contents are divided into 4 parts - an Introduction, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. The Introduction gives information on standard mora (rhythmic units) and accents.

Part 1 shows the pronunciation for each line of the 50 hiragana sounds, plus single syllables, diphthongs (gliding vowels), assimilated sounds (the small 'tsu' sound), long vowels and the sound of the kana 'n' in context.

Part 2 begins with a look at intonation, and offers some practices for words which are easy to mispronounce, difficult pairs of words and so on.
Part3 continues with the theme of words and vowel sounds which are difficult to pronounce correctly.

Introduction: Listening practice

Introduction: Practice

You can study on your own, as the site is designed to let you listen and practice in each section.
As the title ("毎日の練習") suggests, you should definitely try to continue your studies with a little practice every day.

Please see A collection of sites for pronunciation (1) Total beginners, (3) The basics 2 and (4) Practical application, too.

Last update 2010.11.26

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