Essential Japanese: An Introduction to the Standard by Samuel E. Martin

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RIDGE! ) daku 'embraces' rakii 'comfort, pleasure' rock denchu 'telephone-pole' renchu 'gang' wrench dokii 'poison' roku 'six' rogue — ringo 'apple' ring — nisu 'absence' roots Once you're able to make the initial r, you're ready to tackle the combination ry. This sound is made by putting the back part of the tongue in position to make the y sound, then very swiftly moving just the tip of the tongue up to make the flap for the r. org/access_use#pd-google the words first without the r, making the y good and strong; then go over them inserting the r lightly, without damag- ing the y.

You should learn these symbols and the sounds 1. As in 'jist fine' and 'pirty good'. Many American speakers from Southern states use this high central vowel instead of the high back vowel, especially after y. 2. For some speakers, the vowel of 'boy' begins mid, for others low. 3. org/access_use#pd-google from 'nod'. For such speakers, this space (low back) may be blank. 10 ESSENTIAL JAPANESE they stand for, and not confuse this simple use of these letters with their many English uses. The use of the let- ters may be remembered as: i as in ski, e as in pet, a as in father, o as in so, u as in rhubarb.

S6 desu ka. ' Ky6 desu. ' Wakarimasen deshita. wa-ka'ri'ma'sfrn-de-sh-ta 'l didn't understand' A6i kimono o kite imasu. a-^i-ki-mo-no-o-ki-te-i-ma-s she's wearing a blue kimono' The range of pitch is somewhat wider in English than in Japanese. When we have a fall, it descends from high- er to lower pitches than the corresponding Japanese fall. To our ears, the Japanese rises and falls in pitch are very light and often difficult to catch. They are nonetheless an important part of Japanese speech.

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