one of the things that almost every japanese learner has trouble with (if theyre a native english speaker), is the japanese r sound.
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How To Pronounce The Japanese "R" Sound YouTube
in japanese, there are five syllables containing the r sound ra ri ru re ro. The japanese r is probably one of the trickiest consonant to pronounce because it is very different from the english r.
Japanese has one liquid phoneme r, realized usually as an apico-alveolar tap and sometimes as an alveolar lateral approximant l. English has two rhotic r and lateral l, with varying phonetic realizations centered on the postalveolar approximant and on the alveolar lateral approximant l, respectively.
To make r sound, start to say l, but make your tongue stop short of the roof of your mouth, almost in the english d position.
As matter of fact, the ls are also hard to pronounce for the japanese natives because phonetically, r and l equivalent dont exist in the japanese language (actually, neither does v or f!).
How to pronounce the 'R' in Japanese I The Japantry
Com20091230how-to-pronounce-the-japanese-r-soundthe japanese r sound is perhaps one of the most difficult things for many japanese-l.