Vowels In Japanese Explained

Written byIchika Yamamoto

This lesson is the base to start to learn japanese language, unlike to others languages the japanese language has five vowels, the ponunciation is similar to Spanish language.

Vowels in Japanese

Japanese Vowels


a is pronounced like the "a" in "star". i is pronounced like the "e" in "we". u is pronounced like the "oo" in "boot". This vocal is pronounced with the lips compresed. e is pronounced like the "e" in "get". o is pronounced like the "o" in "oh".


The Japanese vowels have different lenght, long and short, during the pronunciation in some words. You have to be careful about this because the meaning of a word can change if you don't pronounce it correctly.

For example: if you don't pronounce correctly onii (older brother), you are pronunciating oni (demon).

In addition you have to speak as clearly as possible when you're talking in Japanese because there are many word that have a similar pronunciation like byouin (hospital) and biyouin (beauty salon). For this reason you have to learn the pronunciation and practice it for talk Japanese.

  • Share:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
Japanese Language Guide
Learn Japanese
Make sure to subscribe.
This online learn Japanese resource guide is for anyone who wants to learn the Japanese language. My goal is to help you learn Japanese grammar and phrases, and share the best Japanese resources to help you learn.
Japanese Language Guide
Author: Ichika Yamamoto
新しい言語は、新たな人生の始まり。Learn Japanese here.Make sure to subscribe.
© Japanese Language Guide, 2024. Privacy Disclaimer Contact