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This is a brief guide on some of the problems Japanese students have with English pronunciation.

Common problemsEdit

problem examples
R and L sounds (listening and speaking). Glass and Grass, Rice and Lice.
V and B sounds (listening and speaking). Very and Berry.

ReasonsEdit

  • Glass
  • Grass
  • Berry (use with Very)
  • A kitten (sleep - use with slip)
  • Slipping on a banana (use slip with sleep)
  • Lice
  • Rice
  • Sheep (use with ship)
  • Sheep (use with ship)
  • Ship (use with sheep)
  • Ship (use with sheep)
  • A frog (use leap with lip)
  • Lip (use with leap)

These are some pictures that can be used as pairs to demonstrate the difference between some sounds. For flashcards with captions, see below.

One of the reasons for the problems is that the Japanese language does not have all the sounds that the English language does.[note 1] For example, the Japanese language does not distinguish between r and l. There is something in between, but not really one or the other.

Activities to useEdit

Flashcards with captionsEdit

Pronunciation PracticeEdit

R - L R - L Combinations TH - S Combinations SH - S V - B
raw - law

river - liver
rake - lake
right - light
race - lace

grass - glass
free - flee
crash - flash
present - pleasant
courage - college
pray - play
grow - glow

thank - tank
thaw - saw
thing - sing
thumb - sum
thick - sick
think - sink
thigh - sigh
mouth - mouse
tenth - tense
worth - worse

sea - she
said - shed
same - shame
so - show
suit - shoot

very - berry
vend - bend
vest - best
vet - bet
vote - boat

See AlsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. The Japanese language is not a subset of sounds of the English language; it has some sounds that the English language does not.

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