how to pronounce japan


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the above transcription of japan is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

japan is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of japan in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… with this idea that japan is going to …”

meanings of japan


  1. A hard black enamel varnish containing asphalt.
  2. Lacquerware.


  1. An island nation in the Pacific Ocean, located to the east of China, Korea and Russia.


  1. To varnish with japan.

japan frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word japan occurs in english on average 36.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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