how to pronounce japanese


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the above transcription of japanese 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.

japanese is pronounced in three syllables

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example pitch curve for pronunciation of japanese


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video examples of japanese pronunciation

An example use of japanese in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… Chinese people all these Japanese people …”

meanings of japanese


  1. The main language spoken in Japan.
  2. A person living in or coming from Japan, or of Japanese ancestry.
  3. Japanese food.


  1. Of, relating to, or derived from Japan, its people, language, or culture.

japanese frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word japanese occurs in english on average 61.7 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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