1.1 WHAT ARE VOWELS AND CONSONANTS?
There are two kinds of sounds in any language.
- Vowels are produced by air passing out through the mouth without beging blockd.
The letters that represent these sounds are a,e,i,o,u.
- Consonants,on the other hand ,are produced by blockage(partial or complete) of the air.
The remaining alphabet letters are used to represent consonant sounds:d,c,d,etc.
Japanese isn’t difficult to pronounce if you follow a few simple guidelines.
Take the time to read this section,and try out each sound presented.
If you have studied Spanish, it may help you to know that that Japanese vowels are more like those of Spanish than English.