Japanese pronunciation made easy

Do you wish you could pronounce Japanese like a native speaker? Now you can! Rocket Languages has discovered a new way to make Japanese pronunciation easy. Not only that, but you have a ton of free audio lessons here at your fingertips to start improving your Japanese pronunciation right now.
 
Want to start with some simple Japanese words or basic Japanese phrases? No problem.
 
Ready to try some Japanese travel phrases or learn more about Japanese culture? Great! 
 
Before you start your Rocket Japanese adventure, read on to find out how we’re going to help you master Japanese pronunciation in no time…

Use Rocket Record voice comparison software for free

As hard as you try, without helpful feedback your Japanese pronunciation is never going to be the same as a native speaker’s. If you've found it difficult to perfect the way you say Japanese words and phrases, Rocket Languages voice comparison software will help you. 
 
Using the blue Rocket Record buttons you can record the way you say each Japanese word or phrase, and compare it with the way a Japanese native speaker does. That’s right, you can record your voice as many times as you need until your pronunciation matches the Japanese speaker!
 
Give it a try!
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Ohayō gozaimasu!
Good morning! (formal)
Lucky for you, Japanese pronunciation isn’t difficult. Correct pronunciation of the five vowels is the most important part. As long as you can master these, you’ll be ok! 
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あ (a)
sounds like
"a" as in "art"
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い (i)
sounds like
"ea" as in "eat"
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う (u)
sounds like
"oo" as in "food"
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え (e)
sounds like
"e" as in "bed"
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お (o)
sounds like
"o" as in "orange"
 
Japanese pronunciation tips: 
  • Always pronounce Japanese vowels short and clipped. 
  • Whenever you see vowels written in rōmaji, always pronounce them the same way.
  • When you see the symbol " ˉ " above a vowel, make it a long sound. For example: sayōnara.
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さよなら
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Sayōnara
Goodbye

We explain everything you need to know about Japanese pronunciation in our comprehensive Rocket Japanese Premium course. Let’s get you started with these free audio lessons…

Most viewed Japanese pronunciation lessons

 

Do you know how to say hello in Japanese? How about some other useful Japanese greetings? After this free audio lesson for beginners you’ll know more than just Konnichiwa!

 

How do you ask "How are you?" in Japanese – and how do you reply? This free Japanese audio lesson is essential for your Japanese language survival kit, whether you’re traveling to Japan or getting to know Japanese people closer to home.

 

After this free Rocket Japanese lesson you’ll be able to say "thank you" in Japanese, "excuse me", "sorry", and use other polite Japanese words and phrases with confidence.

 

This free audio lesson on counting in Japanese is essential for your Japanese language survival kit! Want to go shopping? Tell someone the address where you’re staying or the number of house you’re visiting? Perhaps you want to know how old someone is, or how many children they have…

 

Don’t leave home without this free audio lesson on Japanese travel phrases! How do you ask 'when' and 'where' in Japanese? How do you ask when the bus leaves or the train arrives?

 

If you’re traveling in Japan you’ll definitely be eating out and ordering in Japanese, so don’t miss this free lesson! We’ll teach you the basics you need to know so you don’t go hungry – just listen to the audio and practice saying these Japanese words and phrases aloud. When you’re ready, why not try them out on the staff at a local Japanese restaurant?

 

Want to blend in with Japanese speakers? This free audio lesson is full of Japanese salutations you need to know! Just a few minutes with the Rocket Japanese team and you'll have a range of common Japanese expressions to use when socializing with Japanese people.

Have fun!

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Konnichiwa, my name’s Sayaka Matsuura, I’m the host of Rocket Japanese.

Hi, I'm a native Japanese speaker, from Osaka which is the second biggest city in Japan. Like you, I know how difficult it can be to learn a new language, because I’ve done it myself.

Together with my English speaking colleague, Kenny, I want to help you to speak and understand Japanese, and cut your learning time in half, with my Rocket Japanese online course.

I really love my native Japanese language and culture. That's why my mission is to make learning Japanese much easier for you! I really want to make your Japanese learning experience rewarding and fun!

Speak Japanese...
  • With over 30 fully downloadable Interactive Audio Lessons. Based on actual everyday Japanese conversations, these lessons average over 25 minutes each, giving you more than 12 hours of real Japanese conversation!

Try one for yourself today! Here is the very first Interactive Audio Lesson from Rocket Japanese

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Understand Japanese...

There are just 3 steps to dramatically improving your understanding of Japanese!

  • Learn to understand exactly how Japanese works by exploring over 30 Language & Culture Lessons
  • Train your ear with Hear It Say It !, the self-testing tool that perfects your pronunciation by harnessing the power of our Rocket Record voice comparison technology.
  • Put yourself on the spot by testing how accurately you can translate randomly selected phrases using Rocket Record and the Know It! self-testing tool.
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  • Plus you can see just how quickly you language skills are growing with My Level, our self-testing tool.

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