prounciation of desu

Alan-R-G

Sometimes in the speaking desu is pronounced with a u and sometimes not when it is a the end of a sentence. How do I tell the difference?

2679

You can pronounce it either way. The Japanese sometimes tend to skip a vocal to make the speech more fluent. But usually, desu is pronounced with the u, as this is the correct way to do it. However, in some situations, you may drop the u (not completely though, only pronounce it a little faded). For example: "Nan desu to" is fluently pronounced as "nan des to". U is usually dropped only in situations where desu is followed by something else. Hope this helps

Alan-R-G

Thanks, that helps a lot.

Tony-S10

Japanese will never pronounce the u on the end. I work with them every day in tourism.

Ask a question or a post a response

If you want to ask a question or post a response you need to be a member.

If you are already a member login here .
If you are not a member you can become one by taking the free Rocket Japanese trial here .