Except for vowels which can stand alone, Japanese words are basically made up of simple syllables composed of one consonant and one vowel. Each syllable is stressed more or less evenly.
- ..... as in cut
- ..... as in kitten
- ..... as in cool, but shorter
- ..... as in kettle
- ..... as in code, but shorter
Let's pronounce the Japanese words.
(1) ka ko, ki ko ku
(2) ki ka i, ka o ku
(3) u ka i, o ki a i
(4) ki o ku, ka i ko ku