Japanese vowels and Japanese syllables

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  05   Japanese syllables (4) na, ni, nu, ne, no

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.

na
..... as in number
ni
..... as in need, but shorter
nu
..... as in noon, but shorter
ne
..... as in neck
no
..... as in no, but shorter

Let's pronounce the Japanese words.

(1)  sa nu ki,  ko ne ko

(2)  no ki sa ki,  ta no shi sa

(3)  ki nu i to,  i na sa ku

(4)  ne u chi,  ni o i