Japanese vowels and Japanese syllables

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  09   Japanese syllables (8) ra, ri, ru, re, ro

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.

ra
..... as in run
ri
..... as in rich
ru
..... as in rule, but shorter
re
..... as in rest
ro
..... as in rose, but shorter

Let's pronounce the Japanese words.

(1)  mi so shi ru,  mi ra i

(2)  na tsu ma tsu ri,  re ki shi

(3)  ro shi a,  o ku ri mo no

(4)  shi ka ra re ru,  i ru i