Japanese vowels and Japanese syllables

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  10   Japanese syllables (9) wa

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.

wa
 ..... as in wonder
wi
 ..... In ordinary Japanese, this sound isn't used.
wu
 ..... In ordinary Japanese, this sound isn't used.
we
 ..... In ordinary Japanese, this sound isn't used.
wo
 ..... In ordinary Japanese, this sound isn't used.

Let's pronounce the Japanese words.

(1)  ka wa ka mi,  na ka ni wa

(2)  ha chi wa ri,  wa ri shi ta

(3)  wa ka i,  ku wa shi ku

(4)  o wa ri,  o i wa i