The orthography of hiragana

The first step in learning Japanese[volume3]

   05   Japanese syllables (3)

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.

When you click on the underlined hiragana, stroke order is displayed.

   ..... as in tuck
   ..... as in cheese, but shorter
   ..... as in cats, in addition to the vowel [U]
   ..... as in ten
   ..... as in toe, but shorter

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Let's pronounce the Japanese words.

(1)  きてき,  こたえ

(2)  てあし,  としつき

(3)  ちかい,  くつした

(4)  たかさ,  ちかてつ