Let's take a look at Ra, Ri, Ru, Re, Ro. The dreaded "r's" are probably the most challenging sounds for English speakers. Listen to the sound files over and over...
Write them out 10 times a day and soon you will get it. To aid memorization, make silly associations to go with them. You can use the above mnemonics or you can make your own!
アイスクリーム ____________ This
アメリカ ____________ This means ____________
ローソク_____________ This means candle (not from English)
キレイ _____________ This means pretty in Japanese (you may know this one already)
テレビ_____________ This means ______________ [NOTE: If you have studied Hiragana, you are familiar with the tenten marks (looks like quotes over the ヒ). It changes the sound from hi to Bi - more on this later...]
ハロー _____________ This means ______________
Perhaps you can recognize these 5 in just one day of practice.
アイスクリーム aisukuri-mu This means Ice Cream
アメリカ amerika This means America
ローソク ro-soku This means Candle (ro-soku)
キレイ kirei This means Pretty (kirei)
テレビ terebi This means TV
ハロー haro- This means Hello
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