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SHHH, silent vowels.

Postby jinksys » Sat 01.29.2005 4:20 pm

Are there specific rules that dictate what sounds are silent in words?
for example はじめまして, the shite is reduced to SH-te.
how do I know if a ます ending is MAS or MASU ?
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Postby clay » Sat 01.29.2005 10:11 pm

I am not sure about a rule, but another example is suki which is often pronounced 'ski' usually.
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RE: SHHH, silent vowels.

Postby Spaztick » Sun 01.30.2005 11:16 pm

There isn't anything specific, but usually just learning which are silent by listening is the best way to learn.

(Also, sukoshi is pronounced "skoshi").
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RE: SHHH, silent vowels.

Postby jiro » Tue 02.01.2005 8:14 pm

ya i was wondering that too. cuz i learn words in romaji, and then when i try to say them, i dont know if i am pronouncing them right or not.
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RE: SHHH, silent vowels.

Postby fuqiang8 » Thu 02.03.2005 5:48 am

Got this info from a book.

The vowel u is sometimes not pronounced.
The most common are: between k and s (eg gakusei, 'student', sounds like gaksei.)It's also dropped in the verb endings -desu and -masu (ii desu, 'its's good', sounds like ii des).

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RE: SHHH, silent vowels.

Postby TokyoRoze » Thu 02.03.2005 11:19 am

Ty that helped me
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RE: SHHH, silent vowels.

Postby Sunny Pig » Tue 02.08.2005 2:12 pm

The only time I know that the vowels are silent are actually 「です」and 「ます」.

The reason you hear missing vowels is actually due to the fact that the "u" is not properly pronounced during fast speech, which is very common.

For example, try repeatedly saying 「がくせい」really really fast.
You will realise that you will begin to slur and you will begin to pronounce it like "gak-sei". Many other words would also have the same effect when spoken quickly.

Actually, if you want to sound more polite, you can pronounce the "u" in 「です」. You don't have to emphasize on the "u", just pronounce it lightly.
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