desu pronounciation

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appleraja
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desu pronounciation

Post by appleraja » Sun 09.18.2005 10:48 am

is desu pronounced
dess?
de-su?
des-u?

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RE: desu pronounciation

Post by WacKostRacKo » Sun 09.18.2005 11:00 am

i think its dess but with a silent u after it. like 'dess-u' the 'ss' is more dropped at the end rather than a 'u' is pronounced. that make any sense? someone correct me if i am wrong...
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RE: desu pronounciation

Post by rebecca147 » Sun 09.18.2005 11:22 am

I think that is right I have only ever heard it said with a silent ending. Hope that helps

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RE: desu

Post by Uwabami » Sun 09.18.2005 11:31 am

Pronounced "dess" in conversation, but you can often hear the usually silent /u/ in songs.

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RE: desu pronounciation

Post by Diggity » Mon 09.19.2005 8:13 pm

Yes my Genki Cd has native japanese speakers and all the verbs have a silent u in the -masu form, and desu has a silent u as well. So tabemasu sounds like tabemass... and so on.

In songs it would make sense from a rhyming standpoint so they would sound as a rhyme with other words that end in a u. I am only taking an educate guess as to why this is done so please don't take it as the reason why.

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RE: desu pronounciation

Post by skrhgh3b » Mon 09.19.2005 9:45 pm

oh, wow. someone else from kansas city. anyway, there's always some musical reason (melodic, rhythmic, etc.) for why a pronunciation would change from its conversational counterpart in a song.... also, some things are just more musical - n da vs. no sa, for example, which pops up a lot in imawano kiyoshiro's lyrics, i notice.

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RE: desu pronounciation

Post by Kates » Tue 09.20.2005 10:51 am

I've watched a few shows (I remember a "Meitantei Conan" episode in particular) where foreigners speaking Japanese often say "deSU" or "deeeess"--it seems that the Japaense kind of poke fun at our pronunciation of 'desu'. :o

I suppose I usually speak my 'u' in 'desu' very very softly, and it's heard a bit more when another sound follows 'desu' (as in "blah blah desu ke do...").

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