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vowel question

Post by jinksys » Wed 06.22.2005 5:35 am

Is the vowel combination EI always pronounced like americans pronounced
sensEI? or is there some words that its pronounced EH-EE with two noticable
vowel sounds?
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RE: vowel question

Post by Schattenjedi » Wed 06.22.2005 7:13 am

I remember hearing the えい in 永遠 「えいえん」 being pronounced EH-EE. I'm guessing the えい is pronounced in two syllables if the word is spoken out slowly and clearly. Can someone else clarify?

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RE: vowel question

Post by mandolin » Wed 06.22.2005 2:40 pm

I can!

Sort of in the same way that the 'n' sound will change when it comes before certain letters.... like 'ganbatte' will be spoken as 'gambatte' without fail...

えい will almost always slur into ええ when spoken. So, the way americans pronounce 'sensei' is actually rather correct.

Similarly, this function is repeated with 'ou'.

おう will always sound as おお when spoken.

This is why sometimes you see people romanize the same word in different ways. Like 'deshoo' vs. 'deshou'. I tend to use the second way, myself, when romanizing because it's more accurate when transisting into kana. As opposed to the kana version of Tokyo, which is actually 'double o' Tookyoo, and not Toukyou.

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RE: vowel question

Post by mandolin » Wed 06.22.2005 2:55 pm

Ooh, I think I misunderstood your question, jink... heh. Not sure if there's any words that are exceptions to the above...

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