January 5, 2023

Japanese Listening Practice – Can You Hear the Difference?

Let's practice your listening skills. Can you hear the difference?

Study the following and then listen to the video. Feel free to skip to 1:38 in the video to start the quiz. (Or listen to the whole thing for extra practice).

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As you learn words, it is a good idea to also learn the pitch accent. To learn more about pitch accents in Japanese, please see our free Makoto Letter article here.

Practice with the Sound Files






he or him




to like


to ski


musical instrument


an annoying brat


death penalty


humidity moisture

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    • You are very welcome! I hope it helps. There are many other pairs that are tricky and we’ll probably do more of these in the future.

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