Difficult English sounds for the Japanese (part 3, æ, ʌ, ɑː) 日本人にとって難しい英語の音 3

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Apr 24, 2011 05:45 pronunciation
Katakanacorresponds to five different English vowel sounds. This is a source of troubles.

1. ɜː in fur /fɜː(r)/
2. ə in about /əˈbaʊt/
3. ɑː in father /ˈfɑːðə(r)/
4. æ in cat /kæt/
5. ʌ in cup /kʌp/

I've already mentioned ɜː and ə before and these sounds are extremely tricky for Japanese people.

Among the five, the ɑː sound in father /ˈfɑːðə(r)/ may be the easiest for Japanese people.

Most Japanese people can't distinguish æ and ʌ sounds.
It doesn't matter too much in many cases, but it does in other cases.
If a Japanese man trys to say 'give me a fax,' it may sound like 'Give me fucks!'
What a dangerous word 'fax' is!

In my taste, ʌ in cup /kʌp/ is closer to katakanathan æ in cat /kæt/.
In addition, the æ sound is different between north American and British accents.
Americans tends to pronounce it longer.
But, in general, the æ sound is something betweenand エ (like ェア).
When it is stressed, it sounds so energetically that you may find it ugly.


Difficult English sounds for the Japanese (part 1, ɜː) 日本人にとって難しい英語の音 1

Difficult English sounds for the Japanese (part 2, ə) 日本人にとって難しい英語の音 2

Difficult English sounds for the Japanese (part 3, æ, ʌ, ɑː) 日本人にとって難しい英語の音 3

Difficult English sounds for the Japanese (part 4, oʊ/əʊ vs ɔː) 日本人にとって難しい英語の音 4


すでにɜː とəについては取り上げました。これらは日本人にとって非常に厄介です。

また5つの音の中で、ɑː 音が日本人にとって一番問題が少ないでしょう。

多くの日本人はæ とʌ の音の区別ができません。