Jul 7 2006
There are five vowels in the Japanese language (similar to English). The sounds are::
- "a" that sounds like AH as in Father
- "i" that sounds like EE as in Week
- "u" that sounds like OO as in Google
- "e" that sounds like AY as in Day
- "o" that sounds like OH as in Nose
When words have two vowels together each vowel should be pronounced by itself, such as in the word "いえ" (which means house）it is pronounced "ee-ay". When two of the same vowels are together then you hold the sound longer. For example in the word "いいえ" (which means no) the "ee" sound is held longer, where as in the word"いえ" both sounds have the same length.