Car wrote:Thanks, that's interesting. So the "h" in "hy" does indeed become [ç]? That's the impression I sometimes had, but I wasn't sure. Now I know how to pronounce that, actually, I wanted to ask that.
I'm not sure how exactly you want to know it, but the "hi" is actually farther back in the mouth than the German "ich". So it's not precisely the same sound, but a very similar one. For practical purposes the German [ç] will always do the trick.
What's the thing with the devoicing of vowels? I can (again, only sometimes) here something e.g. at the end of a sentence, but I don't know how to pronounce it that way.
It means that "i" and "u" tend to not being pronounced between unvoiced consonants and at the end of a word unless being stressed. Therefore "desu" sounds like [des], and "-masu" like "[mas]". Depending on region and speaker the dgree of devoicing differs, women usually devoice less than men.
I'll definitely have a look at the link a few times, but I'm happy to know I figured a few things out myself, like the pronunciation of "g", I didn't understand the explanation in my book.
Kubi wrote:Actually, both exist. In Japan I've heard it pronounced both open and closed, though the open one was more frequent. I'm not sure which is the "official" version, though.