When reading the romanization, give the same emphasis to all syllables. The practice in English of giving one syllable greater stress may render a Japanese word incomprehensible.
Pronounce vowels as in these English words
a as the “u” in “cup”
e as in “red”
i as in “chief”
o as in “solid”
u as the “oo” in “cuckoo”
When two vowels are used together, give each letter an individual sound
ai as in “pine”
ae as if written “ah-eh”
ei as in “pay”
Consonants are pronounced as in English. The letter g is always hard as in “gate,” and j is always soft as in “joke.”R is pronounced something between r and l. F is sometimes pronounced as h. “Si” always becomes “shi,” but some people pronounce “shi” as “hi.”V in Western words (e.g., ...