It happens from time to time that the pronunciation I hear from google does not match the first letter of the word. For instance:
理由 supposed to sound like ‘Riyū’
If I request to hear this word, it will come out as ‘biyu’.
However, I know that if a word precedes this word, I will hear the ‘R’ instead of the ‘B’. Now, its either one of the two possibilities: 1) google makes the correct pronunciations, its just that some words come out differently depending on whether they have a liaison with another word 2) google makes a mistake, and I should trust the writting.
For Japanese you can use the plugin Rikaikun for google Chrome, or a similar one for Firefox (I don’t know the name). When you hover over the words you will get the translation etc. Its not an answer to your question, but it can definitely help
I started with an L sound right from the beginning and never worried about tongue position, etc. Then one day, magic! I can pronounce my ら、り、る、れ、ろ the Japanese way, 99% But I can’t roll a European R to save my life, go figure:)
Yes I know that. The japanese R is combinaison of r, l, and even d. I dont have much problem with it since as a french speaker I already had in my life to learn the english R, and also I tried the spanish R in the past. My pronunciation is ‘acceptable’ I believe in japanese.
But the question is why google making the japanese R sound like a B ?
I’ve never thought that they have R sound… we don’t have R sound in Korean either.
I don’t know how to listen prononciation in google.
I only use a dictionary provided by the Internet. Isn’t there any online dictionary English to Japanese? I think the sound of dictionary would be better.
Well, Sometimes Might be R in the first place of word. I don’t know…
well, when I say “R sound”, I mean the R sound in Japanese. I don’t mean the english R. Its the same when we speak of the R sound in Spanish; the Spanish language does not have an ‘english R sound’, but we still speak of the ‘R sound’ in spanish. I was refering to the り character in Japanese. The problem is that google, for a reason I can’t figure, decide to pronounce it as a ‘B’, but ONLY when its the first word of the sentence. I’m a programmer myself and have no clue on how they ended up with that problem.
MAYBE it has to do with the liaison with an hypothetic previous word, that is statistically placed behind that word, and end up with a ‘B’ sound.