The science behind why English speakers can’t pronounce the Japanese “fu”

thelingspace:

raguleader:

You ever wonder how silly English speakers sound to speakers of Asian languages?

Man, this thing. It took me a serious while to learn how to pronounce ふ. The guidance I got when I was learning was “it’s like an [f], but not really!” Which led to me sitting in my room for hours making a lot of [f] sounds before I figured out what not-quite-an-f meant.

This is where knowing a bit of IPA and articulatory phonetics would help language teachers – knowing it was a voiceless bilabial fricative would have made it so much easier for me to pick it out!

The importance of IPA ^_^ 

The science behind why English speakers can’t pronounce the Japanese “fu”

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