How do Japanese pronounce English words?
Everyone has the same vocal chords, but languages differ on what kinds of syllables and consonant clusters they allow. Japanese doesn’t allow consonant clusters, so Japanese speakers insert extra vowels into borrowed English words. TLDR: It’s difficult for them to pronounce words that don’t end in vowels.
Is it hard to pronounce Japanese?
That’s because there are four consonant sounds in a row: “n”, “g”, “th”, and “s”. Japanese phonology is much gentler on the tongue than that of English. Japanese syllables feature virtually no consonant clusters, and thus are generally easy to pronounce.
Why is U silent in Japanese?
The answer is, you don’t leave out the “u”. In Japanese, when certain short vowels come between two unvoiced consonants (consonants that you don’t activate your voice box to pronounce, e.g., s, t, k, etc), or at the end of a word after an unvoiced consonant, the vowels become unvoiced.