広辞苑 (Kojien): Pronunciation Tool
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How to use this site
Outlined here are some tips on how to use this site to study most efficiently and effectively.
Beginners and Up
Japanese has accents. It is not flat. Some Japanese teachers tell their students to talk flatly when speaking Japanese – which I understand that eliminating ALL accents can make it easier in the beginning to get rid of any foreign accents. But Japanese uses high-low pitch for accent (高低アクセント) whereas English uses stress for accent.
So it’s similar to singing – words start at a certain pitch and change throughout the word and sentence. And it is REALLY HARD – not impossible – to change this once you’ve started talking – so I want you to use this site, even beginners!
Look up your word that you’d like to know how to pronounce in the 検索 bar.
There are two recordings – both are important.
発音図 is just the word on its own.
助詞付 is the word when pronounced with a particle (in a sentence)
Next to the recordings, there is a small yellow picture – a written way of showing pronunciation
Red bar above hiragana = high tone
Nothing = low tone
Listen to the recordings and repeat at least 10 times out loud. You can also download these and put them into your Anki Deck!
※This site is fully in Japanese so for our beginners you’ll be guessing a bit when trying to navigate but this is a really important site to have in your study arsenal. Most of it is contextual anyway (i.e. the button next to the search bar is most likely the “search” button).
The only reason I don’t recommend it for complete beginners is because you don’t have that many kanji in the beginning and shadowing and chatting to google translate is usually enough to make sure you aren’t getting into any funky habits.