Transcription into Japanese
In contemporary Japanese writing, foreign-language loanwords and foreign names are normally written in the katakana script, which is one component of the Japanese writing system. As far as possible, sounds in the source language are matched to the nearest sounds in the Japanese language, and the result is transcribed using standard katakana characters, each of which represents one syllable (strictly mora). For example, America is written アメリカ (A-me-ri-ka). To accommodate various foreign-language sounds not present in Japanese, a system of extended katakana has also developed to augment standard katakana.
Katakana, like the other Japanese kana, hiragana, has a one-to-one correspondence between sounds and characters. Therefore, once the "Japanese sound" of a word is established, there is no ambiguity in its katakana spelling (unlike spelling in English, for example).
Practicalities of transcription
The most conspicuous result of transcription into Japanese is the insertion of vowels, often making words significantly longer.[clarification needed] This is because Japanese phonology has (C)V(C) syllables (optional starting consonant, vowel, optional ending consonant): it does not allow consonant clusters at the start of a syllable, and the only ending consonant is either the nasal ン, n or a geminate consonant – indeed, these closed syllables are due to ancient Chinese loanwords, and originally Japanese was strictly (C)V.
Since Japanese has few closed syllables, syllable-final consonants in the source language are often represented using the -u (or sometimes -o or -i) kanas with implicitly silent vowels – though this vowel often is pronounced in Japanese – or the syllable coda is not represented at all. For example, the name Jim is written ジム (Ji-mu). A similar principle applies to consonant clusters; for example spring would be transcribed as スプリング (su-pu-ri-n-gu).
Japanese has only five native vowel sounds, each a pure vowel (monophthong) with a long and short form, and some degree of approximation is necessary when representing vowels from, for example, English. Diphthongs are represented by sequences of vowels, and pronounced with hiatus, as a sequence of discrete monophthongs, not a diphthong, as in ブラウン Bu-ra-u-n "Brown", ナイス na-i-su "nice", ディア di-a "dear/deer", レア re-a "rare". etc. The English spelling <ore> (phonologically /ɔː/ (RP) or /ɔːr/ (GA)) is usually "diphthongized" as o-a in Japanese (e.g. コア ko-a "core"), possibly because it is also pronounced as a diphthong (/oə/) in some accents of English. The English /eɪ/ is transcribed to either e-e (エース e-e-su "ace") or e-i (スペイン Su-pe-i-n "Spain"); similarly, /əʊ/ is transcribed to either o-o (ショー sho-o "show") or o-u (シャドウ sha-do-u "shadow").
Japanese does not have separate l and r sounds, and l- is normally transcribed using the kana that are perceived as representing r-. For example, London becomes ロンドン (Ro-n-do-n). Other sounds not present in Japanese may be converted to the nearest Japanese equivalent; for example, the name Smith is written スミス (Su-mi-su). Foreign sounds can be difficult to express in Japanese, resulting in spellings such as フルシチョフ Furushichofu (Khrushchev), アリー・ハーメネイー Arī Hāmeneī (Ali Khamenei) and イツハク・パールマン Itsuhaku Pāruman or イツァーク・パールマン Itsāku Pāruman (Itzhak Perlman).
The English voiceless labialized velar approximant /hw/ (orthographically wh), which is a distinct phoneme from /w/ in some varieties of English, can be transcribed as ho(w)-. For example, White is ホワイト Howaito, whale is ホエール hoēru.
The English /ti(ː)/ and /tɪ/ is typically transcribed to チ chi (e.g. チーム chīmu "team"), but ティ ti is also used (ティア tia "tear"). The suffix -tic can be transcribed to either チック -chikku or ティック -tikku. However, -ty is almost always transcribed to ティ(ー) -ti(i), not *チ(ー) *-chi(i) (e.g. パーティー pātī "party", インフィニティ infiniti "infinity").
The English schwa /ə/ is variously "transcribed" to a, e, o, depending on the English spelling (this is more of transliteration than it is transcription). For example, デュアル dyu-a-ru "dual", デュエル dyu-e-ru "duel", テスタメント Te-su-ta-me-n-to "Testament", ロンドン Ro-n-do-n "London". There are no definite rules when it comes to the schwa, however; e.g. ランダム ra-n-da-mu "random", オープン o-o-pu-n "open", ザ za "the". The British /ə/ which is equivalent to the North American /ɚ/ is transcribed to a(-a); e.g. コンピュータ(ー) ko-n-pyu-u-ta(-a) "computer", モーター mo-o-ta-a "motor". On the other hand, the French schwa is transcribed to u or o (e.g. ソムリエ so-mu-ri-e "sommelier", ド do "de"), and the German schwa is almost always transcribed to e (e.g. アルベルト A-ru-be-ru-to "Albert", ウンディーネ un-di-i-ne "undine").
The English /æ/ is typically transcribed to a; e.g. マン ma-n "man", チャネル cha-ne-ru "channel". The sequences /kæ/ and /ɡæ/ are sometimes transcribed to kya and gya respectively; e.g. キャメラ kya-me-ra "camera", ギャラクシー gya-ra-ku-shi-i "galaxy".
The older English suffix -age /-ɪdʒ/ is always transcribed to -e-e-ji as if it were pronounced as /eɪdʒ/ as in "age" or "rage"; e.g. メッセージ me-s-se-e-ji "message", パッケージ pa-k-ke-e-ji "package". The more recent -age /-ɑːʒ/ is more "properly" transcribed to -a-a-ju; e.g. ミラージュ mi-ra-a-ju "mirage". However, "garage" /gəˈrɑːʒ/ is more commonly transcribed to ガレージ ga-re-e-ji as it also has /ˈgærɪdʒ/ as an alternative pronunciation in British English.
The phoneme /v/ in various languages is transcribed either to b or v, although it is unknown whether there is such an equivalent phoneme /v/ in Japanese. For example, ベネチア Benechia / ヴェネツィア Ve-ne-tsi-a "Venezia" (Italian for "Venice"), オーバー o-o-ba-a "over", ラブ ra-bu / ラヴ ravu "love".
Although several English dictionaries (Oxford's, Cambridge's, Longman's, etc.) do not endorse the notion of syllabic /m/, transcriptions into Japanese usually do; in other words, words with sequences /Cm/ (with C for "consonant") is transcribed as if /m/ is syllabic just like /n/ in "seven" (セブン sebun), /l/ in "battle" (バトル batoru). For example, リズム ri-zu-mu "rhythm", ファシズム fa-shi-zu-mu "fascism".
Wa is usually written as ワ, although ウァ is sometimes used in transcriptions from Ancient Greek or Latin (e.g. ミネルウァ Mi-ne-ru-wa "Minerva").
French vowels are usually phonemically transcribed, but non-phonemic stressed vowels (utterance-final) are sometimes also transcribed as long vowels. Compare the examples of メゾン me-zo-n "maison" and カレー ka-re-e "Calais", in which the same vowel /ɛ/ is transcribed as e and e-e depending on whether it is stressed or not. The French schwa is ignored altogether: words are usually transcribed as if there were no schwa at all. For example, the word "le" is transcribed as ル ru, as is the single sound /l/ in "cheval" > シュヴァル shuvaru.
Plain short consonants may be transcribed as geminated consonants to reflect the laxness of the preceding vowel, although this is not universal and there are plenty of exceptions. For example: English kick is キック ki-k-ku and castle is キャッスル kya-s-su-ru, but extra is エクストラ e-ku-su-to-ra and battle is バトル ba-to-ru. This practice expands to almost all English obstruents regardless of their voicing (/k/, /ɡ/, /s/, /z/, /f/, etc.), also to German/Scots /x/, occasionally to /n/ and /m/ (as pseudo-geminated consonant sequences /nn/ or /nm/). For example: English bag is バ(ッ)グ ba-(g)-gu; English Anna is アンナ A-n-na; English gamma is ガンマ ga-n-ma; English shuffle is シャッフル sha-f-fu-ru; German Mach is マッハ ma-h-ha, Masoch is マゾッホ Ma-zo-h-ho.
Geminated consonants are typically transcribed consistently and faithfully, as gemination is also featured in Japanese. The only notable exceptions are /rr/ and /ɲɲ/, although /ll/ and /ʎʎ/ are still transcribed. Examples: Arabic: الله, translit. Allāh is アッラーフ A-r-ra-a-fu; Italian Donatello is ドナテッロ Do-na-te-r-ro; Italian degli is デッリ de-r-ri; but Italian Verrocchio is simply ヴェロッキオ Ve-ro-k-ki-o, not *Ve-r-ro-k-ki-o. Italian /ɲɲ/ may be transcribed as the lengthened portion of the preceding vowel and a sequence of /nj/. For example, Sardegna is サルデーニャ Sa-ru-de-e-nya.
Similar to the way speakers of English say Italian words, Japanese doesn't usually transcribed the Italian glide /j/ to reflect its true nature, but as /i/, perhaps for inconsistency and convenience. For example, Venezia is ヴェネツィア Ve-ne-tsi-a, Sicilia is シチリア Shi-chi-ri-a.
Modern English compounds are transcribed in a way that reflects the independent pronunciations of the individual components. That is to say, there is no phonetic linking between components. For example, "overall" is transcribed as オーバーオール o-o-ba-a-o-o-ru, not *o-o-ba-a-ro-o-ru as it is pronounced in English. Compare Middle English-attested compounds like "pineapple", which is transcribed as パイナップル pa-i-na-p-pu-ru.
Long vowels are generally written with ー to indicate lengthening, as in コーラ kōra (cola), rather than writing a distinct vowel ×コウラ *koura. There are two irregularities of note here. Firstly, lengthening of the final vowel may be ambiguous, and vary over time or between users. For example, in present Japan, "computer" is generally represented as コンピューター konpyūtā (long final), but in some cases, such as the computer industry, following Japanese Industrial Standards, it is represented as コンピュータ konpyūta (short final). Secondly, in modern Chinese loanwords, notably food names, in careful transcription diphthongs are represented by separate vowels, even if in Japanese they would appear to be a long vowel; this is particularly common with òu, especially in 豆 dòu "(soy) bean", usually rendered as トウ. Further, long vowels in the Japanese transcription need not reflect Chinese pronunciation. For example, the dish 東坡肉 "Dongpo pork", in pinyin dōngpōròu (dōng·pō·ròu), is represented in Japanese as ドンポーロウ donpōrou, or more commonly トンポーロウ tonpōrou. Note that in Chinese pinyin ō represents a high tone, while in Japanese ō represents a long vowel, and /d/ is pronounced differently (Chinese /d/ is similar to Japanese or English /t/). This distinction is not always followed, and varies by term: the spelling トンポーロー tonpōrō is also common; and in terms such as 回鍋肉 twice cooked pork, the spelling ホイコーロー is more common, despite representing diphthongs.
In modern times, an extended katakana system has developed to cater for foreign sounds not present in Japanese. Most of these novel katakana forms are digraphs, composed of standard katakana characters, but in digraph combinations not found in native words. For example, the word photo is transcribed as フォト (fo-to), where the novel digraph フォ (fo) is made up from フ (normally fu) plus a novel small combining form of オ (normally o). In other cases novel diacritics may be applied to create new sounds, such as ヴ for vu, which consists of ウ (u) combined with a dakuten to indicate a voiced pronunciation.
Japanese is written without spaces between words, and, to aid understanding, foreign phrases and names are sometimes transliterated with an interpunct separating the words, called a nakaguro (中黒, middle dot); for example, ビル・ゲイツ (Bill Gates). When it is assumed that the reader knows the separate gairaigo words in the phrase, the middle dot is omitted, especially for wasei eigo. For example, the phrase コンピューターゲーム konpyūtā gēmu ("computer game") contains two well-known gairaigo, and therefore is not written with a middle dot; the same principle is applied for パンティストッキング panti sutokkingu ("pantyhose", lit. "panty stocking"), Japanese coinage.
The following tables give the Hepburn romanization and an approximate IPA transcription for katakana as used in contemporary Japanese. Their use in transcription is, of course, in the inverse direction.
|Monographs (gojūon)||Digraphs (yōon)|
|[n 2]||[n 1]||[n 2]||ヲ
wo [wo][n 2]
|Final nasal monograph||Functional graphemes|
n [n, m, ŋ, ɴ]
(after long vowel)
|Monographs with diacritics: gojūon with (han)dakuten||Digraphs with diacritics: yōon with (han)dakuten|
|[n 3]||[n 3]||デ
|[n 3]||[n 3]||[n 3]|
- Theoretical combinations yi, ye and wu are .
- The characters in positions wi and we are Gojūon and the articles on each character for details. in modern Japanese, and have been replaced by イ (i) and エ (e). The character wo, in practice normally pronounced o, is preserved in only one use: as a particle. This is normally written in hiragana (を), so katakana ヲ sees only limited use. See
- The ヂ (di) and ヅ (du) kana (often romanised as ji and zu) are primarily used for rendaku) and become voiced when they occur in the middle of a compound word. In other cases, the identically-pronounced ジ (ji) and ズ (zu) are used instead. ヂ (di) and ヅ (du) can never begin a word, and they are not common in katakana, since the concept of rendaku does not apply to transcribed foreign words, one of the major uses of katakana., when the unvoiced equivalents チ (ti) and ツ (tu) (often romanised as chi and tsu) undergo a sound change (
The following katakana (tokushuon) have been developed or proposed specifically for the purposes of transcribing foreign words. Examples such as トゥ(tu) in カートゥーン(cartoon), ティ(ti) in パーティ(party), ツァ (tsa) in モーツァルト(Mozart) are found mostly in foreign words.
|General kana combinations used for loanwords or foreign place names or personal names, set forth by the Japanese government's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT, Monbushō).|
|Combinations used for more accurate transliteration of foreign sounds, again set forth by MEXT.[clarification needed]|
|Suggestions by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z39.11) and the British Standards Institution (BS 4812).[clarification needed]|
|Combinations that appear in the 1974 version of the Hyōjun-shiki formatting.|
Table of transcription from English
|This section is incomplete. (August 2016)|
English phonemes Common English graphemes Japanese transcription in modified Hepburn romanization Examples Received Pronunciation General American If the English consonant is prevocalic and not postvocalic If the English consonant is intervocalic If the English consonant is not prevocalic /æ/ ⟨a⟩; ⟨al⟩; ⟨au⟩ a hando "hand"; dansu "dance"
Exception: endo "and"
/ɒ/ /ɑː/; /ɔː/ ⟨a⟩; ⟨ach⟩; ⟨au⟩; ⟨o⟩; ⟨ou⟩ o; a; ō nokku "knock"; shoppu "shop"; orakuru "oracle"; woriā "warrior"; wotchi "watch"; yotto "yacht"; tsumorō, tumorō "tomorrow"; Koronbia "Colombia"; sakkā "soccer"; karejji "college"; kakuteru "cocktail"; karifurawā "cauliflower"; dōru "doll"; wōtā "water"; gōguru "goggle" /ɑː/ /æ/; /ɑː/ ⟨a⟩; ⟨al⟩; ⟨au⟩; ⟨er⟩ ā, a ānto "aunt"; hāfu "half"; basu "bath"; fasuto, fāsuto "fast"; Shikago "Chicago"; sājento "sergeant" /ɑː(ɹ)/ /ɑːɹ/ ⟨ar⟩; ⟨ear⟩ ā kā "car"; mākā "marker"; hāto "heart" /aɪ/ ⟨eigh⟩; ⟨i⟩; ⟨ie⟩; ⟨igh⟩; ⟨ui⟩; ⟨uy⟩; ⟨y⟩; ⟨ye⟩ ai hai "high", "hi"; raito "right", "light"; gai "guy"; gaido "guide"; sutairu "style"; haito "height" /aɪə(ɹ)/ /aɪɚ/ ⟨igher⟩; ⟨ire⟩ aia; aiā; aiyā faiā, faiyā "fire"; aian "iron"
Exception: Airurando "Ireland"
/aɪl/ /l/ ⟨ile⟩ airu, uru, oru misairu "missile"; reputairu, reputoru "reptile" /aʊ/ ⟨ou⟩; ⟨ough⟩; ⟨ow⟩ au taun "town"; daun "down"; purau "plough", "plow" /aʊə(ɹ)/ /aʊɚ/ ⟨our⟩; ⟨ower⟩ awā pawā "power"; awā "hour" /b/ ⟨b⟩; ⟨bb⟩ b b; bb bu; bbu benchi "bench"; babburu "bubble"; burazā "brother"; Bureiku "Blake" /d/ ⟨d⟩; ⟨dd⟩ d d; dd do; ddo; zu; zzu dansu "dance"; beddo "bed"; Sandē "Sunday"; dūmu "doom"; doragon "dragon"; kiddo, kizzu "kid"; Ridorā "Riddler" /dju(ː)/ /du(ː)/ ⟨du⟩ dyū; dyu dyūku "duke"; dyuaru "dual"; dyueru "duel" /dz/ ⟨ds⟩; ⟨dds⟩ zu; zzu eizu "AIDS"; kizzu "kids"; guzzu "goods" /dʒ/ ⟨di⟩; ⟨dg⟩; ⟨dge⟩; ⟨g⟩; ⟨ge⟩; ⟨j⟩ j j; jj; z ji; jji janpu "jump"; ejji "edge"; Jerī "Gerry"; bajetto "budget"; garēji "garage"; sorujā "soldier"; enjeru, enzeru "angel"
Exception: kyabetsu "cabbage"
/ð/ ⟨th⟩ z; j z; j zu za, jī "the"; mazā "mother"; arugorizumu "algorithm" /ɛ/ ⟨e⟩ e endo "end"; heddo "head" /ɛə(ɹ)/ /ɛɹ/ ⟨air⟩; ⟨are⟩; ⟨ear⟩; ⟨eir⟩; ⟨ere⟩ ea; eā ea, eā "air"; shea "share"; bea "bear" /ə/ ⟨a⟩ a Ākansō "Arkansas"; marigan "mulligan"; abauto "about"; konma "comma" ⟨ain⟩; ⟨e⟩ e tesutamento "testament"; Heren "Hellen"; Buriten "Britain"
Exceptions: za "the"; sukeruton "skeleton"
⟨o⟩ o; u komon "common"; obu "of"; tsudē, tudē "today"; ressun "lesson" ⟨u⟩ a Arubakāki "Albuquerque" /ə(ɹ)/ /ɚ/ ⟨ar⟩; ⟨er⟩; ⟨or⟩; ⟨our⟩; ⟨ure⟩ a; ā hangā "hanger", "hangar"; konpyūta, konpyūtā "computer"; Robāto "Robert"; karā "colour"; fyūchā "future"; nōzan "northern"
Exception: kāsoru "cursor"
/əm/ ⟨am⟩; ⟨em⟩; ⟨om⟩; ⟨um⟩ amu kingudamu "kingdom"; randamu "random"; arubamu "album"; opossamu "opossum"; Seiramu "Salem"; Gossamu "Gotham" /ən/ ⟨en⟩; ⟨on⟩ un; on; en haifun "hyphen"; sebun "seven"; fōrun "fallen"; ōpun "open"; tōkun "token"; rīzun "reason"; shīzun "season"; purizun "prison";
sadon "sudden"; Suwēden "Sweden"
Exception: sekando "second"
/əs/ ⟨us⟩ asu bairasu, vairasu "virus"; Kōkasasu "Caucasus" /əʊ/ /oʊ/ ⟨o⟩; ⟨oe⟩; ⟨oh⟩; ⟨ough⟩; ⟨ow⟩; ⟨owe⟩ ō; ou; o gō "go"; shō "show"; shadō, shadou "shadow"; hōmu "home"; souru "soul"; Ohaio "Ohio"; ponī "pony" /ɜː(ɹ)/ /ɜːɹ/ ⟨ear⟩; ⟨er⟩; ⟨ir⟩; ⟨olo⟩; ⟨ur⟩ ā; a āsu "earth"; Sutāringu "Sterling", "Stirling"; bācharu "virtual"; kābu "curve"; kāneru "colonel", "kernel"; shatsu "shirt" /eɪ/ ⟨a⟩; ⟨ai⟩; ⟨al⟩; ⟨au⟩; ⟨ay⟩; ⟨ei⟩; ⟨eigh⟩; ⟨ey⟩ ē; ei; e nēmu "name"; gēji "gauge"; doreiku "drake"; eito "eight"; Reifu "Ralph"; poteto "potato"; enjeru "angel"; enshento "ancient"; burezā "blazer"; epuron "apron"; redi, redi, redī "lady"; bebī "baby"
Exceptions: Ōsutoraria "Australia"; Kanadian "Canadian"; rajio "radio"; sutajiamu "stadium"
/f/ ⟨f⟩; ⟨ff⟩; ⟨gh⟩; ⟨ph⟩; ⟨u⟩ f; h f; ff fu; ffu fauru "foul"; furai "fry", "fly"; furawā "flower"; shaffuru "shuffle"; rafu "rough"; heddohon "headphone"; refutenanto "lieutenant" /ɡ/ ⟨g⟩; ⟨gg⟩; ⟨gh⟩ g g; gg gu; ggu gan "gun"; baggu "bag"; guraindā "grinder"; gurū "glue"; Maguru "Muggle"; gūru "ghoul" /ɡæ/ ⟨ga⟩ ga; gya gajetto "gadget"; gyarakushī "galaxy" /h/ ⟨gh⟩; ⟨h⟩; ⟨wh⟩ h; f hantā "hunter"; Habburu "Hubble"; fukku, hokku "hook" /ɪ/ ⟨i⟩ i; e; ē inputto "input"; rimiteddo "limited"; orenji "orange"; sutekkā "sticker"; desutenī "destiny"; dejitaru "digital"; messēji "message"; garēji "garage"; damēji "damage"; chokorēto "chocolate" /ɪə(ɹ)/ /ɪɹ/ ⟨ear⟩; ⟨eer⟩; ⟨er⟩; ⟨ere⟩ ia; iya; īa; ī; ea gia "gear"; mīakyatto "meerkat"; iyahon "earphone"; hīrō "hero"; aidea "idea" /i/ ⟨ea⟩; ⟨ee⟩; ⟨y⟩ i; ī komittī "committee"; Yankī "Yankee"; shiti "city"; komedi, komedī "comedy"; pātī "party" /i/ ⟨ay⟩; ⟨ey⟩ ī; ē; ei Marī, Mārei "Murray"; Rinjī "Lindsay"; Hābī "Harvey"; Hārē "Harley"; Ramuzei "Ramsay" /iː/ ⟨e⟩; ⟨ea⟩; ⟨ee⟩ ī; ē; e chīmu "team"; gurīn "green"; dēmon "demon"; Noruwējan "Norwegian"; haiena "hyena"; fenikkusu "phoenix" /j/ ⟨y⟩ y; i yangu "young"; Yōku "York"; Yēru "Yale"; ierō, ierou "yellow" /juː/; /ju/; /jʊə(ɹ)/; /jə/ /juː/; /ju/; /jʊɹ/; /jə/ ⟨eu(r)⟩; ⟨u(r)⟩; ⟨you(r)⟩; ⟨yu(r)⟩ yū; yu yū "you", "U"; yūro "euro"; Samyueru "Samuel"; yunion "union" /k/ ⟨c⟩; ⟨cc⟩; ⟨ch⟩; ⟨ck⟩; ⟨k⟩; ⟨kh⟩ k k; kk ku; kku; ki; kki kappu "cup"; kikku "kick"; teiku "take"; sutoraiki "strike"; kēki "cake"; dekki "deck"; Mekishiko "Mexico"; Tekisasu "Texas"; kuraun "clown"; sakkā "soccer", "sucker"; kuronikuru "chronicle"; purokishi "proxy" /kæ/ ⟨ca⟩; ⟨ka⟩ ka; kya Kanzasu "Kansas"; kyamera "camera"; kyandī "candy"; kyaputen "captain" /kw/ ⟨qu⟩ k; ku; kw kuōku, kwōku "quark"; kuīn, kwīn "queen"; sukōru "squall" /l/ ⟨l⟩; ⟨ll⟩ r r ru rūpu "loop"; bōru "ball"; burī "bully" ⟨al⟩ aru puropōzaru "proposal"; raibaru "rival"; taidaru "tidal"; ofisharu "official" ⟨el⟩; ⟨le⟩ uru; oru; eru bēguru "bagel"; massuru "muscle"; tēburu "table"; saikuru "cycle"; midoru "middle"; sutēpuru "staple"; ketoru "kettle"; pazzuru "puzzle"; paneru "panel" /m/ ⟨lm⟩; ⟨m⟩; ⟨mb⟩; ⟨mm⟩; ⟨mn⟩ m m; nm mu; n Mei "May"; samon "summon"; gēmu "game"; ranpu "lamp", "lump", "ramp", "rump"; nanbā "number"; ganma "gamma"; bomu "bomb"; ōtamu "autumn" /n/ ⟨n⟩; ⟨nn⟩ n n; nn n; nnu nain "nine"; fan "fan"; banana "banana"; Anna "Anna"; ennu "N" ⟨ain⟩; ⟨en⟩ n; en sebun "seven"; reibun, reivun "raven"; kyaputen "captain"; Buriten "Britain" /ŋ/; /ŋɡ/ ⟨n⟩; ⟨ng⟩ ng n; ngu singā "singer"; fingā "finger"; rinku "link"; ringu "ring"; Bāmingamu, Bāminguhamu "Birmingham"; Washinton "Washington"; būmeran "boomerang" /ɔː/ ⟨al⟩; ⟨au⟩; ⟨aw⟩; ⟨ough⟩ ō fōring "falling"; tōku "talk"; Ōsutoria "Austria"; kurō "claw"
Exception: asaruto "assault"
/ɔː(ɹ)/ /ɔːɹ/ ⟨oar⟩; ⟨or⟩; ⟨our⟩; ⟨ar⟩ ō; oru; oa bōdo "board"; kōsu "course"; fō, foa "four"; sutōmu "storm"; torunēdo "tornado"; Noruwē "Norway"; wō "war"; oa "or"
Exceptions: wāpu "warp"; Hoguwātsu "Hogwarts"
⟨oor⟩; ⟨ore⟩ oa koa "core"; foa "fore"; doa "door"; furoa "floor" /ɔɪ/ ⟨oi⟩; ⟨oy⟩ oi koin "coin"; toi "toy"
Exception: bōi "boy"
/p/ ⟨p⟩; ⟨ph⟩; ⟨pp⟩ p p; pp pu; ppu pakku "pack"; toppu "top"; purankuton "plankton"; purūfu "proof" /ɹ/; /(ɹ)/ /ɹ/ ⟨lo⟩; ⟨r⟩; ⟨rh⟩; ⟨rr⟩ r r macron; ru ramu "RAM", "rum"; terī "terry"; rizumu "rhythm"; bā "bar"; Kariforunia "California" /s/ ⟨c⟩; ⟨s⟩; ⟨sc⟩; ⟨ss⟩; ⟨st⟩ s; sh s; ss; sh; ssh su; ssu sando "sand"; shinku "sink", "cinque"; messenjā "messenger"; kēshingu "casing"; kissu "kiss"; kyassuru "castle"; sutoppu "stop"; surasshu "slash"; sento "cent"; massuru "muscle" /sjuː/ /suː/ ⟨su⟩ shū konshūmā "consumer" /ʃ/ ⟨ch⟩; ⟨ci⟩; ⟨sc⟩; ⟨sh⟩; ⟨si⟩; ⟨ti⟩ sh sh; ssh shu; sshu shippu "ship"; kurasshā "crasher", "crusher"; furasshu "flash", "flush"; shuraudo "shroud"; dimenshon "dimension"; akushon "action"; supesharu "special" /(k)ʃuəl/ ⟨sual⟩; ⟨xual⟩ (ku)sharu; (ku)shuaru konsensharu "consensual"; baisekusharu, baisekushuaru "bisexual" /t/ ⟨bt⟩; ⟨ct⟩; ⟨t⟩; ⟨th⟩; ⟨tt⟩ t; ch; ts t; tt; ts to; tto; tsu; ttsu tēpu "tape"; infiniti "infinity"; chippu "tip"; chīmu "team"; suchīmu "steam"; chiketto, tiketto, teketsu "ticket"; tsuā "tour"; tsū, tū "two", "to"; Taitan "Titan"; sukēto "skate"; hittingu "hitting"; kātūn "cartoon"; kyatto, kyattsu "cat"; shatsu "shirt"; pīnattsu, pīnatsu, pīnatto "peanut"; furūtsu "fruit"; torampu "trump"; batoru "battle"; Temuzu, Tēmuzu "Thames"; Konechikatto "Connecticut" /tjuː/ /tuː/ ⟨tu⟩ chū; tyū chūnā "tuner"; chūba, tyūba "tuba" /ts/ ⟨t's⟩; ⟨ts⟩; ⟨tts⟩ tsu; ttsu kyattsu "cats"; ittsu "it's", "its" /tʃ/ ⟨ch⟩; ⟨tch⟩ ch ch; tch chi; tchi chiken, chikken "chicken"; kitchen "kitchen"; matchi "match" /tʃuəl/ ⟨tual⟩ charu; chuaru bācharu, bāchuaru "virtual" /θ/ ⟨th⟩ s; sh s; ss; sh; ssh su; ssu Sō "Thor"; shīfu "thief"; basurūmu "bathroom"; sureddo "thread" /ʊ/ ⟨oo⟩ u; ū bukku "book"; ūman "woman" /ʊə(ɹ); /ɔː(ɹ)/ /ʊɹ/ ⟨oor⟩; ⟨our⟩; ⟨ure⟩ ua; ūa; uā mūa "moor"; shua "sure"; tsuā "tour" /uː/ ⟨ew⟩; ⟨o⟩; ⟨oe⟩; ⟨oo⟩; ⟨ou⟩; ⟨ough⟩; ⟨ue⟩ ū; u dū "do"; kokūn "cocoon"; kurū "crew"; shū "shoe"; sūpu "soup"; surū "through"; burūmā, burumā "bloomer"
Exception: sutajio "studio"
Exception: kōkusukuryū "corkscrew"
/v/ ⟨v⟩; ⟨ph⟩ b; v b; v bu; vu Baikingu, Vaikingu "Viking"; rabu, ravu "love"; Sutīvun "Stephen" /ʌ/ ⟨o⟩; ⟨oo⟩; ⟨ou⟩; ⟨u⟩ a; o mafin, maffin "muffin"; buraddo "blood"; purasu "plus"; kamingu "coming"; mansurī "monthly"; panchi, ponchi "punch"; modan "modern"; Koronbia "Columbia"; tonneru "tunnel"; furonto "front"; monku "monk"; monkī "monkey"; Rondon "London" /w/ ⟨w⟩ u; w; omitted Guwen "Gwen"; Suwēden "Sweden"; wōmu "warm"; wāmu "worm"; tsuin "twin"; uddo "wood"; jagā "jaguar"; pengin "penguin"; tinkuru "twinkle"; sandoitchi, sandowitchi "sandwich" ⟨wh⟩ how; ho; u; w howaito "white"; hoēru "whale"; hoīru "wheel"; hoippu, uippu, wippu "whip"; wīto "wheat" /z/ ⟨s⟩; ⟨sc⟩; ⟨ss⟩; ⟨z⟩; ⟨zz⟩ z; j z; zz; j; jj zu; zzu; su zūmu "zoom"; jippā "zipper"; raijingu "rising"; kurējī "crazy"; feizu "phase"; pazzuru "puzzle"; dijī, dizī "dizzy"; pozesshon "possession"; Mizūri "Missouri"; nyūsu "news"; fearīzu, fearīsu "fairies" /ʒ/ ⟨si⟩; ⟨ti⟩; ⟨zi⟩ j terebijon "television"; ikuējon "equation"; burējā "brazier" /ʒu/ ⟨su⟩ ju bijuaru "visual"