How to tie the belt
Japanese counting to ten*
- Ichi The “i” sounds like “ea” in “each” and the “chee” is like “cheek.” When spoken quickly, the “ee” part is not or barely pronounced and the whole word sounds like “each.”
- Ni It sounds like “knee.”
- San It sounds like “sahn.”
- Shi It sounds just like “she.”
- Go When you say “go” in Japanese, you need to leave your mouth rounded when you’re done to prevent slipping towards a “w” sound.
- Roku The R is pronounced like a cross between R and L, so when you say it it should sound similar to “loh-koo.” But an English R is pronounced at the center of the tongue, and an English L is pronounced about a quarter of an inch from the tip of the tongue, but the Japanese r is pronounced using only the very tip of the tongue.
- Shichi Sounds like “she-chee”, with a hint of tch on the “chee.”
- Hachi It sounds like “ha!” then “tchee.”
- Kyu It sounds like the letter “q.” Similarly to “go,” English speakers tend to pronounce it as “kyoow” – make sure to keep your mouth rounded on the “oo” sound and not to slip towards “w”.
- Ju It’s pronounced “joo”, with a teensy-tiny bit of zh on the j.