Sometimes vowels ‘i’ and ‘u’ can be omitted

Did you know…?

Basically, we Japanese fully pronounce each vowel with equal stress accent, and with equal time length.

In other words, we do not have stress accent, although we do have pitch accent.

However, sometimes vowels ‘i’ and ‘u’ can be devoiced, especially in a casual conversation.

For example,

水族館 すいぞくかん can be pronounced すいぞっかん suizokkan. (aquarium)

洗濯機 せんたくき sentakuki can be pronounced せんたっき sentakki. (washing machine)

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