Do-mo a-ri-ga-to. Kon-ni-chi-wa. Ka-wa-sa-ki. The Japanese language features five vowel phonemes: /a/, /i/, /u/, /e/, and /o/. Not only do all of its words end in vowels, all of its SYLLABLES end in them (unless they end in 'N')! Unlike in English, these lengthened open vowels are crucial in differentiating between words. Each of these syllables are stressed equally, and most begin with a consonant. Sa-yo-na-ra.
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