りゃ、りゅ、りょ (R+ya/yu/yo)

In the previous lesson, we observed that languages differ in what kinds of combinations of sounds they will allow. In this lesson, we discuss some additional combinations of sounds that may be difficult for some learners. In Japanese, words can contain the syllables ‘rya’ りゃ, ‘ryu’ りゅ, and ‘ryo’ りょ, which consist of consonant clusters of the Japanese ‘r’ plus ‘y’ followed by a vowel ‘a’, ‘i’, or ‘u’. Many languages allow ‘ya, yu, yo’ as syllables. However, in other languages, like English, ‘r’ cannot be preceded by the syllables ‘ya, yu, yo’. Speakers of those languages sometimes say, for example, ‘ria’ りあ rather than ‘rya’ りゃ, which is like ‘ri’+’a’ rather than ‘r’+’ya’. Watch the videos to enhance your knowledge of Japanese りゃ、りゅ、りょ. After watching the videos, you can complete the Lesson Quiz on R+ya/yu/yo.


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