Amazon Polly
Developer Guide

Japanese (ja-JP)

The following table lists the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) phonemes, the Extended Speech Assessment Methods Phonetic Alphabet (X-SAMPA) symbols, and the corresponding visemes for the Japanese voice supported by Amazon Polly.

IPA

X-SAMPA

Description

Example

Viseme

Consonants

ɾ

4

alveolar flap

練習, renshuu

t

ʔ

?

glottal stop

あつっ, atsu'

b

b

voiced bilabial plosive

舞踊, buyou

p

β

B

voiced bilabial fricative

ヴィンテージ, vinteeji

B

c

c

voiceless palatal plosive

ききょう, kikyou

k

ç

C

voiceless palatal fricative

人, hito

k

d

d

voiced alveolar plosive

濁点, dakuten

t

d͡ʑ

dz\

voiced alveolo-palatal affricate

純, jun

J

ɡ

g

voiced velar plosive

ご飯, gohan

k

h

h

voiceless glottal fricative

本, hon

k

j

j

palatal approximant

屋根, yane

i

ɟ

J\

voiced palatal plosive

行儀, gyougi

J

k

k

voiceless velar plosive

漢字, kanji

k

ɺ

l\

alveolar lateral flap

釣り, tsuri

r

ɺj

l\j

alveolar lateral flap, palatal approximant

流行, ryuukou

r

m

m

bilabial nasal

飯, meshi

p

n

n

alveolar nasal

猫, neko

t

ɲ

J

palatal nasal

日本, nippon

J

ɴ

N\

uvular nasal

缶, kan

k

p

p

voiceless bilabial plosive

パン, pan

p

ɸ

p\

voiceless bilabial fricative

福, huku

f

s

s

voiceless alveolar fricative

層, sou

s

ɕ

s\

voiceless alveolo-palatal fricative

書簡, shokan

J

t

t

voiceless alveolar plosive

手紙, tegami

t

t͡s

ts

voiceless alveolar affricate

釣り, tsuri

s

t͡ɕ

ts\

voiceless alveolo-palatal affricate

吉, kichi

J

w

w

labial-velar approximant

電話, denwa

u

z

z

voiced alveolar fricative

座敷, zashiki

s

Vowels

äː

a:_"

long open central unrounded vowel

羽蟻, haari

a

ä

a_"

open central unrounded vowel

仮名, kana

a

e:_o

long mid front unrounded vowel

学生, gakusei

@

e

e_o

mid front unrounded vowel

歴, reki

@

i

i

close front unrounded vowel

気, ki

i

i:

long close front unrounded vowel

詩歌, shiika

i

ɯ

M

close back unrounded vowel

運, un

i

ɯː

M:

long close back unrounded vowel

宗教, shuukyou

i

o:_o

long mid back rounded vowel

購読, koodoku

o

o

o_o

mid back rounded vowel

読者, dokusha

o