5 Replies ・ Started by Avalonseer at 2019-07-07 19:16:32 UTC ・ Last reply by Avalonseer at 2019-07-08 23:13:36 UTC

Onryō pronunciation?

Hello. I have been trying to find the correct pronunciation of onryō(怨霊) but the few videos I have found on Youtube all say it very differently. Can someone help me? Thank you!

Leebo at 2019-07-07 22:07:03 UTC

Japanese pronunciation is quite straightforward and unambiguous, with a few minor exceptions related to particles, which wouldn't come into play with a single word. Can you link examples of what you think is differing pronunciations?

Avalonseer at 2019-07-08 22:34:28 UTC

So far it is between being said almost how it looks but with the last letter sounding like a u (On-rhi-u) or with the r in the middle sounding more like a d (On-dy-o)... if that makes sense?

Leebo at 2019-07-08 22:53:16 UTC

The last character of う does not sound like う when it is functioning like a vowel extender here. It just lengthens the お sound that came earlier. There are historical reasons for this particular spelling convention. When you see an お sound followed by an う in an onyomi reading, it's just extending the お sound.

With regard to the pronunciation of り, it's true that English speakers are likely to hear r-like and d-like aspects, because it is not truly the same as either of those in English. But it only has one pronunciation, so there shouldn't be any actual variation in how it gets read.

Leebo at 2019-07-08 23:09:45 UTC

The pronunciation website Forvo has one recording for 怨霊 and it sounds correct to me, so you can refer to that.


Avalonseer at 2019-07-08 23:13:36 UTC

Thank you so much for your help!

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