発音手引書 「はつおんてびきしょ」 – hatsuon tebikisho
Pronunciation Guide
This quick and dirty pronunciation guide is based on the official standard Japanese pronunciation. It's not quite linguistically accurate, but it's close enough that most Japanese will understand you.
haku:
A Japanese haku (mora, or syllable), is a unit of time and consists of either a consonent and a vowel; a vowel alone; one of the doubled consonents k, s, t, & p in Japanese or b,d,g, & z in foreign loan words; or a short n. haku are all stressed equally, but the tone rising or falling can change the meaning.
Written Japanese:
Generally speaking, written Japanese uses some 2136 standard  • kanji ,  • hiragana  – for Japanese words,  • katakana  – for foreign words, rômaji (Roman letters) – for foreign sounds that the other three won't cover, and sanyôsûji (Arabic numerals). To make it even more confusing, the kanji have multiple Chinese and Japanese, names and pronunciations.
Note: Any translation or pronunciation errors are mine.
For a more thorough guide to pronunciation, go  • here 
Here are links to several of the best Japanese / English online dictionaries found so far:
 • RomajiDesu – English Japanese Dictionary and Converters 
 • Denshi Jisho – Online Japanese dictionary (classic version of Jisho) 
 • Jisho – Online Japanese dictionary (current version of Denshi Jisho) 
 • Tangorin Japanese Dictionary! 
All dictionaries allow you to search in Japanese and English, by kanji and rômaji. Romaji Desu and Denshi Jisho also accept kana searches.
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