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Pronunciation Problems in JapanEnglish pronunciation for japanese learners is very difficult compared to many other languages such as the Romantic ones. Not only does Japan have a different style of writing (non-Roman alphabet) but it has rules of speaking that limit how words are pronounced. They also add items to a word such as extra syllables or letters so that the English spoken word fits in with their known, existing japanese rules of speech. Since the japanese rules for speech differ from English significantly, several things can help facilitate the English pronunciation. students could use repetition and more of it. They could use Katakana English (oral English using japanese phonology) as a step toward the English Pronunciation. Some of the problems for improper English pronunciation for japanese students can be outlined such as: they have no ?l? sound (thus lemon comes out as remon), they add a vowel at the end of words (salad becomes salada), they do not have two consonants together (strawberry reverts to sutoroberi)1. Rather than fight the issue, some teachers choose to use Katakana English as a transition to the proper pronunciation (possibly hoping people would understand what is being said