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ゆめ and ゆうめい

ゆめ and ゆうめい

When they are written, 夢 (ゆめ/yume) and 有名 (ゆうめい/yuumei) look completely different. 

 

ゆめ means a dream and ゆうめい is a なadjective meaning famous. (Please note it is not an いadjective).

 

However,  as Japanese people do not pronounce the double vowel of “ei”very clearly and it is often pronounced as “ee”,  ゆうめい sounds like having two prolonged vowel sounds.

フロイトは夢(ゆめ)の分析(ぶんせき)で有名(ゆうめい)です。

I hope these audio clips will help you tell the difference.

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One thought on “ゆめ and ゆうめい

  1. Reply
    Christian
    27 September 2021 at 1:04 pm

    This was really helpful. Thank you very much!

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