Why do I hear a lot of "L" sounds in Japanese music?


I'm a super beginner, but I like to listen to Japanese music and I often hear some "L" sounds. Given the fact that there is no "L" column on hiragana tables, I assume that is some other sound, perhaps "R", being pronounced as "L" (even though I hear the R's normally).

Can someone please explain me that?

Thiago Fassina

Posted 2017-01-16T14:00:44.000

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1Can you provide an example? – JACK – 2017-01-16T14:36:11.223

Umi Sora Sora, I can hear she saying "...umi sola sola...". – Thiago Fassina – 2017-01-16T14:53:55.027


See: R sound vs L sound and also this answer

– Flaw – 2017-01-16T15:33:09.710

I don't know the artist, but is the music possibly intended for a more international market? In such case sometimes they will try for a more western pronunciation. Or the artist may know a western language, which would provide the skill to differentiate. – user3169 – 2017-01-17T06:57:20.857



I think it is because we don't have an exact version of the R present in Japanese, which is somewhere between L and R. When I was learning English I couldn't tell the difference between beach and b**ch, which proved to be quite comedic, however, the point is sounds are unique for each language. Our brain will interpret them as the closest thing we know, especially since the differences are often minimal. I also feel like I sometimes hear a clean L in Japanese. It could be due to different accents where the Japanese R is a bit closer to our L. Don't quote me on this though.


Posted 2017-01-16T14:00:44.000

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I see. But is there a reason why this happens more often on music, or is it just me? – Thiago Fassina – 2017-01-17T16:23:26.250