For the most part, Japanese has syllables that are easier to pronounce than a language such as English. Most of the Japanese syllables only have two letters. If you’re anything like me, when you listen to a person fluent in Japanese, sometimes you may miss the actual syllable. It may be because they have been speaking Japanese for so long that they don’t pronounce every syllable as it should be properly said.
In this video, the people listening are a bit confused as to what the lady on the video is actually saying. I think this goes to demonstrate that it is sometimes difficult to distinquish between certain syllables in Japanese.
She’s actually saying “Va”, but looking at her mouth while listening to it makes it unclear what she’s saying. Sort of tricks your brain.
Via Undou Douga.