There are three phonemic vowels, with three main allophones for each. The vowels are distinguished by closeness and frontness.
There are three phonemic vowels: two close vowels and one open. These are given in the above chart, with the variant allophones in (round brackets). The central and mid vowels are considered the lax variants, while the lengthened vowels are long.
The front close vowel is unrounded. It is realised as
The open vowel is unrounded. It can be realised as
kanama to play
The back close vowel is rounded. It can be realised as