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Here is a very rough estimate of how the Japanese sounds would translate over to English sounds. These are the base vowels for the entire Japanese language. If you can pronounce these correctly, you can do any sound they make. Every other character just has some consonant slapped on in front of the vowel.
あ=ah > は=ha (h•ah - like in 'hall') *は as a particle is pronounced 'wa' い=ee > ひ=he (h•ee - like in 'heel') う=oo > ふ=hfu (sorry, this one's different - barely touch your teeth to your bottom lip while giving more of an 'h' sound) え=eh > へ=he (h•eh - like in 'head') お=oh > ほ=ho (h•oh - like in 'hold')
It follows the same pattern for all characters (I hope this formats correctly):<pre>
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Ka かきくけこ Sa さしすせそ Ta たちつてと Na なにぬねの Ha はひふへほ Ma まみむめも Ya や ゆ よ Ra らりるれろ Wa わ を N ん
As a Japanologist, there's no stress. There's a pitch accent that varies based on the sentence basically. It's a complex topic and it's difficult to 'pronounce' some words. But if you DON'T stress syllables, in most cases they'd get you provided you pronounce the phonemes clearly. :)
A higher pitch results in a stronger stress. Stress can be established through other elements as well such as loudness and vowel length. [Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stress_(linguistics) ]
Japanese uses pitch accent heavily and thus it usually produces different stresses throughout a sentence. There is recently a good quality video explaining this: Japanese Pitch-Accent in 10 Minutes by Dogan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6AoilGEers&t=363s