View topic - Japanese Accent?
For any kind of speaker trying to learn Japanese, I understand it must be hard to capture the exact tone of speaking of the language, also known as, the "accent"?
I've been told, and I can clearly hear at times because when speaking it sounds very nasal (like holding your nose)
I'm asking this because I want to know how I can capture the exact way they sound. Is there anything to it? Anything I should know?
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Everyone has their own preference and style, typically influenced by what you hear the most (your family, peers, etc). Just like what happened to you in English, and why you speak in whatever accent you speak in (southern, midwestern, british, australian, and on and on...).
I don't think it's possible to FORCE yourself to sound native from the outset.
However, if you're -actually- asking about the pitch accents (highs and lows), there are dictionaries that include where the accent fall is in each word. I don't remember what they are offhand, but I'm sure that someone will come along and link them.
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It's also entirely in Japanese, though the dictionary entries are easy enough to use and understand.
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I've had enormous problems when I started to study English, but listening to the language, trying to speak, and the extra lessons of speaking my teacher had me go through have nullified those problems.
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