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Posted 11/20/07 , edited 11/20/07
*Just to let everyone know pronunciation means alot in speaking Japanese unlike in english where we still get the basic idea of what your trying to say.

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I Had a male buddy of mine go study abroad in Japan and one day his receiving mother showed him some pictures of her kids. Without thinking about pronouncing 'kawaii' (meaning cute) correctly he quickly said 'kowaii' (meaning scary/freightning), of course she corrected him instantly.

A female friend of mines also left to study abroad in Japan. When she got there she had a neighbor who was constantly picking on her. Finally fed up, she turned to him and said, 'Omae wa PSYCHO desu!' He just looked at her admiringly and said, 'Arigatou!' She didn't know that 'Saikou' in Japanese meant 'the best/the greatest'.

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oh yeah.. it's pretty hard to understand what foreigners are saying when they speak Japanese.... it's just like me speaking English(my foreign language) at school .. teachers sometime say, "what? can you repeat what you just said?" .. because i have Japanese accent lol.
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Posted 11/21/07

bdragonst wrote:

oh yeah.. it's pretty hard to understand what foreigners are saying when they speak Japanese.... it's just like me speaking English(my foreign language) at school .. teachers sometime say, "what? can you repeat what you just said?" .. because i have Japanese accent lol.


lolz.. same here, though my teacher understands what i say, my classmates are *donkeys* who are so pessimistic and close minded, they always retaliate, with "what?" and they also try to impersonate you with your accent which isnt nice and mean...TT.TT

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lolz.. same here, though my teacher understands what i say, my classmates are *donkeys* who are so pessimistic and close minded, they always retaliate, with "what?" and they also try to impersonate you with your accent which isnt nice and mean...TT.TT



yea people can be rude especially when they are ignorant. Those types of people will never amount to anything if they don't want to understand that the world is larger than what they are. That's why I always tell people, "go see the world while you still can! Learn of new cultures and people, you will get a broader since of things and you won't be so close minded."
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mikomiko123 wrote:


bdragonst wrote:

oh yeah.. it's pretty hard to understand what foreigners are saying when they speak Japanese.... it's just like me speaking English(my foreign language) at school .. teachers sometime say, "what? can you repeat what you just said?" .. because i have Japanese accent lol.


lolz.. same here, though my teacher understands what i say, my classmates are *donkeys* who are so pessimistic and close minded, they always retaliate, with "what?" and they also try to impersonate you with your accent which isnt nice and mean...TT.TT


yea, i know that feeling, it totally sucks doesnt it.. i get it everywhere from me tho.. even tho i speak english and am perfectly alright with this language.. cos.. i LISP. once u lisp.. u cant get any language right.. and ppl around me are sooo massacreing me for this just cos i cant get my pronunciation right sometimes. it's not like i dont try.. so i dont feel guilty.. i just feel bad.

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are u japanese too?

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omg.. is it that bad when foreigners try to speak japanese? cos if i were to open my mouth to say.. i would be a japanese foreigner too... i hope i wont be as bad.

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'Omae wa PSYCHO desu!' i get the drift.. she's saying he's a psycho right? what is 'Omae'?
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@URbaka
'Omae wa PSYCHO desu!' i get the drift.. she's saying he's a psycho right? what is 'Omae'?



'Omae wa PSYCHO desu!' ('omae' pretty much means you)
'you PSYCHO are!' (literal translation)
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this summer i would like to take japanese lessons, but i am kinda afraid because i might not pronounce the words right and end up wasting my money. how sad . people who know how to speak nihongo and english fluently are really lucky... but then if i talk to japanese people they might laugh at me because of my grammar. hhmmpp..
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this summer i would like to take japanese lessons, but i am kinda afraid because i might not pronounce the words right and end up wasting my money. how sad . people who know how to speak nihongo and english fluently are really lucky... but then if i talk to japanese people they might laugh at me because of my grammar. hhmmpp..


oh lol..i had similar problem... i spoke Japanese(my native language), and i started going to American school where they speak English since 5th grade in elementary school.. my tongue was already developed for speaking in Japanese(lol), so i have terrible English pronounciation.. i used to swear at ppl who laugh at me in Japanese when i get pissed off..
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bdragonst wrote:


boo321123 wrote:

this summer i would like to take japanese lessons, but i am kinda afraid because i might not pronounce the words right and end up wasting my money. how sad . people who know how to speak nihongo and english fluently are really lucky... but then if i talk to japanese people they might laugh at me because of my grammar. hhmmpp..


oh lol..i had similar problem... i spoke Japanese(my native language), and i started going to American school where they speak English since 5th grade in elementary school.. my tongue was already developed for speaking in Japanese(lol), so i have terrible English pronounciation.. i used to swear at ppl who laugh at me in Japanese when i get pissed off..


wow thanks for sharing....
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Aww I wanna learn japanese.... at least the basics.... I tried to talk to a japanese friend of mine and I pronounced Kakoii wrong and made it sound like school.... I was embarrassed lol but he didn't seem to mind... I wanna ask him to teach me but he's too busy with sports..
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