https://www.duolingo.com/Lumine_114

How do I build up my Japanese accent?

I have been practicing Japanese for a while and I think I'm getting good at it but whenever I talk to any of my friends who know Japanese they say it's a little hard to understand me because of my American accent. I don't know how to fix my accent, any suggestions?

May 18, 2019

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Mikeeezyy

I kind of never had big problems with my accent (most people I talk to couldn't tell where I'm from) despite being German and that's probably because I only consume english content like music, videos, streams, that way I'm always exposed to the language by native speakers.

And I am doing the same right now with Japanese, I'm consuming a lot of content in that language, mostly animes.

I can often not tell what they are saying but I get a feeling for the words and the accent I guess.

So if you are not already doing stuff like that I'd highly recommend it. :)

May 18, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lumine_114

Thanks for the feedback

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/shiowlih

If you like to listen to ani-song or whatever kind of J-song, you can try singing along. You don't have to read the lyrics in Japanese writing, Romaji works just fine. Look at the lyrics, pay attention to the singer's pronunciation, and adjust your pronunciation to match it. Just don't think "I am learning Japanese", but "I want to be able to sing this song I like" (or maybe don't think at all and just enjoy, lol).

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lumine_114

Lol I'll give it my best, thanks

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TechnologyDoctor

I do this too! I am not the best singer but it has helped me with pronunciation a lot!! Go check out some anime openings, there is plenty of romaji support for them!

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Euskera11

watch dragon ball in japanese and imitate vegeta voice

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lumine_114

Lol I already finished all of it, Vegeta's voice hurts but I can do trunks pretty well

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Yasunari_926

If you want to talk to me in Japanese I can do it and can fix your accent however I am Japanese and my English is not good so when there is wrong accent it might be a little bit hard to tell that in English. If you are OK with that Let's talk on Skype. P.S. Unfortunately my headset got broken recently so I am going to buy a new one after you decide to talk to me.

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TheRay28

I find listening to Japanese a lot helps.

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lumine_114

I do too but it's pretty hard for me to get a solid accent from it since they talk so fast or have different accents.

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mochi_otaku

Often people are surprised I am not from the country I am at because I often fix my voice without knowing it to match with what I hear try doing that

May 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sociop

i have a problem with my accent too couse where im from i have a very specific accent so people usually have a problem of understanding me but its getting better in english at least, with japanese not really but when i learn i try to repeat after the voice in duolingo

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Robert_Martens

Think in hiragana and say each hiragana separately. Also remember each kanji is kind of like its own word. Never combine the words. I mea, english usually puts the accent on the second syllable. But in japanese the second syllable might be in the second kanji. So say each kanji like it is its own word.

May 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/baranyg8

Yayy another person who read Lumine ^^

Answering the question, I can't help but maybe this guy can --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jakXVEUTT48 Check him out.

May 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Robert_Martens

Thank you for telling me about Dogen. I never heard of him. But he is really interesting. (And sometimes a little sad)

May 26, 2019
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