Random Japanese Fact of the Day Prt.39
Japanese is one of the fastest spoken languages. According to a recent study, the speed (in syllables per second) of various languages was compared by having the native speakers of each language talk to each other. And Japanese left all other languages behind by scoring 7.84 syllables per second. English is spoken at 6.19 syllables per second.
Yes, they speak fast, but they also collapse a lot of syllables in speaking, which might explain how they manage to pronounce nearly 8 syllables per second. 'Desu', for instance, is mostly pronounced as just one syllable, 'des', but I guess they would still count it as two in this test. I'm not entirely sure though.
I would love to see a full overview of all the languages tested, to see how they score. Do you know where I can find that?
https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/why-do-japanese-people-talk-so-fast/ They have a few other languages here, but if you want to find more you might have to dig a little deeper. ^-^
Original study here:
How does anyone manage to fit that many syllables in one second?
Apart from that nice post. Actually never knew this before. ^-^
:O And I thought my mum talked quickly on the phone! [stays on it for hours and keeps the same pace the whole way through XD]
Thanks for sharing these! ;D
hmm...I wonder what happens when foreigners do the Japanese tongue twisters...
(あおまきがみ あかまきがみ きまきがみ)
PS: I will not compensate for any injuries happened in your mouth for saying this... which I just did...Please do it with your own fault.
One of the reasons is that Japanese is a timed language, meaning that syllables are spoken at equal pacings. English is slower because you have to emphasize some syllables in words by holding them longer, meaning that the average is going to be longer.
wow. That's one reason why I want to learn Japanese, because of how fast it is spoken.
doesn't that really depend on what you mean by 'fastest spoken', since in terms of syllabic density its obviously the fastest, but it still conveys information at a similar rate to most languages (since all languages average around the same information density). there's also many many other ways of measuring this I just felt like adding :)
by jehsuhs thats insane dude but you know everyone is trying to be faster so nobody understands each other