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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.

June 28, 2019

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karasu4

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?

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Todocat

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. ^-^

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuwaydaAtH

How does anyone manage to fit that many syllables in one second?

Apart from that nice post. Actually never knew this before. ^-^

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SASSYandsisters.

: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

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MK5Eu9

hmm...I wonder what happens when foreigners do the Japanese tongue twisters...

青巻紙赤巻紙黄巻紙
(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.

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ParadoxN

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.

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/An_Artists_Blade

wow. That's one reason why I want to learn Japanese, because of how fast it is spoken.

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alexclovis

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 :)

June 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Learner828362

I cant even think it that fast .-.

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PoddoFaria

That might explain why Japanese rap sounds so good :D

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tinsendra

laughs in spanish 7.82

June 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CyberPunkin3473

by jehsuhs thats insane dude but you know everyone is trying to be faster so nobody understands each other

June 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deleted_Z

I came looking for my Japanese fact-Daily craving ;-)

June 29, 2019
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