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Friday, June 11, 2010

Manly Japanese

5 comments:

Stephen said...

yey you guys are back!

This has been a common problem for us here. Most language teachers here in the Philippines are females. Most men copy their mannerisms. The teachers also sometimes forget to tell their students of such nuances.So there. Many male learners here have been teased by their native Japanese friends as sounding girly most of the time.

sara said...

i am a 20 years old girl and i had the same problem .. talking to boyish~ ... cuz my language teacher was a man and then i had a japanese boyfriend and most suprising fact is that i went to a japanese all-boys school for 3 months... haha~ loved it!
anyway thanks to my friend i can now talk girly but at the beginning i even used 俺 ... so i think it is easier to talk like a boy, to learn it you just have to listen to japanese men... i really think girly japanese is much more difficult~!! you have to say everything in a nice way etc, the words a longer ... bah!


ps ... not just boyish, i also speak in osaka dialect x3~

haf said...

Thanks for this great video, and thanks for the Japanese subtitles. I really like that about Japanese TV shows and I'm glad you did the effort, because those subtitles really help with listening to and understanding what's being said. I still didn't get everything though - must learn more!

akira said...

These guys didn't give you very good advice... I burst out laughing when the guy says "おまえ、黙ってついてこい".

Also, ぼく isn't "gay." There are certain situations where it would be a terrible idea to use 俺 - e.g., any formal situation or when you are with a superior.

It's also important to recognize that what is considered appropriate or "manly" varies by region and the age of the person you are talking to.

My recommendation (this is what I did) is to watch a lot of 時代劇 and yakuza films. Pretty much anything with Takakura Ken will help.

Or, if you have to watch a drama instead, try Gokusen or a police drama.

That's just my two cents.

Sean said...

I just stumbled across this video.

Very interesting video topic. I like how you went out and actually talked to a range of japanese men.

Also, I'm impressed by your japanese ability.

Thanks for the education.