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Speaking: On Pitch Accent

  • [How to Pronounce Japanese | AJATT | All Japanese All The Time]
  • “When two or three words sound exactly alike except for pitch accent, context is going to resolve the ambiguity virtually 100 percent of the time. In practical terms, accent is probably the least important aspect of Japanese pronunciation no matter what your level of language skill.” [How to Pronounce Japanese | AJATT | All Japanese All The Time]
  • “Learning a language is a lot like acting. Scratch that, it is acting. In many ways, all you’re doing is an impression—an imitation—of other people. As you grow older within a given language, your awareness of this imitation decreases; the imitation has become so natural that you don’t notice it. Plus, you may even have added some unique, personal innovations of your own. Nevertheless, I can remember, even into my early teens, consciously imitating people…” [How to Pronounce Japanese | AJATT | All Japanese All The Time]
  • “try…to sound as robotic as possible when you first start practicing speaking Japanese, the voice inflection will come naturally as you progress in your studies and absorb it.” [Japanese Pitch Accent > Skritter Blog]

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