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Old 2011-06-15, 17:25   Link #1
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Multilingual Seiyu/Voice Actor appreciation thread

I decided to put this up since there are seiyus/voice actors who can fluently speak multiple languages (Whether bilingual/trilingual for instance) and I sort of appreciate this talent in voicework.

First example I know is of Sayaka Ohara, who can speak good English with no accent. I even listened to her demo on this.
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Old 2011-06-17, 02:23   Link #2
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Old 2011-06-17, 02:34   Link #3
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So... uh... does Norio count?

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Old 2011-06-17, 03:04   Link #4
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I wouldn't say Yuuko Gotou's English is perfect, but that video is a lot better than a lot of what I've heard. Perhaps not surprising since she apparently studied to be a translator for a while before going into voice acting.

There's also Miyuki Sawashiro, who has done the English dub for one of her characters at least once:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70C_wz_cMSs
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Old 2011-06-17, 09:50   Link #5
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Most VA is bilingual but I am aware that Kakihara Tetsuya is multilingual.
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Old 2011-06-18, 04:47   Link #6
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Most VA is bilingual.
No they're not, unless you mean most VA are monolingual, a Japanese VA that is able to speak more than one language is rare and I only know a few of them, some of them are already mentioned. There is also Haruna Ikezawa who speaks French fluently if I recall correctly.
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Old 2011-06-18, 05:05   Link #7
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Satoshi Hino speaks English well since he was born in California and used to live there before.

Junichi Suwabe can speak English too. You heard him in Fate/stay night.

And also Yuki Kaida who I've read that she studied in the US before and can speak multiple languages.
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Old 2011-06-19, 11:01   Link #8
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Sure, if no one doesn't mind on Norio being bilingual on that AZ line.

One more person I want to add in for now is Yu Asakawa since she can speak fluent English but with some accent IMO.

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Old 2011-06-20, 03:23   Link #9
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The one that I first learned about is Nami Miyahara.

She speaks (almost) perfect English as Momoko Asuka (Mo~tto Ojamajo Doremi) and very good German as Aisha Aldola (Sora no Woto) as well. Given that she's lived in Austria for a few years and studied English there, I think it's safe to say she's officially trilingual.
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Old 2011-06-22, 15:52   Link #10
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Sure, if no one doesn't mind on Norio being bilingual on that AZ line.

One more person I want to add in for now is Yu Asakawa since she can speak fluent English but with some accent IMO.

I wouldn't say Asakawa Yuu is fluent in English. Her pronunciation is very good, but she does have some trouble understanding English and what she can say on the spot is a bit limited. She is continuing to study, though and her level of English ability is pretty high compared to most Japanese people (in general).

This is based on a conversation I had with her at Anime Expo last year; I even asked why her pronunciation was so good and she said (after my question was translated a bit) it was the result of a lot of hard work and study.
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Thanks for that info mate.
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Old 2011-06-24, 09:28   Link #12
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I wouldn't say Asakawa Yuu is fluent in English. Her pronunciation is very good, but she does have some trouble understanding English and what she can say on the spot is a bit limited. She is continuing to study, though and her level of English ability is pretty high compared to most Japanese people (in general).

This is based on a conversation I had with her at Anime Expo last year; I even asked why her pronunciation was so good and she said (after my question was translated a bit) it was the result of a lot of hard work and study.
Kudos for even managing to speak to her in the first place.

Anyone knows if Sakamoto Maaya is at least fluent in English?
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Old 2011-06-24, 21:14   Link #13
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If I ever hear a Japanese VA who actually sounds good speaking English I'll be very surprised. Usually they just sound like they've got a sock stuffed in their mouths, not nice at all .

As an aside, I find American pronounciation of certain Japanese related terms a bit weird, particularly the A in Anime, Manga and Otaku. Always using an "Awe" whereas across the Atlantic we use an "ah" as in actress, type sound. To my mind this also sounds more like the original pronounciation as well. Aw (awnime, Otawku, mawnga like the vid above) sounds wrong.
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Old 2011-06-25, 22:56   Link #14
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Tonari no kyaku wa yoku kaki kuu kyaku darrr!

Pahaha I loved Kate and I love Gotou Yuuko. ^^
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Old 2011-06-28, 14:28   Link #15
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Kudos for even managing to speak to her in the first place.

Anyone knows if Sakamoto Maaya is at least fluent in English?
If anything, she is also in the same spot like Asakawa. Listen to her in the Rebuild movies for how she does her English.
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Old 2011-06-29, 03:10   Link #16
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If anything, she is also in the same spot like Asakawa. Listen to her in the Rebuild movies for how she does her English.
Not the greatest english there .

Why do seiyuu sound so bad when speaking English? They sound so nice otherwise...
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Not the greatest english there .

Why do seiyuu sound so bad when speaking English? They sound so nice otherwise...
I would hazard a guess: lack of usage. In Japan and Korea, you can get by easily by speaking nothing but Japanese or Korean. Lack of practise does not help your language.
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I would hazard a guess: lack of usage. In Japan and Korea, you can get by easily by speaking nothing but Japanese or Korean. Lack of practise does not help your language.
Yeah, but when other foreign women speak English they sound lovely...

MMMmmmm French girls...
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At least, the European languages largely have a common ancestor: Latin. Asian languages are way different in that respect, IMO.
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Old 2011-06-29, 15:59   Link #20
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At least, the European languages largely have a common ancestor: Latin. Asian languages are way different in that respect, IMO.
Actually, Germanic is the dominant ancestor for most of Europe (particularly the Northwest). Latin is pretty much limited to the Southwest (Italy, Spain, France and Portugal).
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