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Old 2011-06-29, 16:26   Link #21
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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).
Germanic, Italic and the Slavic languages all have a common ancestor and they're all part of the Indo-European language group. There are European languages which aren't part of that group though (Hungarian, Basque, Maltese, Finish and Estonian)
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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.
Pretty much, I think dubbing also contribute to this (which leads to less exposure to a foreign language) you can also see this in the English-speaking world.
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Old 2011-06-29, 22:28   Link #22
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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.
Aye. It's fortunate that a few can speak another language.

Which reminds me. Romi Park can speak Korean since she's Zainichi and has studied in Seoul before being a seiyu.
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Old 2011-08-04, 02:12   Link #23
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Posting this vid up



Word is that Hiroya Ishimaru, Lei Wulong's seiyu can speak fluent English. As shown in his ending for Tekken 5.
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Old 2011-08-04, 08:07   Link #24
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Somebody forgot to mention Mari Iijima, the only seiyuu to have voiced the same character -- Lynn Minmay -- in both Japanese and later, English.

http://www.facebook.com/mariiijima
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Old 2011-08-06, 02:36   Link #25
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Somebody forgot to mention Mari Iijima, the only seiyuu to have voiced the same character -- Lynn Minmay -- in both Japanese and later, English.

http://www.facebook.com/mariiijima
Wouldn't surprise me, after reading her bio. She's now living in the States and had been there for a pretty long time.
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Old 2011-08-07, 15:31   Link #26
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Oh yeah. Have watched Mari in ADV's dubbing of the original Macross. Didn't hear much of her music, but I like it so far.
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Old 2011-08-07, 16:20   Link #27
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Yuki Kaida. No questions asked.
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Old 2011-08-11, 18:14   Link #28
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Indeed.

Now if I can only find a clip of Romi speaking Korean, that would be cool.

And yeah, Mari-san's got a couple of kids now IIRC.
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Old 2011-08-11, 20:16   Link #29
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Indeed.

Now if I can only find a clip of Romi speaking Korean, that would be cool.

And yeah, Mari-san's got a couple of kids now IIRC.
You mean something like thisssss?

Spoiler for :
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Old 2011-08-12, 01:43   Link #30
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Not the greatest english there .

Why do seiyuu sound so bad when speaking English? They sound so nice otherwise...
Well... *I* think its cute, but then that's just my preference
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Old 2011-08-12, 19:25   Link #31
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Thanks a lot imbehindyou!!!

That's so awesome. Finally a seiyu who can speak Korean...
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Old 2011-08-12, 21:26   Link #32
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Thanks a lot imbehindyou!!!

That's so awesome. Finally a seiyu who can speak Korean...
Hm, I thought there would be a ton of them, at least more Japanese/Korean speaking ones than Japanese/English speaking ones. There aren't too many zainichi VAs, or VAs who just plain want to learn Korean? (Not that only those groups can speak Korean in Japan, js)
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Old 2011-08-12, 21:51   Link #33
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Hm, I thought there would be a ton of them, at least more Japanese/Korean speaking ones than Japanese/English speaking ones. There aren't too many zainichi VAs, or VAs who just plain want to learn Korean? (Not that only those groups can speak Korean in Japan, js)
I suppose English is considered cooler then Korean.

Now I know there was the whole Korean wave thing, but when you hear J-Pop, what's the language that every song seems to always insert random phrases of? English.

Also, English is mandatory in schools, Korean isn't.
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Old 2011-10-10, 01:31   Link #34
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Old 2011-10-10, 01:56   Link #35
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That's awesome. She's sounds like an incredibly nice woman.

I'm already a huge fan of her work, but still, that made me like her even more. If that's possible.
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Old 2011-11-11, 02:48   Link #36
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I'm not sure if she said her remarks in English phonetically or what, but it's nice to hear that she's got some effort in.

Yuu Asakawa's Twitter. Majority of her tweets are English, but has some Japanese from time to time. It seems that she lived in New Zealand, where she learned the language. Most likely in her younger years.

PS - The web show she's hosting is called Otaku Verse Zero. She speaks English in the episodes.
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Old 2011-11-11, 10:31   Link #37
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i think writing system play a huge role on how good people from a country pronounce english, my country is one of the few country in asia use latin letter and people here pronounce english better than most other asia country which use other writing system
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Old 2011-11-15, 21:36   Link #38
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Anyone knows if Sakamoto Maaya is at least fluent in English?
Not sure if she's fluent in it, but her pronounciation is very good. I think she barely has an accent when singing in English. The English songs I've heard from her (Gravity, Tell Me What The Rain Knows, and Garden of Everything) all have natural-sounding and gramatically correct lyrics. That last song is a duet, but all of Sakamoto's English parts sound natural.



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Old 2012-01-13, 17:00   Link #39
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The only few ones mentioned out there are for example Sayaka Ohara and Mari Iijima.

I heard that Ohara aced the English language tests before, so I need to look for that audio clip where she speaks good English.
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Old 2012-01-21, 23:50   Link #40
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Ryo Horikawa here. He learned English from an American girl when his family hosted her for a homestay. In return, Ryo taught the girl Japanese.

His English is good actually.
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