役割語 primers

Ive been reading some light novels recently and my biggest stumbling block for myself (and my dictionary) are the characters that affect an unusual style of speech. Things like old fashion, servile, old man, proffessor, red neck ect.

Does any one have a good simple primer for basic architypes?

If not im thinking learning a bit of kansai and forcussing on the very formal and honorific might be a start.

But Im curious what others used or know of (youtubers, physical text books, ect).

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Do you mean you’re looking for a guide that answers the question “if a character speaks like this, what should I assume is the image the author wants to give them?”, or do you want something to help with “if a character uses this verb ending/contraction/etc, what is the standard Japanese equivalent?”.

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Oh if you want kansai ben, I have a certain recommendation:

Slight spoiler for Heaven Burns Red. But also, if you want weird speech patterns, that game is a gold mine. It’s also surprising, because it constantly breaks the 4th wall and the expectations related to specific personality archetypes in teenage media.

On a different note, focusing on 尊敬語 might not be a terrible idea as you’re likely to come across it in life. For old speech patterns I recommend novels from early to mid 20th century (yeah, that’s not a joke).

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More towards understanding what theyre saying.

Like some old timey characters use washi and jya. Which is easy. I just translate the washi as watashi. And jya as desu.

But then you have other odd types of endings and thats when it gets hard.

Like I was recently trying to figure out らん meant as a grammer point but eventually after a lot of googling found that ん can be used as a negative in old timy speech. But thay there is also an okd timey one for らん too but the verb made more sense as the former.

So its not so much about what the author wants to portray so much as understanding whats being said (since odd endings can be the difference between negative, positive, volitional ect).

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