I’m not sure how I feel about the new guy doing the audio. Is this the way most Japanese people pronounce things? Before, there was a woman and a man, and they had distinct accents. The woman seemed to pronounce things more precisely, while the man tended to slur a little, create the “ng” sound for “g” (like ka-nga-ku [science] as a opposed to ka-ga-ku) where she did not. So because I had the comparison, I knew that his was an accent and not necessarily the way everyone pronounced those words.
This guy has a REALLY strong accent, and I have no one to compare it with now! He definitely does the “ng” thing, but also his “h” sounds almost gutteral like he’s clearing his throat (hhi-ka-ri), his “j” actually sounds softer, like a “zh” as in the word “treasure” or “massage” (fu-to-ji, i-jyo-u), he sometimes pronounces his tsu, dzu, or fu in an unexpected way, and he swallows vowel sounds all over the place.
My question is, should I be learning to speak that way? Is this the most common accent? I really liked having a couple speakers to hear the differences out there. He also says the words so forcefully it doesn’t sound natural, like the previous speakers did.
I’m just starting out, though I’ve been at it for over 6 months, because unlike some of you, I only have about 20 minutes a day to practice! But I do practice every day, and slow and steady wins the race! However, I’d really like to know how to pronounce things correctly. What accent does the average Japanese newscaster have? Usually that’s a good judge of what’s standard in a country.
Thanks for the help!