Resources for Samurai/Period Language

I’m trying to play some games set in the Sengoku period, and needless to say, the characters use a lot of old-fashioned language.

I recognize stuff here and there from N2/N1 grammar (like all the use of +ねば), but a lot is unfamiliar to me. Does anybody know any good resources for this era/typical samurai speech patterns? Grammar resources/guides, vocab lists, anki decks, whatever you got, I’ll appreciate it!


I must admit most of my knowledge of classical Japanese I just picked up from anime over time but, imabi has an extensive section on classical grammar I’ve been meaning to get around to. Might be helpful for you too!


I think most samurai fiction uses a blend of modern and classical Japanese, as opposed to being a 100% accurate representation of how they would have spoken, so yeah, studying some classical grammar would help you.


This is exactly the kinda thing I’ve been looking for! Thank you so much :smiley: !

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Glad I could help! :slightly_smiling_face:

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