I’m always inspired by seeing examples of extremely fluent, near native level japanese speakers. I’ve definitely seen quite a few examples of Korean and Chinese people with this level of Japanese, but I’m wondering if anyone has some good examples of native speakers of romance/germanic etc languages with this level of japanese.
Does anyone have any examples of someone at native/near native level? Particularly of someone with a native like accent.
I couldn’t find a video where he spoke at length, but in his 皆さんこんにちは、キラです greeting I found his accent to be quite noticeable though. (And my ear’s not that good at picking out foreign accents in Japanese yet…)
That’s only because he heavily scripts his videos and does over 9000 takes until he sounds that way. That’s what he’s saying about himself.
Joey the Anime Man seems native level. He’s saying that when talking on the phone he’s perceived as a Japanese person but when he meets the same person they are confused if he’s the same person that spoke on the phone.
(yes, he’s half Japanese but he grew up in Australia)
Ah yeah, I remember he made a video in Japanese and also one together with his Japanese grandmother!
It was really cool, especially since he himself said that he feels like his personality changes with the language. (Something I’ve noticed myself, I naturally become slightly more polite/kind in Japanese and more brash in English)
I didn’t know that, though it doesn’t surprise me either Still, from a learner’s perspective it might not make that big a difference.
EDIT: having re-watched the Joey video I noticed that even his own English subs seem harsher than his Japanese speech. Like how ちょっと待って、おかしくねぇ！？ becomes “Wait, what the actual f***!?”
Since a teenager I loved Megadeth and saw themnalso live in 1997. So the band constellation at this time means very much to me. The guitar player left two yeara later
In 2006 I lived in Japan for almost a year, watcjed television and who appeared? The former guitar player. He was interviewed and he replied without any problems in Japanese. It was grotesque. I did not really checked what he did after he left the band. So it seemed, he became quite popular in Japan with his music and learned Japanese as well. Awesome guy. Name is Marty Friedman
My coworker is a non-native speaker who used to translate for a living. He took the grammar test meant for natives (similar to our SAT) and scored in the 80th percentile. He’d been studying for something like 10 years at the time, and living in Tokyo for a while. Several native speakers have told me he speaks better Japanese than they do.
I’m told his accent and word choice are almost perfect, but they can still tell he’s a non-native speaker because of the way he pronounces some words.