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ToaG: Regional Pronunciation by TriaElf9 ToaG: Regional Pronunciation by TriaElf9
Another Patron requested comic about dialects in Japan! Different regions have their own way of speaking, and sometimes it can be as subtle as something called a "pitch accent." It's not quite a full stress, but it's similiar to like the word "console" (the noun) and "console" (the verb).

I remember when I first learned it in university and for a moment I was so happy because previously we'd only had context to rely upon for some homonyms. But not soon after, it turned out there was a caveat, and the trick to figure things out ended when I learned it changed based on where you were ^_^;; (That and sometimes it's really hard to hear ^_^;; ) So I guess it's a little helpful, but not as much as I'd hoped.

Fun fact, our professor was born in Osaka, but learned to teach Tokyo/"Standard" Japanese, so he spent 10 minute trying to work out which was which because both sounded right to him ^_^;; 

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MysticalFG Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god this is such a thing everywhere
''This means [thing]!!!''
''OH BUT NOT HERE, OR HERE, OR HERE!!!!!''
THANKS
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Usually Japanese sticks to its own rules, a WHOLE lot more than English for sure, but then there are these little trip ups that happen ^_^
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MysticalFG Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea I getcha :"D
Don't try dutch, we have so many rule exceptions, and not even like local things either just normally in our language :"D
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PuddingValkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I didn't realise the pitches changed by region... interesting.
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yup! Not just area accents, pitch changes too ^_^
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Regional dialects and slang can make things really difficult really fast.

For comparison, here is a sentence made entirely out of uncultured Australian slang:

“Oi mate if we’re going on a Maccas run d’ya think we could stop to pick up some Ciggies from the servo and then some grog from the bottle-o so we can get f**kn' maggot or nuh?”

Or if that's too confusing try:

"Having to drink your goon sack behind Maccas at quarter to five in the arvo because your mate was being a c**t and wouldn’t pick you up from the bottle-o because his ute is f**ked from doing skids."

I can only imagine what a Non-Australian thinks we're saying.
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Well, dialects differ by area here too, but that's usually changing words and endings to sentences/verbs, but this is probably the clearest accent difference I know of, where the word is the same, but it's said a little differently. Accent and dialect can differ significantly by age here as well, so that's always fun ^_^
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PuddingValkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have taken this as a challenge. I'MMA GUESS. (I'm British)

'Hey friend, if you're going to McDonalds would you get me some cigarettes from the... gas station?  and then some alcohol from the newsagents/liquor store so we can get drunk or what?'

And the second one... not as clear to me (if Indeed I got the first one remotely right)

'Having to drink by yourself behind McDonalds at quarter to 5 in the afternoon? because your friend was being a ass and wouldn't pick you up from the liquor store because his car is trashed from doing driving tricks' (skidding in circles I would assume, bu very little idea)

How did I do? X3
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TheAussieBlue Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018
That was very accurate, I think you might've looked up the slang.


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PuddingValkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I assure you I did not cheat, that would have spoiled all the fun!
Some of it was because we have similar slang in the UK, the rest was educated guesses, is the best way I can put it.
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AbusedPrivilege Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
Yeah.  I was taught Tokyo standard too, and now I live in Ibaraki.  I’ve been told my accent has changed and my Japanese isn’t as “pretty” as it used to be.  Ha ha.  That said I don’t say things like “ganbappe” So there is still that.
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I live in the area where Tokugawa was originally from, so for a long time Mikawa-ben was the "standard", but not anymore eheh ^_^
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