Japanese Pitch Accent┃Sound Like a Native and Avoid Embarrassment!





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Japanese has a lot of homonyms.
For example, “ame” can mean “candy”, “rain” or even “Knit it!”.
In writing, kanji helps you distinguish them.
(E.g. ame – 雨 = rain, 飴 = candy, 編め = Knit it)

When speaking though, you cannot rely on kanji.
So this is where the pitch accent plays a role!

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  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    dead_pool

    Misa-san! more of these please. I'm learning a lot, thank you very much.
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Billy Lupker

    Yes! a most neccessary, pitch accent video, 相変わらず、役に立ちましたな
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Bartlebot

    i am so thankful for your in depth videos! seriously a great tool as i continue my study of japanese. thank you for this content!
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    「 venus 金星 」

    This video was incredibly informative! Thank you for all your hard work in editing and explaining this one! I was familiar with pitch accent vaguely but this video taught me so much, especially the abs trick. I felt like I had a workout! Thank you and I'm really looking forward to the next video :)
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    siekensou77

    あめ
    flips in some dialects..
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Sunan Pintu Geng

    Oh man! I just started hiragana & katakana. I was dreading learning kanji next and now you tell me about pitch?!!! 😣
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Brett Turner

    This was a great surprise. I would have never thought about looking up accent rules. it’ll be so much easier trying to remember how words are pronounced now, trying to hear the pitch changes
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    shingaki

    Probably the most fascinating thing is that I kinda learned that intuitively just by mimicking natives' pronunciation of the words. Anyways, awesome lesson Misa-sensei!
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Yuuta

    This just pass right through my brain. I think I am already too old to catch the nuances of foreign language sounds.
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Backi Nator

    いつかもそれをわかるようになる気がしないね。www 単語だけはもう難しすぎでアクセントもわかるようになるはずないね www 日本語はねー 難しすぎるがまさにそれが面白いです。二月にはじめた、もしかして 一生の 続けることかも www その気がする。でも、いつものように役に立った動画で教えてくださってありがとう。
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Claire Led

    O.o
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    みどりMidori

    I'm still confused. Please make more on pitch accent ___________
    | A | me A
    V _____| |
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    viomusarda*the*fluffysealgasus

    The accent is similar to spanish, we use á in the line in top of a letter to pronounce the accent. If I were to write the two あめ in a spanish way it would be like this:
    áme & amé
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Steven Guy

    The only language show that is enjoyable to watch muted.
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Alan Eduardo Madrigal Escoto

    ( I really don´t understand what kind of うんこ is in the skull of the people that disliked this video because it´s amazing, really helpful and Misa must work really hard to make this videos possible ( BTW Thank you very much Misa Sensei) . I still have the ninja tool that Misa gave me on lesson #3 Noun Negation and my katana from katana takakunakatta on lesson #6 Adjectives Past & Past Negatives so WATCH OUT YOU PEOPLE! ) 動画楽しくて、面白くて、笑いすぎちゃた :,D。ありがとうございました。:3
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    T H

    it is not pitch accent it’s a tone 😂. if you know chinese this is piss easy. just a rising and falling tone with high flat tone
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Lichaka

    Educational, and we talked about poop more than expected.
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    João Vitor De Melo

    Some people say that pitch accent is hard because there is little resources to learn. But actually no, it's simply difficult indeed. At least for me. I have a great resource to learn words and pitch accents at the same time. But it's hard to hear them and remember to do them when you're talking. Besides from simply not being able to hear the pitch accent, one of the main problems for me is that it's hard to pronounce each letter of hiragana the same amount of time when talking, since I'm so used to stress (and not just to talk but to hear it). So, because of that, many times I confuse pitch accent with stress, and end up thinking a word has certain pitch when it's another or pronouncing japanese with stress, and possibly even with the wrong pitch... Anyways, I suck at this part
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Jay Penrake

    Being half, I've picked up the pitch accent and the accent in general. I'm told I sound native, but mid conversation I throw them off cuz my grammar is awful
    Too many words and too much grammar to study D;
    These videos are invaluable though
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    TESLA ! T’es là?

    Est il possible de valider la traduction en français ?
    フランス語で字幕を付けることは可能ですか
    いきなり日本語と英語を学ぶ
    Encore merci beaucoup 😊
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    TESLA ! T’es là?

    J’adore ! Les intonations sont effectivement importantes
    Aligatoo Misa san
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Sam Nijland

    hi misa! i have a question. i recently discovered your youtube account and i really like it!!! but if i want to begin learning japanese, where do i begin with your videos? or do i even watch your videos?
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Federico Videla

    As if hiragana, katakana, two thousand kanji and grammar wasn't enough, now you discovered pitch accent with rules that aren't consistent either. as if something in japanese is consistent. lol.
    this language is ridiculous.
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    jboca1973

    Thank you this helps a lot.
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Dr. Fail

    There is so little in the way of accessible resources on this topic for learners of Japanese. It would be so helpful for you to make a small series out of this. Thank you very much for making this one!
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Airo

    とても役に立つ動画を作ってくださりありがとうございます!でも、動詞と形容詞は活用すると、パータンが変わってしまいますよね!
    例えば高い(中高)-> 高く(頭高)
    赤い (平板/中高) -> 赤く (平板) でも、赤くて(中高)
    食べる(中高) ->食べた (頭高) など。
    はい、是非シリーズを作ってください!お願いします!
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    ChaosSaberX

    Why is Misa-Sensei, dancing like a Egyptian pharoah?
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    myheartislike

    From now on, when people will ask me what exercises I did to get my abs, I'll say Japanese Pitch Accent exercises.
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    ガッツ

    Fun fact: There are 4 different pitch accents in Chinese
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Maria Sophie

    I didn't know pitch accent existed in Japanese. That's very interesting! I've always wondered how native speakers can distinguish words that have the same syllables without reading the kanji. To rely on context is so difficult I'm only N4.
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    Rayquaza

    15:43min I wonder what she was thinking about... ?
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    timtommersen

    12:50 naaannniiii
  • Posted: November 22, 2020 13:44

    timtommersen

    thought bridge is bashi not hashi

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