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    Re: Japanese women sound like mice

    Quote Originally Posted by AnimeGeek View Post
    I think this is a very sterotypical argument... i really don't think japanese sound like mice... i have japanese friends and none of them sound like mice... I have no idea what ur talking about.
    your female friends are probably Japanese American I would hope they wouldn't sound like their Japanese born counter parts.

    Quote Originally Posted by tsurara View Post
    You're right... a lot of women do sound like mice: but that's not their natural voice. It's a trapping of tatemae... a fashion accessory: like high heeled shoes or a mickey mouse keychain. The high-pitched nasal anime-esque voice is a put-on. Japanese is not a particularly high-pitched or nasal language and most women don't adopt the "mouselike" voice in their daily speech.

    However, in Japan, there is a great deal of value placed in women remaining "childlike" and an even more pervasive obsession with all things cute. The high-pitched voice is an affectation that comes with being "burikko" (a girl who pretends to be cute). It was popularized by the high-pitched voices in anime and certain high-profile celebrities also adopting the voice (Hamasaki Ayumi).

    Many women also adopt it as their "work voice" (when answering phones, making announcements over loud speakers and shouting ads for shops on the street). Cafe maids and voice actors tend to adopt the cutesy voice to appeal to lolicons and the MOE-fans who support them.

    I've worked at a maid cafe and have done the voice... so have all my co-workers. When work ended, only one of us continued to speak that way. Hamasaki Ayumi also has an early film (Nagisa no Shindabado) where she speaks perfectly normally... you can compare it to her PR voice now to see the difference.
    But doesn't pretending to sound cute pretty much lose your whole appeal?
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    Re: Japanese women sound like mice

    Quote Originally Posted by Shodokan View Post

    But doesn't pretending to sound cute pretty much lose your whole appeal?
    Not if you pull it off convincingly.

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    Re: Japanese women sound like mice

    I do agree most of them speak that way and its probaly the language and how small they are lol.

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    Re: Japanese women sound like mice

    what would seem natural to them, would only seem different to us...its cultural norms i guess, and differs from country to country, culture to culture. they would probably think differently of our dialect too, if you ever think about it in the reverse...

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    Re: Japanese women sound like mice

    Quote Originally Posted by Shodokan View Post
    Alot of Japanese women's voices are so squeaky for some reason. What is the freaking reasoning behind it. They even make their voices even squeakier when they do tv shows. Other Asian women seem to do the same thing. Like I was in the grocery store the other day and these Chinese women were talking in Cantonese or whatever. Their voice were just as squeaky as the Japanese women I'm talking about. Does anyone know why they do this?
    Oh?~ Squeaky?? Or do you mean to say they talk from very soft? I don't think all Asian ppl- I mean female Asians speak like that. You see, some Asian ppl including man, talk softly like in Thailand. Accents influence ppl's tone.
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    Re: Japanese women sound like mice

    Quote Originally Posted by Hassun View Post
    Not if you pull it off convincingly.
    I was watching this Japanese tv show and the host made fun of this pop star for acting cute unconcingly. Heres some of the things he said to her.

    "No one would fall for that, be serious."

    "You're trying way too hard Yaguchi."
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    Re: Japanese women sound like mice

    Quote Originally Posted by Shodokan View Post
    I was watching this Japanese tv show and the host made fun of this pop star for acting cute unconcingly. Heres some of the things he said to her.

    "No one would fall for that, be serious."

    "You're trying way too hard Yaguchi."
    I can tell you I've seen and heard many girls who do say it convincingly. Either that or they were really cute. Which would be weird when you're 20+ years old.

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    Re: Japanese women sound like mice

    dun say dat!!!
    dat were their real voice!!
    they born wiv dat voice!!!
    n chinese people dun squeek!!!
    r u being racist or wt??!!!
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