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Cashmerelle
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• 11/7/2015

Singing in Japanese without knowing the language

How badly is singing in Japanese frowned upon when you don't know the language at all? I'm looking into becoming a youtaite for fun, and was talking with some friends what songs to do and whether to do English covers or original versions. Though there are some really good English lyrics for songs out there, I think some songs I might want do just sound better in Japanese. When I said I would probably try making a Japanese cover of those though, they told me if there's one thing I shouldn't do, it's that. 

Now although I think my pronounciation is rather decent, I'm sure it still sounds horrible to a native speaker. However, I've sung songs in languages I didn't know in real life before (that wasn't Japanese though) and those same friends heard those, and they never found it weird.

I always thought a lot of people who made Japanese covers online didn't know Japanese either, am I wrong about that?

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Kumoshi
Cashmerelle
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A FANDOM User
• 11/10/2015

I think it's good to see a Youtaite sing in Japanese because I don't really like English covers (except for Y. Chang and Sapphire's Children Record. That was awesome.) I think people who do Japanese covers mostly only know little Japanese as well. So I think it is okay to sing covers in Japanese. After all, if you pronounce it wrong, there might be some nice people who will correct you and will help you improve overtime :)

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A FANDOM User
• 11/10/2015

their songs. So I think that it is not weird to do so and please go ahead and do it!

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A FANDOM User
• 11/10/2015

Yup I agree! To be honest, I myself do not know much Japanese but I still cover songs! Most youtaites do not know Japanese well. I do not think you will be frowned upon just by singing in a different language from your native language...instead I think that most Japanese people will find it amazing that someone who is not a local is able to sing their songs. And I think they will feel proud and happy about it. So I think that it is not weird to do so and please go ahead and do it! ^.^

Sorry, the message b4 was mine. I didn't realise that the first half of the message was deleted.

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• 11/10/2015

I don't think there's anything wrong with singing in another language, regardless of how well you know it. It's great, in fact! It broadens our horizons and expands our cultural experiences. You can celebrate another language or be a fan of foreign music, there's nothing wrong with that! :)

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• 12/29/2015

I wouldn't consider myself as someone who knows Japanese, as I can only read some hiragana and katakana and I can only understand some words and phrases due to having watched a lot of anime, but I sing in Japanese nevertheless. I think many youtaite don't know Japanese and it's totally fine on Youtube. I'm not so sure about on Nico Nico Douga, though; I haven't looked at comments much there so I don't know if people there would judge someone harshly for not being fluent in Japanese.

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