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Posted: 10 Jul 04, 17:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Enjoying another hearing of La Japonaise, I am always astounded at his mastering of the Japanese language in the song. Did he take lessons or teach himself phonetically?
Also -- why were there no Queen songs with Japanese other than Teo Torriate? It would have been very interesting to hear more with this beautiful language.
Did any other Queen member master the language, or any other for that matter?

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Posted: 10 Jul 04, 20:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

As a matter of fact it tends to be difficult for English speakers to pronunciate correctly the Japanese, but Freddie did it ok. I guess he`d know some basics since he used to be here a lot, buying furniture and stuff.


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Posted: 10 Jul 04, 20:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"As a matter of fact it tends to be difficult for English speakers to pronunciate correctly the Japanese..."

My brother speaks Japanese QUITE well. Sometimes, I'l hear him and think he's watching one of his Japanese movies. :P

As for Lisa's thoughts, I have to agree. One or two more Queen songs with Japanese in them would have been awesome... IF they were done right. :P


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Posted: 10 Jul 04, 21:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, I mean, difficult but not impossible. I`ve met American people who are very fluent.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 10 Jul 04, 22:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Indeed! :D


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Posted: 11 Jul 04, 04:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love it when songs feature lines in other languages. I agree, it would have been great if they had recorded more songs with Japanese bits or maybe even other languages. But since I'm really interested in Japan it would have been great to have more than La Japonaise and Teo Torriate.


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Posted: 11 Jul 04, 05:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sonja wrote:

it would have been great if they had recorded more songs with Japanese bits or maybe even other languages.

They did. In Spanish: Las Palabras De Amor. And Seaside Rendezvous features a little bit of French ("C'est la vie, mesdames et messieurs").


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Posted: 11 Jul 04, 05:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And at the end of Back Chat, he says 'Merci beaucoup'. :-)


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Posted: 11 Jul 04, 07:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

We'll give you piece de resistance and a tour de force :)

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Posted: 11 Jul 04, 11:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I would have preferred more Japanese! :-)
Yet no German...hmm, why is that?

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Posted: 11 Jul 04, 14:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I always thought it was John Deacon speaking through a megaphone!! (LOL)