【日本語】Random Transcription 1

During my Japanese classes we sometimes had to do transcription exercises.  I tended to not enjoy them because, honestly, I sucked at transcription. I still do, but I consider it a really useful exercise for several reasons.

The most important reason being that any high-level work in a foreign language (translation, interpretation, etc.) requires full comprehension, I’d imagine. It’s easy to understand 80-90% or get the gist of something, but transcription allows one to actually know where the holes are in their understanding of the material.

This is why I’ve started doing transcriptions of random videos on Youtube. They are not corrected by a native speaker, so they might contain mistakes. But it’s something that’s becoming more and more enjoyable with practice.

Now that all of that background info is out of the way, here’s my first attempt.

the video

the transcript

This transcript is for a video of an  interview  with the voice actress 青木まゆこ, who did the voice for Yuna in Final Fantasy 10. Why did I choose this video? Probably because I’m replaying FFX in Japanese right now. I might just end up transcribing all of the interviews. Feel free to point out any errors via a comment below or  an angry email. I respond better to comments, though.
















Author: Koyami

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  • lumiina

    I love doing transcriptions from listening. I don’t think I’ve posted one on a blog for a long time, though I’ve done transcriptions off the blog. The last one I remember posting on my blog is this one: http://petitelumi.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/35367637/, 3 years and almost 30 levels ago.

    I imagine my stamina for this has increased in 3 years, and you’ve inspired me to do another one on my blog.

    I listened to your clip while reading the transcription, and will come back to see if I can find any mistakes later (^_^). I did notice a few あの’s missing, but perhaps you purposely decided not to include them. It was very enjoyable. Her voice is very pretty.

    • Thanks for the comment, Rachel!

      Transcription are a fun exercise. I’m happy to be an inspiration.

      Yes, I originally had all the あの’s and stutters and such included, but I took them out for a more fluid read. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m not very familiar with 声優, and even less so with those who mainly do games, but she’s one of my favorites.

  • Anon85

    I’ve considered doing this and posting the results on Lang-8 which I’d like to utilize more. Perhaps this is just the inspiration I need.

    • Thanks for the comment, Anon85!

      I find transcriptions are a really fun study tool. Once you start, you might get hooked! Posting the results on Lang-8 is a great idea as well.

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