Manga Speaks Japanese

Manga speaks Japanese

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Come and learn about the linguistic features of manga, like its varied and ubiquitous onomatopoeia and how a character’s region, gender, age and more, influences their speaking style.

Free | Ticket required

Taking inspiration from the Seto and Utsumi film screening on the same day, we also invite you to explore the world of Kansai dialect as spoken in the film and its source manga. The Kansai dialect of Western Japan is very different from standard Japanese and is famous as the dialect of Japanese comedians and straight-talking, sardonic manga characters. This is a chance to learn about an aspect of Japanese that you won’t find in a traditional text book and to get a glimpse of the regional diversity of the Japanese language. 

As global interest in manga boomed, the genre has served as a window into Japanese life and culture. This presentation will help people to better appreciate manga through deeper understanding of the words used in manga and their cultural meanings. They say that manga is 50% images and 50% words, and we want to give everyone, from absolute beginners to fluent speakers, a chance to dive deeper into the language used by manga artists and what it means.

This is a relaxed, fun event and we welcome those with no Japanese ability all the way up to people fluent in the language: all you need to bring is an interest in Japan. For manga fanatics who are interested in the Japanese used in the medium, this is a definite must-attend. 


Name: Manga Speaks Japanese
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: -
Price: Free Event: £0.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546