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+ Music +I've been playing the guitar for more than fifteen years now, and music has been big part of my life. I even earned a music degree (guitar principal) from a university in the United States. I play country music, bluegrass, blues, rock, and world music mainly, but I enjoy listening to classical music, Greek pop, spanish music, and of course, Japanese pop/rock. My favorite guitar players are Tony Rice, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Jorgenson, Bryan Sutton, Johnny Hiland, Steve Vai, Jason Becker, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, ... I could go on but I should stop here. If you know a great guitarist I should listen to, let me know!
The Japanese translation for music is:
Let's divide this word into two parts: "on-gaku." The first part "on" sounds similar to the English word on, but try to pronounce it the way British people would. Some Americans tend to sound more like "an," but it's not right. Whenever you see the letter "o" in Japanese, say "oh" with a shorter vowel sound. Then, to pronounce "gaku," "ga" is like "go" in government and "ku" like "cou" in could. If you still don't get it, try this: read "gun cool" quickly, and then leave out "n" and "l" sounds. Finally, combine "on" and "gaku" and say, "ongaku."
*I am in favor of gun control and don't think a gun cool.
The word for musician is:
Here are some useful expressions:
Watashi wa ongaku ga suki desu. (formal)
(I like music.)
Sukina ongaku wa nan-desuka?
(What is your favorite music?)
Rock [J-pop, blues] ga suki desu.
(I like rock/J-pop/blues music.)
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