Are you fucking stupid? It's not that we CAN'T pronounce, we just don't have any characters using the letter R.
Originally Posted by FraChan
Japanese people don't use the 'r' sound. If you listen closely I'm pretty sure they say "li" when it's "ri" and "le" when it's "re".
Just because something is written the same way doesn't mean it's pronounced the same way. English isn't the only language in the world.
it's always good to remind that for those who tend to forget it ^^
Originally Posted by ducttaperofdoom
and i agree with japochoboi, dragon is not/can't be a member of the shichibukai...
for those who think that, just re-read the manga, again.. or look it up in this forum somewhere, i'm sure it has been discussed .?..
Actually, IT's in the OP forum. And all those are theory. So far we don't know much about Dragon yet.
Originally Posted by Lizard
Apparently I can't either.
Guess I should change it to Apparlently I can't eithel.
If Dragon is wanted by the world government so badly why didn't smoker stop him in rogue town?
Granted, they're being jerks, but you guys are taking it a bit seriously.
It's just a language error formed from the language itself(Another such example could be there, their, and they're in English) that many of it's speakers make a mistake doing, it's not a universal rule that all Japanese people pronuce their l's as r's or whatever.
because he is too weak ?
Originally Posted by burningman
he didn't want to mess with dragon at least
AFAIK, "r" and "l" in Japanese are allophones, i.e. different manifestations of the same basic phoneme. This means you can pronounce one or other, but this change will never have any effect on the meaning of words.
This has a second side, too: if a language has allophones, chances are that native speakers won't be able to differ between them, the same way as most of English speakers would have hard time differing between, say, different varieties of "l", as they occur in some Slavic languages.
Add to that the fact that what is actually PRONOUNCED is quite often neither pure "l" nor "r", but a consonant somewhere inbetween. The transcription is one thing, but the actual pronunciation is another.
(and after all, English speakers seem to not pronounce "r" right either - it's one of the weakest consonants in English, often disappearing and leaving just the uncertain schwa in its place. When Japanese actually pronounce "r", it seems to be close to the one I am familiar with - rich vibrant that can leave your tongue numb if you say it for more than ten seconds in one breath )
When Dragon saves Rufy in rogue town, Smoker says that words.
Originally Posted by Win[g