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Don't do that. You have to use katakana for foreign names in almost all cases (excluding Chinese names where kanji can be used). The only exception, maybe, is when you want to be a comedian/etc and want to play a childish, cute or simple-minded character under that hiragana name. The general impression of hiragana ばらく・おばま (instead of バラク・オバマ) is described ...


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The main two factors in transcription from English to Japanese are (Japanese perception of) pronunciation in English spelling in English Transcribing au as オー is the norm (note the lengthening!): audio オーディオ auction オークション Australia オーストラリア Austria オーストリア audition オーディション automatic オートマ (abbr.) aura オーラ


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It takes a long time but I think asking "why" is usually the wrong approach in Japanese. At least I found it that way. Many of these words were adopted ages ago. As such they are Japanese words... they're just based on their foreign equivalents. Memorization & repetition is your friend. Some others worth mentioning: Bomb = ボム (I've seen this one ...


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I'm a Japanese student (so, I am not good at speaking in English, sorry for my broken English) Historical, people used to regard Katakana as Men's words. and Hiragana was seemed as Women's words. above is a part of Old Japanese Constitution "大日本帝国憲法" announced in 19century 第1章 天皇 第1条大日本帝国ハ万世一系ノ天皇之ヲ統治ス There isn't any Hiragana because there was thought ...


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Here is a list of extended katakana color coded based on usage. In my personal experience, I have seen the orange ones and most of the blue ones in actual use multiple times. The beige and purple ones I have never seen used before (except maybe スィ), so don't bother learning them. Here's a list with example words I made based on the link, roughly ordered by ...


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I think that there may not be any answer to this question - at least not a good one that includes objectively defining "regularity" without any context. Surely, some words including some combination(s) are especially common, looking at Japanese as a whole, and I'd hazard (from a subjective standpoint) that combinations with "ウ + small version vowel" as well ...



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