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It can happen in Japanese just like it can happen in English.


Yes, many people do. The katakana transcriptions of them are based on English, and so they sound. There are other confusing country names in Japanese such as アルバニア{Albania} and アルメニア{Armenia}, アイルランド{Ireland} and アイスランド{Iceland}, or ウルグアイ{Uruguay} and パラグアイ{Paraguay}, but this one is especially infamous because both countries are well-known ones and likely ...


Any Japanese who knows Austria and Australia are different countries wouldn't confuse them. We pronounce Austria as オーストリア, オーストリヤ, or オーストリー (elder genaration tends to call this way. Conversly younger generation calls Italy as イタリー、while elder genaration tends to call it イタリヤ), and Australia as オーストラリア with a clear vocal distinction.


This page on Weblio is informative, particularly the second explanatory note in the 実用日本語表現辞典 section: 日本語の文脈で「リベンジ」とカナ表記される場合は、スポーツ競技などで敗退・敗北を喫した場面において「再挑戦する」「次回は勝つ」といった(多分に前向きな)意味合いで用いられることが多い。 So the 再挑戦 meaning may sound "sportsy" and informal, which agrees with my limited exposure to this term. Note that, in other contexts, the 仕返し or 復讐 meanings ...


Background This was quite an interesting bit of research. These now-mostly-obsolete Japanese terms look very Latinate, but as many commenters have noted, the phonetics do not align as expected. After some digging, I've figured out why -- they are not directly from any Latinate language. The source was actually English, much to my surprise. The ...


That Japanese Wikipedia entry says "エースおよびデュースは元々それぞれダイスの1および2を表す言葉である。以前は3〜6はそれに倣って順にトレイ、ケイト、シンク、サイスと呼んでいた事もある" and English Wikipedia entry about dice says the following: "While the terms ace, deuce, trey, cater, cinque and sice have been made obsolete by one to six, they are still used by some professional gamblers to designate different sides of ...


The numbers in bold seem to be from Spanish, French or Italian. 3: tre (Italian) -> とれい 4: cuatro (Spanish)/quattro (Italian) -> けいと 5: cince (Italian) -> ちーんけー ; cinq (French) -> しんく 6: seis (Spanish) -> さいす

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