I’m in the midst of a conversation with some Japanese friends online, and I’ve run into a bit of a problem. I want to tell them the English names of certain characters, since the names are different in Japanese, but I’m not sure how to phrase it.

If I wanted to say “In English, A is called B”, would 「英語でAの名前はBです」 work? Thanks!


It is 「では」 that is more natural for Japanese-speakers than「で」.

You could say:

「Aの名前は、英語ではBです。」 or


Instead of 「です」, you could use 「になります」 or 「になっています」 as well.

  • Replacing です with 「になります」or「になっています」would make it more formal, right? – Celestial Cookie May 27 '18 at 2:42
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    Not really. It has little to do with formality. It is just how native speakers speak. You are trying to translate too directly from English. – l'électeur May 27 '18 at 2:47

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