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I know that the term chattorumu is used for online chats. What term would be used to denote an actual room for this activity? A room to chat in.

  • Does the concept of a physical chat room exist in English...? What is the context of your question? – henreetee Aug 11 at 11:18
  • I wanted to determine if there was a difference between an online room and a physical location. – JACK Aug 11 at 11:39
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    I understand your question itself, but I'm just trying to understand the premise of it. Do you think a physical "chat room" is a well defined concept? I think in English, you wouldn't use "chat room" for a room you chat in, as rooms you chat in often have an overarching and/or broader purpose than just chatting (e.g. a common room, a staff room, a break-out room, a waiting room, a living room). Is there a reason you expect the Japanese language to label the concept of "a room where you chat" specifically? – henreetee Aug 11 at 11:49
  • I was actually discussing the term kaiwa no heya with a Japanese person. A room where we can talk. – JACK Aug 11 at 11:51
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Though I'm not sure whether a real chat room has ever existed in English-speaking world (after a bit of Googling), and I'm not sure it's the perfect match for the hypothetical concept, I know that some facilities actually have 談話室【だんわしつ】 for close or private small-group conversation. A number of diners (mostly cafés) seem to have it as a part of the trade name too.

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Last but not least, this word is also not uncommon for the name of online chatrooms or forums.

  • This is what I was looking for. Kaiwa no heya is also understood. – JACK Aug 11 at 12:12
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    @JACK かいわべや (kaiwabeya) should be way more natural to me, though I don't think it's an established word... – broccoli forest Aug 11 at 12:49

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