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Why is katakana sometimes used to replace hiragana? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why “dame” is written as katakana (ダメ) in manga? The question title kinda says it all! This confuses me, as I thought katakana was used exclusively for loan words. ...
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Katakana vs Hiragana [duplicate]

So I'm playing Pokemon Alpha Sapphire in Japanese hiragana (no kanji) to help with my reading comprehension. I've been noticing some of the characters will use words that I normally see in hiragana (...
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When is the katakana form of wo (ヲ) used?

I'm pretty new to Japanese, and I've been trying to learn hiragana and katakana. I know that in hiragana, wo (を) is used only for as an object particle, and it is always pronounced like o (お). This ...
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Why is the word オタク written in katakana?

Why is the word オタク(otaku) written in katakana? I thought only foreign words are written in katakana. Is this word maybe foreign after all? But it is used in Japanese, so I am confused. Please give ...
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Why are the katakana important to learn?

I've just started, and everything says learn your hiragana and katakana first. The hiragana, very clear. I guess you can say an awful lot of things in Japanese with hiragana. But everything I've been ...
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Why is カラオケ (karaoke) written in katakana?

I noticed カラオケ (karaoke) is always written in katakana on signs/buildings in Japan, despite it being a Japanese word. Why is it not written in Kanji or Hiragana? As I understand it, the usual reasons ...
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ニッポン? Why Kana?

Just saw this picture: Notice the ニッポン. Why is it written in Kana?! Isn't that like super bizarre?
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Are ミツバチ and イルカ more frequently written in katakana?

I was looking through a list of words that normally are written in kana, instead of their kanji. Two caught my attention because the list has them written in katakana, instead of hiragana. But, as ...
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How do I say “cat”? And do I use kanji, hiragana, katakana or rōmaji?

猫, ねこ, ネコ, neko Which of these means "cat"? Is it all of them? Which situation do I use each of these in?
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What is the difference between 腰掛ける and 座る?

What is the difference between 腰掛ける and 座る?
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What does キワモノ mean?

I'm slowly trying to read through a light novel and came across this sentence: 襲撃を予定してみたものの、集まったメンツは見事にキワモノばかりの盗賊団だ。 What does that キワモノ (kiwamono) mean? None of the dictionaries I've tried seem to ...
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Writing キリン vs 麒麟 (Giraffe vs Qilin)

The word きりん appears to mean either a giraffe, or the Qilin. I've noticed that it is written 麒麟{きりん} when it means Qilin, and キリン when it means giraffe. Is it a mistake to write 麒麟 if I mean giraffe?...
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Why is “Yamata no Orochi” written in katakana?

In the game Okami, the demon Yamata no Orochi is written here, and also in a separate game here as ヤマタノオロチ, not やまたのおろち. Even the particle の is in katakana. I'm curious as to why this is. I know that ...
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Why is マシ written using katakana?

Does マシ come from English? Or is it a semantic emphasis?
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Why using です in katakana?

This question might sound stupid but it got me thinking for some hours. A friend bought me this gel pen from a Japanese store in my country, and it is written in the pen: かわいいデス instead of かわいいです ...
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How is katakana beneficial and or detrimental to Japanese people? [closed]

I am a linguistics teacher in Japan and the overuse of katakana in Japan makes it difficult for Japanese students to easily learn English or other western languages. This is not just some random ...
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How often will a katakana term have an equivalent kanji spelling?

There's a similar question here: Katakana words with Kanji. How did that happen? Question Some words are written with katakana, but also have kanji. For example: コーヒー 珈琲 ページ 頁 How did ...
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Is しゃぶしゃぶ typically written in hiragana rather than katakana?

Is しゃぶしゃぶ typically written in hiragana rather than katakana? If so, why is it written in hiragana? Wikipedia says that it is onomatopoeia: The term is an onomatopoeia, derived from the sound ...
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What is the past tense of suru (do), which would be did?

I was writing a story for Wattpad, in which the two main characters spoke both Japanese and English, when I wanted one to say "You did no better than I". I looked it up in my dictionary, and I could ...
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Could you tell me how to say 'sounds legit' please? My Japanese is poor

What would be the Japanese slang version of the sarcastic English phrase "sounds legit" (meaning "yeah sure... I believe you")? I have come up with seitounaoto. But yeah, not very happy with direct ...
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difference between きれい and キレイ

I was reading the lyrics of a song called 春先小紅 by 矢野顕子  There is this line that says: きょうはなんだかキレイです I was wondering why キレイ above is written in Katakana and not in Hiragana? Isn't katakana used ...
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Why was “アオ” used instead of ”あお”?

I was reading a picture book, and there was this sentence: アオくて ちいさな ぼくのイス。 Why is "ao" and "isu" written in katakana and not hiragana?
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Why is イチゴ written in katakana?

From which language did it come to Japanese? And why does it have its own kanji?
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Difference between the usage of 君 and キミ

From what I read earlier, 君【きみ】 can be used for you. But in many instances over the internet, I have seen キミ being used instead of 君【きみ】. What is the usage difference between the two? If I take the ...
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How to understand チラツ

How to understand チラツ ? My textbook gives "leaflet" as a translation. It's in katakana, though, so I'm looking for a corresponding English word, but what is it?
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Meaning of フッたん

I'm having some trouble finding what フッたん means, I can see that 降った is read the same, but I've found is never even rendered in Hiragana let alone this way. I'm not even particularly sure if フッたん is ...
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Do people write ありがとう in katakana?

Since サヨウナラ, when written in katakana it gives a more cool/deep nuance. How about ありがとう? Do Japanese people choose to write it in katakana if they want the nuance of the word to look cooler? It's ...
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Is なんとか なる さ meant to be written in Hiragana and not Katakana?

Good day, I have tattooed the words "nantoka naru sa" in Kana on my right arm and a while ago I was reading some Japanese lessons where it explains that Katakana is used only when you're translating a ...
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Katakana ダメ to end a sentence - emphasis?

In the following sentence (from the Legend of Zelda guidebook I am translating) this sentence appears when talking about fighting enemies. My question is about the purpose of ダメ at the end. ...
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Why use kana rather than kanji (and vice versa)

I hope this question actually has an answer and is topical to this site. I was wondering if anyone could explain why (in general) an author might choose to use kana/kanji in circumstances where kanji/...
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What does “オレ” in Pokemon Opening song mean?

The lyric says: オレはこいつと 旅に出る I wonder what オレ means. Is it a different way to write: "俺"? Thanks! よろしくお願いします!
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Why is だめ written in hiragana?

I usually see the word written in hiragana and wanted to know the reason.
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What does ツノ in katakana mean?

So, I was reading a commentary about an illustrator and it said : ツノと緑が大好きです Does this ツノ really mean horn? It's strange, so I'm kinda curious.
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Question about use of セリフ in Yotsuba vol 1

I was struggling with this part of Yotsuba vol1 and couldn't find any other questions on it so I thought I would post here to make sure I am understanding this right. The sentence reads お?...
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Why is the name Tokiya written in katakana?

The name Tokiya is written トキヤ which would imply it's of foreign origin but I'm not having any luck uncovering the origin or meaning of the name. It seems to be somewhat traditional. Ideas?
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Why sometimes the same words are used in hiragana and katakana?

I saw on some restaurants ramen is written like ラーメン, but sometimes like らーめん. Seems like both are correct, but I'm confused which variant should I use when I write about this meal. Does it depend on ...
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What's meaning of デコグッズ、タモ

Dictionary silent, but in the manga page, I met two such words. What does it mean?デコグッズ and タモ. Thanks for your answer!
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Is おんえがいします different than お願いします? [closed]

I'm fairly new to the language so please bear with my stupidity regarding these type of questions. Okay so why is お願いします (onegaishimasu in Hiragana and 願 from i don't know) = "Please" but おんえおねがいします (...
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How to distinguish between different types of katakana words?

I'm a beginner with Japanese and have been practising katakana more recently and in doing so, I noticed that many—maybe most—times, the reason something is written in katakana is because it is derived ...
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What does ドジしたな mean?

In a manga, there was this conversation, 「ギャハハー今度はまたすげードジしたな」 and I would like to know what the last part means, specifically ドジしたな. Summarising, this is what I would like to have answered: I ...
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What is the purpose of using katakana in these instances?

I'm well aware of how katakana is typically used (borrowed words, onomatopoeia, etc). I'm also aware of it being used in circumstances like demonstrating a distortion in the voice, or if the kanji of ...
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Which alphabet should I use when combining a Japanese word with an English word?

I know Japanese words are written with kanji and hiragana, and katakana is for foreign words and exclamations. But I want to write "yanderenee", which is yandere + renee (my name). Which alphabet ...
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How to find words you cant find in a dictionary? Help with translating Dragon Ball [closed]

I have been learning japanese for 6 months now and thought that I would have a stab at buying a Japanese comic book to try and read/ translate but I'm struggling! There are many different words that ...
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Why are certain terms sometimes written in hiragana and sometimes in katakana? [duplicate]

I was typing something up and when I went to type apple in Japanese, the Microsoft IME on the computer I was using defaulted to リンゴ in katakana. But from what I remember seeing online and out in the ...