Questions tagged [katakana]

カタカナ. That form of the Japanese kana syllabary which is not cursive and is most commonly used for (but not restricted to) writing words borrowed from other languages.

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Is my transcription of the handwritten kanji correct?

I just want to make sure my transcription is correct of the sentence pictured. (it probably isn't, but this is really the closest I could come up with.) 読みとみバーグアフ。微妙... Is that correct? For the ...
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Can someone help me identify this handwritten Japanese? [on hold]

Hi, everyone, I'm having a hard time identifying what character is between ベル and バイブ. What is that ○ト thing? Is it just a separator?
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Earliest Examples of Literature Written with Katakana and Hiragana Online

So it turns out that the Kojiki was (at least to my findings) written in 100% Chinese script, no Japanese. This is because it was written around 700CE, around the time when Japanese script is thought ...
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What is mostly used on signs in Tokyo: Katakana, Hiragana or Kanji?

I am going to travel to japan the next spring and I just want to be able to read most of the signs (and of course speak some Japanese). Any answers on what is the most common to use on signs: Katakana,...
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Why do textbooks and other sources pretend special katakana don't exist?

Take, for example, katakana such as ウェ, ティ, or ジェ. Many, many textbooks and other language sources, when showing a list of katakana, omit these. For example: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/...
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How to know whether a word is borrowed from foreign languages?

If I want to translate the word "card" into Japanese, there's only one word in Katakana in Google Translation: カード. If I search the relevant Chinese word "卡片", there's still only one single result カード ...
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Why is beatboxing called 「ヒューマンビートボックス」?

I was watching TV when the topic turned to certain celebrities' ability to beatbox. In talking about this every mention of the term beatbox was ヒューマンビートボックス. Why is human necessary? The use of ...
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What term would be used for words that are borrowed from Japanese and used in other languages?

Many Japanese words are used in other languages, sushi, anime, karaoke, tsunami.... Is there a term to identify these words? I am familiar with terms such as 外来語 to indicate loanwords borrowed from ...
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How to write Hanief (my name) in Japanese?

I'm Indonesian and am still learning Japanese. I'm curious how to write my name Hanief (Haniif or usually just Hanif). It's from the Arabic word (حنيف) and means righteous upright or true believer ...
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Need help reading hand-written character from comic

Yeah, I know; everyone's favorite type of question. I just need help with making the character out. はははっ…[sweatdrop] [?]コミにはしったぞえ。 I can't read the character before コミ.
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Why カザフスタン for Kazakhstan?

Why not カザクスタン ? The Cyrillic word does have a k (but I am not sure whether is is actually pronounced).
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Is there a difference between a カーニバル and an お祭り?

Is there a difference between a カーニバル and an お祭り? I researched the terms on Jisho. Does it have to do with the duration or type of the activities? Thank you.
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Why is テ pronounced as “ti” in パーティ?

If we take the word パーティ, why is テ pronounced as "ti" when in the katakana alphabet it is pronounced "te." Also, why is ィ small? If it was normal sized, wouldn't the pronunciation of the word be the ...
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Meaning of 小せェサル in the following sentence

A Japanese boxer that has never been beaten in Japan is fighting against a Cuban boxer in his first match against a foreigner. After easily taking the lead of the match, the Cuban boxer says: ...
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What is the middle character in Todd (Katakana) [duplicate]

While learning Katakana, I was instructed to try and translate my name Todd. I ended up with トド. When I look it up online, I see トッド everywhere. ッ appears to be 'tsu'. I think I am missing something ...
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Why is the term for can as in ''aluminum can" written in kanji?

I noticed that the term "can" is written with a kanji term but pronounced as in English. Why use a kanji? The word coffee has a kanji, but is commonly written in katakana. It might be ateji, but I ...
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How to create adjectives in Japanese?

Look at the following words: 意 Idea 圧 Pressure おとこ Man 女性 Woman 子 Child ヘア Hair 想い Thought Some of the above words are single kanjis, some kana, and some combination of kanji-kana. Is there a ...
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Do the Japanese speak with On and Kun in daily conversation?

I am trying to wrap my head around how the Japanese speak and how that differs from kanji. On and Kun makes a difference when reading kanji, depending usually how the sentence is made up of kanas and ...
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trouble translating/parsing sentence with katakana that is confusing

I'm reading a manga and am stumped on what this sentence(s) is saying: ロッカーを棲家としているわけでもなく殺人鬼のはずもなく普通の正社員 The previous sentence talks about someone at work who is like a Grim Reaper. I don't even ...
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Why Can't A Name Be Written Literally In Japanese?

My Japanese knowledge is very limited, so I am not good in Japanese alphabet. With the help of an online Japanese name converter, I tried writing a name in Japanese, but the resulting name does not ...
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At what age is a person considered to be シルバー?

I read this term in an online article and it was referring to people. I assume it means elderly people. Is there an age that one must be to use this term?
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What is this character? 始める_! [duplicate]

Probably a silly question. I assume that it is just a stylistic way of writing some katakana or hiragana that I know. The image is from ヘタリア but I’ve seen it in a few places. The full sentence is ...
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What is a female worker who receives a salary called?

I have seen the term サラリーマン for men. What is a female who works for a salary, regardless of occupation, called? Is サラリーウーマン appropriate?
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How would you translate this? バタコチーズライス

So I'm working on translating a short recipe that I found online. The title calls it バタコチーズライス. I know that バタ is "butter", チーズ is "cheese", and ライス is "rice", but I can't for the life of me figure ...
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Looking to understand a fantasy name

This is related to Beyblade, regarding a team exclusive to a game that didn't get translated to English. Each blader has their own holy beast to command and I'm not getting the name of one of them. ...
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Are personal names spelled in hiragana or katakana if the kanji isn't known? [duplicate]

I understand that a foreigners name is spelled in katakana, but wanted to know the appropriate way of spelling a Japanese persons name. Would hiragana be preferred? Would a choice be made between a ...
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Meaning of ギャップ in the following sentence

Context: a couple is checking out the otters while visiting an aquarium. Boy: 苗代【なえしろ】はカワウソが好きなの? Girl: うん!動物で一番好き。食べる時とか時々ブサイクになるギャップがたまんないの。 What is the meaning of ギャップ in this sentence? ...
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Does the word for squid (ika) come from another language?

My book lists a number of kinds of fishes and sea creatures. The names are given in hiragana for all except that for squid for which it is given in katakana. イカ Does the word ika come from another ...
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Is my hiragana/katakana handwriting good or understandable? [closed]

I just started learning Japanese a few days ago.. so far in the process, do you think that my writing is good or easy to read? I am trying to learn, on my own, the hiragana and katakana characters at ...
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ほうをかす lend a hou [closed]

I was watching another 45 second video, same theme as the last one about 'Illegal uploads', but ran into some trouble with the above. I will post the entire subtitles for context purposes. 違法だよ!あげるくん ...
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A grammar issue?

What is the meaning of the "long hyphen," --, a DASH really, for grammar, translation, and punctuation? For example : シャワーヘッド (Shawaheddo)? Thank you
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Why ロサンゼルス and not ロスアンゼルス but ロスアラモス and not ロサラモス?

Is there a rule as to when to keep the articles like San,Las, Los,La, Le (L'), Les (yes, my dear Dutch, not forgetting Den), in names on separate katakanas? Sometimes there is no choice, like in Las ...
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Why is katakana considered its own character set while the Latin capital letters aren't?

Everyone has agreed upon that Japanese has three sets of characters - hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Yet the Latin alphabet is considered to be one character set, even though the capitals and ...
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Where to put the dakuten and handakuten?

When writing hiragana and katakana, does the position of the dakuten and handakuten matter? I know it should always be placed after the character but there also some questions like these: What ...
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How to say “Developer” In Japanese?

I want to know how to say Developer in Japanese. By Developer, Specifically a web Developer, Programmer or Coder. When I googled it initially, I got: デベロッパー And then I found a Kanji: 開発者 I ...
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Writing style of Imperial Army signal messages

I'm doing some research into battles during the Pacific War and want to include as much as I can from Japanese sourcs. The Senshi Sosho contains valuable accounts, but I keep coming across an odd ...
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Possible bad meaning of サル (Saru)?

Good day everybody, My name is Salva, which in katakana is written サルバ (saruba) However, the japanese word for Monkey is SARU, written in kanji as 猿, but it is also very common to see it written in ...
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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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Should spaces be used when writing foreign names in katakana?

I can imagine if someone is not familiar with the foreign name, it may be difficult to tell where the given name ends and the surname begins. Perhaps then it's better to write foreign names with ...
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Use of プラトニック in this sentence?

I found this sentence from the japanese yahoo answers: 男性は結婚して幸せでも、初恋の女性(プラトニック)のことを忘れられないものですか? I think the sentence means: "Even if men marry and are happy, can they just not forget their first ...
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What is the etymology of モテる?

Where does モテ come from? モテる to be popular with opposite sex.
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Transcription and pronunciation of words that had “wi” in them in English and are「ウィ」in Japanese

I was looking up how the name Will Smith is pronounced and written in Japanese. Why does "Will" become 「ウィル」? I would have expected ワ to be used instead for the first sound. I found mentions of the "...
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Meaning of katakana at the end of okurigana in this song lyrics

Listening to Japanese music I stumbled upon this song called 僕たちの失敗 by 森田童子. I liked it so I went to look up for the lyrics and its meaning, and there is a part of those in which something is used ...
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Meaning of メリ and メリ子

Context: in the manga Dead Tube, a girl is being raped while being filmed. Among the comments on the video, some users wrote メリメリメリメリ and メリ子メリ子. What is the meaning of the two comments? To me it ...
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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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Where does ドンピシャ come from?

The fact that ドンピシャ (meaning "right on, fitting to a T") is written in katakana makes me wonder if it comes from a foreign phrase, but I can't figure out which one (out of the European languages I ...
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What is the meaning of カックン in the following sentence?

Context: before a boxing match begins, a boxer named Kamishiro says this referring to his opponent: 勘だけど あのカックン野郎… 刺せるヤツだ What is the meaning of カックン? The opponent was a thug in the past and he ...
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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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Is hiragana equal to lower case and katakana equal to upper case when comparing Japanese and western writing systems?

In western languages, if we need to emphasize some words, or mark something to be special, we use ALL UPPER CASE to do that even when the word is normally written with lower case. While in Japanese, ...
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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 ...