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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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 ...
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Why is the Japanese word for Brunei ブルネイ and not ブルナイ?

The English pronunciation of Brunei is /bɹuːˈnaɪ/ and the Brunei Malay pronunciation ends in something like /ai/, as far as I can tell (I'm not totally sure about this, but here's the Sultan and the ...
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Is there a name for verbs written as: Katakana+る?

The number of verbs that have the pattern KATAKANA + る seems to be increasing. Some examples include ググる, ダブる, トラブる, バグる, パニクる, etc. Is there some kind of official name (or even informal name) for ...
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How do you say ‘near my house’ [closed]

without using kanji how do you say ‘near my house’ ?
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What does the onomatopoeia ジワリと mean?

I tried going to my sound effect dictionary for this one but nothing came up, any help in figuring out what that bolded bit of the sentence means is much appreciated. ジワリと赤い血が滴り落ちる。
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What does ダンッ mean?

What does ダンッ mean in the following sentence from my book? 僕はナイフを投げかけた姿勢のまま、ダンッと女の子に体当たりをかけた。
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Where does アフレコ come from?

I looked for the meaning of アフレコ in Jisho.org and after the meaning (dubbing) it says "Abbreviation, Wasei, word made in Japan". So since the word apparently it doesnt come from a foreign language, ...
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Label on the substance bag in the tv show maniac

In S01E03 of maniac we can see this bag: What is the symbol between テ and ー ? Is it supposed to be 1, like for version 1? If so shouldn't it go after the ー?
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Is there a list of official valid loanwords or they are adapted on the fly from their original languages?

In Spanish there is an entity, the Royal Spanish Academy (Real Academia Española) which states what is a valid spanish word or not. In Japanese, I've read the Japanese Ministry of Education has an ...
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Which language レシート is adapted from?

レシート is supposed to mean receipt. The adaptation of the word looks a bit odd to me. If it comes from English, why does it lose the "p"? Why it uses a "shii" sound instead of a "ce" (to me there are ...
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What does “チョーイミシンッ” means?

In the sentence "重大{じゅうだい}な事実{じじつ}っすか!なんかチョーイミシンッ!", I can't seem to find the meaning for the second part "チョーイミシンッ"
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Why is “キャスト” katakana for “cast” rather than “カスト”? [duplicate]

I was watching Chuunibyou (might’ve been something else) and noticed that in the credits there was 「キャスト」written. I thought for a bit and figured it must be “cast”. But why would it be 「キャスト」 with a “...
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What is the Japanese Homophonic Group?

Equivalent question: What Japanese letters won't equal 1? From: the homophonic group: a mathematical diversion → This is an exercise from Michael Artin's Algebra on, well, abstract algebra. In this ...
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Is there a defined cause for the recent rise in the popularity of gairaigo?

I was looking on the web for Japanese graphic design and found some pre-WWII material. Then I saw some more recent advertisement material. Comparing the two eras, I notice a difference that was beyond ...
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When are foreign language based words written with kanjis?

I was reading the wikia of an anime and I found this, Red Riot Unbreakable 烈怒頼雄斗安無嶺過武瑠 (レッドライオットアンブレイカブル) (Reddo Raiotto Anbureikaburu) The name of a ...
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Unknown kana in a late C19th address cartouche

Given their visual form, I am uncertain about two kana (the 5th and 6th characters) in a late C19th cartouche. It names an artist's address: Asakusa-ku [... ...]suji chō gojūhachi banchi / gakō / ...
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Is there a triple vowel extension in this character name?

From the manga Hunter x Hunter, one of the character's Japanese names is ウボォーギン. It looks like the ボ is getting its お sound elongated twice, with the small ォ and the ー. In English it gets translated ...
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What's the パ in 非ホジキンリンパ腫?

In the Japanese word for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, where does the パ before 腫 come from?
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Is the ー (ちょうおん) character used with Hiragana and Kanji?

It appears that the character is limited to Katakana. Is the character used in writing Hiragana and Kanji?
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Are the following standard ways of using katakana?

あなたの得意なスパニッシュフードを教えてください!私はそれを作ることにトライしたい。 スパニッシュフード (Spanish food). トライ (try). I'm a bit surprised, because I'm almost sure that there are no-katakana equivalents for words like food and try. Is ...
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Do any Japanese words start with n besides ンジャメナ?

Do any Japanese words start with n besides ンジャメナ or words related to it? N'Djamena is the capital of Chad.
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Meaning of フリッカー and ニュル in the following sentence

Context: a boxer is having a hard time understanding the punches of his tall opponent. ノッポのリード… フリッカーでもねェのに この〝ニュル〟…… 読めねっ… Does フリッカー refer to フリッカージャブ? If so, could the first part of the ...
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Kana in Movie Title: 「シン・ゴジラ」

In the 2016 film, "Shin Godzilla", the Japanese title is rendered "シン・ゴジラ" (shin gojira). I assume that this "shin" here is 神? Why did they spell "shin" in katakana as if it was a foreign word? ...