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 there any words with スァ スゥィ スェ スォ チュァ チュィ チュェ チュォ [closed]

I have a question about these diagraphs are there any words with these diagraphs? (cannot be closed)
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Can I use my Chinese name as my Japanese name version?

I'm a Chinese, and my name is 彭宏森. But I still confuse how to make it into a Japanese name version. So I was wondering how do I covert my name and how do I read it in Japanese. My Chinese name is ...
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What does クリンコ mean?

I found this sentence in the wild and I cannot find anything about it on the web appart from a David Bowie album that translates Klinko to クリンコ. But what does that word mean in these sentences?: And ...
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Translation of words like マサラタウン

So I understand that translating literally is often not enough, since there has to be a "patching" between the cultures of the two languages. What I don't understand is how to handle ...
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How to write the English “sh” ⟨ʃ⟩ in Japanese?

I've learned that if you're translating a name into Japanese you have to translate it by the sound. I want to translate the name "Tymoteusz". I think the name itself is Greek but the writing is Polish,...
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Why is “Encouragement of Climb” written in katanana instead of hiragana?

I'm just a beginner in Nihongo, but I know the difference between the use of katakana and hiragana in sentences. Katakana is used for transliteration of foreign words, onomatopoeia, technical or ...
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What is the function of 一 in バスルーム and コンピュータ?

Is 一 in バスルーム and コンピュータ meant to indicate a drawn out vowel? Like ba-su-ruuu-mu and kon-pi-yuuu-ta? Or is it a counter somehow? And it's the line radical (http://www.kanjidamage.com/kanji/1-one-line-...
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What does this symbol mean? [closed]

Can anyone please let me know what this is supposed to mean? I heard that it’s a sound effect or sfx like Japanese symbol, but I’m not sure. Thank you!
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In the song title「ハレ晴レユカイ」(Hare Hare Yukai), why is the second ハ written as a kanji but not the first? [duplicate]

This song title is translated as Sunny Sunny Happiness in English, so it seems that both "hare" are supposed to have the same meaning, and yet they're not written in the same way. Is this a play on ...
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The name ジューリオ: is it wrong to write it like this?

I have a doubt about the correct way of writing my name in katakana. My name is Giulio, it is an Italian name. When I started learning Japanese, my teacher wrote it as ジュリオ. However, later I found a ...
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Why is “Wikipedia” written as ウィキペディア instead of ワィキペディア?

The free online dictionary Wikipedia is called ウィキペディア in kana. Why is it not called ワィキペディア? Which string of kana provides a pronunciation closer to the English word?
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How do I write “Discord” (the app) in katakana? [closed]

Quick question: How do I write "Discord" (the app) in katakana?
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Is there a Kanji for the Japanese word イクラ as in salmon roe?

I can't find anything in the dictionary. My book gives the word in hiragana but the dictionary also shows katakana. A quick google revealed that it is a loanword from Russian so katakana seems more ...
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What is the etymological origin of the word キノピオ (Toad in Super Mario Bros)?

I just found out the Toad character from the Super Mario Bros is known as キノピオ in Japan. Where does that name come from? I know 茸 (きのこ) means mushroom, but what does the suffix -ピオ stand for? Thanks ...
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Why does the 'a' sound change to 'o' or 'o' change to 'a' with words that start with “w”? [duplicate]

Please consider the following: Warrior is ウォリアー: this vowel sound "a" changes to ”オ" Work is ワーク:this vowel sound "o" changes to "ア" Chariot is チャリオット:this vowel sound "a" stays "ア" Corridor is コリドー:...
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Why are some Japanese foreign words spelled with different sounds?

Please consider the following: Warrior is ウォリアー: this vowel sound "a" changes to ”オ" Work is ワーク:this vowel sound "o" changes to "ア" Chariot is チャリオット:this vowel sound "a" stays "ア" Corridor is コリドー:...
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Difficult to understand katakana of the word “though”

So, I'm not proficient in Japanese but, as a programmer, I decided to create a program to generate katakana equivalents of english words automatically. I have had some success, but with some ...
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How to write foreign names that are mixed with Japanese names?

My name is "Leonardo Makoto" (given names) "Mito" (surname) because, in my country, it is common for Nisei and Sansei to have a foreign first name and a Japanese second name (so my family can call me ...
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What is the meaning of “ ヒキョーだ”? What would be a good english word/phrase to replace it?

I am translating a manga and this is a word that I could not find a translation for. If someone could help it would be greatly appreciated!! In the manga, there isnt really a sentence but the context ...
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Meaning and translation of カット割り and difference with 絵コンテ

In video production what is the exact meaning of カット割り? I found these two definitions: 撮影(収録)前に、台本上で演出意図に合わせて区切りをつけ、画柄を決めること。(from here) カット割りとは、各シーンの構図やカット、シーンとシーンのつなぎのことをいいます。(from here) ...
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Is my transcription of the handwritten kanji correct? [closed]

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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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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