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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 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 Titles

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? Thank ...
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How do you translate “Bavarian Bierkeller” into natural Japanese rendition? (and more)

Here is what I think the translation of Bavarian Bierkeller: 1.Bavarian => Bayerische (German) = Of or relating to or characteristic of Bavaria or its people. バイエルン (translated from German - ...
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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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Choice of シティ and 市 in translating “Mega city police”

I'm trying to get a stylized translation without too complex kanji for "Mega city police". The kanji for police for example is too complicated for what I need so I was trying to get the Katakana ...
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Meaning of ガチのM

Context: some schoolgirls are talking about a girl that is dating a boy that killed someone when he was younger. ついてく男のせいでバカ見てるよね。自分から人生詰みに行ってるよね。ガチのM? 夜はあの人殺しから攻められるプレイしてるとか The only meaning of ...
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Meaning of デコ助 in this sentence

Context: a boxer is fighting against a defensive opponent that aims to win on points rather than KOs. The trainer of the boxer says: 守りも決定打を放つためのもの… ぶっ倒す欲のねェボクサーなど存在しねェし相手のデコ助も例外じゃねェ。 ...
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Meaning of アウト in this sentence

A boxer is trying to take his opponent down by brute force rather than technique. Someone frome the audience then shouts: アウトもカンケーねーよ!!あんなゴリ押しのタックル…!! I think a rough translation of the sentence ...
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When is it ok to use ドロー instead of 描く?

I work for a company that creates mobile apps to control and maneuver toy robots. Recently I've seen our Japanese translators as well as our Japanese business partners (native speakers) using the word ...
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How to translate in katakana この正確な瞬間に私 - が生きている?

I have this two sentences: この正確な瞬間に Right in this moment 私が生きている I'm alive And I have to simplify this three kanji 確 瞬 間. I've already opened a question for it and they kindly explained to me that ...
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How do I write sounds that don't exist in Japanese?

Yesterday I was practising katakana by writing my classmates' names down, but some of the names were harder than I expected. I have a classmate named Väinö, but neither the ä or ö sounds exists in ...
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オウ pronounced as ō or ou

First of all, I know next to nothing about Japanese, but this question came up to me recently. I was playing this board game called Shadow Hunters with my friends and on the cards below the English ...
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Why is ヲ written with 3 strokes?

I'm still learning how to write Japanese, but I feel like I'm starting to get a feel for the rules of stroke order. However, the stroke order for ヲ (katakana wo) baffles me. According to everything I ...
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Katakana - チュウ vs. チュ

I am a beginner to Japanese and playing Pokémon has got me interested. I am learning Katakana and wondering why in Pikachu it is «ピカチュウ» instead of «ピカチュ». Do you have any explanations or links to ...
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What is the meaning of the characters ヨ・行ケ・ウ・行ウ・わ・ワ when written after the date?

In doing a translation, I have come across a date which has the character ヨ written in brackets after the year. I found some more cases of the same usage in what seem to be legal texts, but I still ...
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what is the dakuten katakana character in the image?

what is the dakuten katakana character in the image ? Seem the image say Xサ?What is the X ?
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Attempts to distinguish English “L” and “R” sounds using (extended) katakana

Katakana can represent many foreign sounds that do not exist in native Japanese words, either by using special characters such as ヴ or by using special katakana combinations such as フュ. They are ...
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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 exactly is a foreign name written on a hanko?

Is it best to simply use only the first name (in my cousin's case, Rochelle/ロシイル), only the last name Stout (スタウト, I believe?)), or some sort of variation of initials? And if initials are okay, what ...
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Is it correct/appropriate to write a word using katakana and hiragana at the same time?

For example: I noticed what the name of the game Nekopara (ネコぱら) is half-written using katakana(ネコ - neko) and half-written using hiragana(ぱら - para). I'm wondering why so. Сould you explain this to ...
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Meaning of ブラック in this sentence about work

A Japanese friend that works as a teacher told me he wants to quit his job and come to work in Europe. I asked why and he answered: EUに行くのが夢。 あと、日本社会の中でも教える仕事はスーパーブラック What is the meaning of ブラック ...
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Meaning of 首ひねり in the following sentence

A boxer has just managed to bring down his opponent landing his final punch. However, he surprisingly goes down too. Here you can see the whole page. His trainer comments with this sentence: [...
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Meaning of ハートしている

In a boxing match, a trainer is telling a boxer to stay away from the opponent and wait the end of the round to recover, but he doesn't listen to him. Then the trainer says this sentence: ...
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Why is it 「ロワイアル」?

Always loved the "Battle royale" anime, but am curious about why in the Japanese title it's「ロワイアル」. Shouldn't it be something like「ローヤル」, if you wanted to match the French pronunciation? Why the「ワ」? ...
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Are surnames only written with kanji?

I wondered about this. I know the first name can be written in Hiragana, Katakata, Kanji (and maybe a mix of it?) but how is it with family names? I think I've never seen one which was mixed, Hiragana ...
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Difficult Katakana Gairaigo シュート

Many of us non-native japanese speakers have experienced the difficult of katakana 外来語. In this case I am having trouble translating the word シュート。 Googling it, it seems that it means "shoot" but it ...