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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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Foreign name writing in Katakana

I was trying to figure out how the name "Saoirse" (pronounced as /Sur-sha/) would be written in Katakana characters. I was just a bit confused, although I know that Katakana bases on the ...
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Meaning of ノッて来ん

誰か誘って遊び行こうかとおもったけど、ノッて来んの男のダチばっかりでさぁ… I can understand the first half of the sentence just fine, but what does the character mean when he refers to his friends as "ノッて来ん"? Is it some form ...
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Why is ゴミ箱 written in katakana usually?

I know katakana can be used for loanwords, onomatopoeia, strange plants, animals, for emphasis, and more. However, I don't understand why ゴミ箱 is written in katakana. Can anyone shed some light on the ...
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How to understand combined characters (kanji) more easily?

A lot of Japanese restaurants, mangas and just paragraphs of texts in general (or not in general, used basically anywhere) use combined characters to make things appear shorter. And I can’t understand ...
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When writing out my name in katakana, what should I do with the vowels that don't exist

I'm learning how to write my name in katakana and I want to learn to do it without using a translator. I tried making my name by looking at katakana charts but my name being Andrew, I don't know what ...
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What does this double entendre じゃなかったらいいのかよ mean?

「テレビ番組を勝手にアップロードするのは違法だからな」 「10年以下の懲役か1000万円以下の罰金か、その両方だ」 Teacher talking to 3 students: It's illegal to upload TV programs without permission. You can get up to 10 years of hard labor... ...10 ...
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When is 大【おお】 and when is 大【だい】?

There was already a discussion here, with examples Reading of prefix 大 but what about for 大イベント? I was hoping one could generalize that 大+katakana=【だい】, but at least one word seems to contradict that ...
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Is there a specific reason for there to be three strokes in Katakana "u" versus two strokes?

Getting more serious about learning Japanese and starting over with the syllabaries. In Katakana, "u" is written in three strokes. Is there a reason why strokes two and three can't be ...
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Please explain how this "joke" works, ダーウンロードってかぁ

I have no idea how this joke is even supposed to be a joke. In this video, 3 kids are laughing at the idea of uploading: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2qxzVteHto&t=0m12s 「だいたいアップロードってなんだよ?...
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What is the difference between デービッド and デイビット for a name, is it purely the sound?

Many online Katakana generators will create デービッド for the name David but looking at some texts you'll see デイビット. Is there a difference to how the name is being used, e.g. in a sentence, or is it ...
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Was the writing system used in the Empire of Japan (大日本帝国) called 真片仮名?

So, today I encountered the claim on Wikipedia Shinkatakana (真片仮名, mana and katakana): mixed script including only kanji and katakana. Wikipedia doesn't list a source for this claim. This sounds to ...
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What methods are used to teach hiragana and katakana to 6 year olds?

I understand that in Japan children start school at 6 years of age and that they are expected to learn the 46 hiragana and 46 katakana syllables by the end of that year. I'd like to know more about ...
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Looking for website / tool / help in showing what typed Kanji on a keyboard should look like if hand written [duplicate]

Just as the title suggests, tons of Hiragana Katakana & Kanji look different when you type them on a phone compared to how one would learn to write them on pen and paper. Is there a tool I can ...
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犬 spelled as イッヌ

https://twitter.com/tyomateee2/status/1440691228115230731 イッヌ「ご主人!がんばって!」 In the above dog-related tweet, 犬 seems to be spelled as 'イッヌ' rather than 'イヌ'. Is the presence of 'ッ' a typo or is it a ...
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Need help on translating

I am confused with this, I am new to Japanese and I am still learning it, but isn't this supposed to mean "Tawapon Sanha?" ?, also why is the Sa symbol different from the usual symbol that ...
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Is this character speaking gibberish?

I'm playing a Japanese game and attempting to translate for myself what the characters are saying. I've run into one very odd character who I can't understand at all - I'm not sure if what they're ...
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is it grammatically correct to write ニ as ンイ

I was looking at the list of kana, and I realized something. Say, you wanted to write the syllable “ni”, you would write “ニ”, right? Is it possible to write “n” syllables using “ン” and vowels? For ...
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Popular conventions that Japanese people use the Japanese characters to draw or type Emoji

This question is about the popular conventions that Japanese people use the Japanese characters to draw or type Emoji. What are some principles and conventions that Japanese people follow? Here is one ...
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Words half-written in katakana [duplicate]

In the book I'm reading, the main character speaks using katanaka in suffixes, part of the words and some particles, like: 待ってくだサイ ぶつかりマス どうしてでカ? どうして、ロボットの修理しないんでしょうカ? I know katakana is also used ...
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How often are numbers written in katakana?

I'm working on a program that convert numbers written in kanji into their arabic numbers counterparts and one of the text I've been given to test my program contains numbers written in katakana. Most ...
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Why are some native Japanese words usually written in katakana? [duplicate]

Like ラク that supposedly means "at ease" (correct me if i'm wrong, i just learned this), why insted of writing it in Hiragana or Kanji they write it in Katakana? This is not the first ...
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Could someone explain this katakana reading of <光る葉っぱ> from 鹿の王?

In the first page of the novel Shika no Ou by Uehashi Nahoko, this proper noun/kanji is used with some unusual furigana: <光る葉っぱ> read as ピカ・パル. Since it's a fantasy novel and I know that the ...
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Does Japanese have characters in small size and in capital size?

In English it's normal for the sentence to start with a capital letter. In German also. Additionally, there are classes of words that are written in German with an initial capital letter. How is it in ...
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Why is this an effective captcha? [closed]

I want to sign up to this website that has an English version, but unfortunately, the captcha for it is Japanese. I can't read Japanese and no online translator seems to be able to make sense of the ...
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Why is Fugu (フグ) spelled in katakana? Isn't it usually only used for english words? [duplicate]

i was doing some research because i have to design a logo for a japanese restaurant. I saw that people usually spell it in katakana even though you only use katakana with english words/names (to my ...
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How should I write my name - Shivam Mukherjee - in Katakana? [closed]

I'm being asked to fill my name in Katakana in an application form for a language school in Japan. I'm currently going with シワム・ムカージ since: The ワ sound is closest to the inflection on the -v sound so ...
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Why the movies Space Battleship Yamato title don't use Kanji for Yamato but katakana?

The movies wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Battleship_Yamato The movies title (宇宙戦艦ヤマト) write Yamato (ヤマト) as katakana. However, Yamato is Japanese word, which is available in Kanji (大和). 大和 ...
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Katakana Surnames

When my son was born, katakana surnames were not permitted. At some point, this law seems to have been changed, and children born now may be registered with a katakana "western" surname. ...
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Why is イタリア and not イタリャ? [duplicate]

I'm Italian and while I was studying katakana words such as イタリア I didn't understand why, even though in Japanese there is the specific syllable "rya" (リャ), it's not used in the word イタリア ...
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How to understand usage of ツ in words with a closed syllable?

We have words ペット、ベッド、ファックス、ピクニック. The symbol ッ usually is indicated for doubling consonants or to indicate a closed syllable. The question is why the word post (ポスト) was written without ッ before ト? ...
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Is my Hiragana and Katakana handwriting correct? [closed]

I don't have a teacher and I'm not going to any Japanese classes. I learn Japanese by myself and on the internet. but Content on the Internet is contradictory. I freaking out that I learned all this ...
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What is the meaning of 巻ノ + number next to a book?

What is the meaning of 巻ノ + number next to a book? I know that 巻 = volume ノ = ? 七十二 = 72 So it's Volume [?] 72
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How do I write the equivalent ofトー (tō) in hiragana?

I am trying to write a character's name, given to me in katakana, in hiragana. The character's name ends in "トー" (tō). I'm brand new to Japanese and learned that ー is the "chōonpu,"...
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How to explain the katakana spelling for a foreign name with a long vowel?

Apologies in advance if the title of my question is unclear. Please edit if you can think of a better way to phrase it! From time to time, you need to explain how a foreign name is spelled in ...
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Seemingly random use of Katakana? [duplicate]

I've noticed sometimes, especially in video games, that some parts of sentences that would normally be written in hiragana is instead written in katakana. For example, I've seen "です" written ...
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Meaning of [手ェ出] [duplicate]

Can't understand 手ェ出さないでよ part. If it was 手が出さない it would make sense. Maybe it is actually the same thing and both translates as "keep your hands on". But I can't find any evidence of this ...
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Is there a situation where 造語 such as "ググる" could be used with the "ます" ending?

I ask this out of pure curiosity, but would there be any situation where you could reasonably say something along the lines of, "はい、今はそれをググります。" What I've seen/thought of Katakana+る words ...
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What kind of desserts are these? [closed]

My "katakana-go" is a bit rusty. I'm pretty sure the bottom one is a raisin and buttercream cake (or something like that) but not sure about the top. I'm assuming it's a transliteration of a ...
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Why do some Japanese words use a dash such as ホットケーキ [duplicate]

I've noticed this is mainly for Japanese words that are similar to English words such as ホットケーキ (Hot Cake/Pancake), but I don't really see it used for Hiragana mostly it's for Katakana? I also know ...
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What is the stroke order of the katakana ヒ?

There are 2 strokes. Let's call the short horizontal stroke A and the vertical-curving-to-horizontal stroke B. Some sources suggest the stroke order AB while other sources suggest BA. The katakana ヒ ...
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*one piece ch 1000 spoiler* what does チャキ mean?

I just read this chapter and was wondering what this sfx meant. for context; luffy is passing big mom & kaido while zoro is observing what he is doing.
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Is this heavily stylized text readible?

Watching ダーリン・イン・ザ・フランキッス, I noticed how heavily stylized the logo appeared to be in the opening (see picture below). Knowing what it's supposed to read, I was somehow able to make out every kana, but ...
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How would i say "in ten minutes"? [closed]

I'm writing a paragraph for my Japanese oral exam and want to say "i have class in ten minutes", or "i will go to my class in ten minutes", how would i say this?
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How do you type Warsaw in Romaji?

I'm learning Japanese and just beginning to type. When I type warusawa in Romaji mode, this is what I see by default: But what I want is this: Is it only possible by typing in Katakana mode? Or is ...
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Why ドルフィン, ドルファン and ドルフォン?

There is a song by Kingo Hamada called 街のドルフィン that frequently appears on 80's city pop compilations. It seems to be a silly song about a young boy who captures a dolphin and they swim together in the ...
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How would my Chinese name be translated into Japanese? [duplicate]

My name in chinese is 金辰 (pronounced Jin Chen in mandarin),would I be able to use it properly in Japanese? I know a lot of Chinese names don't work at all, but I'm pretty sure the kanji for mine ...
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How to know the meaning/usage of 一

Well I'm a begginer, how do I know if 一 means ichi/itsu or its used for lengthening the word?? in tenkaichi(dragon ball) ichiraku ramen(naruto) the 一 is used there because it means best or one I'm ...
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允可ス on Aikido Certificate - Meaning and Katakana Usage

I'm still a Nihongo Noob but recently I tried to translate my Aikido certificate for fun. The important part says: my name 右者今般合気道 (みぎもの こんぱん あいきどう) 参段ヲ允可ス (さんだん を いんかす) which basically translates ...
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Question on Japanese words that are similar to English ones [duplicate]

I know that Katakana is used mainly for words for that originated from the west. I was wondering why don't the Japanese pronounce those words just like the Western ones? For example there is the word ...
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Was katakana more common in the past? [duplicate]

The reason I'm asking is because I was reading this New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/magazine/korea-japanese-occupation-surrender-ww2.html and in the article, there was a ...
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