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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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What is the name of the writing that appears on the screen when watching television?

When watching the news and other shows on television, I often see various written content displayed on the screen for brief periods of time, usually on the bottom, but sometimes on the right. I just ...
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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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Etymology of ゴミ

I'm curious why is ゴミ commonly spelled in Katakana. What word is it derived from, if any?
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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 ...
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Is there any difference between vertical and horizontal writing?

This might be a fairly easy question. But I am new in learning Japanese and I didn't see this question anywhere (although there are some about writing vertically). Is there any difference between ...
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What is the purpose of using katakana in these instances?

I'm well aware of how katakana is typically used (borrowed words, onomatopoeia, etc). I'm also aware of it being used in circumstances like demonstrating a distortion in the voice, or if the kanji of ...
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past tense conjugation これ以上は 死タからその 前に殺さナいと

これ以上は 死タからその 前に殺さナいと I find it perplexing that 死タからそ is conjugated in the past tense. It being the reason (-から) for 殺さナいと, shouldn't it be in present tense? Or am I mixing it up and (-と) takes ...
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What does バーターmean?

In a meeting, I heard this word バーター many times. The conversation was like below: バーターを含めると売り上げが上がっていますが、含めない場合、下がります。 What I understood from the context is that word is related to accounting (...
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What is オー・マイ・ガブリーヌ?

It's from a video game called Xenogears. You can play rock-paper-scissors with a man and when he loses he says this: 負けたのか、この俺が!? そんなバカな……!? オー・マイ・ガブリーヌ! Is it something like "Oh my God!"?
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How should I write my name using Katakana?

How should Puttichai, which is pronounced as put-ti-chai (pʊttɪʃaɪ), be written using Katakana? I have been writing プッティチャイ for quite a while. But then when I asked my friend, she told me that that ...
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Two different katakana for 'wo' in the Genki textbook

According to the 'Genki' textbook, katakana for 'wo' can be written in two ways; Contracted using the 'o'-katakana; ウォ Non-contracted using just the 'wo'-katakana; ヲ What are the differences ...
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Non-standard katakana (エナジー vs. エネルギー)

Why is my game using エナジー for "energy" instead of エネルギー?
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Meaning of スイッチ in the following sentence

Context: in a boxing match, boxer A is fighting against the particularly tough boxer B. Even after having taken a lot of punches, boxer B is still standing. During a break, the trainer of boxer A says:...
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Long vowel AND extension?

In an artwork of a pokemon, Lunala in English, it is written ルナアーラ. Why, after the ナ, are there both an ア and a ー? It would just be pronounced as if any of those two were removed, so why are they both ...
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Use of 悪ィ over 悪い

それが良{い}いのか悪{わり}ィのか正{ただ}しいことなのか、少し考{かんが}える。 I interpret this clause from 僕のヒーローアカデミア as "As to whether that is a good thing or a bad thing or something correct, I will think about it a little." Why ...
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Why is Qantas spelt カンタス?

At first I thought that Japanese people pronouncing Qantas as カンタス was an urban legend (the start of "カンタス" matches a vulgar four letter word in English), but I've since found out that it's real, with ...
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Why is this written in katakana instead of hiragana?

Why in this image ノ is written in katakana and not in hiragana?
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Difference in Katakana Characters

What is the difference in カタカナ between ー and ッ? They both seem to indicate a pause of sorts, but ー only appears in カタカナ, but not in ひらがな. 宜しく御願いします!
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Meaning of モロ in boxing

An ex boxer punches a man and then says: おっと… 勢い余ってとどめ入れちまった。生きてる? The man that was punched manages to stand up. At this point, a friend of the puncher says: マジか… 所沢さんのモロもらって… I think that the ...
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How do japanese people write the english word "The" in Katakana?

My nickname is "The Wonderboy", my question is basically how to write that nickname in katakana. Is it: ジ・ワンダーボーイ ? or ザ・ワンダーボーイ ?
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Can タコ be an offensive word?

In a manga I found the following sentence: ひき戻すな、タコ。 The person to which the word タコ refers to is a secondary character that rarely appears. His name was never mentioned before. Since the person ...
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Why do Stereopony use Katakana for their song "Hitohira no Hanabira"?

My understanding of katakana is that they are used for foreign words. I am not sure why they might use it like that: ヒトヒラのハナビラ for Hitohira no Hanabira The lyrics are here.
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Katakana loanwords: is there data about their creation/evolution and acceptance as "new Japanese words"?

Disclaimer: This is a topic that I hold particularly dear. This question is related to data so that it is acceptable for this community. However, as a languages enthusiast, what deeply concerns me is ...
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Why does the katakana ラ look similar to the hiragana う?

More specifically, is there a historical reason why some katakana characters look similar to the hiragana ones, as the question suggests?
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How come プレイガイド means "Ticket agency" and not "playguide"?

I've come across プレイガイド and I thought it meant "playguide" (which can be found is some dictionaries), but it didn't make sense in its context. I looked it up and found it meant "ticket agency". How ...
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How do I write the verb "To be"? 居る or いる?

Do native Japanese speakers write 居る or いる?
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Why is the word オタク written in katakana?

Why is the word オタク(otaku) written in katakana? I thought only foreign words are written in katakana. Is this word maybe foreign after all? But it is used in Japanese, so I am confused. Please give ...
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How do I alphabetize a list with Hiragana, Katakana and Jukugo?

I understand that there's the Gojuon order for あいうえお and so forth, but if I had list with Katakana アイウエオ, do I order it all like あいうえおアイウエオ, or do I order it like あアいイうウえエおオ? Consequently if I have ...
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Is this the right way to write Sailor Pluto in Japanese?

I'm in the middle of my painting and I don't want the name to be wrong cause the whole thing takes me days. Please help if you can :)
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