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love_akame



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:03 am    Post subject: english and jap pronounciation Reply with quote Back to top

hello!! does anyone noes of a good and useful website which teaches you the jap translations of english words by english spelling of the jap words? Sweat
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Firstly, i think you should read this thread.

http://www.jdorama.com/viewtopic.22.htm
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yidaki



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 6:24 am    Post subject: Re: english and jap pronounciation Reply with quote Back to top

love_akame wrote:
hello!! does anyone noes of a good and useful website which teaches you the jap translations of english words by english spelling of the jap words? Sweat
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I find pimsleur tapes to be awesome.
They have actual japanese people saying the word, often alternating between a woman and a man.
That way, when you repeat it, you learn to say it as they do. Smile

English phonetics of japanese words are weird.
Just look at the word Pôkemon, what's up with that Big Grin
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thtl



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I wouldn't describe it as 'weird'. English characterization of Japanese words is called Romanji - that should give you a clue that the pronounciation is based on Roman phonetics (such as French), not Anglo-Saxon (English).
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dochira



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

More information about romaji: From Wikipedia
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yidaki



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

thtl wrote:
I wouldn't describe it as 'weird'. English characterization of Japanese words is called Romanji - that should give you a clue that the pronounciation is based on Roman phonetics (such as French), not Anglo-Saxon (English).
As a swede, it's almost the same pronounciation.
It's how they write the words in english that is weird.
Poke in english (poe-kh) doesn't sound like poke in japanese (poh-keh),
so they need a ^ above the O.
It's probably media trying to make japanese readable by changing the words.

Then there's always different romaji systems.
Ou instead of Oh, Oo instead of Ou.
Jya instead of Ja, Jia instead of Jya.
Tohsaka Shirou wa jiu-jitsu-ka desu.
It's easy once you understand the pronounciation,
but learning that without proper phonetics is impossible.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 9:09 pm    Post subject: Re: english and jap pronounciation Reply with quote Back to top

love_akame wrote:
hello!! does anyone noes of a good and useful website which teaches you the jap translations of english words by english spelling of the jap words? Sweat
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Please don't create a new topic without searching the other threads first.

And please refrain from using the phrase 'jap' on this website as some (including myself) are offended by it.

Thanks.


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