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So, about names in Japanese...

Postby Jei-chan » Mon 04.09.2007 7:57 pm

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About Japanese names. How are they written? Like, with which alphabet? It would be easiest to use Hiragana and Katakana, I would think, but I've seen names in Kanji as well...

So, is there a system by which names are written, or is it just all over the place and doesn't really have any order?

I'm very confused about all this. xX

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RE: So, about names in Japanese...

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Mon 04.09.2007 8:05 pm

It varies. The majority of names are written in kanji, but every so often you find someone who has a katakana or hiragana name (or even more rarely, a combination of both).

Reading names can be a problem because of that. When you get experience with names, you can read most family names, and a good portion of personal names but sometimes you just have to ask the person (or look at their business card).
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RE: So, about names in Japanese...

Postby Tspoonami » Mon 04.09.2007 8:31 pm

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RE: So, about names in Japanese...

Postby keatonatron » Tue 04.10.2007 6:10 am

Yudan Taiteki wrote:
When you get experience with names, you can read most family names, and a good portion of personal names but sometimes you just have to ask the person (or look at their business card).


Today I had my official first day of class. My teacher (Japanese) had quite a few problems reading the names of the other students (also Japanese) during roll call. Out of 60 students, there were at least 10 he had to be corrected on or ask about.

I guess 5 out of 6 would fit under "can read most family names, and a good portion of personal names" :D

But even Japanese people have a hard time with it!
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RE: So, about names in Japanese...

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Tue 04.10.2007 8:33 am

Yeah, 5 out of 6 is probably pretty normal.
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RE: So, about names in Japanese...

Postby two_heads_talking » Tue 04.10.2007 9:29 am

family names usually isn't the problem.. it's the reading of the personal name.. there are so many combinations and none of them ever seem to have a standard.. I know there is one, it just never seemed to make sense to me.
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RE: So, about names in Japanese...

Postby Jei-chan » Tue 04.10.2007 2:48 pm

Oh, alright then. Thanks, everyone. ^-^;
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