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Context = 毎日特選レシピ : 冷製パスタのおいしい作り方は
Turned out to be: Capellini, a type of pasta. Of course, I wouldn't know what capellini was off the top of my head if I saw it in English, so I'm not surprised I couldn't get it in Japanese!
http://www.mainichi-msn.co.jp/kurashi/shoku/mainichi/ - the recipes look good, though.
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Really? the easiest script to deal with? Something about katakana always slows down my reading more than anything else. If it's kanji, either I'll know it or I wont, if i don't then there's a good chance i can guess at it. With katakana I'm back in 2nd grade, reading hard words in front of the class: in- ink- inco- incro- incorph incorporrrraaaated.
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Ah, katakana, the script that gives hope and then crushes it.
Another complete agreement, though slightly different reasoning. I've been reading Mahou Sensei Negima! (MAGISTER NEGI MAGI) (sorry for the romaji, I don't have IME at work), and frequently when I come across katakana, I am strugling through decyphering latin that is printed in the wrong script. It's hard enough decyphering it with the 21 charecter old latin alphabet. I must mentally convert it to the old latin alphabet (I periodically forget which letters were added to create the modern 26 charecter roman alphabet), then try to read it, hoping I converted the sylables correctly.
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Then there are the katakana words that are in katakana just for emphasis (frequent in manga), or the ones that the main character doesn't understand (frequent in the 藷?窓L novels.) At least the latter eventually get explained...
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Took me a while to realize it was Gorbachev, and that I had to click on the little picture of the old white guy. They made it tricky though, because the picture they had didn't show his birthmark! :p
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