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Chinese & Katakana

Postby PandanoTake » Sun 07.22.2007 10:08 am

So I know this is "The Japanese Page" and all, but this is kind of still relevant.
A friend of mine asked me a question about this article. HE asked why there is katakana amongst all of the Chinese writing. This confused me, as well, and any theories I came up with weren't really theories at all.
So any help as to answering this question would be greatly appreciated.
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RE: Chinese & Katakana

Postby richvh » Sun 07.22.2007 10:20 am

My guess is the ad was translated from Japanese, and the katakana-ized Western names were left in katakana for some reason.
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RE: Chinese & Katakana

Postby LordOfTheFlies » Sun 07.22.2007 10:20 am

It's the real name of the character. I don't think it can be correctly transliterated so they left the japanese name there.
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RE: Chinese & Katakana

Postby PandanoTake » Sun 07.22.2007 10:41 am

Thanks everyone!
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RE: Chinese & Katakana

Postby hungryhotei » Sun 07.22.2007 4:02 pm

Actually the names are written in Chinese characters right before they are written again in katakana.
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RE: Chinese & Katakana

Postby AJBryant » Mon 07.23.2007 12:43 am

Another possibility, though -- since this *is* a Chinese product, not Japanese, the katakana makes no sense.

Unless--- it's a bootleg, or a cheap pirate copy, in which case such fine details as packaging and language appriateness would be ignored.
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RE: Chinese & Katakana

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Mon 07.23.2007 8:57 am

I think that Chinese video game players are probably at least familiar with katakana, given the number of untranslated Japanese games that are sold in the country.
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