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Postby Giedrius » Wed 01.06.2010 1:37 pm

Hi everyone, I'm just beginner at Japanese language, so I want to ask you:
How to combo letters like "R" and "T" for example in my friends name "Arturas"?
In one site I have found ARTURAS translation " アーサー", so I also want to know if this name means smth else?
I'll be thankful for consultation :)
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Re: Combo letters

Postby Giedrius » Wed 01.06.2010 3:00 pm

By the way, I am very sorry for my pure english.
And, really, please help me. I really want to learn japanese but it is so hard...
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Re: Combo letters

Postby phreadom » Wed 01.06.2010 3:41 pm

I was trying to think of how to write it in katakana, but I'm just a beginner myself. :( It looks pretty tricky to me... so I wouldn't be sure if it would be アルテゥラス, or アツラース, or any number of other variations. :(

I'm hoping someone more skilled can give you a better answer. :)

The simple answer is that there is no direct way to write it because Japanese doesn't have any single consonants aside from ん. All other kana represent a consonant-vowel pair. ra, ri, ru, re, ro. There is no "r" alone. Same with t... there is no "t" sound alone, only ta, chi, tsu, te, to.

So it can be quite tricky sometimes to try writing a foreign name in Japanese.
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Re: Combo letters

Postby Ben Bullock » Wed 01.06.2010 8:27 pm

Giedrius wrote:Hi everyone, I'm just beginner at Japanese language, so I want to ask you:
How to combo letters like "R" and "T" for example in my friends name "Arturas"?
In one site I have found ARTURAS translation " アーサー", so I also want to know if this name means smth else?
I'll be thankful for consultation :)

For English, Japanese usually uses a kind of British (non-rhotic) English so that the r's in words like art or fear get turned into vowels. I'm not sure what language Arturas comes from but since I don't think it's English, probably the r would be kept as an r sound, so アルツーラス or アルチューラス or something?

This online converter I made is sometimes handy for getting approximate versions of katakana from English words. It's about 85% accurate. Unfortunately it doesn't have Arturas in its dictionary so I can't help with that particular problem.
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Re: Combo letters

Postby chikara » Wed 01.06.2010 8:43 pm

Ben Bullock wrote:I'm not sure what language Arturas comes from ...

My guess would be Lithuanian since that is the OP's native language and the fact that Arturas Paulauskas was speaker of the parliament of Lithuania from 2000 to 2006. :)

Try アルトゥーラス ;)
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Re: Combo letters

Postby Giedrius » Thu 01.07.2010 1:12 am

Thank you for information. It helped me a lot.
So it's all for now :) later I will have more questions, believe me! :D
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