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Foreign names in japanese

Postby soldieroH » Tue 07.27.2010 5:02 am

When you write your name in japanese, do you write it's pronounciation? What do you do if there isn't such a sound in japanese or your name ends with consonant? :?: :)
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Re: Foreign names in japanese

Postby phreadom » Tue 07.27.2010 5:33 am

You basically try to get close to it. Names that end in consonants like "Scott", would be something like スコット (sukotto).

My name (Justin) is written ジャスティン.

I hope this helps explain it a little. :)
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Re: Foreign names in japanese

Postby soldieroH » Tue 07.27.2010 7:38 am

So my my name (Yanis) will be written as ヤアニス? ("a" is pronounced with long a)
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Re: Foreign names in japanese

Postby NileCat » Tue 07.27.2010 8:19 am

It seems we use both of ヤアニス and ヤーニス.
I found a composer who is called ヤーニス・メディンシュ (Yanis Medinsh). Is ヤーニス・イヴァノフス (Jānis Ivanovs) same pronunciation? in that case, ヤーニス might be more popular than ヤアニス.
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Re: Foreign names in japanese

Postby phreadom » Tue 07.27.2010 8:28 am

soldieroH wrote:So my my name (Yanis) will be written as ヤアニス? ("a" is pronounced with long a)


If you mean a long a like in "paper", then it would probably be something more like イエニス.

If you mean a long a as in "held longer"... then it would be something like ヤーニス.

I'm guessing that by the way you wrote ヤアニス with the extra a sound that you meant the "held longer" long a sound. To extend a sound in katakana, you use the ー line to extend the sound. (In hiragana you add a kana, like えい for a long e sound, おう or おお for long o, etc.)

Like ちいず (vs ちず) in hiragana would be written チーズ in katakana for the long i sound (which means "cheese") :mrgreen:

EDIT: Ninja'd by Nilecat. ;)
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Re: Foreign names in japanese

Postby soldieroH » Tue 07.27.2010 9:40 am

NileCat wrote:It seems we use both of ヤアニス and ヤーニス.
I found a composer who is called ヤーニス・メディンシュ (Yanis Medinsh). Is ヤーニス・イヴァノフス (Jānis Ivanovs) same pronunciation? in that case, ヤーニス might be more popular than ヤアニス.

Yes it is. :)
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Re: Foreign names in japanese

Postby seanvol » Fri 08.13.2010 4:21 am

Ah, I didn't look at the post date.
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Re: Foreign names in japanese

Postby furrykef » Fri 08.13.2010 11:11 am

You posted just to tell us you didn't look at the post date? :?
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Re: Foreign names in japanese

Postby phreadom » Fri 08.13.2010 12:00 pm

Someone was really thinking out loud I guess? :think:
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Re: Foreign names in japanese

Postby two_heads_talking » Fri 08.13.2010 1:02 pm

i'm thinking seanvol was answering to another post, where they were called out for necroposting?
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Re: Foreign names in japanese

Postby furrykef » Fri 08.13.2010 2:16 pm

Except there's no other such post in this thread. I'm thinking maybe he accidentally necroposted, then edited his necropost to read what it says now instead of simply deleting it. Still, as it is now, it looks funny.
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Re: Foreign names in japanese

Postby phreadom » Fri 08.13.2010 2:21 pm

Personally I don't have any problem with necroposts as long as they add something valuable to the discussion. :)
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Re: Foreign names in japanese

Postby seanvol » Fri 08.13.2010 5:05 pm

It's edited. I actually posted like a two paragraph long explanation.

Probably should have kept it there..
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