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English to Japanese translation question!

Postby Afro di Ziac » Wed 10.20.2010 8:24 pm

Okay, so I'm writing and speaking to myself in Japanese...and I'm not sure if I'm saying this correctly: "Since I didn't know how to write this word in Kanji, I wrote it in katakana."

Is this correct? 「漢字で書けませんから、かたかなでこの言葉をかきました。」

Also, if I were to write this in the plain form(s), is the following how I would say it?
「漢字で書けなくなかったから、かたかなでこの言葉を書いた。」
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Re: English to Japanese translation question!

Postby Hyperworm » Wed 10.20.2010 9:23 pm

The end part would sound more natural as 「この言葉カタカナで書きました。」, but it's not really wrong as-is, I think. :)

Your plain form has a mistake.
書けなくなかった → 書けなかった (or, 書けない)
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Re: English to Japanese translation question!

Postby chikara » Wed 10.20.2010 9:37 pm

Afro di Ziac wrote:..... "Since I didn't know how to write this word in Kanji, I wrote it in katakana."

Is this correct? 「漢字で書けませんから、かたかなでこの言葉をかきました。」......

I'd interpret the the reason phrase as being "because I can't write kanji", not just the kanji for that word, although that does imply "Since I didn't know how to write this word in Kanji".
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