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Postby Diggity » Wed 04.13.2005 8:21 pm

OK, baseball season is here and I love it! I know that Japan has baseball as well and was wondering how to say baseball in japanese. If I am talking to a japanese person and want to say "I like baseball." for interest.

Clay - Maybe you can do a culture page on baseball in Japan. I know that a game in Japan is completely different than in the US (as far as the fans.)

Anyways... any common and useful expressions would be nice. Thanks!
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RE: Baseball!

Postby Balik » Wed 04.13.2005 8:28 pm

Heh, well baseball was borrowed into the Japanese language so I guess you'd pronounce it just like you would in English. I predict that Nihon-jin would pronounce it as "Beesubaaru" :p.

P.S. "I like baseball" would be: (Watashi wa) beesubaaru ga suki desu.
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RE: Baseball!

Postby pippa » Thu 04.14.2005 12:29 am

Actually, the word for baseball is 野球ーやきゅう yakyuu
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RE: Baseball!

Postby Diggity » Thu 04.14.2005 12:43 am

Well that is the word my nihongo no jisho gives me... but is it the word for the sport or the actuall ball?
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RE: Baseball!

Postby Mukade » Thu 04.14.2005 9:51 am

The sport itself is called 野球.

The ball itself, on the other hand, is a ボール.
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RE: Baseball!

Postby Spaztick » Thu 04.14.2005 11:58 am

The pro baseball games aren't that great, the players don't even try I think. I hear the high school games are more exciting. I'm not a baseball fan, so I can't really give an opinion, but if I plan on going to Japan I suppose I should at least take an interest in the game.
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RE: Baseball!

Postby Mukade » Fri 04.15.2005 8:36 pm

Spaztick wrote:
The pro baseball games aren't that great, the players don't even try I think. I hear the high school games are more exciting. I'm not a baseball fan, so I can't really give an opinion, but if I plan on going to Japan I suppose I should at least take an interest in the game.


I don't know that they don't try, but baseball here is certainly structured in such a way that greater effort on the players' parts doesn't necessarily translate into better pay.

Baseball here is in real need of a restructuring, since the only people that benefit from it are the owners. While they sit around, raking in money hand over fist, the players and the fans both get screwed.

In fact, there was a players' strike this year that lasted a few weeks - the first ever in Japan's baseball history. Maybe it's a sign that things might start changing soon...
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RE: Baseball!

Postby Diggity » Fri 04.15.2005 9:31 pm

I am a huge baseball fan. I was born in New York (and let the flaming begin) love the Yankees. Hideki Matsui is one of my favorite players as well. I am going to all 3 games when the Yankees come to Kansas City May 31st, June 1st and 2nd. (June 1st is my "tanjoubi" by the way.)

I am hoping to see him at batting practice and be able to have a basic conversation with him and ask for his autograph...

That's a good thing to know... how do I ask for his autograph? Thanks for your reply!

-Edit: Also how do I tell him that I have been studying Japanese for 2 and a half months? (That will be close when I meet him)

Ni getsu han nihongo o benkyou shimasu.

Is that right (or understandstandable)?

AND - is Hideki his family name.. or is the US switching his name around for our culture? (As in in Japan his name would be Matsui Hideki.)
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RE: Baseball!

Postby Spaztick » Fri 04.15.2005 11:16 pm

I'd call him by his first name here, and his last name in Japan.

For saying you studies Japanese for 2 months:

(Watashi wa) ni ka getsu nihongo o benkyou shiteiru. - be sure to use the ~masu form since he's a stranger (and if he's older than you).
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RE: Baseball!

Postby Mukade » Sat 04.16.2005 12:25 pm

Diggity wrote:
AND - is Hideki his family name.. or is the US switching his name around for our culture? (As in in Japan his name would be Matsui Hideki.)


Yes, in Japan, he is called Matsui Hideki.

If you want to ask him (very politely) for his autograph in Japanese, you can say:

すみませんけど、サインしてくれませんか。大ファンですよ。
sumimasen kedo, sain shite kuremasen ka? daifan desu yo!
Excuse me, but could you sign (this)? (I'm a) big fan!
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RE: Baseball!

Postby Diggity » Sat 04.16.2005 7:48 pm

Yes, in Japan, he is called Matsui Hideki.

If you want to ask him (very politely) for his autograph in Japanese, you can say:

すみませんけど、サインしてくれませんか。大ファンですよ。
sumimasen kedo, sain shite kuremasen ka? daifan desu yo!
Excuse me, but could you sign (this)? (I'm a) big fan![/quote]

OK so I should address him as Hideki-san. Thanks you.

Also I understand everything in that sentence but the kedo and shite.
I know kureru means to give.

Thanks again lol!
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RE: Baseball!

Postby Shizen » Sun 04.17.2005 7:36 am

actually you should call him Matsui-san since you don't really know him yet. iirc it's generally considered unpolite to call someone's first name(real name) without some sort of close relation or somewhat with the person.
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