Minasan Konnichiwa! みなさん、こんにちは！ Today’s YT Live lesson topic was “Japanglish Katakana Words”. Many Japanese think that the origin of the majority Katakana words are English, but it’s not always true. It could be French, German, Spanish or even just “made up” made-in-Japan Katakana words. So you might be confused when you hear the Japanese speak such Katakana words with confidence. … Read More
Lost in Translation ~ trap of direct translation
Minasan Ohayoo gozaimasu！ みなさん、おはようございます！ Today’s YT Live lesson topic is “Lost in translation”. Directly translated phrases may not work or even provoke others sometimes. So you need to know the right phrases situation-by-situation basis. Let’s check out the common mistakes caused by the direct translation and learn the right expressions!
10 English Words That Don’t Exist in Japanese
English is one of the most expansive languages in the world, and compared to Japanese, English consists of quite long, grammar-heavy sentences. Japanese speakers tend to use short, simple sentences and often rely more on context than spoken words to communicate. In addition, Western English-speaking countries and Japan have many cultural differences, and those differences are reflected in the language … Read More