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Offline Princess Rei

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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2006, 11:50:55 pm »
I took japanese [language] class for 3 years.  What drove me to take it was the obssession of Japanese-related things.

When I was taking the class, I learned to appreciate the Japanese culture and aspects as a culture itself.  Hence I began to dislike hardcore "wannabe" Japanese people.  There was a white girl who did everything Japanese, and she taught me that it looked silly to think you're Japanese when you're not.

I can understand if people want to learn the language to learn a "cool" language.  Japanese is very interesting and difficult to learn, and in doing that (like in every other language as well) you are still being educated in another culture.  I just wish that people wouldn't learn Japanese from Anime, thinking they are good at it, then becoming obsessive from that.

As for Japanese names, I can agree that my name is simply translated to Japanese characters, but as stated it is one of those names that lacks a true meaning.  Though its the reason I keep those names are what I hold close to me.

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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #21 on: December 13, 2006, 02:18:45 am »
I think that we sort of take an interest in it because it is so different a culture to our own, as is fantasy and science-fiction. Japan's influence on the west is hardly noticeable, and it seems an attractive idea to us. As for learning Japanese, it is  a challenge (hell, what language isn't?) Eastern languages are so hard to understand.
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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #22 on: December 13, 2006, 07:16:28 am »
Actually, English is in fact one of the most difficult languages to learn. A friend who was leaning Japanese once said that actually learning to speak the language aint much more difficult than German or French (because of my couse accent I really struggle with the latter). Actually reading the language however is menat to be difficult. Russian is a nasty one apparently as it's foundations are unique to it.

If you want a brain spasm, try Welsh. It's the oldest spoken language in the world, dating back to pre-roman time and is thus rather unique. There is a place in Wales called 'Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llandysiliogogogoch'.

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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #23 on: December 13, 2006, 07:36:35 am »
I find it annoying how often Japanese sounding names and slang are used, but hey, their call.
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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #24 on: December 13, 2006, 08:52:13 am »
It's like so many wannabe's who believe they are japanese it just bugs me. We need people to just have names they like and not names so they fit in. My name is my real life name and it's Scottish and I am proud of that I do not need to have a Japanese name to be "cool" because I don't care and when I RP my characters name is Lucia which I believe in Greek for "Little Light" so... that's that. Less of the fanboy complex people. ^.^

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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #25 on: December 13, 2006, 08:53:04 am »
KAWAII DESU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =o^_^o=
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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #26 on: December 13, 2006, 12:32:37 pm »
'Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llandysiliogogogoch'.

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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #27 on: December 13, 2006, 12:40:43 pm »
O.O that's certainly hard to pronounce.
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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #28 on: December 13, 2006, 04:59:25 pm »
yes, what do you guys think is the hardest Japanese name to pronouce on these forums?

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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #29 on: December 13, 2006, 05:24:01 pm »
Actually, English is in fact one of the most difficult languages to learn. A friend who was leaning Japanese once said that actually learning to speak the language aint much more difficult than German or French (because of my couse accent I really struggle with the latter). Actually reading the language however is menat to be difficult. Russian is a nasty one apparently as it's foundations are unique to it.

Russian isn't that bad, its constructions are far simple than Latin-based languages, in my opinion.  And many of its words are extremely similar to those of English, especially when it comes to modern things/ideas.  It is pretty unique, though, it's an odd blend of Greek and Hebrew, with a dash of Germanic origins.
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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #30 on: December 13, 2006, 06:53:07 pm »
XD Everybody wants to be something they're not. I mean, I'm Japanese-American, but whenever I sing or recite my poetry, I do it with a very fake British accent. Why? Because I think they're sexy and cute. There's just something in America nowadays that thinks that Japan is the hottest of the exotic-ness, it's a nice place, but people just hype it into a frenzy. XD
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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #31 on: December 13, 2006, 07:05:39 pm »
XD Everybody wants to be something they're not.
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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #32 on: December 13, 2006, 07:13:07 pm »
yes, what do you guys think is the hardest Japanese name to pronouce on these forums?

None.

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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #33 on: December 13, 2006, 07:17:52 pm »
well Flinch do you know what I think got me started in the Furry fandom?
Digimon

That's nice. But if you're a real fur you would have found out about furries eventually anyways.

I just think it's a shame that people can't just be proud of their own heritage rather than trying to absorb someone else's.
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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #34 on: December 13, 2006, 07:57:55 pm »
yes, what do you guys think is the hardest Japanese name to pronouce on these forums?

None.

I'm sure if I changed my name to "Karaoke" just about nobody would be able to prounounce it right XD

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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #35 on: December 13, 2006, 08:40:03 pm »
I always said it kah-ray-oh-kay, but whatever
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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #36 on: December 13, 2006, 08:51:29 pm »
hmm, kah-rah-ooh-kee?
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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #37 on: December 13, 2006, 10:36:35 pm »
I know how to pronounce Karaoke, yet I'm darn proud to be American, so I continue to pronounce it the slaughtered way.

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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #38 on: December 13, 2006, 11:06:13 pm »
Americanized versions of words are fine, whether they be Japanese, French, or based on any other language. I don't like when people who think they know everything about a language get upset over something that others have done for years.

Though, I fully understand their concerns about people trying to speak the language with crazy American accents. Karaoke doesn't cut it though. :P

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Re: Japanese names
« Reply #39 on: December 14, 2006, 05:19:53 am »
Interestingly Japan has become facinated with western culture and their going the opposite way we are. It's a culture swap!  :lol-fox: