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What katakana words do you hate? (Funny/confusing/annoying katakana words) | Ichimon Japan 56

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On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What katakana words do you hate? Basically, we’re talking about funny, quirky and annoying katakana words!

Topics Discussed

  • Katakana-ified words that people hate
  • Annoying katakana pronunciations
  • Some possible reasons for why katakana words are pronounced in peculiar ways
  • How katakana words are sometimes closer to the original pronunciation of the word they were adapted from than the English counterpart
  • The use of the letter W in Japanese
  • The puzzling way some Western names are transliterated into Japanese
  • Paella in Japan
  • How katakana can be helpful when reading foreign names
  • Katakana words that sound like they are plural even though they may not be
  • How the word “taco” is written both tako and takosu in Japanese
  • And much more!

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Japanese Vocabulary List

Most episodes feature at least one or two interesting Japanese words or phrases. Here’s some of the ones that came up on this episode. All information is from Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC.

  • Kame
    • 亀 【かめ(P); カメ(P)】 (n) (1) tortoise; turtle
  • Inu
    • 犬 : 犬(P); 狗 【いぬ(P); イヌ】 (n) (1) dog (Canis (lupus) familiaris)

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