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J-EN Translations: Chatting About Learning Japanese, Translation & More w. Jenn O’Donnell | Japan Station 86

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On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, we’re talking about translation, learning Japanese and more with translator/podcaster Jenn O’Donnell.

About Anna Lughezzani

Jenn O’Donnell is a Japanese to English translator and podcaster. She lives in Osaka where she works as a Localization Director for a video game company. She also produces the podcasts The Translation Chat¬†and¬†Otafu Susume.

Topics Discussed

  • About how it was that Jenn began learning Japanese
  • Working on farms in Fukuoka
  • Learning Japanese as someone with dyslexia
  • On the struggle to get work as a Japanese-English translator
  • On becoming a freelance Japanese to English translator
  • About some of the pitfalls often seen in media translation
  • False friends in Japanese/English
  • Denotation vs connotation
  • Examples of some Japanese to English translations Jenn enjoys
  • About the¬†Miracles at the Namie General Store¬†translation
  • About the English translation of The Miracles at the Namiya General Store
  • About the English translation of the All You Need Is Kill¬†¬†novel
  • About translating a novel vs manga/anime/light novels
  • About The Translation Chat¬†podcast
  • About the Recommendation from My Otaku Spouse (Otafu Susume) podcast
  • About¬†The Faraway Paladin¬†(Saihate no Paradin)
  • And much more!

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Links, Videos, Etc.

To keep up to date with Jenn and her projects, make sure to follow her on Twitter.

Check out the list below for links to the websites, podcats, and articles mentioned in this episode.

Check out the episode of Japan Station featuring Dr. Wesley Robertson.

Don’t forget to listen to the latest episodes of Ichimon Japan.

If you would like to support the show by picking up some merchandise, make sure to visit KimitoDesigns.com.

Special Thanks

Opening/Closing song: Oedo Controller (Ś§ßśĪüśął„ā≥„É≥„Éą„É≠„Éľ„É©„Éľ) by Yunomi featuring Toriena (Used with permission from Yunomi) To listen to more of Yunomi’s music, check out his Soundcloud page or YouTube channel.

Japan Station cover art: Provided by Erik R.

Featured image: Courtesy of Jenn O’Donnell

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Full Show Notes

Get the full version of show notes at https://japankyo.com/category/podcasts/japanstation/

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