Converting Names to Japanese

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Converting Names to Japanese

Post by Duff » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:24 pm

Similar to a few other threads about converting English words to Japanese, I'm curious about names.

I'd like to think mine is a relatively easy conversion - Rob - though I am never sure if I should just pronounce it as I would normally, or if there would be a more appropriate way?

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Re: Converting Names to Japanese

Post by ForumNinja » Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:17 am

Legend tells of a wise man who lives to the east. His name is Tomo of the Akiyama clan. He is a most wise linguist who can help you in your quest: https://twitter.com/tomoakiyama

So Tomo actually did his university thesis on how foreign words are converted into Katakana. Check out this cool little chart here:
https://twitter.com/japanesepodcast/sta ... 8544458752

Download the Katakana chart here: https://t.co/i9yyHHK3vu

As for foreign names in Japan, the general rule is, when in conversation with Japanese people it is better to pronounce it using Katakana sounds such as ロブ ROBU.

It makes it easy for some people to understand and they will probably use the Katakana pronunciation anyway when talking to you and about you to other people. You don't have to but I refer to myself as アレックス AREKUSU in conversation with Japanese people, especially the ones who have little English.

Hope that answers your question.

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Re: Converting Names to Japanese

Post by Duff » Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:46 am

Thanks Alex! I follow Tomo already, and have listened to the podcast episode in which he did a guest spot a couple of times.
when in conversation with Japanese people it is better to pronounce it using Katakana sounds
I wondered if it was as 'simple' as this or if there was more to it - thanks again :D

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