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FOREIGN WORDS IN JAPANESE

 

 

 

 

 

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The Japanese have developed a language which is used for foreign words and expressions. When written, these words and expressions appear in “katakana”, one of the Japanese syllabic scripts. 

Even though the words and phrases are “foreign” in origin, they often take on an entirely new meaning in Japanese. Also, the pronunciation becomes Japanese making it difficult for non-native speakers to understand. 

Japlish - Japanese English

 
Below is a list of Japanese expressions written in romanization, or romaji,  In Japanese, they would be in written in Katakana.  Using the Japanese syllabic pronunciation, try to guess the actual word or words and then the meaning. (Answers below)
 
arubaito 

kosuto appu 

anketto 

mai peisu

afutaa saabisu

man tan

bakansu 

meeka 

beisu appu

neba main

choko 

roodo shoo

dorai 

saabisu 

furonto 

sando 

gooruden wiiku

saraiiman 

hotchikisu 

shinguru 

infure 

teiburu supiichi

kone 

toranpu 

konpe 

wetto 

   
New Additions  
anison kitchinpeepaa
jiipan kyatchikopi
baagen
kosupure
konsento tarento

 

Answers

arubaito = part-time work. Origin: German word “arbeit”
anketto = questionnaire. Origin: French word questionnaire d'enquête
afutaa saabisu = after service, meaning after sales service
bakansu = vacation. Origin: French word “vacances”
beisu appu = base up, meaning salary increase
choko = chocolate
dorai = dry, meaning too practical or logical
furonto = front, meaning front desk at a hotel
gooruden wiiku = Golden Week, meaning a group of holidays
hotchikisu = stapler, named after the inventor, Hotchkiss
infure = inflation
kone = connections, meaning who you know
konpe = competition, meaning competition as in tournament
kosuto appu = cost up, meaning increase in costs
mai peisu = my pace
man tan = full tank, meaning full gas tank (man=full in Japanese)
meeka = maker, meaning manufacturer
neba main = never mind
roodo shoo = road show, meaning premiere, first run movie
saabisu = service
sando = sandwich
saraiiman = salaryman, meaning businessman
shinguru = single, meaning golfer’s handicap is one digit
teiburu supiichi = table speech, meaning after dinner speech
toranpu = trump, meaning a deck of cards
wetto = wet, meaning a person who is easy-going
New Additions
ani(me) + son(g) = an anime song most often as a theme song
jiipan =
jea(ns) = pan(ts), meaning jeans
baagen =
bargain, meaning special price or a sale at a store
konsento =
concent(ric plug), meaning electrical outlet
kitchinpeepaa =
kitchen paper, meaning paper towels
kyatchikopi =
catch copy, meaning tagline
kosupure =
cos(tume) play = cosplay (a popular activity with young Japanese - dressing up in costumes particularly from anime and manga)
tarento =
talent, meaning celebrity, TV personality
 

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