Short Japanese lesson


I’ll try to keep this introduction short.

Inspired by “The ski word association” thread, and my own need to up my studying a notch, this is set up for those who care about how the Japanese refer to skiing. If you study Japanese, or just get a kick out of other languages, please feel free to add, respond and/or correct me as I’m just a student myself. I will take requests, however please don’t turn me into an online dictionary. Also, please add your humor… that’s the point afterall.

SNOW Each post will start with a single English word in bold.
YUKI Followed by the Japanese translation written in Romanji.
ゆき Followed by the Japanese written in Japanese.
雪 Followed by the kanji.

Yuki ga huru/furu. It’s snowing. Followed by an example in use.

Yuuki = courage. Followed by another meaning or relation…

Rules about the phonetics… (sorry, but it must be said.)

Japanese is made up of three syllabaries;
Hiragana; ひらがな Note the curves. (one symbol / one syllable) Used to write Native Japanese words. Has 48+ phonetic symbols.
Katakana; カタカナ Note the sharp angles. (one symbol / one syllable) Used to write words borrowed from other languages. Has 48+ phonetic symbols different from Hiragana.
Kanji; 漢字 Chinese characters used in Japanese writing. Being able to read about 1,945 characters will consider you fluent and able to comprehend a newspaper. (Many highschool students in Japan are not yet fluent in Kanji. That learning curve never ends.) And to really piss off the foreigner, those characters often (if not usually) have more than one word/meaning/phonetic.

Romanji is used to help us english speakers read the language.
A couple of simple rules apply; (think spanish)
99% of Japanese phonetic sounds involve the combination of a constonant and a vowel. Vowels have only one sound. Accents are not to be worried about as the language is kind of steady/flat and each syllable has equal value.
A = is pronounced ah (caught)
E = is pronounced eh (bay)
I = is pronounced ee (street)
O = is pronounced oh (boat)
U = is pronounced oo (flute)

double vowels uu aa ee ii oo will be pronounced using a long pause.
example from above; YUKI is pronounced yookey
YUUKI is pronounced yooookey.

Okay, now that the boring yada-yada is over, let’s go…
Again, please add your humor, insert your jokes, etc…

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