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How did you translate your (first) name into Japanese

  • Used Katakana

    Votes: 32 53.3%
  • Made up your own using Kanji

    Votes: 6 10.0%
  • Translated phonetically in Kanji

    Votes: 9 15.0%
  • Don't have a japanese name

    Votes: 14 23.3%

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I really don't know much about the whole japanese naming system, but I don't like the way my name translates in Japanese, and I was just checking to see if it is possible to create my own japanese name by putting together common kanji used for names, or should I just go through a list and pick one out? you tell me.

-X-
 

jspecdan

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depends upon what kind of name you want. you should be known as "kintama"
 

neko_girl22

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this is my name 香里奈 My husband made it for me when we were dating :inlove:
It has a nice feel to it I'm told. Unlike someone I know who translated her name phonetically and the kanji can also be read as "always drinking". hehe
 

kirei_na_me

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I just always use Katakana for mine. I've never really felt the need to use Kanji for my name. In Katakana, my name(Rachel) is written like this:レイチェル, and in Romaji, I would spell it like Recheru, even though I'm told the formal way would be to spell it like Reityeru....hmmmm...
 

kirei_na_me

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Originally posted by jeisan
or you can go by raichu, like the pokemon :p

I'm sure that would be way cool to my 5 year old if he had a mom that named herself after Raichu... :p
 

Johnathan

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Translated phonetically in Kanji

People actually do that? I thought my girlfriend was the only one. She told me she "wrote her name in Kanji" a long time ago, and explained. Her name is Amber, and she found a couple ways to write Kanji that matched アンバー and アマバー. But she only did that for fun, she doesn't write it like that. Her and I both use Katakana.
 

Elizabeth

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Originally posted by Johnathan
People actually do that? I thought my girlfriend was the only one. She told me she "wrote her name in Kanji" a long time ago, and explained. Her name is Amber, and she found a couple ways to write Kanji that matched アンバー and アマバー. But she only did that for fun, she doesn't write it like that. Her and I both use Katakana.
There are actually several ways to convert Western names into kanji -- based on spelling or meaning per shown in books like this. And of course it's all "just for fun" if you're not a Japanese national. Nothing is going to be officially recognized in North America or Europe that I'm aware of :).

Write Your Name in Kanji: Nobuo Sato: 9784900737358: Amazon.com: Books
 

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I forget where I translated my name. It was a long time ago that I did it. :/

It told me that my name in Japanese is Kyasuri.
 

Swifty

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Can someone tell me mine?

My name is Dave or David

Thanks I have always been curious ^_^
 

samuraitora

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Aw. Come on. Raichu...why don't you like it...lol

私の 名前は 日本語で ジョン です。
 

samuraitora

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I was told that you can get the v sound by putting the " on the u. Can anyone verify this? it is my last name.

Hoover ==>fu-u"a
The nihongo no sensei I had in high school told me that my last name is the fu, followed by a dash, then the u with the ", and an a
 

Keiichi

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I thought v's were usually translated to b's. So Hoover would be like Fuuba (フーバ).
 

Johnathan

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ヴ - vu

Add mini e's, a's, i's, o's to make into ve, va, vi, vo, etc. But I think B's are still used a lot more for V's in Katakana.
 

Keiichi

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Do people use the v's a lot?
I think the only place where I've recalled v used was for Evangelion as E-va-n-ge-ri-o-n
 
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Well let's see. If Visa is translated to Bisa...

Perhaps Dave would translate to Dabe...

Edit In: I'm pretty sure there are no Vs in Katakana. Adding the " mark will change the Hs to Bs.
 

Swifty

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YAY ^_^ 😄 😄 :p :p

I have a Japanese name ^_^

Thanks for letting me know Master-of -Sorrow

Dauido or Daue ^_^

now only to learn how to pronounce it properly :eek:
 
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