Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Turning Japanese...

"... I think i'm turning Japanese, I really think so!"

I've always loved cute Japanese things... especially having spent most of my childhood in Hong Kong but it wasn't until I got older that I really got to appreciate more of Japan's food, culture, and people. (Now you know where my brand's inspiration comes from!!!)

Don't laugh... but last Sunday, I actually bought an English-Japanese dictionary and I couldn't wait until I got home to use it so I sat in the car with my fiancee in the shopping mall parking lot and just recited random words. :P



What I find so awesome is that a lot of Japanese words sound like the English word... except with a Japanese spin on it :P Here are some of my favorites:




Ejannz also pointed out today that my full name sounds like "Camera" if you say it with a Japanese accent. Rove it!

What language would you love to learn? 

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19 comments:

abby | ybba said...

ahhaha american derived words are so funny! they called that "katakana" in writing.

i would have so much fun saying them in jap class cus it was the easiest ones to remember!! lol... which reminds me... watch this video if you haven't...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRerwXWTRjM

LOL!!!

PS. i saw the video about the girl wanting to commit suicide for justin bieber... *shakes head* some girls are so weird. i bet she's just doing that to meet him. hahaha.

ochikeron said...

Hi Kym,

hehehe. your ツ looks like シ and size of ツ should be smaller than the others when you write パイナップル LoL BUT those are cool mistakes. I mean, those are the mistakes that we Japanese cannot do and they are cool these days ;)

// krissy ♥ said...

Good luck on learning Japanese Kym!! I love pineapple's Japanese translation. Hey, you should collate a bunch of these fruit names and make a shirt design named "Fruit Sarad" LOL that would look so cute =D

I've always wanted to learn French, I bought the dictionary and even a software to help me with the pronunciation, but so far I haven't had much luck with it. We should ask tips from our linguist girl friend Nashe! <3

lisa said...

hahah that is so cute :)

i wanna learn french!

thegreenhairclip said...

i wanna learn Nihonggo and French and Spanish.

Nihonggo is a priority because, more than wanting to understand my MIL, i would love to understand Japanese tv shows, the funny and educational ones! :)

there are A LOT of English-derived Japanese words.. it's fun to learn! :)

Little Miss Tiara said...

chinese mandarin and korean :D I love their accents I think, well I've been learning french since forever too, though, and a little bit of spanish(don't think I'd understand if someone talk to me in spanish, though, lol).

and for my major and exchanging program, I guess I'll have to learn either dutch or german. Oh yeaahh... I'm all about language, haha xD

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Nashe^ said...

LOL japanese... If I'm not mistaken, 'baseball' is besuboru or something like that!

I wanna learn Dutch if I could but it's so darn difficult!

나니 said...

HAHAHA, oh yess! Gotta love katakana ; D

I'm attending university this summer to begin Korean studies : D And I'm exciteeed!

lizzy said...

kym, they wont get the joke with your name unless they know what your real name is!!!!! ajahhahahhahahahha =P

MJ said...

hahah that's how korean is. Television is tehl-ee-bee-she-yun

I wish I knew more Korean :) My fiance speaks fluently, so I guess I have no excuse to not learn!

xoladiihoneyxo said...

oh man.... Japanese. Have fun learning that! You will be able to. Hmm, cut small pieces of papers and put it on, like tiny index cards then put it in a bag. You can study a couple each day, randomly. One of my friends is taking Japanese, for about 2.5 years already in college! Torture, it gets worse as the class upgrade. But overall, it's good... hmm, I should master French in college, maybe as a minor.

Yeah, too bad the kit kats are very limited if its sold in the stores here but I think Canada have more varieties than the US. We should just go to Japan and stalk up on kit kats in the luggage then come back. lol! Just playinggg.... or am I? :wink: There's actually a couple of sites online that sells them but I either don't trust them OR they don't have the ones I want because it get out of stock in a matter of 5 minutes then it goes back on the site -__-' pretty crazy how the Asian Kit Kats run out... its not that cheap either.

Vicky said...

haha, i took japanese for three years, and had a horrible teacher. so i really didn't learn a thing. but i'm thinking about doing rosetta stone or taking classes hmm.... even hamburger almost sounds the same!

ILoveChocolateee! said...

I took Japanese for a term and it was quite fun! But it was my last term so I didn't continue. I still have the book and want to continue learning (aka start all over since I've forgotten almost all of it already). Must try to do so soon.

InsideOut Elle said...

Are those original Japanese words or just Japanified American words? Either way makes learning easier xD

Nikolett said...

Haha, the Japanese version of pineapple makes it sound like a painful fruit, maybe because of its texture? (I think way too much lol) Good luck with learning more words! I've listened to Japanese Pop since I was about 12 and I -still- haven't learned much lol. I'd love to be fluent in Japanese and Hungarian, so I'd know what my boyfriend and dad are saying to each other :P

Stephanie said...

I would love to learn Portuguese.

Ar-Ar said...

There were also one time time that I bought Chinese-English dictionary so I could learn some words but I ended up giving it to my sister! hahaha
Good luck to ypu! :)
btw,you look good in your profile pix!

Sarah said...

japanese- haha. i'm such a bad japanese person :P

also, korean. for funsies :P

what sort of makes me sad about japanese is that we're slowly phasing out ACTUAL japanese words for the english version :(