Thursday, April 13, 2006

Japanese Katakana Dictionary - Harry Potter

ハリー・ポッター

English:
Harry Potter

Katakana:
ハリー・ポッター

Romanization:
harii pottaa
(The extra t represents a stop sound or double consonance between po and taa sound)


I only read the first book of Harry Potter. It was just okay. I didn’t think this book was as fantastic as everyone mentioned. Oh, almost everyone, I should say. When the first book was out, some people wanted to born all the Harry Potter books because Harry Potter uses magic. Now, the Harry Potter books are used to get more people to go back to church. What a joke this is!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Japanese Katakana Dictionary - Turkish Delight

ターキッシュ・ディライト

English:
Turkish Delight

Katakana:
ターキッシュ・ディライト

Romanization:
taakisshu deraito
(extra s represents a stop sound or double consonance between ki and shu sound)


I loved to visit my grandpa when I was a kid. He always had tins and tins of British sweets ready for me to eat. After I read Narnia, I thought Turkish Delight tasted like the candies my grandpa had.

With the movie Narnia being shown worldwide, I found Turkish Delight’s recipe at Yahoo Japan’s Narnia official site.

To my surprise, Turkish Delight is only normal gum drop square. What is so special about gum drop square?

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Japanese Katakana Dictionary - C.S.Lewis

シー・エス・ルイス

English:
C. S. Lewis

Katakana:
シー・エス・ルイス

Romanization:
shi e'su ru'i'su
(e and su; ru, i and su need to be pronounced separately)

His name is also commonly written as C. S. ルイスor CS ルイス in Japanese.

Name in full:
クライブ・ステープルス・ルイス

English:
Clive Staples Lewis

Katakana:
クライブ・ステープルス・ルイス

Romanization:
kuraibu suteepurusu ru'i'su
(ru, i and su need to be pronounced separately)


Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) who is commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis, is well known for his fantasy novels such as his children’s series The Chronicles of Narnia. He is also known for his work on medieval literature and his Christian apologetics.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Japanese Katakana Dictionary - Narnia

ナルニア国(こく)物(もの)語(がたり)

English:
The Chronicles of Narnia / The story of Narnia

Katakana:
ナルニア

Romanization:
naruni’a
(ni and a need to be pronounced separately)

Romanization for the whole word:
naruni’a koku mono gatari

Cinemas in Japan have been showing Narnia since March 4, 06 (Saturday). It is raking number one at the Japanese boxing office. Will this movie be more successful than other fantasy movies we saw lately?
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