anibee's Guide to Nifty Japanese Words 101! (Vol. 32)

Foreign words - the Japanese way!


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We last read about how Katakana is used back in Volume 7, and basically established that it's often used to write words that aren't Japanese in origin.

But often, even the origin of the foreign words that the Japanese language borrows isn't always the same. That's right - it's not always an English word!

Known as 外来語 (Gairaigo) or 'borrowed words', here are just a few examples:


アルバイト

Arubaito

"Part time job"

Origin - German (Arbeit)


オルゴール

Orugooru

"Music box"

Origin - Dutch (Orgel)


アルコール

Arukooru

"Alcohol"

Origin - Portuguese

A lot of these words have their origins all the way back to the Meiji era!

Remember; when saying these words out loud, do them in a Japanese-style pronunciation (not in its native style) - or you might not be understood!

- Q

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