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Help with Japanese Homework ^_^;
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Keep in mind I'm a beginner learner!

Our teacher gave us Katakana practice work because our actual book doesn't give much work in Katakana. We have to translate the American cities on a travel flyer. The flyer is kind of hard to read. I did my best to translate but I missed a lot and I know I'm probably making many mistakes so I'm looking for help. Here is my work so far:







(Trying to upload the flyer but it's being difficult.)
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Posted 3/12/13 , edited 3/12/13
google translator doesn't give you the exact names in katakana?
i use google translators sometimes to see if im able to write it fine, it should translate correctly if typed well
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xtangle wrote:

google translator doesn't give you the exact names in katakana?
i use google translators sometimes to see if im able to write it fine, it should translate correctly if typed well


Only a couple seemed to work. My issue is the flyer is TERRIBLE with diacritc marks. So if I type something wrong because I can't see if it has a mark or not, google translate doesn't work for it properly. Hence why I need help, I'm hoping people can point out mistakes (missing marks and what not).

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Posted 3/12/13
Well not sure this is really appropriate for CR...

But if I had to guess...

16: Boston
38: Maybe Washington?
41: Akron
67: Savana
72: Rochester
77: Perhaps Indianapolis

Good luck with the rest!
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Here is the flyer in question just to show the bad quality.

Sorry if this isn't appropriate, I've a lot of interest in Japan and I'm studying the language in hopes to go one day. ^_^; There was no real description stating what can and can't go here so I wasn't sure. I figured anything Japanese related would be ok.
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Posted 3/12/13 , edited 3/12/13
Bosuton
Washinton
Akuron
sabana
rochesutaa
indianapurisu ---> what i got from the google translate (i guess it is working right~ maybe you should use it if you have lot of problems)

ahhh i get it, how big is your screen? mine 18 inch so i can varely see the marks
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Posted 3/12/13

Karkarov wrote:

Well not sure this is really appropriate for CR...

But if I had to guess...

16: Boston
38: Maybe Washington?
41: Akron
67: Savana
72: Rochester
77: Perhaps Indianapolis

Good luck with the rest!


Always fun to confuse a mod!

I thought 77 might be Indianapolis but I wasn't sure. Thanks for the rest! Reading it over, they do sound much like those.

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xtangle wrote:

Bosuton
Washinton
Akuron
sabana
rochesutaa
indianapurisu ---> what i got from the google translate (i guess it is working right~ maybe you should use it if you have lot of problems)



Those aren't the actual city names though. I would never know Sabana = Savana just from the romaji. And the ones I could get from google translate I got.

I think a huge part of my issue is not knowing many of the cities on the list, so I don't know if they translated correctly. And if they're off by a letter or two, googling it comes up with no matches.

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Posted 3/12/13 , edited 3/12/13
you could tell me which ones, i could try help you :P
AHHH maybe one problem is cose u need to translate it to katakana, google translator makes everything hiragana for me
when typing the word if you click the down arrow it shows u a bunch of options, maybe slow but it might help. ofc if that is the problem
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xtangle wrote:

you could tell me which ones, i could try help you :P
AHHH maybe one problem is cose u need to translate it to katakana, google translator makes everything hiragana for me
when typing the word if you click the down arrow it shows u a bunch of options, maybe slow but it might help. ofc if that is the problem


I need to make sure the Katakana I copied is correct. I copied it as I was able to see it in that flyer (it looks bad loaded up, it's just as bad irl). I have to translate Katakana to Romaji to English. I did all the Romaji and to my knowledge it's correct, but if I missed a diacritc mark then it'll be wrong. Any city on the loose leaf with no English translation is one I couldn't translate or think of.

I'm hoping the romaji will be enough to appease her, at least I got my home city.
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Heh nice! i still haven't learnt much about countries, i guess cose its not so important and because im planning to go study in the university there in 4 months~ so i need to hurry and study a lot im doing months which is (getsu/gatsu/tsuki) and there are no month names so its just 5gatsu(may)! which is really good ;p in a way. know the weeks and im currently studying the days of a month- mikka (3rd) etc. they are a bit hard heh :P
im actually really glad i got to see u! i was so hoping i would find someone who was practicing japanese! now we can try talk together and practice together hehe i mean if you are not busy ofc
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do you like to draw?
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Posted 3/12/13

xtangle wrote:

do you like to draw? :P


I couldn't draw to save my life.

My terrible hand writing should be proof of that (I wrote those loose leafs).

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nah its not that bad, i bet u can
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Posted 3/12/13 , edited 3/12/13
It'd be cheating to have the CR community to do your homework for you! :-)

Anyway, though, you seem to be making good progress so far. Your efforts seem to be hampered a bit by a rough copy of the newspaper ad (yes, you're missing a few diacritics-- which are admittedly hard to discern on that newspaper copy, but they're there.), and that some of the cities listed are not all that huge or necessarily well-known (e.g. Kalamazoo, MI; Grand Rapids, MI, Shreveport, LA, Des Moines, IA). Good luck!

Only thing I'll suggest is that for kana that can take diacritics, if a word doesn't seem to make sense at first, try cycling through the various possibilities. e.g. For #86 and #87, if ボ (bo) doesn't seem to match any city name you know, try "ho" or "po."

Oh, and I'll add: make sure you don't confuse similar-looking kana: e.g. テ (te) versus チ (chi).
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