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Help with Japanese Homework ^_^;
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Your teacher gave this to you as Katakana practice? This assignment looks more like something to help understand how English names get fitted to Japanese characters.

I don't understand how someone who's learning kana can be expected to get Los Angeles from rosanzerusu (24) or Albuquerque from arubakaaki (10). Seems a little lazy on the teacher's part.


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While a more readable copy of the advertisement would have been helpful, otherwise, I don't think this is so bad an exercise for practicing katakana. I just went through the list in about 10 minutes here during a lull at work-- only one city name is obscure to me. If one masters katakana, this exercise is not that difficult, and it's a real-life example of Japanese katakana in use (travel agency ad for vacation fares for various cities-- lots of these cities appear to be places with colleges or universities, or spring break destinations).
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PaperPro wrote:

Your teacher gave this to you as Katakana practice? This assignment looks more like something to help understand how English names get fitted to Japanese characters.

I don't understand how someone who's learning kana can be expected to get Los Angeles from rosanzerusu (24) or Albuquerque from arubakaaki (10). Seems a little lazy on the teacher's part.




I think the Genki book is lazy - it uses very little Katakana and this chart is mostly us translating the characters. I believe that's the main part she wants and actually being able to translate the cities is a bonus. At least I think that's how she described this, I know my classmates are having trouble too. Seems I have the most complete list.

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Again, good luck! I'll also add that the list is roughly (definite emphasis on "roughly"!) alphabetical in English (or Roman letters). The Japanese language also has a lot of words borrowed from English and some other Western languages, which are generally all rendered in katakana in actual usage, and so this exercise, as frustrating as it might be, will likely be useful to you later even as you learn actual Japanese words.

Examples:
アルバイト from German, arbeit, meaning in Japanese a part-time job.
パスポート meaning passport
ストーブ "stove," but really means a heater for a room, like a space heater.
イクラ supposedly from Russian, meaning salmon roe.

Note pronunciations can shift quite a bit from the original word, as well as the exact meaning. That exercise seems to me to be a decent example of how Western words and sounds are rendered in Japanese.
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sushipath wrote:

Again, good luck! I'll also add that the list is roughly (definite emphasis on "roughly"!) alphabetical in English (or Roman letters). The Japanese language also has a lot of words borrowed from English and some other Western languages, which are generally all rendered in katakana in actual usage, and so this exercise, as frustrating as it might be, will likely be useful to you later even as you learn actual Japanese words.

Examples:
アルバイト from German, arbeit, meaning in Japanese a part-time job.
パスポート meaning passport
ストーブ "stove," but really means a heater for a room, like a space heater.
イクラ supposedly from Russian, meaning salmon roe.

Note pronunciations can shift quite a bit from the original word, as well as the exact meaning. That exercise seems to me to be a decent example of how Western words and sounds are rendered in Japanese.


We learned that.

That's why knowing Katakana will help you survive a bit in a Japanese McDonalds. :D

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ニューヨーク
ボストン
シカゴ
ダラス
ワシントンDC
アトランタ
シアトル
デトロイト
オルバニー
アルバカーキ
アレンタウン
アマリロ
オースチン
ボルチモア
バーミンガム
バッファロー
バーリントン
シャンペン
シャーロット
シンシナティ
ミネアポリス
ピッツバーグ
デモイン

New York
Boston
Chicago
Dallas
Washington DC
Atlanta
Seattle
Detroit
Albany
Albuquerque
Allentown
Amarillo
Austin
Baltimore
Birmingham
Buffalo
Burlington
Champagne
Charlotte
Cincinnati
Minneapolis
Pittsburgh
Des Moines
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ロサンゼルス
サンノゼ
サンディエゴ
エルパソ
ユージーン
エバンズビル
ハリスバーグ
ヒューストン
ジャクソンビル
カラマズー
カンサスシティ
ノックビル
ラファイエット
ラスベガス
レキシントン
リトルロック
ルイビル
アクロン
ブルーミントン
スボケン
コロンバス
デイトン
デンバー

Los Angeles
San Jose
San Diego
EL PASO
Eugene
Evansville
Harrisburg
Houston
Jacksonville
Kalamazoo
Kansas City
Nokkubiru
Lafayette
Las Vegas
Lexington
Little Rock
Louisville
Akron
Bloomington
Suboken
Columbus
Dayton
Denver
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マディソン
メンフィス
マイアミ
ミルウォーキー
モービル
ナッシュビル
ノーフォーク
オマハ
オーランド
フィニックス
プロビデンス
ラーレイ
リノ
リッチモンド
セントルイス
シラキューズ
タンバ
ツーソン
タルサ
ウィチタ
サバンナ
グリーンズボロ
グリーンビル

Madison
Memphis
Miami
Milwaukee
Mobile
Nashville
Norfolk
Omaha
Orlando
Phoenix
Providence
Raleigh
Reno
Richmond
St. Louis
Syracuse
Tamba
Tucson
Tulsa
Wichita
Savannah
Greensboro
Greenville
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ハートフォード
サンフランシスコ
ロチェスター
サンアントニオ
シュレブボート
クリーブランド
グランドラビッズ
インディアナポリス
ウエストパームビーチ
フォートローダーデール
カレッジステーション
フィラデルフィア
ニューオーリンズ
ソルトレイクシティ
オクラホマシティ
フォートウェイン
ポートランド(メイン州)
ポートランド(オレゴン州)

Hartford
San Francisco
Rochester
San Antonio
Shurebuboto
Cleveland
Grand Hotel La David's
Indianapolis
West Palm Beach
Fort Lauderdale
College Station
Philadelphia
New Orleans
Salt Lake City
Oklahoma City
Fort Wayne
Portland (Maine)
Portland (Oregon)
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Holy cow, you got them all.
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You are welcome.
My best regards in the future^^
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Posted 3/19/13
You spoiled it for her! :-S Anyway, you might want to check that one, "Grand Hotel La David's" before turning in your homework. Likely no such place in the U.S. (who knows, maybe some actual hotel named that somewhere, but not a place for which you can specifically buy an airplane ticket).
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Oh, Sorry; ^^;
「グランドラピッズ」="Grand Rapids”
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Posted 3/20/13
Well, google translate isn't always right...

Do you have a text book? For my japanese class we do..
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