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Week 31

Part 31

  • Female Speech Patterns ・ 女の喋り方
  • Useful Kanji for Pokemon:TCG ・ すぐ役立つポケモンの漢字表

Female Speech Patterns 女のしゃべり方

Females tend to use a softer and less harsh form of speech, especially in 少女
anime or any anime with a love centered plot (like Tenchi or Escaflowne). It is
important to note that these words are quite feminine. Unless you really want to
get some laughs (and or make a total fool of yourself), guys should avoid using
words like these. Some of words they use are:

あたし - Very distinctly feminine form of 'I'. Tough girls tend not to use this
word. It is derived from 'Watashi'.

あなた - Another word that means 'you'. While this word is formal, and is used by
guys, it has a slight feminine overtone. Girls in anime will tend to prefer this
word over 'Omae'. In anime, girls also frequently use 'Kimi' and 'Anta'. Men
typcially avoid using 'Anata' in informal situations.

- Girls will frequently use the particle 'no' at the end of a sentence. It
gives a softened feminine touch.

かわいい - This is a particularly common word to anime. It means 'cute' and female
characters use it quite frequently (at least those that don't act tough). While
it is not forbidden for guys to say 'kawaii' it isn't a word they throw around
as easily as girls do.

If you pay enough attention you can notice these little differences all the
time. Sometimes these minute differences are the root of some humor in anime,
which can be exceptionally difficult to translate in the subtitling. It is also
important to remember that in anime, speech is frequently exaggerated and they
way a character speaks frequently characterizes they way the act as well. My
best piece of advice is to avoid emulating the way anime characters speak. But
anime is very helpful for listening comprehension. It becomes much easier to
understand the things you hear when you know the words, and furthermore know
what to expect to hear.

Written by Knight of Gold

Useful Kanji for Pokemon:TCG すぐ役立つポケモンの漢字表

Although the Pokemon Card Game uses Kanji, you'll find that they only use about 20 or so. They use a LOT more Kanji for the "descriptions" of what the Pokemon do...but that's not required to play the game. Most people who play the game already know that stuff. You only need to be able to identify the attack, and follow the written directions.

So if you learn these 20 or so Kanji, you should be able to pick up any Japanese Pokemon card, and read the attack details. (Assuming you already know the Hiragana/Katakana)

Although the Hiragana/Katakana alphabets haven't been covered here, there are MANY places on the Net (as well as books) that you can use to learn these. I recommend learning them, because they're not hard (only 46 letters in each). It only takes as little as 1 or 2 weeks to learn one of the alphabets, depending on how much time you spend.

1) 相手・あいて - Opponent

2) 後・あと - after

3) 場・ば- place

4) 場所・ばしょ - place

5) 札・ふだ - card

6) 一枚・いちまい - one flat object

7) 一匹・いっぴき - one animal

8) 弱点・じゃくてん - weak point

9) 自分・じぶん - yourself

10) 状態・じょうたい - condition (status)

11) 攻撃・こうげき - attack

12) 戻す・もどす - to return

13) 投げる・なげる - to throw

14) 能力・のうりょく - special ability

15) 進化・しんか (suru)- to evolve

16) 好き・すき - like

17) 手・て - hand

18) 抵抗・ていこう - resistance

19) 特殊・とくしゅ - special

20) 全員・ぜんいん - all members

Roumaji 'Cheat Sheet'

1. aite
2. ato
3. ba
4. basho
5. fuda
6. ichimai
7. ippiki
8. jakuten
9. jibun
10. joutai
11. kougeki
12. modosu
13. nageru
14. nouryoku
15. shinka
16. suki
17. te
18. teikou
19. tokushu
20. zenin

Written by Matt McDevitt
and Brian Dunn

Copyright 2001 All Rights Reserved.

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