Archive | March, 2012

Three: English Today Article: Unlocking the encoded English vocabulary in the Japanese language

15 Mar

I wrote an article for the English Today journal (click the above image for the abstract and access details) entitled:

Unlocking the encoded English vocabulary in the Japanese language

It outlines how a basic knowledge of the katakana script can be extremely useful for unlocking a huge amount of English found in the Japanese language. I feel that an important point raised in the article is that the 2 scripts of (1) romaji and (2) the English alphabet are often confused. These are 2 distinct ways of transcribing English words in the Japanese language and it is important not to confuse them. The article gives details of this along with examples.