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    Quote Originally Posted by mingzhi
    My name is Sara ... doesn't it mean plate in Japanese ?
    I depends on the Kanji that are used to make it... yes plate is one meaning of 'Sara'... but there are Japanese people who have this name. I don't know what other Kanji are used for the name, but it's probably something really eloquent in meaning, as most Japanese names are.

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    Mine is David --> Deibitto aka デイビット in カタカナ(Katakana) Funny hehe
    We are in the same boat Lee-kun. But I seem to meet a lot of people who think "Deibitto" is too long (!!???)... so they ask me if I have a shorter name. Many of my friends call me Dave... but Dave usually gets changed to "Debu"--which, of course, means fat(ty).
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    Quote Originally Posted by mingzhi
    My name is Sara ... doesn't it mean plate in Japanese ?
    Yes, and in Osaka-ben it also means "new" (an object)

    "Ah, sara no kutsu haiteru yanka !"

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    Hihihi, this is a nice way of learning about all the real names
    Mine is not as spectacular, I don't think it has a meaning in Japanese, 'cause everybody kept calling me that way - I got really used to it in Japanese pronounciation. Nah, I won't tell it now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsukinoko
    Hihihi, this is a nice way of learning about all the real names
    Mine is not as spectacular, I don't think it has a meaning in Japanese, 'cause everybody kept calling me that way - I got really used to it in Japanese pronounciation. Nah, I won't tell it now!
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    @Golgo, should I really reply to this?!
    My name is actually spanish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsukinoko
    @Golgo, should I really reply to this?!
    My name is actually spanish.
    If you want, you can just reply by a PM and I'll let you know by PM what your name would sound like in Japanese. I'm sure it sounds nice. Most Spanish names sound fine in Japanese because they're both very phonetic languages. Dontcha worry 'bout a thing.

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    not my first name anway lol about the same, refer to my screename.
    last name is about odd but not too bad.
    think my middle name make it out fine but i dont know for sure, anthony if anyone wants to give it a shot lol
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    so david is not kuchi in japanese?
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    No, "Mouth" is Kuchi.

    you don't translate names like you do in the West, e.g., Juan=John=Jean=Johan=Ivan=Giovanni or Joe=Jose=Giuseppi.

    All Western names have Biblic origins, and since the Japanese have not traditionally been Christians they don't have their equivalents of Western names.

    Like I said above, all you do is pronounce your name like a Japanese person would, and write it down in Roma ji phonetically.

    Therefore, David would be Deibiddo.

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    My last name is Rika- in katakana. Which a lot of my students found amusing.

    It seems liquor is also rika-.

    sigh

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    "liquor" would be pronounced more like "rikkaa".

    In the 1960s and 1970s there were manga and anime characters named "Rika" so I don't know why they would be amused.

    Nice name noetheless.

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    SilverAngel ~ I love the name Silvana!! That is so cool.

    Well, my first name is Shelley. Anyone know how that would translate?? (I used to have a Tai Chi teacher who always called me "Sherry" instead. Don't know what that one would mean either.)




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    does anyone know if Iria means anything in iapanese?
    I just can't see my last name meaning much: Gerushevesekii, but why not try it.
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    my name is (Jan) van Erven, guess that doesn't really have a meaning...

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