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Write Your Name in Japanese!

Hello friends, I am currently in music class, or おん学!(^O^)♪

Today I will teach you how to write your name in Japanese! Now, first of all, I want to make something clear. I have taught you about the hiragana alphabet already, but to spell your name (unless it is a Japanese name) you will have to use the katakana alphabet.

Katakana is used to spell out foreign words like ハンバーガー (hamburger/hanbaagaa) and クッキー (cookie/kukkii) (side note I’m sooo hungry). These words are spelt out in katakana because the words didn’t originate in Japan.

Just like your name! My name is Alisa (pronounced Alissa but with one ‘S’), so in Japanese it would be アリサ (Alisa/Arisa). Here’s a fun fact I learnt recently: Arisa is a Japanese name. MY NAME IS JAPANESE. But, since I’m not from Japan, I think it’s fair that I spell it in katakana.

As you can see from the way my name is spelt, the ‘li’ in ‘Alisa’ is changed to a ‘ri’. This goes for any name with an L sound, like Leah would be ‘リア’ (Ria).

Now, in order to write your own name, you have to find all of the characters in it (sucks if you have a long name, but be patient!).

The characters in red are katakana, and the characters in blue are hiragana. There are even little words in the corner that match what the picture is! Like in the one with a cat on it. It has ネ and ね, and the word in the corner says ‘ねこ’ the word for cat!

I hope that you can work out how to spell your name and write it in Japanese! If you can’t, just leave your name in the comments and I can do it fo you. Or, you could use Google Translate (^ _ ^)/ Byeee

-アリサ

19 comments

chelcyg

This is great, but could you give me a hand, My name is 'Chelcy' and I'm not sure what to do with the Ch (as in 'cheese' sound) :)

29th Mar, 19
alisaaa

Oh! This is where it is a bit complicated!
So, in Japanese, there is a 'chi' katakana character (チ, in this case). Is this what you are looking for? Or, if not, is it pronounced like Chelsea? In that case, we would need to add another sound to the チ to make it a 'cheh' sound. Let me know if チ is the right character!

29th Mar, 19
chelcyg

In reply to alisaaa

yeah its like Chelsea spelled differently!

29th Mar, 19
chelcyg

In reply to chelcyg

チェルシー ( Cherushī ) This is what came up on google translate, it looks pretty good to me!

29th Mar, 19
alisaaa

In reply to chelcyg

Yep! That's what I meant by 'it gets complicated'. The 'che' is not a single character, but the 'chi' character with the 'e' character written smaller next to it. I might post about this, but I feel that this is only important if you learn it intensely, and it is easy to teach yourself anyway!

29th Mar, 19
chelcyg

In reply to alisaaa

Yeah, I'm learning new stuff! well done me, and thanks for helping!! :)

29th Mar, 19
sylvs

well my name is Sylvs sooooo (well it's my nickname my actual name is SYL-V (hehehe Tae)-AH)

29th Mar, 19
alisaaa

Your name would be spelt as シルービー ! (Shiru-bi-)

29th Mar, 19
sylvs

In reply to alisaaa

hehehe thanks <3 In Korean your name would be 아리사 (alisa/arisa) they also have the l/r thing

29th Mar, 19
alisaaa

In reply to sylvs

Yeah, I already knew hehe. I went through the 'phase' where I was so interested in Korea that I literally became a koreaboo... that was humiliating ANYWAY I GOT REWARDS I now know how to read Korean :)

29th Mar, 19
sylvs

In reply to alisaaa

YAYYYYYYYYYY!!! How long have you been learning Japanese? I've been learning Korean since May last year

29th Mar, 19
alisaaa

In reply to sylvs

I've been learning Japanese for over a year now :)

29th Mar, 19
sylvs

In reply to alisaaa

OOOH!!! YAS!!!!! <3<3<3

29th Mar, 19
ellipsis

エリップシスといいます。I finally got around to installing Japanese software on my computer and it's very fun

2nd Apr, 19
alisaaa

といいます? Where'd you get that? Haha, not picking on you, but the proper way to introduce yourself is わたしは エリップシスです。(Watashi wa Erippushisu desu) or instead of 'desu', you could use だよ but it is less formal. Hope this helps!

2nd Apr, 19
ellipsis

In reply to alisaaa

My teacher said it means 'my name is'. I'll ask him. Thanks :)

3rd Apr, 19
alisaaa

If it does mean 'my name is', then that is a very weird way to say it haha :) You should probably ask him why he taught you this way to say your name, and maybe show him the sentence I typed in the previous reply!

3rd Apr, 19
bookwithbane

There are some really good name to katakana engines out there. I personally use NolanLawson. My name flawlessly translates to Japanese because all the letters match up. DO NOT TRY TO KANJIFY YOUR NAMES GUYS

6th Apr, 19
alisaaa

Thanks for the link! Didn't know those sites existed. And yeah I don't recommend kanjifying your name haha, even though I know my name in kanji!

8th Apr, 19