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"Nan desu ka?" [Apr. 27th, 2008|12:10 pm]
Lindsey Kuper
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"Hai! Naan desu."

Electra, Roy and Lindsey in Sapporo

(psst: photos of Sapporo, Kyoto and Tokyo and points in between slowly being titled and tagged and made public)

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[User Picture]From: joyquality
2008-04-28 02:43 pm (UTC)
desu
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-04-28 06:18 pm (UTC)
The whole "des"/"desu" thing is a dilemma for me. I've seen it romanized both ways. "desu" is more popular, but, darn it, I think "des" is more accurate.
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[User Picture]From: joyquality
2008-04-28 07:45 pm (UTC)
I guess it depends on what you mean by accurate. I'm not saying that sarcastically, I mean that romanization schemes have to make choices as to what is more important to encode. However, I realized that I don't have the data to back up the argument that I was going to make about devoiced vowels, so I'll just keep my mouth shut.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-04-29 02:08 am (UTC)
It's a hard problem! And I don't really like "des" either. Maybe with an apostrophe: "des'"? Maybe "desu" really is the most accurate of these choices, or at least the least confusing? Eh, maybe I should change it.
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[User Picture]From: cerulicante
2008-04-29 11:05 am (UTC)
If you're Romanizing, "desu" is more correct, since, when written in Japanese, it's the two characters "de" and "su". Phonetically, though, "dess" is much more accurate. It might be like how we in English often don't speak letters in a word but we must always write them.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-04-29 06:33 pm (UTC)

wutchoo talkin bout?

That's two votes for 'desu', one from a linguist, one from a guy who lives in Okinawa and speaks the language every day. Okay, I'm convinced!

But aren't you guys going to laugh at my awesome naan joke?
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[User Picture]From: cerulicante
2008-05-01 02:05 pm (UTC)

Re: wutchoo talkin bout?

Naan desu ka is funny. The Japanese would indeed love it. REQUEST APPROVED.



HAH HAH HAH HAH!
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