April 11th, 2010


Asian Names

I was wondering which is the more acceptable order for Asian names (in this case Korean/Chinese): family name first or family name last, as in the Western style? In this instance, I'm referring to something being written in U.S. English.

I was writing a review of the movie Mother (Madeo) and Bong Joon-ho (as well as well known filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, for that matter) seemed to suggest the former, despite that their imdb entries list their family names last (Joon-ho Bong and Kar Wai Wong).

This extends to Japanese names, too, amirite? Why do Westerners have to confuse one another and have Wikipedia entries for Michio Miyagi, instead of vice versa?
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Spanish How Do You Say

So last summer I did a trek in Peru with 3 Spaniards. And of course, my camera broke right before we got to Machu Picchu, and one of the Spaniards offered to take photos and send them to me. So now it's several months later, and I haven't received the photos. I'd like to ask him if he could send them, but the problem is he doesn't speak any of the languages I speak, and I don't speak Spanish.

So....could someone give me the translation for: If you have time, could you send me some of the photos from Machu Picchu? My email address is.....


[Jungle Book] Puppy Wag

How do you say: I come in peace

I would like to know how to write (romanized):

"I come in peace."

in as many languages as possible, but preferably "Old Norse," the language of Vikings. Since I know that is extinct, I'm willing to use any language possibly related to it: Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Faroese, etc.

(I would love it, however, if I could get this translated into as many "Northern" languages as possible, such as Ainu.)

Thank you!

Having particle troubles in Japanese?


Forgot about this when I was pulling together Japanese resources for my reply to the language survey earlier. Saw this come through the SenseiOnline mailing list a while back; basically, the University of Kyoto did a bit of corpus work and sorted out what nouns were used with what verbs, and what particles were used with said nouns. The search is for verbs by default, however if you check the first box under the search field, you can reverse the search and it'll search for a noun (or category thereof, e.g. 人) and bring up all verbs where it hits upon relevant results, and tell you which particle was used with it. Only downside to it is that it's Japanese-only, so some of it may be hard to figure out at first.

Have fun!

(cross-posting to Japanese)