My boys are hanging out above my pillow. I hope I don’t find this weird in a few hours. #anime #manga #comics #games #finalfantasy #ffVII #cloud #L #deathnote
I just got a yeti, so I thought I’d test what I could do with it. I didn’t do to well with the guitar, but it was a lot of chord progressions to remember. ^_^’ I did the guitar arrangement myself, because I can’t sing in the original key and I didn’t know how to play it on piano anyway.
It just occurred to me that there was a perfectly fine Virgin Islander in my room last night. Like, he stayed over the whole night and nothing happened…
Well, that’s not particularly true. We watched Black Butler.
So I don’t actually have a problem with Engrish, in fact, I think it’s pretty cute. However, I often find myself listening to J-pop and K-pop and thinking “I’m sure at least one person on your production team knew that that makes no sense in English.”
Okay, so that’s music, but what about literary works that have English names? I’m currently watching an anime called Gosick based off of a light novel. Sure Gosick is a strange name, but I was sure there would be some explanation in the anime as I watched. Gosick has a rather dark theme and it takes place in a small fictional European country that prides itself on ghost stories and urban legend. Half way through the first arch I began to wonder if the title isn’t really Gosick, but actually Gothic. Gothic fit the theme of the show much better than a nonsense name like Gosick.
Gosick is spelled “ゴシック” in Japanese; the exact same way you spell Gothic. I looked up the Japanese cover of the light novel and saw that it was even there the English name had been printed as Gosick. Basically, the katakana had been translated letter for letter, because it would be pronounced the same in Japanese regardless, rather than translated for meaning.
And that’s fine for Japan, but when Americans and other English speakers start liking your things, Engrish gets in the way of knowing the meanings behind them. It can be really frustrating trying to understand a song with a lot of poorly phrased English because you can’t translate English into English and there’s no way of knowing what the songwriter meant. Sometimes you can reverse engineer small phrases and words, like I did with Gosick, but that’s not always the case.
I’m not saying that if English isn’t a language you’re skilled at, don’t use it. I think it’s fine to cross language barriers like. I love it when people learn and use languages that are not native to them. I’m just saying, if you have the means to check your English, please take the opportunity. I hate banging my head against desks trying to figure out what the hell it was you meant.
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