Category Archives: Janglish

Why do the Japanese add extra vowel sounds to English?

Three answers, including one that had never occurred to me before, on my JapanExplained blog (recently more active than this one, maybe for the first time ever): Why do the Japanese pronounce English like katakana? Much more on Janglish and … Continue reading

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Janglish which we should all start using

What I prefer to call Janglish is better known as Japlish, Japanese English or wasei eigo. The direct translation of the last term is “English made in Japan”, but a more correct explanation would be Japanese words and expressions made … Continue reading

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New teaching Japanese learners page

Given how I’ve spent eight of the last ten years and four of the six years of this blog teaching in Japan, you can be fairly sure that all my worksheets and teaching advice are suitable for that situation. I’ve also … Continue reading

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Janglish in Taiwan

Have been desperately searching for more evidence of the influence of Janglish (expressions made in Japan from English and other European sources) to make all that work on my big list of Janglish seem at least partly worthwhile, so was … Continue reading

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Differences between Janglish and Konglish

I seem to have got over the obsession that started with a huge list of Japlish, went on to a smaller but still substantial list of Konglish and then went on to list the similarities between them, so this might … Continue reading

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Similarities between Konglish and Janglish

People who looked at the Konglish list I mentioned in my last post might have noticed how many of the words and phrases are marked “same in Japanese”. If English as a Lingua Franca does/ will exist, I would guess … Continue reading

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Complete A to Z of Janglish (Japanese English)

PDF version for easy storing and printing: Janglish A to Z dictionary The TEFLtastic Janglish – English Dictionary – Updated January 2014 Janglish, more often called Japlish, Japanese English or Wasei Eigo, is used here to mean English words and … Continue reading

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Japlish dictionary Part 8 – T to Z

UPDATE: Complete Janglish dictionary now here. Part Seven is here and Part One is here, with links to the other parts. You could also have a look at my recent article giving an overview of the topic, and loads more articles … Continue reading

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An A to Z of Wasei Eigo Part 5 – M to O

UPDATE: Full list including PDF now available here Wasei eigo (English made in Japan) is by far my favourite way of referring to this kind of language, but unfortunately it just ain’t an English expression. So “Japanese English” it will … Continue reading

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Japanese English- slight return

Talk to most Japanese people about Sudoku and they will have no idea what you are talking about. The standard Japanese name is “nambaa geimu” (number game) (Thanks to Anthony for the post title)

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