Monsters & Nonsense: “Useless” Japanese: Part 1

When trying to translate an Ultraman-themed vehicle for selling “junk” (read: a manga with cool monsters in it) earlier this afternoon, I started getting some pretty funny / interesting – but not totally ridiculous – results / “answers”. I put together a list for myself, and added a few that I already knew for others to check out. To tell you the truth, I just put this up so I wouldn’t forget nonsense like “the fourth dimension”.

Just to let you know…if you have no prior experience with the Japanese language and you try to pronounce any of the nouns, verbs or exclamations below, you will undoubtedly sound like a foreigner and will impress absolutely zero native speakers of Japanese. Honestly, it’s much more likely that you will get laughed at. But who cares? I’m just hoping that some nerd from the middle of nowhere makes a YouTube video of him or herself yelling “HAKU! HAKU! HAKU!” and then fake barfs. Over and over again.

Please make it happen.

what it means

to vomit

how it’s pronounced

ha-ku

how it’s written

吐く

fire-breathing

ho-noh oh ha-ku

炎を吐く

all right!

(can also mean premature death)

yoh-sh!

ようし

hooray!

(also: hot dog!, whee!, yowzer!)

yah-tah!

やったあ

terrible

knee-gah-teh

苦手

to gain victory

kah-tsu

勝つ

invincible

moo-teh-key

無敵

to be proud of

ho-ko-rew

誇る

dude

(also: fellow, chap)

yah-tsu

ヤツ

enemy

(also: opponent)

teh-key

buttocks

she-ree

fourth dimension

yo-“G”-gehn

四次元

The following were some better examples of why you shouldn’t rely on a dictionary when translating…or at least try to use one as little as possible. Well, unless you’ve got an eye for unintentional hilarity. After being put through the Google Translate grinder, I was awarded with the gems below:

ずってやつね

came out as

“the hard guy”

敵お尻

came out as

“ass enemy”

四次元とかもしったし

came out as

“and also the four-dimensional SHITTA”

This is the website for the comic that I got all this nonsense from.

All errors are of course my own. Corrections are obviously encouraged.

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