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 Japanese for the language impaired 
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Unread post Japanese for the language impaired
So, to get into the RP, you realize you have to be able to string a bit of Japanese together for your character's name. Unfortunately, you don't speak more than a couple dozen words you've learned from watching anime. And if you plan on doing any world building at a future date (New jutsu? Locations? NPCs?) you'll need to be able to come up with yet more Japanese words.

Internet translations are a lifesaver (assuming you don't rip names directly from other sources). Granted, your made up names will probably still sound retarded to anyone that actually speaks the language, but you'll have a decent shot at getting your point across. The following are the websites that I found useful in my naming attempts:

Google translate
Translates English to Kanji and vice-versa. Not terribly helpful by itself (if you can already read both Kanji and this post, you probably don't need a translator), and not real useful for multiple Kanji put together, but useful nonetheless.

http://www.cs.technion.ac.il/~danken/kanjidic.html
Translates Romaji to Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Also gives possible English definitions for Kanji.

http://www.romaji.org/
Translates Kanji to Hiragana or Romaji.

http://romaji.me/
Translates English into Romaji, Kanji into Romaji, and Kanji into Hiragana/Katakana. I'm not sure how reliable this one is, though, as it gave me some results that were wildly different from the other websites I was using. Seems to work decently for individual words, though.

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April 15th, 2012, 1:13 am
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Thanks so much! This is great.

Still, it makes me think my character's name is probably stupid. So I'll just be over there, in the corner...

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April 15th, 2012, 1:54 am
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I use this (http://nihongo.j-talk.com/kanji/) myself for kanji->romaji conversion.

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spud, try translating Abunai's name some time. ;)

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Thanks for the translation sites. They help much in this mission


November 16th, 2013, 1:18 pm
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http://www.suteki.nu/translator/


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