Friday, January 15, 2010
Successive Approximation and Creating a Coherent Japanese Phrase
(This is a followup/update of "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Kanji, Romanji, and This Writer " (January 11, 2010).)
A little checking, and I found a pronunciation (romanized, anyway) for 凄い Google Translate.
Sure enough, 凄い is "sugoi" - now, I need to see if I'm using it correctly.
Well, that's interesting:
When I put "great manga writer" through Google Translate, I got "偉大な漫画家" (without quotes in both cases, BTW.)
And 偉大な漫画家 is romanized as idai na manga ka. I recognized "manga ka" as fairly common usage.
Interestingly, "great welldigger" comes through as "大きな井戸掘り職人" - or "ōkina ido hori shokunin".
I think I'm getting to where I want, by successive approximation.
"Ido ka" probably, maybe, possibly, is a phrase that means something in the neighborhood of "water-well - ka" or "water well artist/writer/creator" with overtones of the id (id, ego, superego, and all that) and latitude (緯度 / ido)."
Confused? Well, so am I
The point is that when I run "great ido ka" through Google Translate, out comes "大きな井戸カー / ōkina ido kā" - which may, or may not, be what I'm looking for.
Interesting: 井 seems to mean "well" - whether that's "I'm feeling well" or "water well" - more checking is called for.
Ah! 井 means "well" and the "well" is a noun. I think I've got it. Maybe.
Oi. "water well" comes out as "井戸 / ido"- 井戸!!
Okay: I got these nouns in Japanese:
Which get translated as these nouns in English:
2. Spring wells
Yeah: I think I'm getting close.
I do not collect information on individuals visiting this blog. If you leave a comment, I'll read what you wrote: but I don't keep a record of comments, apart from what Blogger displays. (In other words, the only record of what you write or who you are will be what people see at the bottom of the post.)
I do collect information about how many hits this blog gets, where they come from, and some technical information. I use the WebSTAT service for this purpose - and all that shows is which ISP you use, and where it's located.
You can stop most of Webstat's data gathering by disabling cookies in your browser. I don't know why you would, but some folks do.
I'm also an AdSense affiliate, so Google collects information on what I've written in each post: but that's mostly my problem.
I'm also considering starting an affiliate relationship with DAZ Productions. You should be able to keep DAZ and Commission Junction, their provider of affiliate services, from collecting information by - again - disabling cookies in your browser.
And you can keep DAZ Productions from finding out anything about you, by not buying any of their products.
Again, I don't know why you would: but some folks do.
Or, rather, don't.