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Japangrish

noun; blending
English language with the pronunciation of Japanese speakers.
 
This term is used by our Japanese teacher to refer to a special system of pronunciation of English words (borrowed and not only), which is common in Japan nowadays. This way of pronunciation is not mutually comprehensible with the “standard” pronunciation (in both ways). I have not found this term anywhere on the Internet; in my Japanese class (JAPA 142) though it is used all the time.
Etymology : This extremely helpful term is blended from the names of two languages - English and Japanese - and also reflects the allophones [ɹ] and [l] of the Japanese language (they are in a free variation, so Japanese speakers do not distinct them; in writing the corresponding sounds are denoted with “r”).
Source : “What’s “divide” in Japangrish?” (my Japanese teacher, 11/15/2019).
Last modified: 6 December 2019


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