「Learn Japanese」 Intro to Wasei-Eigo ("coined" English Loan-words)
「Learn Japanese」 Intro to Wasei-Eigo ("coined" English Loan-words)The term wasei-eigo (和製英語) is used to refer to English words that have been coined into the Japanese language. Its literal translation is something along the lines of “Japanese-made English”. Wasei-eigo is often confused with Engrish, which is a slang term for the complete misuse of the English language by East Asian non-native speakers (which itself can be quite the adorable spectacle to behold), and gairaigo (外来語), which refers to modern and more general-usage loan words from languages other than Chinese embedded into the Japanese language; but the distinction and rather trendy nuance of wasei-eigo is that it is the actual experimentation of these loan words that results in an entirely divergent meaning.But it also has a negative impact on the language exchange of English and Japanese, on both ends of the relationship. Any informed linguist will acknowledge the infallibility of language changing, developing, and evolving; but as wasei-eigo specifically exists concurrently with the already established forms of these various English loan words, Japanese speakers learning English may forthrightly mistake them for true English words and heedlessly use them with the wasei-eigo denotation and connotation in any given context. On the receiving end, when English speakers hear these terms, they will naturally presume them as English words that have been accepted into Japanese lexicon with no changes in form. It’s easy to imagine the confusion that may arise when these two instances of miscommunication converge While at times much more informal than standard speech practice, wasei-eigo can have its merit as a poignant and fetching descriptor. In order to create an appeal in their advertising and products, the media often utilizes the convergence of English and Japanese to associate Western and Eastern culture and to portray a more modern and cosmopolitan image for the represented entity. Similar to the common usage of onomatopoeia in Japan (also usually lettered in kana characters) to convey the feelings alongside a certain situation, English loan words are considered to be more casual, friendly and trendy among the youth.Example(s):after service (アフターサービス) - customer serviceall back (オールバック) - swept back hairbaby car (ベビーカー) - strollerchange lever (チェンジレバー) - gear stick, gearshiftclaim (クレーム) - a complaintcome on (カモン/カモーン) - an invitation to join an eventconsent (コンセント) - electric socketfight (ファイト) - “Do your best!”, “I’ll do my best!”free size (フリーサイズ) - one size fits allg-pan (ジーパン) - jeanshigh touch (ハイタッチ) - high five list up (リストアップ) - make a selectionmansion (マンション) - modern apartment/condominium blockmagic tape (マジックテープ) - Velcrominus driver (マイナスドライバー) - flat-headed screwdrivermy pace (マイペース) - doing things at one’s own pacepinch (ピンチ) - predicament, potentially disasterous situationnumber display (ナンバーディスプレイ) - caller I.D.salaryman (サラリマン) - male office worker sign (サイン) - signature, autographsuper (スーパー) - supermarkettable speech (テーブルスピーチ) - a speech made at a partytalent (タレント) - T.V. personalityviking (バイキング) - all-you-can-eat buffet*This post has been truncated due to character limit, check out the social links below for the complete text✧¸¸.•*¨*• •*¨*•.¸¸✧Support Learning Japanese on Patreon!Please do consider checking out our milestone goals to improve our channel and supporting the continuation of this video series by becoming a patron!https://www.patreon.com/learningjapaneseLearning Japanese is on Tumblr!Follow us on Tumblr to stay up to date with the newest videos as well as gain access to additional content such as interest articles, kanji lessons, "Japanese Phrases of the Day," vocabulary lists, and more!http://learnjapanesebod.tumblr.com/Like Learning Japanese on Facebook!https://www.facebook.com/Learning-Japanese-1394574567527067Get Learning Japanese video updates on Twitter!https://twitter.com/LearnJPBODFor the sub-domain dedicated to the Japanese grammar patterns covered in this video series and other aspects of learning the Japanese language and culture, visithttp://learnjapanese.becauseofdreams.comThis video series is presented by becauseofdreamshttp://becauseofdreams.com/All media presented in this video is created and owned by becauseofdreams or is used with complete permissions.