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Japanese Translation

Japanese Translation

Target Language Translation Services offers on-demand and high-quality Japanese translation services at affordable rates. We will always have the perfect Japanese linguist and language expert to meet your needs, who are certified in Japanese and carry proven track records of professional and accurate translations. Our expert team can help you manage projects of any size to find a flexible, efficient and economical solution to your translation needs.

About Japanese
Japanese is a Japonic or Japanese-Ryukyuan language spoken mainly in Japan. According to the 2010 census there are 125 million Japanese speakers in Japan. There are another 3 million Japanese speakers elsewhere, particularly in Brazil, the USA, Peru, Argentina, Australia, Canada, the Philippines and Taiwan.
Japanese is part of the Japonic or Japanese-Ryukyuan language family. Related languages include the Ryukyuan languages, such as Okinawan, which are spoken in the Ryukyuan islands. This language family is classified as isolated with no known links to other language families.
Japanese is not related to Chinese, however it does contain a large number of Chinese 'loan' words, in fact perhaps 50% of the words used in Japanse are of Chinese origin.
Since the mid 18th century the Japanese have adopted a huge amount of gairaigo: foreign words mainly from English. These include tēburu (table), bīru (beer), gurasu (glass), aisu (ice), takushī (taxi) and hoteru (hotel).
There are also a few words from Portuguese, Dutch and Spanish, such as pan (bread), from the Portuguese pão. Such words arrived in Japan mainly during the 16th and 17th centuries, when missionaries and merchants started to visit the country.
One notable feature of Japanese is the tendency to create new words by shortening and/or combining English words. Examples include wāpuro (word processor), sarariman ("salary man" = a male corporate employee), OL, pronounced ōeru ("office lady" = a female corporate employee) and masukomi (mass communications).
Another interesting feature of Japanese is the distinction between male and female speech. This involves vocabulary, grammar and particularly pitch - women tend to speak in very high, squeaky voices, at least in public, while men prefer low, gruff voices.

Japanese words in English
English has a fairly large number of Japanese loanwords. Among them are the following:
geisha---Japanese girl whose profession is to sing and dance to entertain men, ‘ from gei ‘art, performance’ + sha ‘person’

hara-kiri---from hara ‘belly’ + kiri ‘cut’
honcho---‘hancho ‘group leader;’ from han ‘corps, squad’ + cho ‘head, chief’
judo---from ju ‘softness, gentleness’ + do ‘way’
karaoke---from kara ’empty’ + oke ‘orchestra,’ a shortened form of okesutora, a Japanization of English ‘orchestra’
karate---from kara ’empty’ + te ‘hand’
kimono---from ki ‘wear’ + mono ‘thing’
rickshaw---shortened from jinrikisha, from jin ‘man’ + riki ‘power’ + sha ‘carriage’
sake---rice wine
samurai---samurai ‘warrior, knight’
shinto---from shin ‘god’ + to ‘way’
soy---soyu, variant of shoyu
sumo---sumo ‘to compete’
sushi---rice with seafood, vegetable, meat, or egg filling or topping
tsunami---from tsu ‘harbor’ + nami ‘waves’
tycoon---taikun ‘great lord or prince’

Japanese Translation

How much does a translation into Japanese cost?

The standard rate for translations from English into Japanese is $ 0.14 while rate for translation of Japanese from or to other languages varies. For urgent jobs that need several linguists working simultaneously, we will apply a surcharge.

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