Discussion in 'Junky's Jungle' started by Malakai_Kraven, Mar 18, 2002.

  1. Malakai_Kraven

    Malakai_Kraven New Member

    Just double checking on something....isn't Aoi...pronounced Owwie? Again...just wondering...
  2. LittleWild

    LittleWild Well-Known Member

    Aoi is "Ah-Oh-Yi"
  3. SummAh

    SummAh Well-Known Member

    actually...not 'ah oh yi'

    just plain...'Ah-Oi'

    The 'i' at the end is misleading to non Japanese speakers...leading many to assume it is pronouced as 'yi'

    For example, no one pronouce Mai as 'Mah-yi'....
  4. Blondie

    Blondie Well-Known Member

    I always just say OY!!! lol
  5. LittleWild

    LittleWild Well-Known Member

    What does "Oi" sound like?
    Hmmm...then I must have got it wrong from my Japanese teacher.
  6. SummAh

    SummAh Well-Known Member

    Well...u're not wrong..and ur japanese teacher is not wrong as well.

    it's just not supposed to be pronouced as 'yi'

    Instead of yi, it's 'e'.
  7. ken

    ken Well-Known Member

    Yeah but there's three syllables


  8. Myke

    Myke Administrator Staff Member Content Manager Kage

    Don't know how you got "Owwie" from Aoi.

    Simply put: Aoi = Ahoy - h

    As a bonus, here's a snippet from <a target="_blank" href=>Jirawat's Aoi FAQ</a> which can be found under VF3 > Aoi:

    Pronounciation of Aoi

    Unless you're Noam Chomsky, it is ultimately futile to describe an
    auditory phenomenon with text. I suggest you get a tape of conversational
    Japanese and fast forward to the "Colours" section. The Japanese word
    for blue is: aoi. Incidentally, Aoi's name does not mean "blue"; the kanji
    for Aoi means "hollyhock". As for her last name, pronounce it however you
    please. This is the United States dammit, who's gonna know the difference.
  9. Triple Lei

    Triple Lei Well-Known Member

    I'll admit, I always thought it was pronounced "owwie" too, though it can be a bit of a stretch. There's no reason why "Aoi" couldn't be a direct transliteration (I think that's the word I'm looking for).

    Although I've had no formal Japanese training, I have been watching a lot of Japanese dramas (I can also be found on the message boards at <a target="_blank" href=>Kiku TV</a>), and I've tried to seriously learn the language since the 7th grade. But rather than a convoluted post lacking credentials to boot, I think I'll just point you guys to this site:

    <a target="_blank" href=>Japanese Writing</a> - There's a pronunciation guide, among other things. I believe I was led to this site when playing Tobal 2 a few years ago.
  10. LittleWild

    LittleWild Well-Known Member

    Aoi, when changed into Kanji, can mean a lot of things.
    So let's just stick to the hiragana.
  11. 3of19

    3of19 Well-Known Member

    Aoi's Kanji name

    is listed in the manual.
    According to The Kodensha Kanji Learner's Dictionary, it means:
    Core meaning: Mallow.
    hollyhock, asarabacca, asarabacca crest (esp. of Shogunate government).
    ...Whatever that means, my English is good enough most of the time, but that's a bit too much /versus/images/icons/wink.gif
  12. MrWhite

    MrWhite Well-Known Member

    Re: Aoi's Kanji name

    Sarah : Got any clue why they call her Plate ?!
  13. 3of19

    3of19 Well-Known Member

    Re: Aoi's Kanji name

    Huh? Where do you get this plate thing from, if this is a yoke it's obviously too early in the morning for me /versus/images/icons/wink.gif
    Her name written in katakana is:
    Sara Buraianto. Very normal katakanization of Sarah Bryant. The u in bu is "swallowed", and the to katakana is normally used at the end of a syllable for the t sound.
  14. vf4akira

    vf4akira Well-Known Member

    Re: Aoi's Kanji name

    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    Sarah : Got any clue why they call her Plate ?!


    hehehe. Sara is the word for "plate" in japanese. /versus/images/icons/smile.gif
  15. LittleWild

    LittleWild Well-Known Member

    Re: Aoi's Kanji name

    Change sara into Hiragana.
  16. Bronze Parrot

    Bronze Parrot Well-Known Member

    Re: Sarah's kanji name

    ‚³‚ç ("sara" in hiragana) and ƒTƒ‰ ("sara" in katakana) can be written in kanji as ŽM, which means "dish" or "plate" in Japanese.

    I don't know about Japanese VF players, but some Japanese Soul Edge/Soul Calibur players also wrote the non-Oriental SE/SC chara's names in kanji. For instance, Astaroth ("Asutarosu" in katakana) was nicknamed –¾“ú‘¾˜Y or Asutarou (roughly means "tomorrow first-son"), and Edge Master ("Ejji Masuta-" in katakana) was nicknamed ÂÂ]“‡ or Ejima. See my old SC1 Sophitia FAQ for a short glossary of some of these nicknames and slangs.

    (All right, I'll crawl back into the woodwork now.)

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