Basic words learning

There are hiragana, katakana and kanji in Japanese, aren’t there?

The katakana words originally came from foreign language.


It’s called 外来語(gairaigo) .


How many “gairaigo” do you know?


I have tried this experiment with my Canadian roommate.


Like I talked to a Japanese, I said “hamburger” and asked what I was saying.


She didn’t understand no matter how many times I repeated it.

You might feel that “gairaigo” sounds like a language of other planets.

However Japanese people think that English and “gairaigo” are almost same in pronunciation.

So that “gairaigo” can be understood by English-speaking foreigners.