Can regular Japanese folk read English words?
June 1, 2012 3:18 PM Subscribe
Work-related question: Can the average Japanese-only speaker read and pronounce English words?
posted by ashtabula to opelika to writing & language (13 answers total)
My work is taking me to Japan (yay!!!). I work as a backstage wardrobe supervisor for theater. We have a system that has been working well in the states that I'm trying to figure out if my Japanese stagehands will be able to function with it or if I need to come up with something else.
For example, if their notes tell them to get a costume labeled "Jones", will they be able to get it from the person named "Jones"'s dressing room and put it on the chair backstage labeled "Jones". I have about 30 last names they will have to deal with, even my English-speaking stagehands get confused. Another way would be to do this all numerically - but this would be a FREAKING TON OF WORK and I have about a week to get this all organized.
I know I would totally suck if I had to dress a show in Kanji. I know Japanese stagehands are kinda used to getting shows from the States, but this is a "word-heavy" show rather than just using numbers, which most shows do, if that makes sense.
I literally have hundreds of costumes that the Japanese will be dealing with. Should this work or should I try to come up with something else.
Thanks so much for your thoughts!!!