Someone Who Speaks Japanese

  1. poeticinjustices Well Known Member Member

    So I'm renaming "Ziggy" and it hit me why Ziggy doesn't feel right...she needs a stronger name. I took a look at her and I realized what she looks like to me, a little star. Little Star in English is no fun, so I figured I'd take her back to her roots.

    From what I could find Chiisai or Chiisana Hoshi is the direct translation for Little Star which is beautiful but a bit long so I was searching for a way to make it a compound word and the best I could fine was Koboshi, with the prefix meaning small or child and the suffix being "star" in compound.

    But I know nothing of Japanese and want to make sure I'm not giving her a name that says something totally different or, worse yet, insulting haha.

    Anyone out there want to check my research (there's actually a Yahoo post that's come to the exact conclusion I have which is what makes me trust it less haha) OR give me a better way to say it?
  2. Adam55 Well Known Member Member

    My girlfriend is Japanese, so I texted her. She says chiisai hoshi is the closest translation, but things don't always translate cleanly from English to Japanese.
  3. poeticinjustices Well Known Member Member

    Okay haha. Now I gotta find a way to make a nickname out of it then!

    Thank you (and your girlfriend! )!

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  4. Adam55 Well Known Member Member

    You're welcome. She did say there's some sort of compound word that can be used, which might be like a nickname. I'll ask her. I know that Japan seems to like to have multiple ways to say everything.
  5. poeticinjustices Well Known Member Member

    Ooh let me know :)

    Oh yeah. It's a crazy gorgeous language. The honorifics always got.

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  6. Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    I speak Japanese fluently and that is the direct translation from English to Japanese. Somehow though for a name, it just doesn't sound, "right" but thats just my opinion.
    Let me think about this for a bit and get back to you.

    BTW - what kind of fish is Ziggy? What color is she?
  7. poeticinjustices Well Known Member Member

    Yeah it does not really do for a name, it sounds beautiful but is quite long which is why I stumbled on Koboshi but it's kind of off. I would love your thoughts.

    Ziggy is a lemon/red ranchu goldfish but her color is a very soft glowy yellow orange. She looks to me exactly like a little star :)

    Can I just say..I love that I can do this here. So many people with such varied knowledge. And also not look odd for obsessing over a goldie name.
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  8. Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    She sounds like a beautiful fish. I don't know why but I keep thinking "Ponyo" The Japanese movie about a goldfish was really cute if you haven't seen it.
  9. mg13 Well Known Member Member

    I think that is a cute name,
  10. poeticinjustices Well Known Member Member

    That's cute :) I have not seen it but I have heard of it! Maybe I will watch it.

    Okay, I've come up with some names that may mean something close to what I'm looking for, if you want to check my research haha.

    Chise - This is the absolute closest I could find, meaning "Little Star" or "torrent of wisdom" and is feminine, I'm not sure how I feel about the sound of it though, so I've got other options.

    Akari - Light, brightness

    Seiki - Star and beginning

    Akemi - Bright beautiful

    Incidentally, some names for the chocolate female stood out to me, I've been struggling with hers as well.

    Karin (pure), Sayuri (small lily), Mayu (gentle truth), Misaki (beautiful blossom), Kokoro (soul heart), Yuzuki (gentle moon)

    But if they both have names like this, it kind of makes the male's name, Hershey, seem kind of dumb haha.
  11. mg13 Well Known Member Member

    lol, they'll make a unique couple.

    why japanese? why not russian or somthing else.

    lol in russian "little star" is "malinkaya zvyozdachka"

    lol. not any better than Japanese, i'll think a little bit, maybe I'll find another cute name...
  12. poeticinjustices Well Known Member Member

    I went with Japanese because she is a ranchu, If I were going to look into another language it would be in keeping with Virabhadra's name, which is Sanskrit.

    Little Star in Sanskrit is Tarika.

    However, I think I am feeling better about Chise. So that would make their names Chise, Sayuri and...Hershey :p
  13. mg13 Well Known Member Member

    zvyozda is star alone, not the mushy kind way of saying it, that is zvyozdachka.

    Svet is light, maybe that will work, and there is Sveta which is a girl name, but I don't know what it means.

    svetchka is candle, but you really have to have a russian tongue to pronounce the names correctly, guess I didn't do very good.
  14. mg13 Well Known Member Member

    you posted while i was typing, so I didn't see it.

    I was going to like it but there was no button...?
  15. poeticinjustices Well Known Member Member

    I notice that happens whenever I ninja someone or vice versa. If you exit and come back or just refresh it should come back :)

    Haha that's what I worried about with Russian names. I actually find it a really interesting language but it's not one I have any skill at pronouncing correctly haha.
  16. Jakoba Well Known Member Member

    I was going to say if you weren't happy with the name Chiisai Hoshi you could always go with Hoshiko, its a compound of the words Star and Child, which is somewhat similar to little star.

    I also have a few other star-like suggestions.

    Hikaru - Light/Radiance
    Hotaru - Firefly

    Chise sounds like a cute name to me though :)
  17. poeticinjustices Well Known Member Member

    I did see all of those haha hmm something tells me you Googled too :)

    I really like Chiisai Hoshi but it is just too long and literal but unless someone tells me Chise means something totally different that is where I am for now.

    She wiggled when I called her by it so I think she likes it. Or maybe she just always wiggles ;) Ugh they are just so sweet. I am convinced Sayuri would have died from stress had Hershey not been there. I watched him urging her off the bottom this morning since then no one has shown any indication of stress.

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  18. Junne Fishlore Legend Member

    Well sounds like you are close to picking your name ;)

    BTW - Akari - Light, brightness is nice too and its pronounced, "AhKalee" - its hard to get the pronunciation/accent in there via written word but the R is not not pronounced. Just in case you wanted to know.
    There must be a translator program where you can HEAR how it sounds? That might be helpful so you can actually hear it.....
  19. poeticinjustices Well Known Member Member

    That's a great idea. There has to be. I just looked at the phonetic spelling I think it said Chise was chee-seh. That one wasn't too hard haha.

    UPDATE - Not really finding anything that will actually pronounce it :(
  20. psalm18.2 Fishlore Legend Member

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