View Full Version : Question for people who know more Japanese than I do.

13 Mar 2008, 6:21 am
I lived in Japan for 4 years, but moved at an early age (the age of 4, oddly enough) and have been brought up only speaking English, so my Japanese is piss poor at best. Because of that, I need a basic phrase translated to Japanese if possible, as I know a few people here speak it a little better than I do (which is kind of embarrasing). I just want to write 'Happy White Day' on a card, as it's white day tomorow.

I'm guessing it will be something like 'Genki howaito dē' but I'm not sure. I know White Day in Japanese, I just don't know how to make it happy.

13 Mar 2008, 2:36 pm
hmm, well happy birthday is something like otanjobi omedetto, i think happy is omedetto, although, im not sure if thats congratulations as well :o

Betong Åsna
13 Mar 2008, 3:58 pm
Shut it, selo. He's looking for someone who knows more Japanese than him. :p

It's hard to be sure, since those Japanesey types like to use different phrases for just about every occasion, but selo's probably not too far off the mark, actually. You'll be looking for something like 'howaito dē, omedetou gozaimasu' (ホワイトデー、おめでとうございます). Omedetou basically means 'congratulations', not 'happy' in its normal sense.

However, searching for that phrase on Yahoo doesn't turn up with many hits, so it's probably not commonly used. Get sakurazaki in here, I think...

Ryo Misaki
13 Mar 2008, 4:06 pm
Ahh... White Day IS tomorrow, innit? Hell~!

...well, no matter for me, since I didn't get anything for Valentines, as usual... xD

But yeah... Betong's got the right idea... I'll ask and see if I can find out from one of my friends for certain, though.
"omedetou" is your all purpose 'congratulations' (or as we American's say, "happy").
Great for birthdays, promotions, good news, new years, babies, and just about anything else... =P

The only exception appears to be the completely borrowed "Meri Kurisumasu" (Merry Christmas)

13 Mar 2008, 4:23 pm
thanks for repeating what i said :p

14 Mar 2008, 6:37 am
Lol, I replied here yesterday (but I also had to register again 0.o so I gues that's why it's not here..). Basically it's as you say. omedetou is congratulations and I think Åsna's suggestion is close on the mark if not correct. Anyway, howaito dei is a 'borrowd' word so isn't there a 'borrowed' equivelant for happy? (Yeah, I know, I'm not being really usefull here.) I seached around yesterday but I couldn't really find how to say happy white day.

14 Mar 2008, 12:32 pm
'howaito dē, omedetou gozaimasu'

This is what I used, cheers guys for your help. My home made card was awsome, almost made me sad to give it away.

Betong Åsna
14 Mar 2008, 2:22 pm
thanks for repeating what i said :pNo-one repeated you. You said 'omedetto', which means nothing :p

14 Mar 2008, 2:54 pm
smart people can figure out what i meant :p

15 Mar 2008, 12:24 pm
This is what I used, cheers guys for your help. My home made card was awsome, almost made me sad to give it away.

Glad we could help.