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Old 5th December 2009, 05:08 AM
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Gay translation

I am new so not sure if this is right area to post this but i see other psimiliar post so hope its alright

Anyways, the words 同志 in chinese means comrade. But over the years it has evolved to mean gay. (just like gay used to mean happy)

with kanji being useful as both chinesetld and japantld, i decided to look up google translator and to my surprise it does exist in japanese and also means comrade

however can someone here tell me if 同志 (comrade) is ever used to mean gay in japanese?
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Re: Gay translation

It does appear as an entry in Jim Breens Online Japanese dictionary with this translation:

同志 【どうし】 (n) same mind; comrade; kindred soul; (P) [Ex][G][GI][S][A][JW]

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Re: Gay translation

Sorry, I'm not a native speaker but I just had to comment.

What a perfect username for your first post. :D

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What a perfect username for your first post.

not sure why, but "idncurious" was the first thing that popped into my head whne asked to create a username :p

glad u like my username :D
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Re: Gay translation

Aren't you glad the first thing that popped into your head wasn't "idnbi"?

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Welcome to idnforums.
These 2 look gay to me, borat got competition.



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I was gonna say, he has been curiously absent from this thread..
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Re: Gay translation

* to the pics*

Thanks, very "happy" to be here.

btw, I just noticed there is another section specifically for Japanese idns. I going to post the same question there too. I hope I am not breaking any rules by double posting the same topic/question. (if I am, pls delete one of them. thanks)
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Re: Gay translation

ゲイ is the right way to say Gay in Japanese, I know this because Drew sent me a Valentines day card once with this written on it and a photo of a Lama.
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ゲイ is the right way to say Gay in Japanese, I know this because Drew sent me a Valentines day card once with this written on it and a photo of a Lama.
I'm sure it must have been a sheep

Google trends shows Chinese and Japanese usage of the 2 terms....

http://www.google.com/trends?q=%E5%9...82%B2%E3%82%A4

I wonder how long ago they debated these particular symbols to mean gay.
Seems that with a bit more creativity...... :p

ゲイ

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My stats show 33 exact matches per day and 730 broad per day in Japanese for Japan only. It doesn't look like that's a popular search term so maybe something is wrong with it. Don't rely on my numbers though as they have been wrong before. BTW.Jp is available if you decide you want it.
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My stats show 33 exact matches per day and 730 broad per day in Japanese for Japan only. It doesn't look like that's a popular search term so maybe something is wrong with it. Don't rely on my numbers though as they have been wrong before. BTW.Jp is available if you decide you want it.
yeah it sucks.

ゲイ has 246k exact searches, it's the real deal.
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thanks guys. That google trends tool is exactly what I need. I am going to play around with it.
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thanks guys. That google trends tool is exactly what I need. I am going to play around with it.
there's a bunch more here too: IDNTools Resources

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ゲイ is the right way to say Gay in Japanese, I know this because Drew sent me a Valentines day card once with this written on it and a photo of a Lama.
The llama wasn't dressed in silk lace panties was it?
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Re: Gay translation

Not much available at registration fee for dating related stuff.
熟年 is available in .jp
熟年 【じゅくねん】 (n,adj-no) mature in age and wisdom; middle-aged

Only 118 exact and an 2975 broad matches per day but okay Ad demand for that term. Check with a native speaker though as it might be wrong/weird.
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yeah it sucks.
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Re: Gay translation

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thanks guys. That google trends tool is exactly what I need. I am going to play around with it.
What's google share of the market in japan ? I think ouverture has more data, no ?

For russian stuff def use Yandex' Wordstat.
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What's google share of the market in japan ? I think ouverture has more data, no ?

For russian stuff def use Yandex' Wordstat.
That's a question I had for the people here. I think Google has 25% share in the Japanese market. At that share I was thinking that would be large enough to be very statistically significant. Do you guys think it is as good as the Overture data?
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