Language | BILINGUAL Apr 22, 2013

Ways to 'spell' Japanese out loud

by Mark Schreiber

I dial a number and ask to speak to my literary agent, Mr. Suzuki. "Moshi-moshi. Suzuki Masatoshi-sama oraremasuka?" "Sumimasen ga, okyakusama wa?" Literally "Excuse me, as for the guest?" That is the speaker's polite way of asking "Who should I say is calling?" "Shuraibā to mōshimasu" I tell ...