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11:58 Jun 9, 2001
English to Japanese translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: Sarah
It is my girl friends name
Nick Burrows
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Summary of answers provided
naSeira or セイラ
Timothy Takemoto
naサラPro-Japanese
naSara
Amy Kasuga
naSarah
Roomy Naqvy


  

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36 mins
Sarah


Explanation:
The name of your girlfriend would not be translated. It would be 'Sarah' in the target language.
Regards
Roomy F Naqvy

Roomy Naqvy
India
Local time: 22:23
Native speaker of: Native in HindiHindi

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
Pro-Japanese: Take a look at the Bible... Yosh is right
1 day 2 hrs
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8 hrs
Sara


Explanation:
Foreign names are not translated into Hiragana or Kanji (chinese characters).
Katakana is the alphabet used to write foreign words.
So your girlfriend's name Sarah, would be written as Sara, which is also a name that has become popular in Japan over the last couple of years.


    Six years in Japan
Amy Kasuga
United States
Local time: 11:53
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 11

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DPS
4 hrs

Pro-Japanese: I know numerous Sara's who do not render their names into English.
18 hrs
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11 hrs
サラ


Explanation:
I don't understand why people insist on not rendering the name into Japanese. I have four friends with the name Sarah and write their names:

サラ

Get over it guys... Write the name in Japanese.

Pro-Japanese
Canada
Local time: 09:53
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 23

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Timothy Takemoto: It is also the first syllable of the start of the Japanese for salaried company employee "Salary man" "Sarari-man
3 hrs
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15 hrs
Seira or セイラ


Explanation:
Yosh is right - it is normal to write non-Japanese names in Katakana, one of the two Japanese phonetic scripts but I prefer "セイラ" / "seira" "セーラ" /"Se-ra", as a translation of Sarah since it is often used (as in the references below, in Japanese) and it is closer to how I pronouce Sarah.

Seira (and se-ra) is pronounced "say-ra"

Sara is pronounced Sa-ra as in the first two syllables of "Saracen."

If you are happy to be be original however, then Seara セアラ, pronounced "say-a-ra" is closer to the British pronounciation of Sarah as testified by the second reference.

But if you stick with Seira (as I would recommend) then the following renditions in Kanji (Chinese pictograms) are often used,

星羅、聖良



    Reference: http://channel.goo.ne.jp/wedding/child/digitalboutique/name/...
    Reference: http://www2u.biglobe.ne.jp/~simone/alpha/a-s1.htm
Timothy Takemoto
Local time: 01:53
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 121
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