Hi again folks… my one year adventure in Japan is fast approaching and I’m starting to feel a little bit unprepared. No panic or hysteria in my part but I have been having dreams about being in Japan and not being able to communicate properly. I was hanging out with my Japanese friend yesterday and she said that if I get stuck, I should try and use English words and make it sound like Japanese that would make sense in a katakana form i.e. hamburger = hanbaagaa (not changing L’s to R’s)... but I don’t want to make an arse of myself and seem disrespectful to Nihongo (Japanese Language) by making up words… so after a couple of weeks of putting it off, I’m finally going to start making my own Japanese phrase book. I think I’m good with every day words because I can look it up in a jisho (dictionary) but the architectural terms is what I’m having trouble with…
So I divided the architectural terms in to 3 categories
Design Phase: for desk crits and also final presentation
Concept, parti, openings, site, context, surroundings, responsive, relationship, interaction, public vs. private, indoor/outdoor, analysis, lighting, organic, rigid, multipurpose, grid, organize/arrange, procession, pen, paper, marker, eraser, pencil, triangle, straight-edge / ruler, scale, shapes: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, cube, sphere, city, view, plants, user, perspective, formal/informal, shading, space planning, area, perimeter, line, plane
Model making: tools and materials
Card board, chip board, foam core, bass wood, balsa wood glue, scissors, cutter, cutting mat, plexi-glass, paper, spray paint, paint, paint brush, tape, hammer, nails, screw, screw driver, drill, blade, table saw, jig saw, sand paper,
Building: components, materials and spaces
Cantilever, columns, overhang, roof, slope, wall, floor, window=mado , door=doa, seating, storage, kitchen, bathroom=ofuro, toilet=otearai, bed room, living area, dining area, outdoor space, tree=ki, bushes, grass, parking, fence, stairs, hallway, steel, wood, glass, plastic, rubber.
so if you know any of these words please let me know… it would be great help and domo arigato gozaimasu in advance!...
oh by the way this is how you say "my major is architecture"
[masculine] Boku no senmon wa kenchikugaku desu.
[feminine] Watashi no senmon wa kenchikugaku desu.