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KDancha

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To all...while in Japan with Asia, John did an interview for Best Hit USA 2008 on Japanese TV. You can now view it on YouTube by clicking on this link:

http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=R8G8r7aTQNE

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Thanks Kim. This is the first time that I heard JKW address the issue of Asia playing songs from the members former bands,then versus now.
Interesting to hear the Japanese commentator using the word Asia,which was the only English word that I caught,or is it an English word? If it is, I wonder how  the word "Asia" is translated into the different Asian languages and do the Asians refer to their languages as Asian languages?
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Thanks for the link to that Kim 


Maybe he said the word "Asia" because it's the band's name? I don't speak or understand Japanese even though my mother is from Fukushima (my dad's a career military man who was stationed in Japan in the 60s which is how he met my mom) but my mother refers to her native language as Japanese ~ not Asian.


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Cool interview!  Thanks for the link.

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Thanks for the link.

Actually the commentator is using several English words: 'star of the week', 'supergroup', 'original member' , 'ASIA'. The Japanese language as most other Asian languages just has a smaller phonetic range than most Indo-Germanic languages like English. The phonetic range of Japanese is limited to about 50 syllables plus some deviations of some of them. The standard Japanese speaker is limited to these phonetic syllables when s/he wants to reproduce a foreign word which makes the result sound a little odd and hard to recognize for untrained ears at times. The Japanese also use a different phonetic spelling for the continent Asia, which you here before Only Time Will Tell: 'e-ji-a' or 'a-ji-a', whereas the commentator in the beginning uses 'e-shi-a'. Whether or not the different Asian nations and languages developed indigenous names for their continent is beyond my knowledge, but I suppose most (also) adopted the European name Asia. I suppose that 'Asian language' is more are geographic than a linguistic term, too.

About the interview: a bit short, but I definitely agree that the original line-up has some magic of its own which no other line-up so far could really match. Nice live performance of 'Never Again', not sure why they changed to the studio version after a while, though.

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Just to clear up my use of the term,"Asian languages," it is a collective term. That's what makes our English language so special. You can precede any noun with any adjective.
Some phrases may get you in trouble,so you linguists out there,use caution.
An analogy,if I were to use the term "North American languages," they would include English,Spanish,Algonquin,Iroquois,Mohawk and Latin but only in certain Churches.
Does anyone know any good Algonquin 4 letter words?

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Boz, the only 4-letter Native American word I know is 'Wawa'. And it has nothing to do with the effects pedal Howlin' Steve uses on Sole Survivor, and also nothing to do with a toddler asking for a drink. Nowadays it means 'place to get good cheap coffee & gasoline' but was originally 'Canadian goose' in Leni-Lanape, before anyone knew what 'Canada' was. Stretching a bit, maybe it could've been considered a true 4-letter word if those geese were as prolific, dare I say fecund, in their output as they seem to be today...

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