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Old 2012-02-18, 00:14   Link #69
Le fou, c'est moi
Join Date: Dec 2007
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Because that's how they transliterate English words.

The "basic" Japanese alphabet -- hiragana and katakana -- have very limited "sounds" (what's the exact linguistic term again?) compared to English. The basic is less than 50, with some variations it's still remarkably limited. There are only very few means to end a sound with a consonant in Japanese. Read the "Modification of Foreign Loan Words" on this page to get the details. They explain it better than I can.

What you really hear is "Fa-i-to," "kyu-u-to," and so on.
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