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Japanese Plural

This is a small point. There is no plural in Japanese. You would say one kata, two kata. You would not say two katas. You don't add the English letter "s" to Japanese words to make them plural.

Thus, I would say that I had two sensei, not two senseis. I would teach two waza, not two wazas. I would visit two dojo, not two dojos. I would also refer to the five Pinan kata rather than the five Pinan katas. You get the idea.

Using the "s" sounds very awkward and foreign, even to a hapa (half Caucasian/half Japanese) like me.


Charles C. Goodin