Posted: 22 August, 2012 by Madame H

Sooni Biru Uiriamuzu Heading To Japanese Rugby, Sonny Bill Lost In Translation?

Sonny Bill might be all the rage in New Zealand but it seems he is lost in translation in Japan.

Tags: Sonny Bill Williams, All Blacks, Japan

Sonny Bill might be all the rage in New Zealand but it seems he is lost in translation in Japan.

The All Blacks star posted a snap on his Facebook account of his player profile for his new Japanese club, the Panasonic Wild Knights with the caption "can you spot me lol."

His club clearly can't having translated his name as Sooni Biru Uiriamuzu.

The Japanese language is a hard one to conquer for us 'gaijin' (foreigners) but stay with us!

Japanese is made up of three distinct scripts, kanji, hiragana and katakana with the later being used to import foreign words such as names.

When translating most foreign words into Japanese you have to write it as it sounds and not as you spell it to get the best result.

A direct translation of Sonny Bill Williams, as in his snap above, results in Sooni Biru Uiriamuzu but a phonetic translation would see it as Sani Biru Uiriamuzu.

Comprende? Anyway guddorakku SBW!

Sonny Bill Lost In Translation

@ザラックショー @サニービルウィリアムズ (aka @theruckshow @SonnyBWilliams)

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Tags: Sonny Bill Williams, All Blacks, Japan

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