If a Japanese visitor to Australia says:
who did the visitor learn the song from?
I’ve recently opened another Twitter account to talk about English and/or English learning. And there, I can see the word “ネイティブ” everywhere. ネイティブ is the transliteration of “native” in English.
So if the visitor learned a song from a “native,” does that mean the visitor learned the song from an Aborigine?
No, ネイティブ in Japanese actually means a “native speaker,” usually of English. So ネイティブにうたをおしえてもらいました means the visitor learned a song from a native speaker of English!
It is similar to Australians shortening the word “cafe latte” to “latte.” If you order a cup of “latte” in Italy, you will get a cup of “milk” but in Australia “latte” is the name of Italian style milk coffee. In fact, when I asked for “cafe latte” in a coffee shop, they asked me if I wanted “caramel latte”!
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