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    Posted: 11/29/2019 at 5:24am
Dear all,
I will be on a Japan exchange at Kobe University next year and I want to join the Universitiy's table tennis club. I want to learn some table tennis specific words, so I can prepare accodringly. Can you help me out with this :D? I don't really trust google translate or other machines regarding technical terms...

Some words that seem important:

serve - 
return -
push - 
short -
long - 
down the line / parallel - 
diagonal - 
topspin - 
backspin - 
sidespin - 
torque spin - 
backhand - 
forehand - 
elbow - 
net - 

Some information on etiquette would also be greatly appreciated!
Like: how to apologize after a net/edge ball, what to do before a match, etc..

Does anyone have experience playnig table tennis in Japan?

Looking forward to your replies 

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Torque spin? What's that in german???
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Torque must be corkscrew spin.  That's the only other kind there is.
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serve - サーブ 
return - レシーブ 
push - ツッツキ
topspin - トップスピン
backspin - バックスピン
sidespin - サイドスピン
backhand - バックハンド
forehand - フォアハンド
elbow - 臂
net - ネット
blade - ラケット
rubber - ラバー
ball - ボール

I'm still studying the language so this is all I know, might have mistakes tho cmiiw. Just use google translate to hear the pronunciation
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スピン everything!
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Originally posted by BRS BRS wrote:

Torque must be corkscrew spin.  That's the only other kind there is.


I see. Thanks.
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Originally posted by YoAss YoAss wrote:

スピン everything!


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£ソフト (Ura sofuto) - Inverted
表ソフト (Omote Sofuto) - Short pips
粒高 (Tsubuko) - Long pips
回転 (Kaiten) - Rotation (more common than "spin")


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Wow, thanks guys. 
I know katakana, so I don't need Google translate. really helpful - going to practice.
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Watch the World Rubber Market videos on Youtube and you'll catch alot of the etiquette there. And it's a great channel to watch! Enjoy Japan! 
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Hey. I've been living in Japan for over 6 years and playing table tennis here for over 5. From my experience, I'd say:

serve - サーブ (sa-bu/serve)
return - レシーブ (reshi-bu/recieve)
push - ツッツキ (tsuttsiki)
short push - ストップ (sutoppu/stop) if you mean short push
long - in what context?
down the line - ストレイト (sutoreito/straight)
diagonal - クロス (kurosu/cross)
topspin - 上回転 (うえかいてん) (uekaiten)
backspin - 下回転 (したかいてん) (shitakaiten)
sidespin - 横回転 (よこかいてん) (yokokaiten)
torque spin - ジ�£イロ (jairo/gyro) if you mean corkscrew spin
backhand - バック (bakku/back)
forehand - フォア (foa/fore)
elbow - 肘 (ひじ) (hiji)
net - ネット (netto/net)

short pips is 表 (おもて) (omote)
long pips is 粒高 (つぶだか/tsubudaka or いぼだか/ibodaka sometimes) or つぶ/tsubu for short.

As for etiquette, people usually raise their hand after a net/edge to apologise. Depending on the person, they will probably also say sorry (from sumimasen -> gomen -> warui) depending on how formal it is.

Before you start practice, people usually say onegaishimasu. Before a match, bow a little and say onegaishimasu.

The server is usually decided with scissors paper rock (roshambo).

If you have any other questions, let me know!

Also, the most important thing is to have fun, which I'm sure you will Smile


Edited by mickd - 12/01/2019 at 6:54pm
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