A new vocabulary has emerged that helps learners learn to spell out marine life.
Kazuhiko Yamashita, a researcher at the University of Tokyo, developed the language of marine life and is hoping it will encourage learners to seek out the sea around them more.
Yamashita says the new vocabulary, which is the product of a collaboration between the Japanese language and science institute and the Marine Biology Institute at Tokyo University, helps learners to understand the diversity of marine organisms in the ocean.
“It is not just the Japanese word for marine life but also marine life’s natural habitat, which includes fish, crustaceans, corals, crusts, and other organisms,” Yamashima says.
“These animals have a variety of life-styles that they depend on, including their feeding habits, food source, and their ability to communicate.”
Kazuhiro Yamashina, the director of the Marine Science Institute at Tohoku University, says the dictionary is a step in the right direction.
“In Japan, we have a lot of language, and we have been using different words to talk about the ocean for quite a while,” Yamoshina says.
The language is still in the early stages, but Yamashini hopes that it will grow.
“The dictionary is an important step to promote learning of marine biology and marine biology research in Japan,” he says.
It will be a while before the new language becomes a reality, though.
Yamashino says it could take a decade or more before a new dictionary is ready.
“I don’t think we can expect to create a new word by just typing it,” he said.
“But if it is possible, we will work on the project and see if it will help students to understand more about marine life.”