Languages › Japanese Betsu Share Flipboard Email Print Japanese Essential Japanese Vocabulary History & Culture Japanese Grammar By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated June 14, 2017 The Japanese word betsu is pronounced almost entirely without that s in the middle: "beh-Tsu". The word is translated to indicate distinction: "discrimination", "difference", "another thing." Japanese Characters 別 （べつ） Example Iu no to okonau no to wa betsu da.言うのと行うのとは別だ。 Translation: To say is one thing, to do is another thing.