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comment Where does the ド in ド素人 comes from?
どん百姓 is another one.
Feb
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revised Is there a non-katakana word for “cash flow”?
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Feb
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comment How can I differentiate between “risk” and “danger” in Japanese?
Dave M G, to avoid katakana because it's not Japanese is a very Western way of thinking. If you want to really feel Japanese, one way is to use katakana words the way Japanese use them, not as they are used in English. For example, if you say 仕事のパワー, you are using パワー in a very Japanese way to mean 'ability'. This is katakana, but it's definitely not English. So, it's not the use of katakana that should be a problem, it's how you use it!
Feb
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answered Is there a non-katakana word for “cash flow”?
Jan
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comment Is 眠たい an adjective?
Nice, Chocolate, I didn't think of 重たい. But I can't think of any others.
Jan
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comment Is 眠たい an adjective?
There is a somewhat similar case with 煙たい. (Conjugations can be described as 'irregular'. I'm not sure if it's useful to talk of derivations as 'irregular'.
Jan
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comment When to use ご返事 and お返事?
Actually, 返事 is not a word of Chinese origin. It is a 'pseudo-word of Chinese origin'. It's not found in Chinese and is probably the Chinese reading of a Japanese word.
Jan
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revised Why is the Hepburn system of romanization generally used over the Nihon-shiki system?
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Jan
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revised Are honorifics used for dead people?
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Jan
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revised Why is the Hepburn system of romanization generally used over the Nihon-shiki system?
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Jan
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comment Why is the Hepburn system of romanization generally used over the Nihon-shiki system?
Thanks! I forgot ヴ!
Jan
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revised Why is the Hepburn system of romanization generally used over the Nihon-shiki system?
Tried not to be partisan.
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answered Why is the Hepburn system of romanization generally used over the Nihon-shiki system?
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Jan
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comment How to speak in Kansai dialect
Of course there are patterns. If I remember rightly, it involves a shift to the right (or left) by one mora -- this was discovered by a Japanese linguist. In an intellectual sense that is fine, but it isn't going to help you very much in actually memorising the accent of words.
Jan
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comment What does it mean to be “over a law”?
'In terms of' sounds better than 'from the viewpoint of'.
Jan
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comment How to speak in Kansai dialect
The 全国アクセント辞典 by Hirayama Teruo (平山輝男) gives accent for Kyoto dialect. It even gives the accent for various verb forms. However, I would say you've got your work cut out for you if you want to be able to switch effortlessly between Kansai and Standard. It's not just a matter of putting on a funny Kansai-style accent. The accent on each individual word has to be just right, or you'll sound like you're totally mangling it. The other problem is learning two accents for every word. If you could do that for the entire vocabulary of Japanese, I'd certainly be impressed, because I know I can't.
Jan
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comment Can もの be used to imply the value of something that is a こと?
Atlantiza, I hope you appreciate that your question has been answered. There is a difference between もの and こと, as explained. If you want to think of the difference as being due to もの referring to 'physical things', that is possible, although I'm doubtful that that is a good explanation.