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I'm a software engineer at a Japanese company, and I've been studying Japanese for a little over 10 years. I passed the JLPT Level 1 back in 2005, when the test still consisted of only 4 levels. I love the Japanese language and helping others to appreciate it!


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comment Lunar Seas and Sun Hills at a sports park?
Not quite sure, but it seems to me very akin to naming the two places "Moon Beach" and "Sun Hill." I don't think there's any particular logic to it, but I'll add this as a comment since I'm not sure.
Jan
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comment Words made from strokes of a kanji like 女 toくノ一
The 字 doesn't have to do with sleeping; 「川の字」 is literally translated as "the character for river." The 字 is specifically pointing out that the people are in the shape of the character itself. I think you're overthinking it :)
Jan
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answered Words made from strokes of a kanji like 女 toくノ一
Jan
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comment what does it mean when a causative verb is conjugated in the causative form?
かぶせる means "to put on" or "to cover with," so かぶせさせる means "to make (someone) cover" or "to have (someone) cover." The causative here is pretty standard; in the first example, it means "to make them put (the foil on the leaves)." In the second example, it is, as Ito-san said in another comment, more similar to かぶせる in meaning than かぶさせる. But grammatically, it's just causative, not "causative of causative."
Jan
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answered 「鉄道関係{てつどうかんけい}の言葉{ことば}を書きなさい」- “Write words about railroads?”
Jan
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comment what does it mean when a causative verb is conjugated in the causative form?
The verb is most definitely not かぶる; it is かぶせる. かぶせる is not a causative form; it's a normal, transitive verb. That verb is then conjugated into causative form, becoming かぶせさせる. Here's a link to the dictionary entry for かぶせる: dic.yahoo.co.jp/…
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revised Is 眠たい an adjective?
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answered what does it mean when a causative verb is conjugated in the causative form?
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answered Is 眠たい an adjective?
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comment Is こんばんは too formal for everyday conversation?
I like to think of the "gohon" as acting grammatically like an adverb here. It makes the sentence placement and grammar seem more intuitive.
Jan
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comment Why is it 日本語がわかります instead of 日本語をわかります?
This sort of explanation is what I came in here to post, but you beat me to it :) This is how I explain 「~が分かる」 to people--it's like concepts dividing themselves in your mind into categories. The etymology of the word gives us a very cool way of thinking about understanding in general!
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answered What is the etymology of the term [仏]{ほとけ}[様]{さま}?
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comment How do you say “[amount of time] later”?
I agree, but any particular reason you added this as a comment and not an answer?