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I speak Japanese semi-natively, but have never studied Japanese grammar formally (only the stuff I've picked up here and there). I'm very interested in grammar in general, but do not know much of the terminology specific to Japanese. Looking forward to learn (and teach)!


Feb
5
comment ambiguity with すっと
never noticed that. 勉強になった
Feb
5
comment How do you know when to use みな or みんな?
+1, this made me laugh!
Feb
5
revised How can I differentiate agreement with the person and agreement with the idea?
clarification
Feb
5
comment Did standalone noun “好き” mean a person in classical Japanese?
+1, I wondered about this myself. Just one question: Although I'm aware that 上手 was used for a skilled person (as in 上手の手から水が漏れる), are you sure that it wasn't also used in the 形容動詞 way? In other words, are you sure that 好きこそものの上手なれ means "liker = exceller', not 'liking = excelling'?
Feb
5
answered Is it cool to use かっこいい in this way?
Feb
4
comment What does the little っ (tsu) signify when at the end of a word?
@Pacerier, are you asking about the moraic length of the glottal stop or the preceding mora?
Feb
3
comment Is the word ハーフ derogatory?
@MarkHosang Are you mixing 二世 にせい nisei, second-generation, with 日系 にっけい nikkei, ethnic Japanese? There is no such word as 'nikei'.
Feb
3
comment “太ってる猫” vs “太った猫”
@Pacerier, The funny thing is that although 太い人 isn't often used to mean 'thick person' (太った人 is more common), 細い人 is very often used to mean 'slim person' (although 痩せた人 is also common).
Feb
3
comment What is the origin and usage of the word いい?
For some reason, the vocative phrase よい子のみなさん! would sound strange with いい, although いい子 is normal.
Feb
2
answered What is the role of の in 「お父さんのバカ!」
Feb
2
comment What is the role of の in 「お父さんのバカ!」
@sawa, well 'fool' is a noun, but 'fool of my father' doesn't make sense either.
Feb
2
comment How can I differentiate between feet and legs?
Rather than single-word-ness, I think that length is what is important. Langauges tend to develop short terms for frequently used concepts. 'Big brother' is only a bit longer than 'brother', but 足の足首より上の部分 is a lot longer than 足.
Feb
2
answered Any books or websites dedicated to Japanese tech/IT language?
Feb
2
answered How often does gairaigo get bikago?
Feb
2
answered How can I differentiate agreement with the person and agreement with the idea?
Feb
2
comment What are the particular words for the first iteration of things?
Yes, you are absolutely right. For fun, I just wanted to throw in an example where the English loanword is as common as the (half) Japanese one.
Feb
2
answered What are the particular words for the first iteration of things?
Feb
1
comment What is the *proper* differentiation between 来る and 行く?
@Axioplase, that should be はい、フランスに行きますよ. If the question were 来ないのですか, いいえ would be correct.
Feb
1
comment Can I use [自称]{じしょう}ほど for things other than namesake?
Does 'namesake' have a meaning I don't know about? According to dictionary.reference.com/browse/namesake there are two meanings, and I cannot get either one to fit.
Jan
31
comment 〜なければ、〜がきっといる。Do the tenses agree?
Does 'There's a you that you will never meet unless you say goodbye to the present' sound better?