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Lived in Japan for longer than I'd like to admit, given that my Japanese isn't where it should be given the time here.

I'm strongest in reading, and weakest in speaking. I can never express my thoughts accurately enough or fast enough.

I also have a lot of bad habits when it comes to grammar, having gone for so long without proper study. Japanese is not a language learned by osmosis. I'm hoping to stamp those quirks out by asking questions here.


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revised What is this sentence using ~たら~たで trying to say about televisions and computers?
Included gammart point in title.
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accepted This mother doesn't know her own child?
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comment How do I express “this made me laugh”?
So are you saying there is no grammatical way to speak about the thing that made me laugh? I have to say "I was made to laugh" and point? You may be right, but I have to admit I find it a little hard to believe that the Japanese language is quite that constrained.
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revised How do I express “this made me laugh”?
Slight improvement in phrasing.
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accepted Shouldn't this phrase using だけのこと mean “just for that”?
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revised Shouldn't this phrase using だけのこと mean “just for that”?
Furigana for the win.
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on “どうしようもない” or “どうしよう__の__もない”, or neither?
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comment Why does this store named サァラ have a small ァ in the name?
Thank you for this response. I think it might be technically accurate. However, what makes me unclear is that using three mora to express "Sala" in katakana strikes me as odd. "Sala" looks like two mora to me. Are we totally sure the store, and possibly other similar instances, are not going for some other effect?
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comment What is this sentence using ~たら~たで trying to say about televisions and computers?
Thank you for this response. I appreciate your accurate translation. However, as hard as it might be to explain, I'm looking for an answer that makes the attempt. My JLPT book already has many examples, so that approach to understanding ~たら~たで doesn't seem to be working for me.
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comment Why does this store named サァラ have a small ァ in the name?
@Kaji, if it's a duplicate, then why is the answer on that other question completely different? Also, note that if the answer here is right, then the accepted answer there, that it does not change the mora but only makes the name "unique", is potentially incorrect.
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revised Why does this store named サァラ have a small ァ in the name?
Fixed typo.
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asked Why does this store named サァラ have a small ァ in the name?
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comment What special kana are used to write foreign words?
I notice on my computer that the ラ゙リ゙ル゙レ゙ロ゙ example you give, the dakuten are shifted one character to the right, so that it looks like the has no dakuten, and at the right end there is a floating dakuten attached to no character. Is this a result of my computer not rendering them properly? Was some special method used to input them?
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asked What is this sentence using ~たら~たで trying to say about televisions and computers?
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comment This mother doesn't know her own child?
My misunderstanding of the sentence comes almost entirely down to my not understanding には, so I appreciate this answer giving it a central focus. However, in your examples, you translate both and には as "to". Could you maybe break down how they differ, making more clear the progression from your second to third example?
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comment How do I express “this made me laugh”?
@noel_lapin, if you could expand on how the use of and には, that would make for a helpful answer.
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comment How do I express “this made me laugh”?
@user4092, Could you expand on how that works... and put it as an answer not a comment?
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comment How do I express “this made me laugh”?
Thanks for this suggestion. It's one way to express the general idea, but the intention of my question isn't so much about what vocabulary to use, but how to correctly apply the right grammar. So I'm looking for an answer that uses the verb 笑う.
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asked How do I express “this made me laugh”?
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comment Is this seat being chased, or is the person in it being chased from it?
@istrasci, I put an explanation on JLU Meta.