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I'm hitchhiking around Asia, learning bits of the languages on the road as needed.

I'm now in Kagoshima after over a month in Okinawa.

召し上がり方
今、売れています
毎日得だ値
超目玉品


Apr
9
revised Is there a Japanese word for “area with a collection of izakaya stalls or booths”?
fix my messed up first sentence
Apr
9
asked Is there a Japanese word for “area with a collection of izakaya stalls or booths”?
Apr
9
comment How do you say “funny”?
I've noticed people of many backgrounds who speak nonnative English have a kind of reverse of this problem where they say "funny" for something enjoyable that doesn't invoke laughter, when native speakers would say "fun".
Apr
9
comment How do you say “funny”?
It seems to me OP is asking how to translate the thought. Of course the only way Stack Exchange permits exchange of thoughts is by typing them out in words.
Apr
9
comment How do you say “funny”?
In fact after years of saying 面白い for "hmm interesting" I recently got some puzzled reactions that lead to learning 興味深{きょうみぶ}い is a more serious word for "interesting". Though the way I habitually say something when learning a new fact seems to often fall into the crack between the two Japanese words ...
Apr
8
revised Is this translation correct?
edited tags
Apr
8
comment What does the sentence ending particle や mean?
It's fascinating that や can replace だ in Kansai. This kind of blurs the line between the copula vs particles a bit and could lead to some interesting future questions!
Apr
8
revised Are 万葉仮名 (man'yōgana) chosen consistently?
edited tags
Apr
8
comment I am looking for an online Japanese dictionary with audio pronunciations
Google Translate uses a very high quality (perhaps current state of the art) speech synthesizer. So while it's very good for a robot, it's not the same as actual recordings because it doesn't get everything right by any stretch.
Apr
8
comment I am looking for an online Japanese dictionary with audio pronunciations
@dainichi: Don't forget rendaku. Then of course there's kanji that have multiple acceptable readings even in the same context, but that one at least is kind of an edge case (-:
Apr
8
comment In Okinawan, what is the ン in ウチナーンチュ?
Well I won't bow down to northern hemisphere cultural imperialism d-:
Apr
8
revised こおれえぐす, こーれーぐす, こおれえぐうす, or こーれーぐーす to get the word 高麗胡椒?
totally re-worded
Apr
6
comment In Okinawan, what is the ン in ウチナーンチュ?
Great! You know much more about this than I do. Sorry for the dumbed down version (-: I find I frequently have to explain this stuff to people going just on intuition. Glad you're not one of them so I can learn something (-:
Apr
6
awarded  Talkative
Apr
6
comment In Okinawan, what is the ン in ウチナーンチュ?
You should think it terms of sound correspondence rather than sound change since we know Okinawan is not an offshoot of modern standard Japanese. They are sister languages rather than Okinawan being a daughter language of Japanese. Likely they have both changed from a distant common ancestor and we know from Old/Middle Japanese that modern standard Japanese has changed quite a lot.
Apr
6
comment What is the origin of ポイ as in “タバコのポイ”?
You don't need to have a proposal to make a discovery. But to declare an ultimate origin you do have to be sure further discoveries will not be made. We didn't know the ultimate origin of "OK" until just a few years ago. That said, earliest uses count for a lot as do comparisons with related languages and dialects.
Apr
5
comment What is the origin of ポイ as in “タバコのポイ”?
Not really. Just knowing that a "meme" is a noun doesn't tell us as much as that Richard Dawkins coined it in 1976 inspired by "gene" and Greek "mimeisthai". What we know about ポイ might be the best we can do so far, but it's not ultimate by any stretch.
Apr
5
accepted ~った with a noun (生い立ち > 生い立った) - what's really going on?
Apr
5
comment What is the origin of ポイ as in “タバコのポイ”?
Ah nice. It would be great still to find an ultimate origin though.
Apr
5
comment What is the origin of ポイ as in “タバコのポイ”?
@Chocolate: Yes I tried looking for the right word but it got more complicated than I expected so I just used "onomatopoeia" )-: I hadn't realized there were other short ones written in katakana though!