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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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Apr
5
comment What is the origin of ポイ as in “タバコのポイ”?
@YangMuye: Yes there is a SAD - serial anonymous downvoter improving the site to their way of thinking by downvoting many questions, not just mine. I hope this cheers them up.
Apr
5
comment ~った with a noun (生い立ち > 生い立った) - what's really going on?
Yes all languages have verbal nouns of various kinds, and they are usually full of quirks. English has two kinds (gerund and infinitive) with different quirks. I've been trying to find and read some papers on it and it seems Japanese has at least three kinds, as usual, each with different quirks. My question is about trying to understand this particular kind of verbal noun and its quirks.
Apr
5
comment In Okinawan, what is the ン in ウチナーンチュ?
Usually similar features in Okinawan and Japanese can be traced back to a common origin, or a hypothetical one when evidence is lacking. That's more common than Okinawan borrowing grammar points directly from modern Japanese.
Apr
5
comment Have you tried XYZ before?
Japanese Wikipedia has an article on koregusu.
Apr
5
comment What does だ mean at the end of a sentence or following a noun
It's not a particle but it's easy to see why a learner might think it is. In any case the question is still about whether it is a particle so the particles tag is warranted.
Apr
5
comment What does だ mean at the end of a sentence or following a noun
だ means "is". It's kind of a special verb and usually called the "copula". This is the plain form, you might be more familiar with です.
Apr
5
comment ~った with a noun (生い立ち > 生い立った) - what's really going on?
By the way, what am I missing about おひたつ vs おいたつ? Googling seems to find it being used as a verb but I don't have near the Japanese to be able to read the hits...