Reputation
5,892
Next tag badge:
19/100 score
2/20 answers
Badges
9 51 102
Impact
~343k people reached

Apr
23
comment Is there a “right” or “best” way to write this Okinawan expression for “cheers”?
I'm not looking for a kanji for "sabira". I'm just looking for how best to write "karii sabira" these days out of the forms I've found or any other I don't know about. Of my three books on, in, or about Ryukyuan, they all vary but they're from different eras. I don't know if the speech community has a current preference today in 2014.
Apr
22
comment On the two words, several pronunciations, and many spellings for “sake cup”
At least a couple of the 盃 looked very much like the short stubby cylinder shaped お猪口 but still were labelled 盃. Photography wasn't allowed and I couldn't find pictures of the exhibition online unfortunately.
Apr
21
comment Choosing the right form of “to dry”
As what above??
Apr
16
comment Are ~つ and ~り the only two counters that can occur with the native Japanese numbers (ひと~, ふた~, etc)?
Yes I think true counters would have to be fairly consistently used over more than just one or two set phrases to qualify.
Apr
16
comment How do I say “before” or “used to” in Japanese?
It's complicated in English too! It's colloquial only and people don't agree on whether it should be "didn't used to" or "didn't use to", or different wordings altogether.
Apr
16
comment Counters In Japanese
As well as needing to know which counter to use is it also true that you need to know whether to use the Sino-Japanese or native Japanese numbers? Or are ひと~, ふた~, etc strictly only used with つ?
Apr
16
comment What kind of Japanese is this?
It at least doesn't seem to be modern Chinese since I can't spot the most common character 的, but one of its older equivalents, 之, seems very common. It might be Classical Chinese, which was once the written language of the entire Sinosphere.
Apr
16
comment Which is more colloquial for “I have a headache”?
Thanks for asking @helix because I wondered the same thing. It might even be worth a question all its own, how to know when a given new noun should take shimasu/suru vs arimasu/aru.
Apr
16
comment Which is more colloquial for “I have a headache”?
Would you use 頭痛 in cases like "I need to buy medicine for my friend's headache"? I think this term appeared on the medicine box, but technical terms are expected there.
Apr
15
comment さまよう vs ぶらつく vs うろつく for the sense of “to wander”?
Great answer thank you! In my case I'm wandering around Asia and currently Japan. When I tried to look up the terms in dictionaries there were negative connotations like "loiter" mentioned in some of them as well as just different ones like "hang around".
Apr
15
comment How to thank somebody for their hospitality?
For some example of what I mean by hospitality, people who I didn't previously know who gave me a ride in their car, took me out for a meal or drinking, or invited me to stay at their home.
Apr
15
comment How to thank somebody for their hospitality?
I actually had jotted down "おもてなし" on my notes to look up next time I had internet access but misheard で in place of て so couldn't figure out what my note was. I think I actually asked my hosts about how to say "hospitality" and this is what they could think of (-:
Apr
15
comment How to thank somebody for their hospitality?
@Earthliŋ: I think you can submit an answer based on this. I did allow that the sentiment might be expressed in a very different way in the two languages. That said, I would also like to know which word is best when I want to talk about the hospitality I recieved to other Japanese.
Apr
15
comment How to thank somebody for their hospitality?
I'd like to hear a constructive criticism from the downvoter about what's wrong with this answer. Without such I can't learn from this )-:
Apr
15
comment How to thank somebody for their hospitality?
@TokyoNagoya: I'm speaking.
Apr
15
comment How to thank somebody for their hospitality?
@Earthliŋ: No I haven't learned that before. Is it a set phrase for this situation or just a loose/natural translation?
Apr
15
comment How to choose the right kanji from several choices?
Do you mean specifically the words that share a reading/kana/pronunciation but have different kanji? And of those do you mean those that have different meanings, those that have the same meaning, or both?
Apr
10
comment How many forms can a Japanese verb take?
I proceeded to ask the same thing on linguistics.SE the following day: What is the maximum number of forms a (modern) Japanese verb can take?
Apr
9
comment Is there a Japanese word for “area with a collection of izakaya stalls or booths”?
Thanks for this useful answer! I note that neither term is in any of the online resources I've looked at. Would you consider them to be "words" in Japanese or "phrases"? I wonder if any print dictionaries contain entries. They do seem at least a bit idiomatic to me at least.
Apr
9
comment Is there a Japanese word for “area with a collection of izakaya stalls or booths”?
I'll see if I've got a usable photo from last night, but I expect I've only got shots of the food, people, and interior.