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I made a program called Tankan for brute-force memorization of kanji meanings and readings: http://kylheku.com/tankan

You will be blown away by the simplicity, power and efficiency.


Nov
22
comment Are there any common grammatical errors made by native Japanese speakers?
Well, the misconception is that some usage which a community of speakers accept and use can be "wrong".
Nov
21
answered Are there any common grammatical errors made by native Japanese speakers?
Oct
9
answered 'Hearty' in Japanese
Oct
3
comment Pronunciation of 日 in compound words
ついたち is not a kunyomi, unless you believe that つい is a kunyomi reading for 一 and たち is one for 日. It is an "ateji" reading: an arbitrarily assigned reading for a kanji or kanji compound. One notable ateji example is 缶 whose meaning is "can" (as in tin container). The reading is かん. That is from English; it is an assigned kanji for a foreign loanword.
Sep
25
comment Are there any Japanese words as versatile as “fuck” in English?
Hmm. 馬鹿な馬鹿が馬鹿にしてる。
Sep
18
comment Explain Noun + へ particle?
Elision of a verb (and other kinds of elision) is grammatical in Japanese even outside of headlines. In a conversation, we can end up with a sentence ending in へ。 For instance: どこへ行くの? Where are you going? 東京へ(行くよ)。 (I am going to) Tokyo. Particles like へ and から can take の, by the way. この電車は、東京への電車ですか? Lit: This train, is it a heading-for-Tokyo train?
Sep
18
comment Explain Noun + へ particle?
Headlines should be translated to headlines. English headlines are also written in a peculiar dialect which is not always grammatical. Fragments appear instead of complete sentences and articles may be dropped. Here is a possible translation to an English headline "Telefonica on to product investment next year".
May
27
comment Slang definitions of ハゲ
So it means something like "geezer"? How about エロハゲ. Is that just エロ + ハゲ? Sleazy creep? Perv? Or something like that? I am looking for definitions of エロハゲ.
May
18
comment Ancient practise of sneaking into women's bedrooms…?
rabuho.com
May
17
comment Ancient practise of sneaking into women's bedrooms…?
Hahaha! I propose よっぱい! when you do this a lot, with great success... 最近、よく よっぱい するよ!
May
17
comment Ancient practise of sneaking into women's bedrooms…?
Now there are "rabu ho" for that. So what has changed, really.
May
17
answered What are the rules determining the use of the dash in katakana?
May
15
answered What do we call things that are neither kana nor kanji?
May
14
answered Dates, version strings, timestamps and numbers in Japanese. How are they formatted?
May
13
comment What does the だと mean in 日本だと?
There is no need to indicate "in" because it doesn't say "when in Japan", It's says "if it's Japan ...". This is similar to "ame da to ..."/"if it's raining ...". If the situation/context is Japan, then ...
May
11
answered <te form> + っと (conditional particle)
May
11
comment <te form> + っと (conditional particle)
と is like if/when but only the logical if/when. と cannot be used like the "if" in something like "if you finish that before me, then come help me". For that we use a -tara verb.
May
11
comment Difference between 丸い and 円い
This jisho has the info: wwwjdic.org (Jim Breen's WWWJDIC). Both spellings are marked with a P which means both are preferred.
May
10
comment Is タオル used for the towels used at onsen?
A better way to ask might be これは 日本語で 何と 言うのですか? "kore wa, nihongo de, nan to iu n desu ka?" ("... nan te iu no?" with friends). Asking what do you call this in Japanese is a little better than asking what it is. Though they understand, since you're a foreigner from a land where they have towels; but if you were Japanese, that question would look like you've never seen a towel before!
May
8
comment What exactly is ありき?
@Jesse Your comment got me interested. Turns out, this story was based on actual events. There really was such a person, Sugaya Tokuji, and his letter translating shop was on that street. articles.latimes.com/1985-12-25/local/me-21169_1_love-letter