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I'm a software engineer. One of the rare species who use Python at work in Japan and also telecommute.

Currently I'm working on:

  • Becoming fluent in Lojban and also creating learning tools along the way
  • Becoming a lucid dreamer

I have lived in Massachusetts, Kyoto, Fukuoka and Tokyo.


Aug
30
comment The reality of answering いいえ to a negative question
Hi, I'm the OP. I've refined the question based on the discussion in this great comment thread. @sawa: do you agree or disagree that there can be ambiguity when native speakers ask and answer a negative question with はい/いいえ?
Aug
30
revised The reality of answering いいえ to a negative question
clarified question scope
Aug
28
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
28
comment The reality of answering いいえ to a negative question
@ZhenLin I don't remember being taught anything to the contrary, but I believe I sometimes got away with いいえ meaning ‘I agree’. It could be that my intention didn't got through to the other person though. And sometimes I get a puzzled look and get asked what I really meant. So I'm confused about what really works..
Aug
28
asked The reality of answering いいえ to a negative question
Aug
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
17
reviewed Approve suggested edit on The nuance of 得る compared with ~ば
Aug
10
comment Is じゃないです equally correct as じゃありません?
Could you elaborate on the relationship between a phrase's length and its correctness, advancedness and formality? Are shorter phrases generally more correct, advanced and/or formal? I simply want to hear more because I couldn't quite follow the logic there..
Aug
9
answered Does the Japanese language only have negative terms for flirting?
Aug
9
revised Modern names of the obsolete kana ゑ and ゐ
clarified the general applicability of the example reading, added tidbits about "wo"
Aug
9
comment Modern names of the obsolete kana ゑ and ゐ
@Tsuyoshi Good point. In a normal conversation, ヱビスビール would be unanimously えびすびーる, but I think いぇびすびーる can't be completely ruled out when you're talking comically or trying to emphasize the unusual spelling like here. Editing to put up a warning sign..
Aug
9
revised Meaning of 共同志向性
clarified what kind of usages are out there
Aug
9
answered Meaning of 共同志向性
Aug
8
awarded  Talkative
Aug
7
answered Modern names of the obsolete kana ゑ and ゐ
Aug
7
answered Which is better for a sales budget: 予算, 推計, or something I haven't even thought of yet?
Aug
7
revised で used for abstract location?
corrected 誤変換
Aug
6
comment What does 氏 mean after a name, how is it different from さん or 様?
@EnnoShioji I've seen the same kind of 氏 in literatures that predate 2ch, although I can't recall which work it was. It was something close to "ニヤリ氏" mentioned in this slang dictionary entry as a Showa-era slang.
Aug
5
revised Ending a sentence in ぞと
added examples
Aug
5
comment Why do 適当 and いい加減 refer to both considerate and inconsiderate things?
Because of this ambiguity, I try to avoid them as much as possible by substituting 適当 with 適切, いい加減 with ちょうどいいくらい, etc., especially in written communications.