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comment On the legibility of Japanese writing (compared to the Latin alphabet with its variable letter height) – What's the correct kana height?
@virmaior We have a related question which touches on that subject.
2d
comment Is this seat being chased, or is the person in it being chased from it?
You didn't ask about it specifically, but I'd say the first sentence translates to "he betrayed the people's trust", which is a little different.
Apr
17
comment Etymology of 宵【よい】
jstor.org/discover/10.2307/…
Apr
16
comment Which is more colloquial for “I have a headache”?
@Kaji Oh, my mistake. I'll remove the × but I'll still recommend saying する instead. (I think it's at least more common.)
Apr
15
comment What is でれでれ (spoony)?
By the way, the online OED is free to use this week. You can find a definition for spoony there.
Apr
15
comment The meaning of 権利を掛ける
Please include details in your question. Most of all, you should include the context you found this phrase in. Also, is it possible it said 権利を受ける?
Apr
14
comment Need to decrypt kanji (image inside)
It's not very easy to see, but it looks like 厭らしい.
Apr
14
comment how is the translation for - no - spelled with english letters
Although I closed this as "asking for a translation without showing any research effort", I could have also closed it as "unclear what you're asking". You'll have to fix both problems if you'd like the question reopened.
Apr
14
comment How to choose the right kanji from several choices?
@Lyle Try searching for 使い分け or 違い along with the set of terms you need help distinguishing.
Apr
14
comment How to choose the right kanji from several choices?
明鏡国語辞典 covers the examples in your question fairly well, I think.
Apr
14
comment How to choose the right kanji from several choices?
I believe it's limited to jōyō characters and readings, and the jōyō kanji chart only lists 分かる for わかる, not 解る or 判る (or 別る).
Apr
13
comment Clarification needed - みたい (みたいな)
There are multiple diagnostics for subjecthood in Japanese. See The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Linguistics, pp.142-145 for three tests which show that the "nominative object" in 〜が好きだ is not a subject, along with some arguments that it is in fact an object.
Apr
11
comment How to start Japanese Study for test for N4?
You can join the chat room, if you like.
Apr
11
comment How to start Japanese Study for test for N4?
I'm afraid study method questions are off-topic here. See: We don't do "how do I study X?" questions
Apr
11
comment Differences between それとも ・または・もしくは・あるいは
I think you might want to double-check some of your translations. The English doesn't quite seem to correspond to the Japanese.
Apr
11
comment Confusion with それだけ in these lyrics
Please remember to tell us what the context is when asking a question like this. In this case, it seems the quote is from the lyrics to 黒い瞳の魔獣.
Apr
11
comment Are there native Japanese numbers greater than 10? What use are they?
@hippietrail Right, the pronunciation changed naturally over time, and the script reforms merely brought spelling into line with what people had already been saying for a long time.
Apr
10
comment Translating the statement: X is very common
@Hanne It would be best if you gave any available context in your question so that answers can be specific. (There are a lot of ways to say "is very common", but some are more formal than others, for example.)
Apr
10
comment is “こっかい” a heteronym?
Besides pitch accent, there are other ways pronunciation can differ that aren't necessarily reflected in kana. Some examples: the conjunction が may be pronounced [ŋa] (in other words, with the nasal allophone of /g/ sometimes transcribed <ng>), while the word for moth が is typically pronounced [ga]. Kana don't indicate devoiced vowels. The kana おう don't indicate the contrast in pronunciation between 王 /oː/ and 追う /ou/. Words with variant pronunciations like 体育 and 女王 are often spelled in kana in traditional manner (たいいく and じょおう) even when they're pronounced differently (タイク and ジョーオー).
Apr
10
comment is “こっかい” a heteronym?
@ssb If you consider 端 too, you need a following particle to distinguish by accent: 橋が ([はしが]{LHL}), 端が ([はしが]{LHH}), 箸が ([はしが]{HLL})