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Hello! I'm learning Japanese!


4h
comment What does よう at the end of the sentences mean
What song are the lyrics from?
4h
comment Regarding the nature of the forum + question regarding 日本語の字幕
If you'd like, you can join our chat! We're happy to talk about things like this over there :-)
6h
comment Regarding the nature of the forum + question regarding 日本語の字幕
I don't think this is really on-topic here, but I can share some links: White Rabbit graded readers - Audiobooks with transcripts - Anime subtitles - Drama subtitles. A lot of anime is free to watch online legitimately (e.g. at CrunchyRoll). There are other options if you can spend some money on importing things or if you can go to Japan . . .
1d
comment How can you express a “double causative”?
Can you proofread your answer and make sure you typed what you meant to...?
1d
comment Combining a noun phrase with an adjective
@MarioCarneiro I think that you could ask about 先週に versus plain 先週 in a separate question and get a more detailed answer about it.
1d
comment 「を」 object marker in this 受身形{うけみけい} sentence
@comeauch Don't forget that there are two types of passives in Japanese, direct and indirect (also called the adversative or suffering passive).
2d
comment History of 馬 and 梅
Discussion of 馬 and 梅 on gogen-allguide: gogen-allguide.com/u/uma.html
2d
comment difference between 持ち込む and 持って来る?
@virmaior Although I notice the page you linked to says もちきたる and not もちくる・・・
2d
comment difference between 持ち込む and 持って来る?
@virmaior What's もちくる?
2d
comment How can I say “very little” in Japanese
@Tim I think that it originally meant something like 本当の and came to be an intensifier for words like 少し expressing small quantities.
2d
comment How can I say “very little” in Japanese
@Tim By the way, I think it isn't normally written with the kanji 本. I think it's normally written ほんの少し like in your answer.
Sep
17
comment Trouble understanding grammar in 「名を、柊という。」
(EDIT) I think that kanji express meaning, so when a word isn't used with the meaning its kanji express, it's better to write it in kana. That's why grammaticalized words tend to be written in kana (because they've lost the literal meaning that the kanji would express).
Sep
10
comment Some questions regarding ~てくる (edited)
I think your question about the durative/punctual contrast would be better off asked separately from your question about ~てくる.
Sep
7
comment Why is Danny written & pronounced ダニー and not ダニ?
Compare コピー 'copy', コリー 'Collie', ダミー 'dummy', バギー 'buggy', バニー 'bunny', ヘビー 'heavy', ベビー 'baby', ルビー 'ruby', etc.
Sep
7
comment What's the reading of 傾げる? かしげる or かたげる?
@virmaior I think /g/ occurred later in the development of Japanese than /k/, and a common source of /g/ in native words is from prenasalization, so it seems like a rather plausible guess.
Sep
6
comment Why are the verb classes called ichidan and godan?
There used to be 二段 and 四段 though, and the question asks about these. Would you like to add anything to your answer?
Sep
5
comment Use of おく and 方 in this sentence
奥{おく} in the Progressive J-E Dictionary - 方{ほう} in the same dictionary
Sep
4
comment Why is “UFO” pronounced as if it were a word?
The earliest cite in 日本国語大辞典 for ユーフォー is around that time (two years earlier in 1975). I don't think that timeline contradicts anything since the shorter pronunciation was (and is) still used in English. It's certainly plausible that the song you mention popularized the borrowing, but again I don't see what that would contradict. Anyway, I don't claim to be an expert—I'm just trying to do my best with what resources I have available.
Sep
3
comment I can't quite understand the meaning of 自分でも
The Tanaka corpus (known to be full of errors, mind you) has these three sentences: (1) 「自分でもそれが解っているんだけと。」 = "I know it myself."   (2) 「自分でもそれをやってみなさい。」 = "Do it by yourself."   (3) 「自分でもそれをやってみます。」 = "I'll do it by myself too."  You've supplied sentences 1 and 3 with the translations for 1 and 2.
Sep
2
comment Is my hiragana writing understandable?
You should try writing in boxes for now. It'll help you pay attention to the proportions, which will help you make nicer looking characters. You can buy or print special paper for practicing writing, or you can buy a notebook of graph paper. (You can write in 2x2 boxes at a time so you can see where the center of each box is as you write.) Also see the video Choko linked below.