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comment Asking someone to sing a song with me?
@eltonjohn Please see our meta discussion: Comments are not for Answers
Jul
3
comment How to call the game where you have to find where a picture was taken?
I don't know what to call it in English, either. I looked online and found "mystery photo game" and "'where was this picture/photo taken?' game" :-)
Jul
3
comment What makes 『青年』 and 『少年』 different?
I think there is a tendency to use 青年 for males, though.
Jul
2
comment Why is the sound “cha” spelled as ちゃ rather than ちぁ?
I actually don't think it's a silly question at all :-)
Jul
2
comment Where does げ come from?
Related: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/4768/…
Jul
2
comment What does the word 「いいんスよ」mean?
I don't think whether it's a colloquialism makes any difference in terms of documentability. @virmaior I think it's often ッス, but っ is avoided after ん because it creates a superheavy syllable. You might try searching for っす or ッス instead.
Jul
2
comment What does the word 「いいんスよ」mean?
Related: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/36
Jul
2
comment Difference between 青々とした and 青々した?
Or rather, たり comes from と (plus あり).
Jun
30
comment What does 「片付けといてくれ」 mean?
Are you familiar with 〜ておく?
Jun
29
comment Is アルコール from Portuguese?
Earlier when I was searching online, I found claims that both Portuguese álcool and Japanese アルコール lost an h, that they were formerly álcohol and アルコホル (亜爾箇保児)‌​.
Jun
28
comment trying to learn reading Japanese
It'll get easier as you learn more words.
Jun
28
comment Various Tenses in Japanese
It's actually pretty complicated to answer because the Latin tenses correspond so poorly to the way things are expressed in Japanese.
Jun
28
comment Qualifying Nouns With verbs and adjectives in japanese
あそこで ほんを よんでいる is a relative clause.
Jun
27
comment What does ''Kono watashi ga'' mean?
In the meantime, if you can improve your question by including the context you found it in and telling us what you understand so far, it would greatly increase the odds that the question will remain open. Please use the edit button.
Jun
27
comment What does ''Kono watashi ga'' mean?
This question is basically off-topic. Japanese.SE is not a translation service. Please try to include some context and show some research effort in future questions. Still, I'll wait for others to close vote, just in case someone wants to leave it open anyway, because the use of この with first person pronouns is a rather interesting topic that doesn't translate into English very easily. (Perhaps the question could be rewritten so that it's on-topic, and we could have an interesting discussion.)
Jun
27
comment How to ask whether a dish is pescetarian-friendly?
Usually, romanization is intended to represent the Japanese language itself, not to reproduce the quirks of kana spelling. That's why linguists almost invariably use wa. (Of course, you can use a transliteration scheme with ha instead if you prefer. There's no rule saying you can't.)
Jun
26
comment How does the の work in 「日本人の知らない日本語」?
When I say "ungrammatical", to be more precise I really mean "ungrammatical with the intended interpretation". That is, the process of nominative-genitive conversion is ungrammatical here due to the transitivity restriction, even though there may be an alternative source for the example in question, as you point out. Thank you for your comment!
Jun
24
comment Te-form beginner question
@Chris I believe you're mistaken.
Jun
23
comment What is the explanation for the archaic attributive particle が becoming a modern subject particle?
同格 is usually called "apposition" in English, but I think the appositive の is now considered by some linguists to be an adnominal copula and not the case particle の.
Jun
23
comment What is the explanation for the archaic attributive particle が becoming a modern subject particle?
See The Languages of Japan (Shibatani 1990) p.347.