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Hello! I'm learning Japanese!

 


Oct
28
comment How do you interpret an “interrogative word + non-polite form + か + 知る” construct?
@virmaior It looks like they mean Nだ+か with だ omitted.
Oct
28
comment Understanding use of における
@IUnknown They have a historical relationship (they both come from 置く).
Oct
27
comment Is the negative form of 住む related to すみません (i.e. “I'm sorry”/“Excuse me”), and how is it used in actual conversation?
@blutorange Maybe we could turn the discussion on cognates into a separate question.
Oct
27
comment しな at the end of a sentence
Do you think you could ask your ~てくれ question separately? We'd like to keep things to one question per question here on Stack Exchange.
Oct
27
comment Why is Austin spelled with an オ?
@user7432 japanese.stackexchange.com/a/13098/1478
Oct
27
comment Is the negative form of 住む related to すみません (i.e. “I'm sorry”/“Excuse me”), and how is it used in actual conversation?
Here's how Samuel Martin explains すみません: "The verb すむ means 'comes to an end, terminates; settles'. From these basic meanings a number of others are extended, as when すみません is used to mean 'there is no end to [my rudeness or obligation] = excuse me; thank you'." (Martin 1975 p.546)
Oct
26
comment Why is Austin spelled with an オ?
@Sjiveru British accent, not American, I believe.
Oct
24
comment Help me understand the grammar of this sentence: ~のこと~のこと、~なってもらえたかな
Notably, こと can't be a subject, so adding 〜のこと forces the listener to understand it as a nominative object (but here with nominative が replaced with も).
Oct
24
comment Does 好きな really mean “favorite”?
You might compare 好き with お気に入り.
Oct
23
comment How to say “had been [verbing]”?
Likewise, English has ways of expressing future time but lacks a future tense. Like Japanese, English has exactly two, although the details on when to use each tense differ.
Oct
22
comment Meaning of あさっての方向 “Asatte no houkou”
@naruto It just says あしたに目を向けるべきなのに、あさっての方を見ている意からいう。
Oct
21
comment What is the meaning of 座っておいで?
According to 大辞林 and also to Martin's 1975 Reference Grammar of Japanese p.838, the same verb お出で is used for all three meanings. I'm not sure お居で is right.
Oct
21
comment What is the meaning of 座っておいで?
It also behaves like a 補助動詞 in that it can contract―people say 「持っといで」.
Oct
21
comment What is the difference between ことにする and ことにした?
nhg.pro.tok2.com/qa/doushi-13.htm  ← Someone could turn Q&A 123 from that site into an answer.
Oct
20
comment Does ところを always mean the same thing as のに? What is the difference between ところへ and ところに?
I don't think it's a duplicate either. The other question doesn't talk about ところへ, and it doesn't explain whether these sentences are the same.
Oct
19
comment Learning radicals?
If you decide to study radicals, then learning them as you go makes sense. That way you'll naturally prioritize and learn common ones like 氵, and you'll naturally skip ones like 鼎 that you'll basically never use―or at least leave them until very late in the process.
Oct
16
comment Q: Should a new Japanese learner stop reviewing Chinese Hanzi?
I don't think learning kanji is actually all that hard, although I certainly wouldn't call it easy, either! But in my experience both vocabulary and grammar are more significant challenges.
Oct
16
comment V(さ)せる when it doesn't indicate permission/compulsion
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Oct
16
comment _っ_り form adverbs
Closely related: japanese.stackexchange.com/q/5861/1478 (Probably not a duplicate since it's not really answered by the answer there.)
Oct
16
comment How to express appositives in Japanese
People do call certain grammatical relationships 同格{どうかく} 'apposition' in Japanese, although I'm not sure it's what you want here.