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Hello! I'm learning Japanese!


Sep
17
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.
Aug
28
comment Usage of the pronouns 「我が輩」 and 「方」 in everyday life
Someone should point out that the suffix is がた rather than かた.
Aug
21
comment Strange Japanese Character
I tried looking up しょわー but I couldn't find it. I wonder if there's a dictionary of onomatopoeia with sounds like this learners could use when they're missing from regular dictionaries.
Aug
21
comment break down ~いていいと思ってる
@Kronpas If you look up the phrase 口を利く, I bet it won't be listed as archaic.
Aug
21
comment break down ~いていいと思ってる
@Kronpas Probably what happened is the copy-and-paste didn't have any way to represent き as furigana, so it unfortunately got turned into a regular character.
Aug
19
comment why isn't “そなわち” in dictionaries? what does it mean?
Moderators are just people who try to help the site function the way it's supposed to. Although I have a ♦ diamond next to my name (indicating that I'm a moderator), there are other users on the site who are more knowledgeable than me but don't have ♦ diamonds :-)
Aug
19
comment ら抜き言葉: Why doesn't 忘れれれば exist?
@EiríkrÚtlendi I think those are OCR errors.
Aug
18
comment ら抜き言葉: Why doesn't 忘れれれば exist?
I segmented it as 〜られ+れば because I think that's what modern linguists tend to do (calling it -(r)eba to indicate at once how it attaches to consonant-stem and vowel-stem verbs), but if you prefer, you can segment it as 〜られれ+ば, which I think is how it's done in Japanese school grammar.
Aug
18
comment ら抜き言葉: Why doesn't 忘れれれば exist?
@EiríkrÚtlendi But if I look up られる, the dictionary says the 仮定形 is られれ, and if I look up ば, it says ば attaches to the 仮定形 of 活用語, so 〜られれ+ば.
Aug
17
comment What is a Togi yoru
If you aren't familiar with furigana yet, you might need to start with some easier reading material.
Aug
15
comment Is「うそおっしゃい」to be taken literally here?
@EiríkrÚtlendi No, I think they're imperatives. By the way, there's some discussion here on pp.232-3 which might help you understand.