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Hello! I'm learning Japanese!


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.
Aug
14
comment How do you respond to thanks given?
Presumably whoever downvoted feels that they aren't "really common expressions".
Aug
14
comment Email: 「回答」vs「返事」
In general, you should only convert something to kanji if you know that they're the right kanji and that it's appropriate to use them.
Aug
13
comment meaning of 詰めの甘さ
Have you looked up 詰めが甘い?
Aug
13
comment Differences between 死ぬ{しぬ}, 他界する{たかいする} and 亡くなる{なくなる}?
dictionary.goo.ne.jp/leaf/thsrs/4551/m0u/%E6%AD%BB%E3%81%AC
Aug
13
comment What is the difference between 腰掛ける and 座る?
@3to5businessdays The kanji 椅子 are pretty common, but surprisingly 椅 wasn't included on the 常用漢字表 until the 2010 revision, so before that I think the official recommendation was to avoid the kanji.
Aug
11
comment Properly translating a conditional
@EiríkrÚtlendi I would urge you to strike the Three Conditionals analysis from your brain (which is to say, that entire Wikipedia article), as it's a simplification for learners that's hopeless from a linguistics perspective. I'd recommend consulting your favorite reference grammar instead, e.g. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (2002), which spends about a hundred pages on conditionals.
Aug
11
comment Why does 留守{るす} have two almost opposite meanings?
@DaveMG 日本国語大辞典 dates this meaning back to 1208. They cite 吾妻鏡承元二年(1208)七月大十九日. (There's a translation into modern Japanese if you click the link and search for 留守. You'll get three in-page results: ① the way it was originally written, ② the 訓読, and ③ the translation into 現代語.)
Aug
10
comment How to properly pronounce コップ?
@Sjiveru Wikipedia is helpful! But I'm not sure it's actually "the best"―I would rather recommend books on phonetics and phonology, for example Vance 2008 and Labrune 2012. By the way, there are more cases where pronunciation is not necessarily predictable from spelling, most notably pitch accent but also devoicing and the pronunciation of certain long vowels (and certain other minor exceptions).
Aug
10
comment Which kanji has the greatest number of strokes?
Although it may not be in the top 2500 kanji in that particular newspaper corpus, 鬱 is actually a relatively common kanji. Compare this frequency list‌​. I think it's reasonable to expect that everyone can read 鬱, and some people (but not all) can write it.
Aug
10
comment Why many words (nouns?) end with つ?
The other part of this story is the epenthetic /i/ and /u/ in Japanese.