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My name is Tsuyoshi Ito in English and 伊藤剛志 (いとうつよし) in Japanese. I am a native speaker of Japanese with a casual interest in languages. I have been living outside Japan for a few years, and my knowledge about trends in Japanese is likely to be outdated.

Aside: My secret goal is to keep being the top answerer in the tag “food.”


Jun
6
comment Are there differences in nuance and usage of [内]{ない}[緒]{しょ}, [秘]{ひ}[密]{みつ}, [隠]{かく}し[事]{ごと} and [秘]{ひ}め[事]{ごと}?
私の内緒 does not sound right to me. For example, “I have secret” is 私には秘密 [隠し事, 秘め事] がある, but not 私には内緒がある. (I know I am failing to explain it in an understandable way. Someone else should be able to explain it much more clearly!)
Jun
6
answered How do I use うく as casual slang (as in ういた)?
Jun
6
comment Are there differences in nuance and usage of [内]{ない}[緒]{しょ}, [秘]{ひ}[密]{みつ}, [隠]{かく}し[事]{ごと} and [秘]{ひ}め[事]{ごと}?
@Lukman: No. I know that I failed to explain the difference clearly, but the combination 内緒が looks always wrong, no matter it is the first person, the second person or the third person.
Jun
6
comment How to differentiate ~られる conjugation between passive form and potential form?
I did not know the terminology “verb of class 1/2/3,” but judging from several webpages, I think that you are talking about verbs of class 2.
Jun
6
answered How important is one's pitch when speaking Japanese?
Jun
6
answered About writing numbers using Japanese numerals vs using Arabic numerals
Jun
5
comment When going somewhere, is there any difference between e (へ) and ni (に)?
This is not relevant to the topic of the question, but お返して下さい is incorrect. It should be either お返し下さい or 返して下さい, the former being more polite.
Jun
5
comment When going somewhere, is there any difference between e (へ) and ni (に)?
Not relevant to the topic of the question, but: in the last example, a more natural sentence is 郵便局の方へ300メートル歩くと、中学が右に見えます。 (1) 歩いて is unnatural in this sentence and should be 歩くと, but I cannot explain why. (2) 歩く is usually written with kanji unless it is written for foreign speakers and/or small kids who do not read kanji, in which case 郵便局 should be avoided first.
Jun
5
comment Is it ok for non-japanese to refer to themselves as 僕{ぼく} and if not why?
僕 is not appropriate in formal situations, and it is much less common than 私 for female speakers. But I find nothing wrong with non-native speakers using 僕 if the situation is appropriate. If the only reason for the weirdness is the speaker being non-native, that sounds like a prejudice that foreign speakers should only know 私.
Jun
5
comment Meaning of 〜あれだ
You got it right. This あれだ/あれな means something negative, without specifying the nature of negativity.
Jun
5
comment What does ~頂ければと思います mean? Why does such a construction happen?
@Mark: Yes, all examples here means “please do ~,” but more polite than saying, say, チェックしてください.
Jun
5
answered What does ~頂ければと思います mean? Why does such a construction happen?
Jun
5
comment Pronouncing が as 'nga'
Related: For the when to pronounce g as [ŋ] and when as [g], see Wikipedia.
Jun
5
comment Common 四字熟語 that use/are 当て字
Thanks for the edit. By the way, I do not know the definition of 四字熟語, and I am not sure if these ateji words qualify as 四字熟語 at all. If we take 四字熟語 simply as a word written as four kanji characters (which is the literal and the broadest meaning of 四字熟語), then there are many foreign names which can be written as kanji, some of which consist of four kanji: see e.g. homepage3.nifty.com/maryy/japanese/country-names.htm. But most of them are not commonly used or even commonly known.
Jun
5
comment Common 四字熟語 that use/are 当て字
I would not say that 夜露死苦 is commonly used….
Jun
5
comment What is the counter used for doors?
@istrasci: You are right that 戸 is also used as a counter word, but not to count doors. Besides, 戸 as a counter word is pronounced こ, not と.
Jun
5
comment Are there differences in nuance and usage of [内]{ない}[緒]{しょ}, [秘]{ひ}[密]{みつ}, [隠]{かく}し[事]{ごと} and [秘]{ひ}め[事]{ごと}?
I realized that 隠し事をする means to do something secretly, and this 隠し事 cannot be replaced by any of 秘密, 内緒 or 秘め事. Now I am not sure if I can really answer the question. I could pile up various examples, but doing so would not explain much about the difference among these words.
Jun
5
revised Are there differences in nuance and usage of [内]{ない}[緒]{しょ}, [秘]{ひ}[密]{みつ}, [隠]{かく}し[事]{ごと} and [秘]{ひ}め[事]{ごと}?
added an example “That is secret.” and organized the post slightly better (but not much)
Jun
5
answered Are there differences in nuance and usage of [内]{ない}[緒]{しょ}, [秘]{ひ}[密]{みつ}, [隠]{かく}し[事]{ごと} and [秘]{ひ}め[事]{ごと}?
Jun
5
comment Counter for chopsticks
@Lukman: If I am a waiter and someone asks me “お箸を一本お願いします,” I would interpret it as one chopstick (not a pair but one stick) as istrasci said, and I would probably assume that it is a mistake for 一膳 because it is strange to ask for one chopstick.