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Jul
24
comment Is a computer displaying “インストールしています” correct? Weird?
@phirru: A direct translation of “Office をインストールしています” would be “I am installing Office,” which is too personal in English but not in Japanese. As I wrote in this answer, インストールされています usually means a state instead of an ongoing action.
Jul
24
answered Recent creation or adoption of hanzi characters into Japanese kanji
Jul
24
comment Recent creation or adoption of hanzi characters into Japanese kanji
“I think it is a general understanding shared by all countries using chinese characters that chinese characters take too much time to write, or require extra effort to input on the computers, and are not convinient.” I do not think that it is fair to say that that view is shared in Japan. Some people agree, others do not.
Jul
23
comment What changes are made to the pronunciation of gairaigo?
It is incorrect even if it is used in one blog.
Jul
23
comment What changes are made to the pronunciation of gairaigo?
プローグラーマ is not a word! “Programmer” is プログラマー.
Jul
23
comment Is a computer displaying “インストールしています” correct? Weird?
@deceze: I understand that the English sentence “I’m installing Office” would sound too personal, but インストールしています in Japanese does not sound personal to me.
Jul
23
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Jul
23
answered Is a computer displaying “インストールしています” correct? Weird?
Jul
22
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Jul
22
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Jul
22
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Jul
21
comment I am looking for an online Japanese dictionary with audio pronunciations
“I didn't realize the blue button is a play sound button until later” I did not know that. Thanks!
Jul
21
comment What is the こと in sentences such as あなたのことが好きだ?
I think the difference lessens, but I am no longer confident. After considering about these sentences for a while, everything started to look usual….
Jul
21
comment What is the こと in sentences such as あなたのことが好きだ?
地球を考えて行動する and 地球のことを考えて行動する definitely sound differently to me. The latter is usual, but the former is strange: the former would mean “take action thinking about the physical object of the Earth” (probably Galileo did that). But I cannot explain what こと means directly, and the difference is subtle in some of your examples.
Jul
20
comment Meaning of 右端揃 in “これ右端揃うかな?”
@Nicolas: And all the three answers have the same score at this moment! :) Honestly, I do not think that anyone can decide the intent of the author of the email without learning much broader context (which I guess would be unsuitable as a question).
Jul
20
answered Usage of 「ごめんください」
Jul
20
comment Do the various verbs pronounced つく differ in intonation?
I pronounce all of them as High-Low, but this may be either the Nagoya dialect or the Tokyo dialect. Someone should be able to answer more clearly and definitely.
Jul
20
comment What is カッコマン here?
@sawa: As you guessed, いえでん is a slang which means home phone as opposed to cell phone. I do not know how the word is usually written, because I have only heard it in speech. But 家電 in the question does not refer to いえでん.
Jul
19
comment What is the proper use of だろう, is it “masculine”, and how is it different from と思 【おも】う?
@sawa: I agree that formal and polite are different things, but I would not say だろう is more formal than でしょう. The reason だろう is much more common than でしょう in academic papers is that academic papers are written with 常体 (だ・である調) instead of 敬体 (です・ます調), but that does not mean that 常体 is more formal than 敬体.
Jul
19
comment How to understand 抄 in Japanese?
Now I see the difference. You are right in that 詩抄 contains selected poems in full, not excerpts from poems. Thanks.