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Took Japanese on and off through college (2 years of classwork total). Studied abroad at Kanazawa Institute of Technology for one summer. Anime and video game enthusiast. Always interested in polishing my skills. My greatest sources of practice these days are watching anime and playing Japan exclusive video games. Right now I have a goal to read a Japanese 17 x 11 book cover to cover.

大学の時日本語を断続的に勉強しました。ある夏金沢工業大学で留学しました。アニメやビデオゲームや興味があります。いつも技能を磨きたいんです。主な練習の仕方はアニメを見たり日本語のビデオゲームをしたりすることです。 今私の目標は日本語の新書を読むことです。


Aug
31
comment Is my hiragana writing understandable?
I tend to agree with virmaior. The う looks like a つ to me with an incomplete voiced consonant mark. But I'm not a native speaker, so I could be wrong.
Aug
22
comment Can number + 部 mean the number of copies?
entry number 5: tangorin.com/general/%E9%83%A8
Aug
17
comment Is こればよかった correct or not?
@Choko 多分ら・れ抜きということでしょうね?(笑)
Aug
8
comment Are katakana names pronounced as they are written?
You should definitely pronounce them as they're written. There have been a number of times when I've pronounced things as they're pronounced in English, and my Japanese friends had no idea what I was saying. Then I said it as it's written in katakana, and they understood just fine.
Aug
4
comment Meaning of 「生きるにしても死ぬにしても」
Why does 人間なんて imply that the speaker looks down on humans? I assume it's the なんて part, but I thought that just meant "and the like" or "et cetera"?
Aug
4
comment I wish I hadn't gone there
If there's anything you shouldn't expect Google translate to be correct about, it's grammar. It always gives you the most literal translation possible.
Aug
3
comment Is there a difference between the particle お (o) and the particle を (wo)
Yes, を is pronounced the same as お when speaking. There is no particle お.
Jul
27
comment Can kanji compounds be formed arbitrarily?
I'm sure someone else can give a more detailed answer if the question re-opens, but the short answer to both parts of your question is no. In particular, there are several compounds that come to mind whose meaning actually changes quite dramatically when you switch the order of the kanji. For example: 日本 = Japan, 本日 = polite way to say "today"; 花火 = fireworks, 火花 = spark; 客観 = objectivity, 観客 = audience.
Jul
27
comment Can kanji compounds be formed arbitrarily?
I've made grammar corrections to make the question more comprehensible. OP, if I've changed the intent of your question, please feel free to roll back my edits.
Jul
26
comment How to express “X sounds like Y”
「XXはYYのように聞こえる」と「XXはYYに聞こえる」は意味合いが違いますか?「XXはYYのように聞こえる」と「XXはYYみたいに聞こえる」は大体同じ意味合い‌​だと思っていますが。
Jul
23
comment Japanese Character-based Input (Cang Jie)
I don't think this is a question about learning resources, but I think it's more of a technology question than a language question.
Jul
20
comment Use of 自分を and もらう
Well since you already said ルーカスさんは, saying ルーカスさんを in the same sentence would sound redundant and clumsy. It's similar to saying in English "Lucas wants Lucas to be called by his first name".
Jul
20
comment Use of 自分を and もらう
It looks like 自分 refers to Lucas-san here. Where did you learn that 自分 can only refer to the speaker?
Jul
20
comment How would you say “if you don't mind my asking”?
@非回答者 Doesn't the です part make it polite though? I was taught that the のです form takes the plain form of a verb, and it's the です part that makes it polite. (i.e. the casual form would be するのだ)
Jul
19
comment What is “koto” used for?
@Imagine.Create A literal translation would be "Japan's thing(s)" and "the team's thing(s)" respectively. I think what you're asking about is a precise translation, and the answer to that is, there isn't one. It depends on the context of how it's used, but on the whole this is just a piece of Japanese grammar that has no English equivalent.
Jul
16
comment How do you use と言ってた?
Do you have Genki 1? If I recall correctly, [過]{す}ぎる should have been covered there.
Jul
14
comment 「〜そうにない」 unfamiliar usage of そう
@naruto Yes, I know the difference between the two.
Jul
12
comment 「〜そうにない」 unfamiliar usage of そう
@Earthliŋ No, I've only seen しかない used with nouns (e.g. コンピュータが一台しかない), but I now realize that my confusion with this sentence isn't related to そう, so I'll edit it out of the question.
Jul
5
comment meaning of (verb stem)+ませぬな
Ah, makes sense since this manga takes place in 19th century Japan. Thanks!
Jun
18
comment What does 持った mean?
Haha no problem! Are you teaching yourself Japanese? If so it's an understandable mistake. Japanese verb forms are really confusing if you don't have formal instruction on them.