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Jul
25
comment What's the standard process to learn Japanese?
I'm not sure about steps 7 and 8, but points 1 through 5 look like a reasonable approach, although you can start with point 6 as early as after point 1, latest after 3. How did you learn your other languages? 1. Learn the alphabet 2. learn simple words 3. learn basic sentence structure 4. learn more complicated words / sentence structures 5. ??? 6. ??? 7. ??? 8. Profit.
Jul
25
comment What's the standard process to learn Japanese?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about learning strategies.
Jul
24
comment What do you call brothers or sisters of the same age?
Twins are entered in the first-born first order in the 戸籍謄本 as well and the first-born twin is considered 長男 (in the case of two twin boys with at most older sisters).
Jul
22
comment Some Japanese dictionaries (e.g. 大辞林, 大辞泉, and 明鏡国語辞典) use this inverted triangle outline symbol (▽) for some kanji compounds. What does it mean?
@dainichi & other downvoters. Do you think it belongs on meta? If so, the question would be moved automatically, if you choose the "This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network" option.
Jul
21
comment What is the rule to write furigana (ruby)?
Splitting them up doesn't always work, even when one tries hard: 海鷂魚【えい】.
Jul
21
comment How impolite is it to call a waitress お姉{ねえ}さん?
It's おね さん and おに さん (long vowel, note ねえ in the first case, one of the few examples of a long え vowel being lengthened with え rather than い).
Jul
18
comment When should I use で or を particles?
No, not quite. を can be "spatial", like 空を飛ぶ, so that 公園を散歩します is actually correct and frequently used.
Jul
18
comment How should I select what first-person pronoun to use?
This doesn't seem to answer the question (the question asks how to choose between 私, 僕 and 俺 and whether to stick to one once you choose one), but seems to be a comment on the other answers.
Jul
17
comment What is the difference between それでいい and それがいい here?
Ah, ok. Usually "this" (Jap. これ) is for things close to oneself and "that" is for things away from oneself (Jap. それ and あれ, where Japanese distinguishes between close to the listener and away from both speaker and listener).
Jul
17
comment What is the difference between それでいい and それがいい here?
Why do you translate それ as "this" rather than "that" (twice)?
Jul
16
comment 電話する or 電話をする to form the verb
Have you seen these questions: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/4006/… and japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/1532/… ?
Jul
15
comment Is ending question sentences with の really feminine?
@DariusJahandarie I think that 今何をしてるの? is fine as an honest inquiry, but I think it is not distinctly male speech. My answer says that honest questions in male speech usually don't use の. I still think that's fine as a general guideline, but of course it's not very clear cut since male speakers often mix male speech with neutral speech. (I sort of assume that male speech doesn't contain neutral speech. Does that make any sense?)
Jul
14
comment に/で as time particles. What's the difference?
@Choko Unfortunately Tim's sentence was missing a word. I'm guessing "Tea is the only drink I have at breakfast"...
Jul
14
comment ニッポン? Why Kana?
Notice any other super bizarre words written in kana?
Jul
13
comment is there a word for city slicker? (derogative)
We answer 99% of good questions. However, a translation request without prior research effort, like this one, is usually considered off-topic. You can try to ask around in our chatroom, though. (For this, you need enough reputation. We can also grant you access, if you create a chat account and give us your user number.)
Jul
12
comment 「〜そうにない」 unfamiliar usage of そう
As for your second sentence, are you sure you've never seen V + しか ない (e.g. 諦めるしかない)?
Jul
11
comment How do 何 and どう change the meaning of these sentences?
This might answer your question: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/8313/…
Jul
9
comment What is a word for “participation” that resembles “kameseru”?
I think my answer doesn't deserve a downvote, considering that my guess turned out to be correct.
Jul
9
comment What is a word for “participation” that resembles “kameseru”?
I wrote in my answer that 加盟する is definitely not participation in the sense used in the article. (I hope that's not what triggered the downvote.) I still think that someone who obviously has no clue about Japanese is much more likely to come up with a(n incorrect) kanji compound in dictionary form than with an unusual interpretation of 噛む in a rather advanced conjugation of the word. Anyway, what the writer really referred to is anyone's guess...
Jul
7
comment Forming a “habitual” sentence: “I usually get up at 7.15”
I see. Could you revise your question to include your explanation? Also, since you're asking about に, I would remove the [phrase] tag and add [particle-ni] and [grammar].