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Programmer in ObjC, Ruby and most web scripting languages. Fluent in Japanese with 16 years experience speaking the language. Lived in Japan 5.5 years. Attained JLPT1 (on my first go - woo!) in 1999. I love Japanese language trivia plus anything good for the Izakaya gets me going! Language study is for the speakers, not just the linguists. :D


Jul
13
comment How would I say “Get well soon”?
@Lain: Assuming you're writing to her, any of the above would do considering your relationship. However the first two are usually spoken language (話し言葉) and the last two are formal spoken / written language (書き言葉) IMO.
Jul
13
asked When is it okay to use あります with a living subject?
Jul
6
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
6
comment Do 以上 and 以下 include the number preceding them?
Haha, not according to Wikipedia. I'm glad I asked this one, I was confused too. Well I still am, but not by this... today. :D
Jul
6
asked Do 以上 and 以下 include the number preceding them?
Jul
6
revised When asking for holidays, should I be more polite than usual?
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Jul
6
answered When asking for holidays, should I be more polite than usual?
Jul
6
comment How to translate “edge” into Japanese
And personally I'm glad to have more "language hackers" on JLU ... don't give up so easily!
Jul
6
comment How to translate “edge” into Japanese
@languagehacker: Dave knows I am a strong proponent of a wide interpretation of valid questions on JLU. However, I agree with Dave, the question needs work. I know it's easier to dump all your thoughts on the page, but JLU requires a focused question. I try to ask one specific question like "Can 果て be used to mean 'edge' as in ...?" and then provide supplementary information/queries after. Please try rephrasing your question. Don't be afraid to look at other questions to get a feel for the right style. For us to make JLU into something more lasting than a forum, some boundaries are needed.
Jun
29
awarded  Nice Question
Jun
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
24
comment When and how did USA and UK come to be written as [米]{べい}[国]{こく} and [英]{えい}[国]{こく}?
@Louis: yes you are right. I didn't include it because there was no citation for it and it doesn't explain in the article how 亜墨利加 becomes 米国, although the theory on 亜 already being tank could apply equally there too.
Jun
24
comment When and how did USA and UK come to be written as [米]{べい}[国]{こく} and [英]{えい}[国]{こく}?
@Dave: actually it matches "Français" (fu/ran/sei). There you go, 6 years of French study put to use at last grin
Jun
24
comment When and how did USA and UK come to be written as [米]{べい}[国]{こく} and [英]{えい}[国]{こく}?
Actually I suspect this is incorrect. Perhaps you can provide some examples? Most Japanese kanji names for countries came from phonetic use of kanji, where the meaning was discarded/ignored.
Jun
24
comment When and how did USA and UK come to be written as [米]{べい}[国]{こく} and [英]{えい}[国]{こく}?
@Ito: It's okay, most people don't read to the end of the sentence. Had you done so you would've found: "だい-ブリテン was also used". In response to your last comment I added a clarification in parens. (Actually your previous comment was about English .... considering our lively debate in meta I found it ironic ;D)
Jun
23
revised When and how did USA and UK come to be written as [米]{べい}[国]{こく} and [英]{えい}[国]{こく}?
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Jun
23
comment When and how did USA and UK come to be written as [米]{べい}[国]{こく} and [英]{えい}[国]{こく}?
ito-san that is absolutely correct in modern japanese. in fact i think you'll find i was referring to meiji times. i'll edit it to make it clearer. thank you
Jun
23
awarded  Mortarboard
Jun
23
revised Difference between にかんして and について?
Corrected phrase for clarity/accuracy.
Jun
23
revised When and how did USA and UK come to be written as [米]{べい}[国]{こく} and [英]{えい}[国]{こく}?
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