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Jun
20
comment In modern usage how do Japanese natives regard the differences between 外人, 外国人 and 外人さん?
I think 外国人さん was a naive attempt to create a category for foreigners similar to お兄さん、お姉さん etc... I dislike being called 外人 as it feels pejorative and certainly had those connotations long ago.
Jun
20
accepted In modern usage how do Japanese natives regard the differences between 外人, 外国人 and 外人さん?
Jun
20
comment In modern usage how do Japanese natives regard the differences between 外人, 外国人 and 外人さん?
@Matti: I don't think that's the reason. I've never heard オーストラリア人さん either and it's not because of Japan's close Asiatic bonds to Aussies. @Mark: I like 異国人 because it speaks plainly of the facts, rather than a value judgement filled pejorative term of "outsider".
Jun
20
answered Gregorian calendar year to Japanese era name, and vice versa
Jun
19
comment Gregorian calendar year to Japanese era name, and vice versa
@ito: should be a valid question since it is uniquely associated with the Japanese language. We should talk about this in meta
Jun
19
comment What are the origins of 掘った芋いじるな (hotta imo ijiru na)?
Hah! I also remember "Eat the yucky mess" for いただきます 【itadakimasu】
Jun
19
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Jun
19
answered What are the origins of 掘った芋いじるな (hotta imo ijiru na)?
Jun
19
comment What are the origins of 掘った芋いじるな (hotta imo ijiru na)?
I also just remembered the ultra low brow "Can you ski?" which is trans-bliterated as "巨乳好き?"
Jun
19
comment When and to whom should I use the expression ご苦労様 (gokurousama)?
I've been playing it safe, but I'm preparing for my day in the sun as a venerable oyaji.
Jun
19
accepted When and to whom should I use the expression ご苦労様 (gokurousama)?
Jun
19
comment What is the difference in meaning between “husband and wife” 夫婦【ふうふ】 and 夫妻【ふさい】?
Actually people do say ご夫婦 but ご夫妻 is "proper" keigo.
Jun
19
answered What is the difference in meaning between “husband and wife” 夫婦【ふうふ】 and 夫妻【ふさい】?
Jun
18
answered In this location context how are に, で and にて different?
Jun
18
asked Use of the question mark and か
Jun
18
asked How should I use 始める (はじめる) and 始まる (はじまる) as a suffix to intransitive verbs?
Jun
18
asked What are the origins of 掘った芋いじるな (hotta imo ijiru na)?
Jun
17
comment Is there a difference between すみません (sumimasen) and すいません (suimasen?)
+1 for explaining the etymology of this idiom
Jun
17
comment Is there a difference between すみません (sumimasen) and すいません (suimasen?)
Yappari. Thanks for explaining it so well
Jun
17
accepted Is there a difference between すみません (sumimasen) and すいません (suimasen?)