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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


Jun
14
accepted If I wanted to sound more like a Samurai, what words and phrases should I learn?
Jun
14
revised What's the difference between “巻寿司” (makizushi), “海苔巻き” (norimaki), and “巻物” (makimono)?
more detail
Jun
14
answered What's the difference between “巻寿司” (makizushi), “海苔巻き” (norimaki), and “巻物” (makimono)?
Jun
9
comment In modern usage how do Japanese natives regard the differences between 外人, 外国人 and 外人さん?
@lukman: near native = when ntt calls they dont believe that I am me because I sound J but my name is not! :p
Jun
7
awarded  Beta
Jun
7
asked In modern usage how do Japanese natives regard the differences between 外人, 外国人 and 外人さん?
Jun
7
comment What is the difference between 「はず」 {hazu} and 「わけ」 {wake}?
Yes, 'wake' has the connotation that "objectively" it is the way it is. Hasen J wrote "it's normal" which is a good way to help incorporate it into everyday speech.
Jun
7
comment What's the difference in usage between 氏名 (しめい) and 名前 (なまえ)?
+1 for good answer, also if you've ever filled out a paper form in Japan, you'll find it says 氏名
Jun
7
revised What's the difference between に and で when speaking of time of an action?
un-confuzzled the mixed up bits at the end
Jun
7
answered What's the difference between に and で when speaking of time of an action?
Jun
7
answered Why does “to tweet” something on Twitter becomes つぶやく?
Jun
6
comment If I wanted to sound more like a Samurai, what words and phrases should I learn?
Yeah, sure I can do that. But there are some ppl here who can probably write a great summary. It's just my kosei. Yoroshiku guys!
Jun
6
comment If I wanted to sound more like a Samurai, what words and phrases should I learn?
I realise this is slightly subjective, but where else do you ask this kind of question?? A tick will be awarded to the answer with the best coverage. :D
Jun
6
asked If I wanted to sound more like a Samurai, what words and phrases should I learn?
Jun
6
comment How important is one's pitch when speaking Japanese?
+1 for a good answer. However I would disagree that pitch is the #1 reason for bad pronunciation. Too many people don't change speaking style or the "shape" of their sounds. They speak in foreign languages as if they were no different from their native language. It's more to do with mouth shape, tongue position and the like than pitch. Japanese natives often mix up pitch related things, depending on where they come from, etc... and recovery strategies are often used (e.g. oh do you mean X as in XX or Y as YYY?)
Jun
5
awarded  Scholar
Jun
5
comment Can anyone explain the obsolete, non-phonetic use of hiragana from pre war times?
Thank you Boaz. That was an extremely enlightening answer. More than I'd hoped for, and the article you linked to (sljfaq.org/afaq/historical-kana-usage.html) pretty much summarises what I heard all those years ago. Out of interest, what did the article get wrong?
Jun
5
accepted Can anyone explain the obsolete, non-phonetic use of hiragana from pre war times?
Jun
4
awarded  Student
Jun
4
asked Can anyone explain the obsolete, non-phonetic use of hiragana from pre war times?