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Jun
17
comment How important is one's pitch when speaking Japanese?
@Ito: well put. Bear in mind if you speak with a particular region's accent, your intonation choices should reflect that area. You may do so as a natural consequence of living there. But if you learned Japanese in Kansai, any pronunciation guide published is likely to be Kanto dialect and therefore inapplicable.
Jun
17
comment Are there any Japanese words as versatile as “fuck” in English?
@Ito: I hear you however I wasn't asking for a rude word, just something widely used and possibly examples of it. WRT the claim by you and @Dave that it's not versatile, perhaps I can defer to Wikipedia on this one? "'Fuck' can be used as a verb, adverb, adjective, command, interjection, noun, and can logically be used as virtually any word in a sentence (e.g., "Fuck the fucking fuckers")." Cf: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuck Perhaps instead you can help me improve the question, because it is a valid one (even if it turns out that "fuck" does not have an opposite number in Japanese.
Jun
17
revised Are there any Japanese words as versatile as “fuck” in English?
Clarified misunderstandings
Jun
14
answered ご~いただけます vs. ご~になれます
Jun
14
asked Are there any Japanese words as versatile as “fuck” in English?
Jun
14
comment What's the difference between “巻寿司” (makizushi), “海苔巻き” (norimaki), and “巻物” (makimono)?
Make sure you read to the end of the linked Inuit list so you get the full effect of it's authenticity!
Jun
14
revised What's the difference between “巻寿司” (makizushi), “海苔巻き” (norimaki), and “巻物” (makimono)?
ixed for anthropological accuracy, and to garner an up vote from @Hippietrail
Jun
14
comment How would you translate: 毎日は楽しくなりました。
@Tsuyoshi: you can edit comments too.
Jun
14
comment If I wanted to sound more like a Samurai, what words and phrases should I learn?
(tick) I liked the differentiation you drew between actual and stereotypical. You've broadened my horizons.
Jun
14
comment If I wanted to sound more like a Samurai, what words and phrases should I learn?
Haha, I smiled when I saw this one. I've been a student of budo for 17 years :D Boaz's answer was more what I was looking for. Thx tho.
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
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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 「はずがない」 and 「わけがない」?
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?