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Jun
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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?
Jun
4
answered Concretely, on what scenarios should I say either お世話になっています or いつもお世話になっております?
Jun
4
asked Which kanji to use for saying ありがとうございます in emails?
Jun
4
awarded  Commentator
Jun
4
comment Do people actually look down on you if you use a regional dialect as a Gaijin?
Totally! Friends with Kansai accents in Tokyo are like mini celebrities. If you think you get attention for being fluent, it ain't nothing like being fluent + kansai-ben. For the record I don't speak with a Kansai accent.
Jun
4
comment Difference between 創立、設立、樹立
Nice disambiguation @YOU, 勉強になった。
Jun
4
comment What to say after someone dies
The first is the most common. As a non Japanese always preferable to keep it short, sweet and simple.
Jun
4
comment What to say after someone dies
your answer only repeats the others, did I miss something? Consider commenting instead of posting a duplicate answer. :)
Jun
4
comment How rude is it to say 寝ぼけてるんじゃねぇよ!
This is like non native English speakers trying to use the F word correctly. If your JQ is still too low to know when it's safe to use, i'd stay away from it unless you're out drinking with good friends.
Jun
4
answered Differences among -たら、なら、-んだったら、-えば, etc
Jun
4
comment The differences and similarities between ーたら and ーば
Thx, will do. Whilst I was typing my answer it got flagged! Doh
Jun
4
answered How can I differentiate between feet and legs?
Jun
4
comment What's the difference between “マグロ” (maguro), “ツナ” (tsuna), and “シーチキン” (shiichikin)?
Domo! My 雑学力 on this topic is now primed for my next trip to the izakaya.
Jun
4
comment How can I differentiate between 「もう」 that means “already” and 「もう」 that means “more/additional”?
I think the OP's grammar in the second example is off. Thx for the looking up the pronunciation guide.