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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.