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Jun
14
comment What are the reasons for the huge amount of loanwords in Japanese?
I think most languages have lots of loan words. I have seen the claim that 90% of all Swedish words are loan words; often German words during the 14th-16th centuries and French loan words during the 18th century.
Jun
14
comment How often will a katakana term have an equivalent kanji spelling?
I have often seen 珈琲 on signs outside cafes, and sometimes on menus, but never in ordinary text. My impression is that it is a cute anachronism, similar to "Ye Olde Shoppe" signs in America.
Jun
8
comment Is Japanese one of the Buddhist canonical languages?
You should add Sanskrit to your list of canonical Buddhist languages. Most Mahayana texts were originally written in Sanskrit, and then translated to Chinese and Tibetan. The Sanskrit originals are still used in Nepal.
Jun
8
comment What is the current usage of Siddham (梵字)?
Siddham is used by some Japanese Buddhist sects to write Sanskrit. It is not used to write Japanese. So the question is off-topic.
May
29
comment What's the difference between 彼【かれ】 and あちら?
You should think of words such as 私, あなた, 彼 etc as nouns, not pronouns. Syntactically they function exactly as other nouns. Also there are many ways of saying I, you, he etc in Japanese.
May
29
comment What's the difference between 彼【かれ】 and あちら?
彼(かれ) means "he". あちら has many meanings, including polite "that person (over there)". The plain way of saying "that person (over there)" is あの人.
May
23
comment Difference between 間【あいだ】 and 間【ま】
But I agree with your answer; あいだ seems to be the default, while ま is used in certain special cases.
May
23
comment Difference between 間【あいだ】 and 間【ま】
There is also 間に合う (まにあう), to be in time; and 間もなく (まもなく), soon, in a short time.
May
23
comment Difference between 間【あいだ】 and 間【ま】
@virmaior By "independent word" I meant "not in a compound". (In a compound it is of course pronounced かん or けん.) I have rephrased the question to make it clearer.
May
16
comment What are some different ways to use これから?
You are more likely to get good answers (and up-votes) if give some specific sentence where you are confused about the usage of これから.
May
12
comment Why is the particle の used instead of が in these phrases?
In a relative clause the subject particle が can be replaced by の. (I was very puzzled the first time I saw this construction. I did not think the sentence made any sense at all.)
May
31
comment What is the te-form of 問う?
Does the perfective (ta-form) display the same irregularity? Are there other verbs that behave the same way?