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Apr
21
comment Is there a standard way to clearly differentiate similar handwritten (kana) characters?
@Paul a bit late on the reply. In the sense of adding extra strokes to something to be extra clear, there is nothing that I have seen. In my experience, though, even writing quickly you should be able to differentiate between ツ and シ so long as you follow the stroke order/direction rules.
Apr
15
comment Expressing difference between “fluent” and “native speaker” in Japanese
@konishiki The experiences of some are not the experiences of all. I saw plenty of Chinese/Taiwanese, Filipino, Korean students who were born in Japan or came at a young age and weren't bullied in normal Japanese schools. Even a half Chinese/Israeli girl who had no problems. Many of them you would never know they weren't Japanese if you weren't told so. And plenty of ethnic Japanese people struggle with keigo. I get the point that you're making but I don't think it's something that you can really generalize. Also people like the zainichi...
Apr
15
comment Expressing difference between “fluent” and “native speaker” in Japanese
"the only native speakers of Japanese are Japanese people" -- That's a bit of an assumption, and an inaccurate one...
Apr
13
comment How to thank you in Japanese?
What exactly are you asking? Do you have another way to say 'thank you' in mind that you'd like to have clarified?
Oct
7
comment 「想い人」 and 「恋人」?
okwave.jp/qa/q6209253.html - potentially helpful
Oct
6
comment Why is 電話(でんわ)in hiragana?
@russell While telephones themselves might be foreign conceptually, we are more concerned with the origin of the word itself.
Sep
14
comment Is knowing Kanji vital?
Have you ever even tried to read Japanese?
Aug
20
comment What does (ry mean?
@broccoliforest awesome sites, thanks. I just went with what Google gave me, but these seem good.
Aug
20
comment What does (ry mean?
I don't know if they're filtering traffic or what, but the cached version seems to work. Try that.
Aug
20
comment What does (ry mean?
@Ringil blocked? Are you in China or something? You should be able to glean the meaning from my post alone, but I'll try beefing up any parts that might be weak.
Aug
20
comment Could someone please check my translation of these lyrics?
Proofreading questions are off-topic unless a specific source of concern in the text is clearly identified. See this meta post. (this was never truly finalized, but hey, if you agree..)
Jun
25
comment “to offer” in Japanese?
Have you looked at 申し出る?
Jun
22
comment Does this sound like a native speaker?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's basically proofreading which to me is a glorified translation request
Jun
19
comment Difference between 入れる{いれる} and つける when expressing 'switch on'
Isn't 電気 in that sense just a form of synecdoche (or metonymy whichever) to refer to lights?
Jun
19
comment Questions about the phrase 「きっとおなががすいているだろう」?
Maybe it was scanned from a physical copy and the OCR made a mistake.
Jun
19
comment Questions about the phrase 「きっとおなががすいているだろう」?
Are you sure it's おなが?
Jun
18
comment Is でござる used in Modern Society?
@seijitsu interesting. Goes to show that I'm being foiled once again by grammarians.
Jun
17
comment Is でござる used in Modern Society?
@regularslasher I'm not a native speaker so I can't speak for the precise level of unusualness it would evoke, but my presumption would be that if でござる were used on its own, in plain form, without any sort of humorous intention it would sound strange, and I think strangeness is sort of inherently off putting, but I guess that's up to your own interpretation. Ultimately it depends on the context in which it's used.
Jun
16
comment How are twins addressed by their teacher at school?
I had a class with twins in it, and when they weren't addressed by first name they were addressed by full name.
Jun
15
comment Where can I find the nuance/meaning differences between words with different kanji options?
Note that this list is not exhaustive.