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comment How commonly are “あたし” or “[僕]{ぼく}” used?
@YOU When did I ever disagree that it's less common? What I'm saying is that it's not romantic as you find it to be for whatever reason, and as subjective as language can be, I highly doubt that this particular case is a matter of "feeling". It'd be like saying that "trash bin" suggests recycling more than "garbage bin" does -- it just doesn't.
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comment How commonly are “あたし” or “[僕]{ぼく}” used?
@YOU I think even for strangers and superiors, 僕 is more professional than anything. I can't think of anyone who would consider it romantic for any reason, to be honest. It's the same 僕 as 下僕; it's intended to be humble.
Jul
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comment The verbs of learning: 勉強する, 習う and 学ぶ
To quote my philosophy of education prof, the difference between 学and 習う can be described as the difference between "knowing that cesium is an element" and "knowing how to ride a bike" -- obtaining knowledge vs. acquiring a skill.
Jul
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comment Computer: 計算機 or 計算器?
We virtually never use anything other than コンピュータ or パソコン for "computer", except maybe for legal documents as YOU notes. I've in fact never seen it myself. I've seen 電子頭脳(でんしずのう) used in Tezuka Osamu and Doraemon manga from the 70s -- but that's about it. Similarly, I know that in Korean they use 写真機 for camera, but in Japanese, we'd just say カメラ. Try not to use kanji words for things that there are commonplace katakana words for.
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comment How commonly are “あたし” or “[僕]{ぼく}” used?
Wait, since when does 僕 have romantic connotations?? I thought it was just less jock than 俺. As a guy (despite my name) I use 僕, and only because I was taught to use it as a baby, and because I could never find the right time to switch to 俺 without my family or friends making note of it.
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answered How to say “What's it to you?” in Japanese?
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comment Can “みたい” mean “want to see”?
@Axioplase Ahh, makes sense. One of those things that native speakers don't really notice.
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comment Can “みたい” mean “want to see”?
@Mark Hmm... really? 死ぬ、出る、現れる、倒れる... Bigger words are more often hiragana especially these days, but that doesn't seem to be limited to verbs or verb-like structures.
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answered Can “みたい” mean “want to see”?
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comment What to say when leaving the table before everybody else?
It wouldn't be inappropriate, but they might think you're 付き合いが悪い -- not too friendly.
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comment 森 vs 林 for forest
森林 is used when you're talking about tree areas in general. 森 and 林 are more specific, with the former referring to denser groups of trees (i.e. forests), and 林 referring to "copse" as Ignacio notes.
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answered When is the katakana form of wo (ヲ) used?
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