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A globetrotting PHP/Drupal web developer with iOS/Objective-C and other interests.


Feb
27
accepted How to write “eastern Tokyo” (or “northern Hokkaido”)
Feb
26
asked How to write “eastern Tokyo” (or “northern Hokkaido”)
Jan
22
comment 「鉄道関係{てつどうかんけい}の言葉{ことば}を書きなさい」- “Write words about railroads?”
Okay, that's pretty much what I thought, though your English translation was better than mine.
Jan
22
accepted 「鉄道関係{てつどうかんけい}の言葉{ことば}を書きなさい」- “Write words about railroads?”
Jan
22
asked 「鉄道関係{てつどうかんけい}の言葉{ことば}を書きなさい」- “Write words about railroads?”
Jul
10
awarded  Commentator
Jul
10
comment Is the word ハーフ derogatory?
Well, my point was that I would not take kindly to a native English speaker referring to my children as "half," because in English it has offensive context; therefore, I instinctually don't like the word. However, my higher, non-instinctual brain understands that a Japanese speaker won't understand those contexts and have the same intentions when saying it. So I understand it, though I still don't like it. As a weak comparison, English-speaking fans of Japanese anime and manga often proudly call themselves "otaku," not fully aware of the loathsome connotation of the word in Japanese.
Jul
1
comment Is the word ハーフ derogatory?
As a native English speaker, I too find the word "hybrid" to refer to a human very odd. It sounds mechanical or scientific - not humanizing at all.
Jul
1
awarded  Critic
Jun
29
comment What do the question marks on these gas station signs mean?
nevan and Dave, the digital signs in the back have question marks too - you can see them quite clearly on the bottom two prices. They are not "2"s.
Jun
26
comment What do the question marks on these gas station signs mean?
Something is being communicated here through written communication - one half of linguistics - in a manner which someone more familiar with the Japanese language than I am may be able to interpret. Even an answer like "this has nothing to do with a Japanese language," if authoritative, would be better than closing the question and leaving it ambiguous.
Jun
26
asked What do the question marks on these gas station signs mean?
Jun
17
comment Does the particle “を” (wo) have a special use when at the end of a sentence?
Two very common set phrases which end with particles: こんにちは and こんばんは
Jun
17
comment How do you pronounce the Japanese “r”?
I agree with it sounding close to D, which is not something you often see in textbooks or taught by teachers. But it should be remembered if you want to sound more authentic.
Jun
12
comment Is the word ハーフ derogatory?
Supposedly the second character could be 中 or 英 or whatever it needs to be. In my case it would be 米. I suppose this pattern would break down for countries that don't have neatly-associated kanji, though.
Jun
11
comment Stroke order for left and right
This looks like a handy way to remember which order I should use for which character, and that I appreciate. But it doesn't answer why the order is different.
Jun
10
awarded  Editor
Jun
10
revised Is the word ハーフ derogatory?
Becky => ベッキ
Jun
10
awarded  Teacher
Jun
10
comment Since Japanese already had several words for rice why was “ライス” (raisu) borrowed from English?
Jeshii: I've noticed that the large-ish chain ramen shops (Sugakiya, that one with the turtle mascot (なになに一番?)) don't seem to have rice, but the smaller ones often do - specifically fried rice, or チャハン, which can be ordered in combination with a bowl of ramen. They go quite well together. That being said, I can't recall ever seeing the word ライス.