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I started learning Japanese at college in 2005 and have been an enthusiast ever since. I fan-translate Japanese light novels to keep my skills sharp.


Jul
26
comment What does 男前 mean when used to describe a woman?
If it helps, this is how I translated the sentence I posted: "Maybe, if Tedzuka was willing to put up with Satoshi's capricious phone calls, he could lighten that cheeky, [handsome] woman's burden just a little."
Jul
26
comment What does 男前 mean when used to describe a woman?
Thank you for your help! Looking at the book, I don't think the surrounding sentences are going to help much--they're very plot-heavy. But I've put most of the page into Pastebin here. Basically what's happening is that 手塚 has a brother, 慧, who keeps calling him even though they had a falling-out a long time ago. 手塚 doesn't want to take his calls, but 慧 is in charge of an organization, the 『未来企画』, that Tedzuka and the woman he's thinking about are trying to get information on. 手塚 decides to start taking 慧's calls so she won't endanger herself for the info.
Jul
26
comment What does 男前 mean when used to describe a woman?
Ooh, thanks for the pictures. I can sort of see what they're getting at. You're right that it's not incompatible with conventional beauty.
Jul
26
revised What does 男前 mean when used to describe a woman?
added context
Jul
26
asked What does 男前 mean when used to describe a woman?
Jul
25
comment What is a ダンディー?
@languagehacker I have deleted your answer to this question. Its tone was unsalvagably rude and could only serve to further inflame those who are already upset over this post for other reasons. Please try and be more civil, and try to reflect on why your recent questions are getting the kind of feedback they are, and what you can do to ask questions that will be better-received by the community. Thanks!
Jul
24
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is there an equivalent to George Carlin's “Seven Dirty Words” in Japanese?
Jul
23
comment Are there words so bad that they aren't allowed on television?
@Dave Ha ha, I do that all the time. It's the linguistic equivalent of thinking of a swing set or something as huge because you last saw it as a small child. :)
Jul
23
comment Is there a specific term that refers to female sword fighting?
Link? Is this specific to Japanese culture? Otherwise I'm not sure you'll get a good answer.
Jul
23
revised Greeting for meeting a friend by chance
fixed typo; clarified title
Jul
22
answered Is there an equivalent to George Carlin's “Seven Dirty Words” in Japanese?
Jul
22
revised Does なかなか (with negative verb) mean “by no means” or “considerably”?
formatted question title better
Jul
22
comment Does なかなか (with negative verb) mean “by no means” or “considerably”?
Leaving aside the fact that "don't forget that good jobs are considerably not easy to come by these days" is ungrammatical, the meanings of those two sentences are not all that different. Don't forget almost no Japanese word will translate to one and only one English word.
Jul
20
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
20
revised Are there words so bad that they aren't allowed on television?
I think the warning at the beginning is enough
Jul
20
comment Are there words so bad that they aren't allowed on television?
@Dave I disagree; the words listed on the 言葉狩り page and in the 放送禁止用語 list include many words that have been deemed politically incorrect/possibly discriminatory, like 百姓 and 聾. It should be noted that television station often self-censor these words; I don't know if they are officially regulated.
Jul
20
revised Are there words so bad that they aren't allowed on television?
whoops, linked to French Wikipedia page instead of English one
Jul
20
comment Are there words so bad that they aren't allowed on television?
This is an excellent question, and it touches on the sometimes wide gulf between words that aren't said on television and words that are used in everyday language without offense. It is not a duplicate of Rolf's question.
Jul
20
answered Are there words so bad that they aren't allowed on television?
Jul
20
revised Dissecting つく verbs
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