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An intermediate-level learner with an unhealthy fascination with kanji.

Strong dislike for all "One true way to learn Japanese" pronouncements.


Aug
15
comment aru vs iru : Why is aru in “Watakushi-wa untenshu-ga aru” (私は運転手がある) unacceptable?
@Jeemusu: I think some of these variants were discussed in the answer that Tsuyoshi Ito-san linked to earlier.
Aug
14
comment aru vs iru : Why is aru in “Watakushi-wa untenshu-ga aru” (私は運転手がある) unacceptable?
@Gradius: This is true. But the two options for explaining this exception (which probably shows up more when talking about a wife) both would seem to allow this case as an exception, but they don't seem to. (On another note, I edited the question to clarify the preferred nature of 'iru' to 'aru'.) This is rather clearly a theoretical question, since the general rule is "don't do that" when you're actually trying to speak the language.
Aug
14
revised aru vs iru : Why is aru in “Watakushi-wa untenshu-ga aru” (私は運転手がある) unacceptable?
deleted 32 characters in body
Aug
13
comment The gender of 子
This question probably comes from noticing how common '-ko' is as an ending for girls' names.
Aug
13
asked aru vs iru : Why is aru in “Watakushi-wa untenshu-ga aru” (私は運転手がある) unacceptable?
Jul
26
answered Why is there a “tsu” in Nippon (にっぽん)?
Jul
16
comment What is the difference between キャリアウーマン, OL, and ビジネスウーマン
@sawa: minor nit... it's "career"
Jul
13
comment How do I “understand” kaomoji? (Japanese smilies)
While accepting questions about "what is kaomoji: ( ・_・)ノ", etc should probably closed under "too localized", I'm pretty sure what the OP was asking for is basically this link: japaneseemoticons.net/all-japanese-emoticons . Note that each category is given a short introduction giving general strategies for interpreting particular emotions.
Jul
13
comment Why are the katakana important to learn?
@AndrewGrimm: I don't think it makes much difference, the point of the question gets through either way. With that said, though, this is an extremely basic question. It could have been answered with a google search, a glance at any of the language-learning resources listed in our resource thread, nearly any first year textbook, or even just reading two paragraphs into the katakana wikipedia page. It veers dangerously close to the 'motivate me plzkthx'-form of "learning question", but is probably okay in the current form.
Jul
13
revised Why are the katakana important to learn?
Removing the distracting statements about English... the ensuing conversation is generating far more heat than light
Jul
13
comment Why are the katakana important to learn?
@AndrewGrimm: I suspect several of the downvotes were for the inappropriate ad-hominems directed at other site users. As well as the defense along the lines of "Don't like it...? then answer my question!".
Jul
13
comment Why are the katakana important to learn?
@AndrewGrimm: Note the title of the question.
Jul
13
comment Why are the katakana important to learn?
I don't actually think your statement (that "loanword" is distinct from a "derived word") is accurate. A little bit of googling provides a series of linguistics academic papers that rather clearly show "loan words" with adapted spellings and meanings. Wikipedia may not always be reliable... but it usually is for matters like this.
Jul
13
answered Why are the katakana important to learn?
Jul
10
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jul
10
revised How to say 24 divided by 8 equals 3
might as well correct the title >_>
Jul
9
comment What does MC mean in Japanese?
I think this answer was submitted as a response to the rather remarkable level of confusion over the MC term in the comment thread under sawa's answer. I agree it doesn't actually talk about the the Japanese adaptation of the word, but it does actually explain the word's origins.
Jul
9
awarded  Cleanup
Jul
9
revised Why did the author use hiragana instead of kanji in the following examples? (長い,幼い)
rolled back to a previous revision
Jul
9
revised Why did the author use hiragana instead of kanji in the following examples? (長い,幼い)
accidentally deleted 幼い in the example sentence... restoring.