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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.


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.
Jun
19
comment So what is the difference between の and こと in this sentence?
possible duplicate of What is the difference between the nominalizers こと and の?. I suggested the duplication, but note that it doesn't quite answer this question yet, but should probably be edited to do so.
Jun
18
answered Meaning of given character
Jun
12
accepted Why would you use まいります for rain? (降ってまいります)
Jun
11
accepted Terms for 'viewpoint': 視点 vs 観点
Jun
11
comment Is it OK to have more than one が particle in a sentence?
@sawa: Your comment no longer makes sense
Jun
11
revised Is it OK to have more than one が particle in a sentence?
added 12 characters in body
Jun
11
revised Is it OK to have more than one が particle in a sentence?
Removed snarky, condescending idiocy that otherwise would earn the answer "flag for moderator attention"
Jun
11
revised Is it OK to have more than one が particle in a sentence?
added 4 characters in body