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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.


May
5
comment In which situations is が used with 曲がる?
@OlegLevy: Pretty much any verb involving motion: 散歩, 行く, 出る, etc.
May
3
comment Address someone by their first name, or their last name?
Regarding the Polish reversed ordering: That appears to have been a communist thing, and they've since reverted to the more standard European GivenName-FamilyName ordering‌​.
May
3
revised In which situations is が used with 曲がる?
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May
3
answered In which situations is が used with 曲がる?
May
2
accepted Can you use multiple を in one sentence?
May
2
comment Can you use multiple を in one sentence?
I'm slightly curious about your final claim that this is somewhat formal/written/newspaper-like. This doesn't seem to square with sawa's identification of this as a case of gapping. (which does seem accurate)
Apr
30
awarded  Convention
Apr
27
comment Can you use multiple を in one sentence?
Sawa seems to be arguing that since this is a case of gapping, the middle step in oldergod's list does not exist. I'm unconvinced of this, because I would argue that the て-form in Japanese is the equivalent of the ',' in English... which is pretty much used everywhere you look for gapping examples. It is true that the step from sentence 1->2 is not of the same form as 2->3, but that's a linguistic quibble.
Apr
25
awarded  Outspoken
Apr
25
revised Can you use multiple を in one sentence?
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Apr
24
asked Can you use multiple を in one sentence?
Apr
19
revised Anki decks for studying Japanese
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Apr
19
answered Anki decks for studying Japanese
Mar
21
answered Linguistics and Japanese study
Feb
9
comment What does the verb 好く do?
@sawa: If a verb being "change in state" caused it to fall out of favor, Japanese would be left with hardly any verbs at all.
Feb
9
comment Is it natural to call elderly men ojiisan?
@sawa: "Idiom is an expression, word, or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is comprehended in regard to a common use of that expression that is separate from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made."
Jan
24
comment How do I convey “As you all know”?
@Troyen: I thought of that as well, but it's not actually relevent. Any linguistic mechanism for stating a fact can be used as an insult (and probably will be by a politician). Sawa's rather expansive claim is that the construction itself, even about things which the audience would actually know, is inappropriate for a formal occasion. This simply isn't true. (please note: scholar.google.com/scholar?q=%22as+you+all+know%22). This actually is a HUGE difference between Japanese and English. By and large, English speakers simply aren't sensitive to constructions like this.
Jan
23
comment How do I convey “As you all know”?
I disagree entirely that "as you all know" is impolite or inaccurate in English. It's used constantly in academic settings to bring up a supporting point that is self-evident or reflects a common assumption. There is a very minor point that it is appropriate for a lecture or talk from an expert. But, frankly, someone who objected to that would be dismissed as hypersensitive. English does NOT have the same guideline as Japanese, that removing the specifics from a phrase tends to make it more polite.
Dec
31
awarded  Enlightened
Dec
31
awarded  Nice Answer