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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.


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
Dec
14
comment Is 胡 missplaced in the Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary?
Hmm... jisho.org/kanji/details/%E6%95%85 故 is listed as 1-5-4 in jisho, but jisho.org/kanji/details/%E8%83%A1 胡 is 1-4-5.
Dec
9
revised When to use 種別 and when to use 区分 when programming
adding a descriptive tag and title
Dec
9
suggested suggested edit on When to use 種別 and when to use 区分 when programming
Nov
21
asked What are the ゴロ番, and how do they work?
Nov
14
answered Use of に and を with 触れる
Nov
8
answered This instance of のに is opposite from my expectations
Nov
5
comment Usage of 忘れる, 忘れた, 忘れている, 忘れていた
Hmm... the speaker does not necessarily have to remember the subject itself to remember learning about it. Think of forgetting a skill or academic subject, rather than forgetting a piece of information.
Nov
4
answered How can a verb be in the beginning of a sentence when it is usually at the end? Ex. 折れた淡い翼。
Nov
4
revised How do you avoid multiple が in a sentence
clarifying the english version of the phrase, simply using the version used by the accepted answer
Nov
4
suggested suggested edit on How do you avoid multiple が in a sentence
Oct
19
answered Pronunciation of “何” as “なん” or “なに”
Oct
5
comment 寝る vs. 眠る, what's the real difference?
I think that's supposed to be 眠る.
Sep
21
comment Looking for Japanese common speech phrases list
How are the nii.ac sources not exactly what you're looking for?
Sep
20
comment most common everyday phrases in japanese
Please clarify your question. I suspect most of the people who voted to close this question did so under the impression that you were a new student looking for an 'efficient' study method. Searching for a technical speech corpus can certainly be considered within the bounds of the site.
Sep
20
answered most common everyday phrases in japanese