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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
18
awarded  Excavator
May
18
revised Why do some kanji have furigana that are not valid readings?
adding furigana
May
18
revised What does 氏 mean after a name, how is it different from さん or 様?
edited title
May
18
comment What does 氏 mean after a name, how is it different from さん or 様?
I think a better formulation of this question would be "how does 氏 differ from the more usual さん or 様?", which is quite obviously the real question here... and is NOT handled at all by the jisho reference.
May
17
comment How to say “quarter to” or “quarter past” some hour?
@sawa: Hmm, could you clarify your answer a bit here? You've elided the hour, which makes it a bit tricky to see the connection to this comment-thread.
May
17
comment What techniques/resources do you use to learn Japanese?
On the other hand... we've now answered this question to a great extent on meta
May
17
comment Can we have two thematic は particles in a sentence?
@Pacerier: Negative sentences with は can very easily be contrastive with the context, since these are generally presumed to be positive. Just looking at the sentence, I would expect it arise in a conversation about a plan to go somewhere, so the contrast is fairly straightforward.
May
17
comment Can we have two thematic は particles in a sentence?
I should probably mention that my statement mentioned above by Pacerier is a quotation, pretty much verbatim, from Kuno's book. I'm really in no better position to defend it than anyone else.
May
17
comment Can we have two thematic は particles in a sentence?
@dainichi: Multiple はs are definitely not wrong, the discussion is over whether there is a set pattern to the interpretation of multiple はs chained to each other.
May
15
awarded  Enthusiast
May
14
comment Difference between 十分 and 十二分
Presumably you're asking about the じゅうぶん and じゅうにぶん variants meaning something like "enough", "full", "satisfactory" etc. When I first saw the question I was thinking "10 minutes" vs "12 minutes".
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?
added 273 characters in body
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