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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.


Sep
12
revised Appropiate anime or media to learn japanese
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Sep
12
comment Is it unusual to have the ga particle with a negative verb?
Just to note, ga with iru/aru is not necessarily exhaustive (although it can be).
Sep
11
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
11
awarded  Disciplined
Sep
8
comment What is the difference between 完了 and 終了
A few have hinted at it, but no one has clearly distinguished 完成 from these two either. How does it differ?
Sep
1
answered What are the advantages/disadvantages of writing in romaji instead of kanji, hiragana, and so on?
Sep
1
comment What are the advantages/disadvantages of writing in romaji instead of kanji, hiragana, and so on?
This would be a disadvantage of particular romaji systems (notably Hepburn), not necessarily of a better system like kunrei.
Aug
31
comment Does [V-stem]に行く works for verbs whose stems are not stand-alone words by themselves?
食べにいく is rather common. I'm pretty sure was the example used in my introductory text.
Aug
31
comment The reality of answering いいえ to a negative question
The question says that. The answer explains why, even though it's potentially ambiguous, there is a strong bias in the language towards "yes" affirming the idea, and "no" contradicting it. I don't think it's a stretch to say that answering "Don't you have a car?" with "Yes" or "No" would be interpreted as "Yes, I have a car" and "No, I don't have a car" respectively. If you intend the opposite meaning, the answer becomes more forceful (as it contradicts the assumption underlying the question. Note that the assumption is the opposite of the negation), and therefore requires the clarification.
Aug
30
comment The reality of answering いいえ to a negative question
@DaveMG: I guess I'm not sure why you feel that negative questions in English work differently than described. Are you perhaps confusing the constructions "Don't you have a car?"(negative question) with "You don't have a car?" (statement with a questioning intonation?). It can be confused in a few cases, particularly when talking with pedantic people, but almost always "Yes" is the affirmative response. See [english.stackexchange.com/questions/28581/… for what is probably the historical reason for this.
Aug
30
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
4
comment What would be the best way to express the term 'master', as in a master of some sport?
Just curious if マスター itself is used anywhere outside of 完全マスター.
Jul
29
revised What's the difference between wa (は) and ga (が)?
"A can only be used with B" does not equal "B can only be used with A"
Jul
22
comment do people actually respect the nuances of 探す vs 捜す?
jisho.org has information for both kanji (jisho.org/kanji/details/%E6%8D%9C%E3%81%99) (jisho.org/kanji/details/%E6%8E%A2%E3%81%99). Other lists will be similar.
Jul
22
comment do people actually respect the nuances of 探す vs 捜す?
Regarding Part 2: 探 is a grade 6 kanji, 捜 is a junior high kanji
Jul
21
awarded  Scholar
Jul
21
accepted 加える/増やす and 加わる/増える or even 増加する/殖/足, various kanji for “adding things”
Jul
21
comment 加える/増やす and 加わる/増える or even 増加する/殖/足, various kanji for “adding things”
I've received some advice from a native speaker who feels that 増やす implies less direct control over the "increasing" than 加える, and is thus more appropriate for investments and situations which lack direct control. An example he gave was laboratory/pet mice. If you breed them, it might be 増やす, if you buy them and add to the cage, it would be 加える.
Jul
20
comment 加える/増やす and 加わる/増える or even 増加する/殖/足, various kanji for “adding things”
Is there any reasonable way of telling when 加える vs 足す vs 増やす is appropriate for adding more of the same thing, such as 'スピード'? Or are all of them appropriate?