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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.


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
added 676 characters in body
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
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 approved 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.