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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.


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
Sep
20
comment most common everyday phrases in japanese
sou desu ne/ka <-- your list. In all seriousness though, we try to avoid questions that can't actually have an answer. Good sources for this sort of material would be any basic japanese textbook.
Sep
12
revised Appropiate anime or media to learn japanese
added 70 characters in body
Sep
12
answered Appropiate anime or media to learn japanese
Sep
12
comment アニメと漫画で日本語を勉強することについて (On learning Japanese from anime/manga)
Given the grammatical quality of the spam I get in English, I don't think I want to trust learning from it in Japanese.
Sep
12
awarded  Organizer
Sep
12
revised Appropiate anime or media to learn japanese
edited tags
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