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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
4
awarded  Custodian
Feb
4
reviewed Satisfactory How can I say “the leader(s) of the club” in Japanese
Feb
4
reviewed Excellent How should I bid farewell to a superior?
Feb
4
reviewed Satisfactory Difference in nuance between 頂ければと思います, 頂けませんか, and 頂きたいんですけども
Feb
3
answered How many kanji do Japanese people know?
Jan
25
comment What is the difference between 上{あ}げる and 挙{あ}げる?
'手を揚げる'? pretty sure that was supposed to be '手を挙げる'
Jan
17
comment What's the difference between 平和 and 和平?
I've always thought of 和平 in terms of the tongue-in-cheek comment "Peace broke out in XYZ today, as the two sides couldn't remember what they were fighting over", which has been spoofed repeatedly in comedic TheOnion/SNL news broadcasts.
Jan
16
comment Why is watermelon written in Hiragana, whereas melon is written in katakana?
The confusing bit of this question is the last sentence. What is the general rule that you believe this is an exception to?
Jan
16
comment A は/が difference
@dainichi: It's in there, I think. (might have been a paraphrase) "represent state change" refers to the context, though... not the specific verb. I was trying to get at that in the next sentence or two... you expanded somewhat more on it.
Jan
15
revised A は/が difference
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Jan
15
comment A は/が difference
I have a MUCH harder time distinguishing thematic and contrastive-は, and some linguists argue that the distinction doesn't actually exist. (I think the argument is that there is no such thing as a thematic-は without a contrastive element)
Jan
15
revised A は/が difference
added 617 characters in body
Jan
15
answered A は/が difference
Dec
13
revised How do you write the sound “wu”?
linkified
Dec
12
comment Difference between kara and n desu?
こわい is a 形容詞/iAdjective, so it is basically never followed by a だ (although 形容詞+です is the formula to make a sentence-final 形容詞 polite). For a 名詞/noun like 大丈夫, the +だ is required to end the sentence. What I think is happening in the こわいから example is technically forming a dependent clause, then eliding(?) the main part of the sentence.
Nov
29
comment What's the difference between Ichidan/Godan and Ru/U verbs classification?
It has some work to go before it reaches acceptable "FAQ"-level material, but there is a cross-reference for a few terms on meta
Nov
26
revised Positive Past Plain form of Iku is Itta not iita?
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Nov
26
answered Positive Past Plain form of Iku is Itta not iita?
Nov
20
awarded  Announcer
Nov
14
comment What is the longest word in Japanese?
Isn't this the sort of thing that could be answered with a trivial perl/ruby script and the EDICT file?