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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.


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 Are there more irregular verbs like 行く?
added 380 characters in body
Nov
26
answered Are there more irregular verbs like 行く?
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?
Nov
14
awarded  Custodian
Nov
14
reviewed Reviewed What does うんたらかんたら mean?
Nov
7
revised What is the difference between 楽しい and 面白い?
deleted 10 characters in body
Nov
7
revised What is the difference between 楽しい and 面白い?
added 26 characters in body
Nov
7
revised What is the difference between 楽しい and 面白い?
added 26 characters in body
Nov
7
answered What is the difference between 楽しい and 面白い?
Nov
5
answered Grammar dictionary
Oct
29
comment How do you express “try”?
@TsuyoshiIto: It's ambiguous. If the speaker has not yet started the activity, "I'm trying to do X" implies that there is something preventing them from starting. If they have already started a regular/repeating activity, it can either have the same "I am having difficulty" implication, or it can have an implication that they are somewhat new to the activity. "I am trying Kendo" overlaps with this second meaning.
Oct
18
comment Are snowclones common in Japanese?
I'm not entirely convinced it's possible for an individual to use a snowclone, to be honest. Rereading the coining of the term, it looks like a description for something journalists do. When an individual does it, the examples given would be more appropriately called "following a meme".
Oct
18
revised Are snowclones common in Japanese?
adding a bit more of an explanation of what a snowclone is
Oct
15
answered Japanese small-talk
Oct
12
revised How 「えい」 should be pronounced in the words like 英語, 先生, etc?
cleaning up some English grammar I made a hash of in my edit, and some minor tweaks
Oct
12
revised How 「えい」 should be pronounced in the words like 英語, 先生, etc?
making the "short version" more organized
Oct
12
reviewed Leave Open Meaning of る in 問われたる