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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.


Aug
22
reviewed Close Why is katakana sometimes used to replace hiragana?
Aug
22
reviewed Leave Open Does subject marker が always have to be before the conjugated verb?
Aug
22
comment When is Vている the continuation of action and when is it the continuation of state?
See Derek's answer, paragraph 4. Are you perhaps confusing the terminology "state change verb" with "stative verb"? Because 送る seems like it could certainly be an active state-change verb.
Aug
21
reviewed Leave Open The etymology of the word バックシャン
Aug
21
reviewed Leave Open How do I interpret this question that ends with よ?
Aug
21
reviewed Close Figuring out Aに助かりました
Aug
21
answered 思っている/言っている with third person subject?
Aug
20
awarded  Announcer
Aug
20
reviewed Leave Open 一ヵ条: いちっかじょう? いちかじょう? いっかじょう?
Aug
15
comment aru vs iru : Why is aru in “Watakushi-wa untenshu-ga aru” (私は運転手がある) unacceptable?
@Jeemusu: I think some of these variants were discussed in the answer that Tsuyoshi Ito-san linked to earlier.
Aug
14
comment aru vs iru : Why is aru in “Watakushi-wa untenshu-ga aru” (私は運転手がある) unacceptable?
@Gradius: This is true. But the two options for explaining this exception (which probably shows up more when talking about a wife) both would seem to allow this case as an exception, but they don't seem to. (On another note, I edited the question to clarify the preferred nature of 'iru' to 'aru'.) This is rather clearly a theoretical question, since the general rule is "don't do that" when you're actually trying to speak the language.
Aug
14
revised aru vs iru : Why is aru in “Watakushi-wa untenshu-ga aru” (私は運転手がある) unacceptable?
deleted 32 characters in body
Aug
13
comment The gender of 子
This question probably comes from noticing how common '-ko' is as an ending for girls' names.
Aug
13
asked aru vs iru : Why is aru in “Watakushi-wa untenshu-ga aru” (私は運転手がある) unacceptable?
Jul
26
answered Why is there a “tsu” in Nippon (にっぽん)?
Jul
16
comment What is the difference between キャリアウーマン, OL, and ビジネスウーマン
@sawa: minor nit... it's "career"
Jul
13
comment How do I “understand” kaomoji? (Japanese smilies)
While accepting questions about "what is kaomoji: ( ・_・)ノ", etc should probably closed under "too localized", I'm pretty sure what the OP was asking for is basically this link: japaneseemoticons.net/all-japanese-emoticons . Note that each category is given a short introduction giving general strategies for interpreting particular emotions.
Jul
13
comment Why are the katakana important to learn?
@AndrewGrimm: I don't think it makes much difference, the point of the question gets through either way. With that said, though, this is an extremely basic question. It could have been answered with a google search, a glance at any of the language-learning resources listed in our resource thread, nearly any first year textbook, or even just reading two paragraphs into the katakana wikipedia page. It veers dangerously close to the 'motivate me plzkthx'-form of "learning question", but is probably okay in the current form.
Jul
13
revised Why are the katakana important to learn?
Removing the distracting statements about English... the ensuing conversation is generating far more heat than light
Jul
13
comment Why are the katakana important to learn?
@AndrewGrimm: I suspect several of the downvotes were for the inappropriate ad-hominems directed at other site users. As well as the defense along the lines of "Don't like it...? then answer my question!".