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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
10
comment is “こっかい” a heteronym?
Here's a slightly tongue-in-cheek youtube video focused on regional differences, also providing a helpful tongue-twister for the variations on はし.
May
28
comment Difference between words for road
This question would be substantially improved if there was some indication that you had tried to distinguish the words from their dictionary definitions.
May
16
comment How important is gendered language in reality?
This 'question' meanders through several opinions, conjectures and sub-questions before eventually asking a subjective question. Some subjects here, if reformulated into a more concise format, would certainly be welcome as separate questions. Many of the more specific questions actually have been answered in other questions such as this question and its various duplicates, the feminine-speech and gender tags.
Mar
7
comment How to read the Modulo operator in a formula
Would you mind splitting your questions into two separate questions? It makes them easier to find if someone is searching for the answers later, since searches are heavily affected by titles. (as a bonus, more rep!)
Feb
27
comment Help me please with translation 人の身で灯り
Please note the entry in our FAQ entry for help on formatting questions. The markdown bug that prevents bolding text from working correctly is addressed there.
Feb
27
comment Textbook on Technical Japanese
Your first link included a score tally in which the support was not particularly strong. (Note that downvotes are not factored in such a vote) Interestingly, your second link should have been closed as off-topic... and even if it wasn't, your question here should have been closed as a duplicate of it or this one.
Feb
25
comment 降参する vs 諦める​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
@ZhenLin: Would it sound/look incongruous next to 絶対?
Feb
12
comment When you combine adjectives with the て-form does it imply a relationship between them?
@user1310749: That would be an excellent question to ask by itself.
Feb
8
comment The forward slash (English vs Japanese)
@Peter: On the contrary, context is the only way to know which question you're asking. Without context, the question is unanswerable since there simply isn't enough detail. The choice for a sentence, a list on a GUI checkbox, and a list on a sign have completely different answers.
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
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)
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
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?
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
4
comment Do we use odd day pronunciations outside of calendar ranges?
@Teno: That's not really the same, since 16 and 26 use にち, unlike 14 and 24... it's not an extension of a pattern seen earlier.