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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
16
comment Q: Should a new Japanese learner stop reviewing Chinese Hanzi?
Welcome to the site. A question of this type can generate many interesting responses. Unfortunately it is very difficult to establish factual, canonical answers to questions of this type, and as such we try to avoid them here on JL. As a general rule, the entire category of how do I study questions are generally marked as "offtopic".
Sep
4
comment Should I speak in the local dialect and/or accent of an area?
This question is fundamentally about "should I", rather than "how does the language work". It might be a good question for travel or expats, but is offtopic for this site. Alternatively, it could be closed as "primarily opinion-based", given that the request is for people to guess the reactions from (non-specified) native speakers to a foreigner (of non-specific skill) emulating a local accent, and then give advice (of non-specified purpose) for how to proceed.
Sep
1
comment Meaning of 心が響いてくる
Please keep comments both civil and on-topic, nothing in the comment thread here was worth keeping.
Jul
18
comment How should I select what first-person pronoun to use?
There are some issues here with these suggestions. うち can be used where an English-speaker might use a personal pronoun, but the meaning is significantly broader. It's not actually a personal pronoun per-se. It is certainly not "informal", and it is also not entirely "gender-free" (although that depends on context). Do you perhaps mean 'あたい'. おら sounds decidedly masculine and somewhat provincial.
Jul
7
comment How are the different pronunciations of kanji used, such as onyomi and kunyomi?
This question appeared originally to be off-topic as written because it is about methods of learning Japanese rather than the language itself. I've taken a crack at editing into something more on-topic.
Jul
7
comment Who should pay, or not pay, who in this letter written in business Japanese?
I didn't downvote it, I simply made a guess as to why someone might do so.
Jul
4
comment Who should pay, or not pay, who in this letter written in business Japanese?
@DaveMG: This question is very tangled. And frankly, the fundamental question appears to be "please translate this for me". I can certainly understand some users downvoting it on that basis alone. You have at least 2 different questions in here, something that we do try to discourage.
May
19
comment When to use 出て来る over 出る
etymology surely... rather than entomology
May
13
comment What's the difference between Ichidan/Godan and Ru/U verbs classification?
True... but at least 'ru-verbs' actually end in 'ru' and 'u-verbs' actually end in 'u', whereas "う-verbs" don't end in う.
May
13
comment What's the difference between Ichidan/Godan and Ru/U verbs classification?
I don't think I've ever seen them referred to as う-verbs, always "u-verbs". The reason is somewhat obvious, only one type of u-verb ends in う, but they all end in "u" in the dictionary form. This looks like a case of overzealous anti-romaji-ness.
May
11
comment Is しゃぶしゃぶ typically written in hiragana rather than katakana?
Just to point out... しゃぶしゃぶ is not actually 擬音語・擬声語 here. It's derived from onomatopoeia, but does not actually work as a representation of the sound anymore. The general tendency of writing 擬音語 in katakana would not need to apply. (Note that wikipedia's definition of onomatopoeia is wide enough to be practically useless, but is largely irrelevant to Japanese)
May
9
comment ブラウザ or ブラウザー? Words borrowed from English which end with -er
I suspect the downvote here is because you claim "There is no general rule", whereas there are actually multiple (contradictory) rules.
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
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.