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Aug
17
comment What are the advantages/disadvantages of writing in romaji instead of in kanji and kana?
No, you can't. The tones that are part of Japanese pronunciation are not marked in any way in kana/kanji. The rhythm of Japanese does need to be practiced, but this is completely unrelated to the writing system used.
Jul
30
comment What does a 交番 look like?
This question is asking what a particular object is. It has nothing to do with grammar, phonetics, semantics or pragmatics of the Japanese language. The only way to interpret it as a question on the language is to interpret it as a request for translation or "dictionary lookup", both of which are offtopic on this site.
Jun
18
comment どうしますか versus 何をしますか
Some context might be helpful here.
Jun
10
comment What does 度量が知れる mean?
Do you have any idea what it means (from context)? Did you consult the dictionaries in our resources list to try to understand the different parts?
May
7
comment Can girls use だよね?
Why do you believe this is gender-colored language?
Mar
29
comment How is こちらこそ used?
@l'électeur: "Pleased to meet you" is a common English set phrase. It is far and away the most popular choice for translating this set phrase from Japanese.
Mar
17
comment ~の帰り - what does this mean?
@isayamag: 帰る usually has an implication of "return to a place you belong", so doesn't it usually only apply to either home or work?
Feb
17
comment My teacher wrote a triangle on my Japanese homework. What does it mean?
@coburne: In the role of a teacher, there is no need to avoid confronting a student with a mistake. I've usually seen △ to explain "You may see native speakers use this, but it's technically incorrect".
Jan
26
comment What does 春夏冬 mean?
Does this actually add anything to this specific topic? From what I can see, the answer is 'no'.
Jan
26
comment What does 春夏冬 mean?
Why did you feel this exact answer needed to be resurrected against the wishes of the author? As far as I can see, ssb's answer covered the same ground.
Nov
26
comment Should I start with Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji?
As mentioned in my link, you might find the site chatroom useful for these sorts of questions.
Nov
26
comment Should I start with Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji?
I'm not exactly sure why everyone voted to close this as a resources question, since you're not asking about books/programs/websites/whatever. Do note, however, that 'how/what should I study?' questions are also offtopic here.
Nov
17
comment Different usage of 五
I suspect the 五 relates to the 五段 asked about in this question. No idea about how (or if) it would be pronounced though.
Nov
11
comment Difference between 獣{しし} and 野獣{やじゅう} (beast)
Everywhere I could find it, 獣{しし} is marked as outdated or archaic. Where did you come across 獣{しし}?
Nov
11
comment Is saying 「XはYは…」 acceptable?
Why did you believe it was incorrect? What rule did you think the construction violated?
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.