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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.


8h
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.
8h
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
21
comment Is there a site like DuoLingo that can teach me Japanese?
In particular, you may be interested in the online courses section of our resources list.
Nov
20
comment Finding explanations for uses rather than literal translations
You might find our resources list quite helpful for this sort of thing. I would particularly point you in the direction of the books section.
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Everywhere I could find it, 獣{しし} is marked as outdated or archaic.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.
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.