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Sep
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comment When did 全然 get restricted to the negative?
For the record, in recent (colloquial) Japanese, 全然 is famously commonly used with positive meaning (e.g. '全然大丈夫'). That is usually considered bad grammar by people, but commonly heard nonetheless.
Jul
23
comment Are there differences between 自動車{じどうしゃ} and 車?
Your differentiation based on historical use, although technically correct, also gives the wrong impression that '自動車' might be a somewhat more appropriate term for '車'. In practice, saying '自動車' anywhere outside of an official form will get your friends laughing at you. It sounds really formal. Compare to the everyday use of 'vehicle' vs. 'car'.
Jul
6
comment Usage of お[冷]{ひや} & お水
AFAIK, お冷や specifically refers to cold, possibly iced, water, whereas お水 does not. In most places, the two are interchangeable, but some places might serve you room-temperature water if you ask for お水.
Jun
27
comment Sake? Nihonshu?
Also relevant: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/2533/…
Jun
14
comment Is マグロ always an insult?
@DaveMG You are very right (and I'm usually pretty good at gender-neutrality in my assumptions)... Guess it goes to show what I have come to expect from Japanese blogs [discussing that sort of things]. I read the full entry in detail afterward and did indeed realise my mistake. She also claims to have consulted a number of native speakers. Doesn't change me my opinion of the theory.
Jun
13
comment Is マグロ always an insult?
I'm afraid it'd be hard to give a definite answer without delving into very off-topic cultural discussions (fwiw, I think the guy's claim that this is a cultural expectation is complete BS). At the anecdotal level, I have never heard it used positively (out of possibly dozens of uses/people).
Jun
10
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May
27
comment How do you be sarcastic in Japanese?
You do not be sarcastic in Japanese. Unless you like being met with lots of blank stares.
May
21
accepted 「可能な額を払う」= Pay what you can?
May
20
asked 「可能な額を払う」= Pay what you can?
Apr
5
comment “unfinished” sentences ending in particles like を, に and が
"Always previous context" or "completely obvious" sorta covers most text you could ever read... In my experience, unfinished sentences ending in particles appear quite often in official signs/slogans (in shops, on posters etc). Of course, the meaning can be inferred, but they are typically light on context.
Feb
25
comment What is the difference between the two kanji pairings for 'jellyfish'?
Don't start trying to make sense of multiple 義訓 writing and (often non-existing) nuances between them. There lies madness.
Feb
18
comment To uncomment in Japanese?
@ssb: meta.japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/593/…
Feb
18
answered To uncomment in Japanese?
Feb
7
awarded  Custodian
Feb
7
reviewed Satisfactory How can I say “the leader(s) of the club” in Japanese
Jan
31
revised Usage of ~まんねん (関西弁)
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Jan
27
comment What is the name of the wooden hook support on the walls of traditional Japanese rooms?
@Chocolate: didn't know 鴨居 either... Thanks for mentioning it!
Jan
26
comment What is the difference between こんにちは and もしもし?
Hi Jordan and welcome to JLU. There is clearly a difference between the two, and explaining it could make a valid (albeit extremely basic) question. However, the way your question is currently phrased, your question is asking about an external software tool, not Japanese and it therefore off-topic for JLU. Please edit your question accordingly. Moreover, I hope you do realise that Google Translate is nowhere near accurate enough to provide you useful help in learning even basic Japanese.
Jan
25
comment What is the name of the wooden hook support on the walls of traditional Japanese rooms?
Thanks to your answer, I was also able to find some illustration that might be better at explaining what I meant: bluestone.co.jp/meiboku/zousakuzai/nageshi.htm