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Many years of living in Japan, none with formal Japanese-language classroom studying, mean I have:

  1. horrible grammar
  2. decent conversational level
  3. pretty good Sprachgefühl...

Gauge my contributions accordingly.


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comment How indistinguishable is blue from green really?
@istrasci: thanks a lot for taking the time to type this up. Regarding the first bullet point (rest makes sense and only applies to usage in very specific instances): seems your teacher's claim is that pre-Heian (literature?) only has 4 colours (assuming one even considers white and black to be so). This is factually and verifiably wrong: to pick one example out of many, Asuka era's 冠位十二階 (more info on the Jp link), clearly uses 紫 or 黄 and predates Heian by a century...
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answered How would I respectfully disagree with a superior?
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comment What are other language equivalents to Japanese particles?
Metooing the answer consensus: you are looking for something that doesn't (and has little reason to) exist in English. Languages aren't 1:1 word mappings, otherwise I doubt this site would exist ;-) One of the reason English is so widespread, is that its grammar is comparatively very simple (no declensions, no grammatical genders, little conjugation etc.). Now, if we were talking Latin or Greek: declensions would make a nice equivalent to Japanese particles...
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comment Are there any Japanese words as versatile as “fuck” in English?
@hippietrail: and regarding Japanese expletives (rude or not), this is a question I'd be very interested in (hence my recommending a thorough rewording that might invite more contributions)... I can't think of any really strong ones (similar to 'fuck'). But typical non-rude expletives could perhaps be some variations on 何 (なんか, なんと言う etc)...
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comment Are there any Japanese words as versatile as “fuck” in English?
@hippietrail: I would say, given that the question already contains "F word" in its title, "expletive" can only bring down that association ;-)
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comment Are there any Japanese words as versatile as “fuck” in English?
@hippietrail: indeed. Although 'fuck' on its own is rather an interjection. 'fucking' would be the matching expletive :-) Perhaps @crunchy's question could be better rephrased as "Are there widely-used expletives in Japanese?"