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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.


Jun
15
answered When is it appropriate to use お疲れ様 (otsukaresama)?
Jun
15
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?"
Jun
15
comment How would I respectfully disagree with a superior?
Definitely more @JasonTrue than @istrasci! Short answer is: You don't. Realistic answer is: you agree, then state the exact opposite of what your boss just said, "as a precision"... I would definitely avoid the word "間違う" anywhere in my correction. "Absolutely [...] But how about...", is the standard way to disagree your way to a consensus in practically any situation in Japan.
Jun
14
comment Are there any Japanese words as versatile as “fuck” in English?
With @Kdanski on that... this is a language/linguistics forum: precision trumps misplaced prudishness and 'fuck' should be spelt out. Keeping the elided form in the title should be enough to spare easily-offended eyes while warning them of the horrors of explicit language contained therein.
Jun
14
comment Difference between にかんして and について?
(unrelated to this question, but unfortunately the only way to contact @Rolf on an important matter) - @Rolf: please refrain from abusive downvoting and have a look at this entry on meta. Whatever your problem with me may be (?), systematically downvoting all my entries without explanation is childish at best, and against the spirit of this site...
Jun
14
comment How indistinguishable is blue from green really?
Would love to hear more, thanks... At the risk of stirring up some old controversies, I'd recommend taking any statement that starts by "Japan always had/has X of Y, unlike all other cultures" with a huge grain of grain of salt, regardless of what native authority figure utters it. In my personal experience the love of 日本人論 way too often trumps critical sense and fact-checking in these instances...
Jun
14
comment “感動した!(like ex-primeminister Koizumi)” Where does this reference come from?
Depends... did your project involve privatising Japanese Posts? ;-)
Jun
14
comment How indistinguishable is blue from green really?
@istrasci: Do you have any sources for this claim? I must admit this sounds a little sketchy... Even if you discount the numerous "○色" compounds (茶色 etc.), which I see no reason to, I am pretty sure you would still have more than 4 colour-defining words in older Japanese. 紫【むらさき】 to pick one at random, is pretty old. The Jp Wikipedia for dyes lists many more, in use since "ancient times"...
Jun
14
revised How indistinguishable is blue from green really?
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Jun
14
comment Are there any Japanese words as versatile as “fuck” in English?
It's a bit of a vague question: all "versatility of Fuck" jokes aside, the word is not that versatile: it is merely a very common interjection that has come to fit with pretty much any existing sentence, but it won't dramatically affect the meaning itself. As you may know, Japanese is not big on the overuse of profanity (even very harmless ones like ばか or くそ are reserved for big stuff), so an equivalent in this way is unlikely...
Jun
14
comment What is the origin of the theatrical intonation used by Tokyo Disneyland's cast members?
@ento: To be honest, I don't really hear it either (but I'm far from an expert). They definitely have the typical "いらっしゃいらっしゃ" swagger of market-sellers/street-entertainers, but not to the point where it sounds like a style in its own...
Jun
14
awarded  Autobiographer
Jun
14
awarded  Nice Question
Jun
14
revised Is there a word for the type of onigiri that comes in the triangular wrap that keeps the nori fresh?
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Jun
14
answered Is there a word for the type of onigiri that comes in the triangular wrap that keeps the nori fresh?
Jun
14
comment ご~いただけます vs. ご~になれます
At least for the first part of your question, perhaps this question may be relevant?
Jun
14
comment Are bookshelves in alphabetical (kana) order in Japanese bookshops and libraries?
@hippietrail: well, how about dropping all the tangential sub-questions and making this "How are fiction book traditionally ordered in a bookstore (/library)"?
Jun
14
comment how would a native ask the question “Where are you going later?”
Just a quick note on your title: this has been discussed in meta and current consensus is that we do not require that a question be answered "by a native"... In your particular case, I feel that you meant it more as a general "what's the correct way" than a native fluency requirement, in which case it is still rather redundant ("correct Japanese way" is implied for all questions here ;-)
Jun
14
comment Are bookshelves in alphabetical (kana) order in Japanese bookshops and libraries?
I'll take the middle ground and say that, with some very light rewriting, this could be made into an interesting question on Japanese alphabetical ordering. This is borderline, but still deserves its place here...
Jun
14
awarded  Scholar