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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.


Aug
24
comment Use of unit abbreviations in Japanese
Since we are on the topic of spoken abbreviations (which is off-topic to the question, I think), it is worth pointing out that パーセント is often shortened to パー (when the meaning is obvious enough).
Aug
17
revised must/need [必要]{ひつよう}がある vs. なくてはいけない and [必要]{ひつよう}だ vs. [要]{い}る
edited body
Aug
9
reviewed Approve suggested edit on what does どことなくつかみどころがなくmean?
Aug
1
accepted Use of 「元」in honorifics
Jul
31
revised Use of 「元」in honorifics
added 4 characters in body
Jul
31
asked Use of 「元」in honorifics
Jul
30
answered What's the difference between 今日{きょう} and 本日{ほんじつ}?
Jul
30
revised what does どことなくつかみどころがなくmean?
added 27 characters in body
Jul
27
comment Relation between kanji readings and meanings
I think the reason the data you are looking at is not offering what you are looking for, is that you are looking at the wrong data: the examples above are (mostly) not kanji, they are words (that are sometimes made up of one kanji, often with some okurigana). If you simply use wwwjdic and look up words that contain your kanji (and possible okurigana ending, and nothing else), you'll get exactly what you are looking for.
Jul
25
comment Why is there a “tsu” in Nippon (にっぽん)?
PS: I cleaned up the comments. Please keep it courteous and on-topic.
Jul
25
comment Why is there a “tsu” in Nippon (にっぽん)?
@Aerovistae: while at the library, perhaps you could actually inquire on an actual paper textbook for learning Japanese (surely they have one, no matter how old). No proper textbook would mangle such obvious aspects as kana pronunciation (but a 20-line personal website on the internet probably might).
Jul
24
comment Why is there a “tsu” in Nippon (にっぽん)?
Small quibbling (and really, we shouldn't have to be explaining the pronunciation of basic kana here), but "ni [small pause] pon" would rather be "にーぽん"... a slightly closer description would be "nip [small pause] pon".
Jul
23
comment How to know what Okurigana signify?
As an aside (and please, if you want to discuss it further, take it to chat or to meta, where it could become a useful point of FAQ): I don't think JLU is a good fit for a 100%-from-scratch learning of Japanese. That is not to say that you necessarily need to invest in classes or textbooks, but you cannot expect JLU Q&A format to replace an actual structured lesson, that is not its purpose.
Jul
23
comment How to know what Okurigana signify?
Chris beat me to it, but I was going to recommend you had a look at the meta site, and particularly the entry on resource. My "as usual" comment referred to the fact that you acknowledged yourself that most of your questions were getting downvoted: it would seem a reasonable approach then to look into the problems (and possibly ask on meta), rather than keep throwing questions. Finally, I honestly did not quite see how Flaw's (otherwise very informative) answer fit with your question, but your own comment to his answer was: "That actually didn't really answer the question".
Jul
23
comment How to know what Okurigana signify?
@Aerovistae: as hinted by Ignacio, you seem to be confusing okurigana (which belong to the word) and counter suffixes (which are separate words added to the word). In many cases, dictionaries give you "example" uses of the kanji that include non-okurigana parts (such as 'ひと-つ'), presumably to put that particular reading in context.
Jul
23
comment How to know what Okurigana signify?
(I didn't downvote but) as usual, your question is unanswerably vague and seems to look for a one-answer sum-up of an entire language structure and grammar. It is pretty hard to understand, let alone satisfyingly answer your question (as shown by current attempts). Furthermore, you seem to be making strong (and inaccurate) assumptions on what okurigana are and how they work. Perhaps a much better question would have been along the line of "what is the role of okurigana with numbers" (the answer having to do more with counters than okurigana anyway).
Jul
22
comment Is there a difference between these words for “hero”?
@dotnetN00b: I think you are confused about the meaning of the word 'romaji' (what you are thinking here is 'katakana').
Jul
21
comment “Mari” or “wari” ? Is this a consonant sound that changes with inflection?
Hi Michael, this question could benefit from a little more context. What are the words in question? If possible, the full sentences, even...
Jul
16
comment Can genki be pronounced as henki?
@nkjt probably gave the answer... and should have done so as a real answer... Can you move your comment to an answer, please?
Jul
14
comment Can ご無沙汰 be used in a sexual context?
Interesting... Is it a case where using it in a conversation for its original meaning would elicit unintended giggles?