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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.


May
16
comment How close was the Japanese writing system from becoming abolished after World War II?
+1: JLU doesn't have to be about learning Japanese (au contraire: all learning questions aren't fit for it), this question about the Japanese language seems on-topic to me.
Apr
26
comment Why does furigana occasionally appear as katakana?
worth noting that while 部 is not クラブ, 倶楽部 is (and commonly used in the context of host[ess] clubs)... So the author is playing with that.
Apr
20
comment Anki decks for studying Japanese
Indeed, this is off-topic for JLU. But lucky you, an attempt at gathering such type of resources is ongoing in Meta: meta.japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/756/…
Apr
15
comment Alignment of people's names
@Jesse: I might be missing something, but I still do not see anything looking like what Sawa described in the page you linked. If there is an example matching his description, could you post it instead of the one currently up there? (fwiw, the illustration above is what you would get with basic kerning rules).
Apr
13
comment What does the “~ておく” mean in “任せておく”?
Not quite a dupe, but partially answered here: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/3141/…しとく-‌​come-from
Apr
12
comment Alignment of people's names
This is great! Kudos for finding this. However, I would point out that the layout presented is very different from what @sawa originally mentioned: in this image, last and first names are clearly separated by spacing in all cases...
Apr
11
comment Alignment of people's names
Moved my comments to an answer: feel free to move or delete your comment.
Apr
11
comment Alignment of people's names
Couldn't it be that length-3 (and therefore only one "sure" kanji on each side) makes it too difficult to instinctively guess whether the middle one belongs to the last or first name? (I'm sure in most cases, it can be guessed, but I'd imagine it can take some effort and time, which is not a good idea for rolling credits)
Apr
9
comment Is “flyjin” a Japanese word, and if so, does it have an antonym?
@DaveMG as per my comment to your answer: we essentially agree... except I do not think the question as it stands (with only a very late and minor interrogation on the reason to be for the entire question) is well formulated.
Apr
8
comment Is “flyjin” a Japanese word, and if so, does it have an antonym?
"Is Flyjin a Japanese word?" is about the only way I could see this belonging on JLU... But then again, perhaps my general annoyance with the topic that this question (very unsubtly) tries to broach is informing my opinion here.
Apr
8
comment Is “flyjin” a Japanese word, and if so, does it have an antonym?
Much like 3.11, "Flyjin" is overwhelmingly a word coined and used by non-Japanese, when speaking English. Therefore I fail to see the point of the question on JLU.
Apr
7
comment What is the difference between 悪い and だめ?
Hello and welcome to JLU. Please take a second to have a look at other questions and consider improving the formatting of your question a little. Among other things, it is generally recommended for the body of your post to contain a reminder of the question (not just the title). You may also mention what makes you think the two are identical and what research if any, you have made toward figuring out the difference.
Apr
5
comment Is there a figurative use to 春風?
@TsuyoshiIto: yes, 'spring cleaning' would essentially be 大掃除, though I know this particular one is associated with end-of-year... so it would be something a little different...
Apr
4
comment Is there a figurative use to 春風?
@sawa: not really sure where and how. Which is why I was trying to track down a reference. I guess discount signs might be one possibility...
Apr
2
comment Do viruses あります or います?
@sawa: I think the truth (as often) lies somewhere in between. For viruses, salt and many other words, you can neither ignore the layman definition nor the scientific one. A good example, imho, is the multiple definitions of words like 'fruit'. Depending on context (and whether you are looking at science or everyday life), a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable... No "right" or "wrong" here, merely context.
Apr
2
comment Do viruses あります or います?
The bottom line is that, once again, this question has more to do with non-language fields than Japanese itself. Beside acknowledging existing usage (such as with Google counts), trying to derive a logical rule based on grammar will inevitably bump into the fact that no two scientists fully agree on whether viruses are "alive" (by most definitions, they aren't).
Apr
2
comment Do viruses あります or います?
@sawa: not sure where you get these figures. OP gets two counts differing by several order of magnitude. The fact that only the first n result pages are browsable does not mean the total count estimates are completely meaningless. Flaw: criticising the use of Argumentum ad numerum for a question about usage is rather misplaced.
Apr
1
comment Do viruses あります or います?
It's one thing to take Google result counts with a grain of salt... but generally speaking if two queries have a 1000x difference in order of magnitude, this is definitely meaningful.
Mar
29
comment How to effectively start learning Japanese?
Resource recommendations and such (within reason) are perfectly fine on Meta. In fact, a good CW on the topic would make a great FAQ article. In the meantime, they are still completely off-topic on Main.
Mar
19
comment Meaning of 真逆, how it is different from 逆
@sawa: Yes, I got that from the comments... But precisely: while I'm not very familiar with まぎゃく, its meaning seems to be "exact/very opposite", whereas まさか means something along the line of "by no means!, never!" (basically, an exclamation of denial)... Although they serve very different grammatical functions, I don't see their meanings as so different (and it could have explained how the slang term came to be). But that was only an observation and a wild guess...