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May
11
comment How to ask someone to do something for you
I don't want to use these because they actually sound very rude to me - They're not. The English translations of them sound rude, but these are not rude-sounding in Japanese. To be clear, ~をください is a polite order or request of someone (for your own benefit). Forms like ~いただけませんか (extremely polite) or ~くださいませんか (very polite) could be used for "asking" things of people. (Again, for your own benefit.)
May
8
revised Need help translating a sentence - あるひ?
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May
8
comment Need help translating a sentence - あるひ?
@l'électeur I'll edit it to make the distinction between that and English (in which it wouldn't be valid). However, if the line comes from the story I think it does, it is written as a 、 mark and not a 。.
May
8
answered Need help translating a sentence - あるひ?
May
7
comment How would I say “when [x] happened”?
In your first example, is 学生の時 not also valid?
May
5
comment Can girls use だよね?
What would those using 俺 likely say?
May
3
comment How are particles perceived at an expert level?
While I'm not a native and can't really answer the question, I imagine they're perceived much like prepositions in English. "Meet me in the kitchen at ten o'clock for dinner." When you acquire a language, the brain just kind of does the work for you.
May
3
comment What does 「ときている」 mean?
Yup, that's better.
May
3
comment What does 「ときている」 mean?
That link gives me a 404. Can you provide the relevant aspects of the answer there so that this answer stands alone?
May
2
comment Why are a high proportion of basic Japanese words written in hiragana?
I've seen Japanese natives write things like 有難う御座います on social networking sites, presumably to be formal. (Same deal with お願いします or even お願い致します.) 下さい is a weird one that I asked about previously.
May
1
comment も Particle before です
My teacher used to say that putting any particle before です was wrong. Then I told her about も and の and now she doesn't say that anymore. (Read: People can be wrong and following grammar "rules" is not always right.)
Apr
29
comment How would you structure a sentence to say “someday I will go to Japan”?
I'd say (私は)いつか日本に行きます.
Apr
27
comment Does 青少年を外出させないように refer to to letting a youth out alone, or in any circumstances?
I was going to ask this myself, but reading #2 in that last tells me that it means alone, since guardians can apparently give permission for such things.
Apr
27
comment Can the onyomi be longer than 2 morae?
In terms of just kana, @ZhenLin is right. If we're talking syllables (or mora), then no, there is no 3-syllable kanji on-reading (at least in the jouyou list).
Apr
27
comment What do the words 「しとられん」, 「ちゅうて」 and 「おびえとるん」mean?
What manga/chapter? Providing more context might help.
Apr
26
revised Question about the usage of “watashi”
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Apr
26
answered Question about the usage of “watashi”
Apr
23
comment Auxiliary verb ん
May I ask what grammar book this was?
Apr
21
comment Pronunciation of the Japanese ん and nasalized vowels
@snailboat Perhaps "unnatural" would be a good example of a double-n? It is pronounced quite differently if you attempt to shorten the n. (Quite like "a natural", actually.)
Apr
21
comment matcha versus maccha
You might be interested in the brief note on the matcha Wikipedia page.