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Apr
13
comment Meaning of ~したいぐらい
I would say "a photo that to some degree I would want to use as a wallpaper".
Mar
22
comment めちゃくちゃ寒いもん : Because it is freezing, or because it would be freezing?
Could the third line be "Taruhi: Yes. I completely agree with your opinion. It (opening the window) would be silly because it’s terribly cold (outside)"?
Mar
17
comment Can I use Kanji for my first name?
Would it be implied to use onyomi, so the Kanji are unlikely to be mispronounced?
Mar
5
comment How to say “I had a fight with” and “to be angry with each other”
In my experience, 喧嘩 is usually used when referring to a "lover's quarrel", which is normally resolved in time, and does not involve extreme anger or violence. That is what I get when I read this question, although it should have a more detailed description of the situation, since there are various terms in both languages.
Feb
18
comment What is this Kanji?
@snailboat Jim Breen's WWWJDIC does.
Feb
14
comment Trouble working out when the next word starts
"Spaces" is not the issue. EvenifyouleftthespacesoutinEnglish,youwouldstillunderstandit,right? You need a certain level of vocabulary and grammar first (as @fosskers mentions in his point 3.)
Feb
8
comment Pronunciation of 緑町
This might be of interest: 町、町、街、街 - how to pick the correct pronunciation? "For place, names, there is no rule. You cannot know, unless you do know."
Feb
3
comment Do non-native speakers of English find gairaigo more difficult to learn than native speakers of English?
I can get the words derived from English or German, but some gairaigo derived from other languages make no sense until I look them up. I think it depends on your literacy with the source language. Native or not maybe does not matter too much, as they pretty much follow Japanese pronunciation rules.
Jan
21
comment Difference between マップ and 地図
Google JP search page https://www.google.co.jp/ used to have 地図 in the top menu bar, but sometime last year it changed to マップ. Not sure why though.
Oct
18
comment Were Japanese names ever anglicised?
"had a name of "Fred" from birth"? Where does it say that?
Aug
15
comment Learning, where to start?
I would skip romaji, unless there is a specific reason you need to learn it.
Jul
29
comment What is the Japanese term for putting an arm around another's shoulder?
Is it possible to use 「肩を 引き寄せる」?
Jul
22
comment Does “さよならだけは言わないで” mean “don't only say goodbye” or “don't say goodbye”?
@太極者無極而生 No, I agree with your first comment. Sorry for making a confusion.
Jul
20
comment Does “さよならだけは言わないで” mean “don't only say goodbye” or “don't say goodbye”?
It seems to be the difference between だけは and だけ, right?
May
10
comment The “3 highs” and “3 lows” when choosing a husband
Is there any equivalent concept used by men when choosing a wife? I could imagine several criteria that seem to be important, but I am wondering if there is a commonly used terminology similar to what was discussed above. (I realize this becomes partly a culture question, but since its related to the above topic...)
Apr
18
comment Mixture of romaji and hiragana in NHK “Meet and Speak”
Just my guess, but during these episodes they introduce new hiragana to be learned. Possibly the romaji are for kana not yet introduced at the time of this episode? To me it just seems confusing though.
Mar
22
comment Why is 渡部 累 transliterated/translated to “Lui Watanabe” with an “L”?
But neither of Rui/Lui are common in English. I think commonly usage of L this way is done by Chinese speaking persons doing such translation (esp. persons from Hong Kong or Singapore). I don't know any Chinese, but I wonder if Lui sounds better to them.
Mar
15
comment Is “げえしゃ” a valid pronunciation of “芸者”?
It might be a street legend, but many times I heard that the ee pronunciation that results in “kerry-okee”, "haree-keree" were purposeful mispronunciations of Japanese by Allied occupation forces after WWII. When they returned home, such pronunciation became common in those countries. If true, it is kind of sad, really.
Mar
7
comment Why was “アオ” used instead of ”あお”?
Possible duplicate of Why are katakana preferred over hiragana or kanji sometimes?.
Jan
31
comment Use of 全部{ぜんぶ} in the following sentence
Would using 白色 be better?