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Aug
19
comment What is the correct syntax for large numbers in kanji?
In what way does it feel 'too Western'?
Aug
9
comment How to properly pronounce コップ?
If you -really- want to learn how to pronounce Japanese, the Wikipedia page on Japanese phonology is the best: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_phonology. You shouldn't need to look up words individually, as spellings can be accurately converted to pronunciations in all but three cases.
Aug
7
answered What is this use of と辛い
Aug
3
comment Why is the kanji for luck the same as to carry?
Could this be one of those cases where the Chinese never bothered to make two separate characters for homophonous words, like with 足? Or is this too late of a coinage?
Aug
1
reviewed Close Does Kagekifu mean anything?
Aug
1
reviewed Close How would you say “this song is played” and “in some places/cities” in natural Japanese?
Aug
1
reviewed Close What does 'hikarian' mean?
Jul
31
comment The の in のに and なのに
I would analyse the に as the 連用形 of なり rather than the allative/locative, but maybe I'm wrong?
Jul
29
answered Does 友達 have the plural marker たち “built-in”?
Jul
29
reviewed Close How do you say “Red Coast” in Japanese?
Jul
29
reviewed Leave Open 「~てはいただけません」- Why the は?
Jul
29
comment 「~てはいただけません」- Why the は?
@dainichi I think you're quite right about the vagueness of 'emphasise'. I think Thomas Gross is right to put it in terms of topic/focus, where ゆるして is the topic because the speaker is kind of assuming the listeners know she'll be asking for forgiveness, and いただけません is the focus because she's trying to draw attention to how humbly she's asking.
Jul
29
comment 「~てはいただけません」- Why the は?
Are you sure it's emphasising the -preceding- verb? It sounds to me like it's emphasising the -following- verb (いただく) by -de--emphasising the preceding verb. Am I wrong to think about it this way?
Jul
28
comment What does うぃーす mean?
@snailboat Woah, I never knew about that one! I thought you had to go into the conversion options to get ゐ and ゑ.
Jul
28
comment What does うぃーす mean?
@ZhenLin 's answer reminded me that wi may well be good enough depending on your IME - it works for me with fcitx/anthy.
Jul
28
comment What does うぃーす mean?
@snailboat Ah, I was unaware, thanks ^_^
Jul
28
reviewed Leave Open Is this sentence correct?
Jul
28
comment What does うぃーす mean?
You can do the same thing as x with l too, if you like that better.
Jul
28
answered What does うぃーす mean?
Jul
28
comment Can kanji compounds be formed arbitrarily?
This is mostly just a question of word compounding - kanji are as flexible as words in any other language are. In theory, you can make a compound with 客 and anything else, but it may not make any sense (e.g. what in the world would 客実 mean?). And obviously the meaning will change if you reverse kanji, the same way that English 'shelf book' would mean something other than 'bookshelf'. Kanji aren't in any way special when in comes to compounds.