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I graduated from Ohio University in 2011 with a B.A. in Linguistics with a minor in Japanese. Nearly half of my time enrolled at Ohio was spent studying at Chubu University near Nagoya, Japan. I plan eventually to go to graduate school for foreign language education, to become certified to teach Japanese at the secondary level.

In the mean time, however, I program (primarily in PHP and SQL). I also recently began working as a freelance Japanese-to-English translator, though I've translated anime and manga as a hobby in the past.


Jan
15
comment Simultaneous actions with the -te form
how about you go with something like 立って、食べていました instead? :)
Jan
1
comment Why do we say 頼もしい instead of 頼ましい?
@user54609 Yeah... I have a new answer researched and about 80% written, but I've been so busy with school stuff that I haven't had time for JL at all lately. I'm really sorry! I hope to be able to finish it soon!
Dec
8
comment Pronounciation of the hiragana け and か
The reason it's bad to learn in terms of English pronunciation is that many of the sounds in Japanese (incuding /a/ and /e/ that you're asking about) don't exist in English.
Dec
5
comment What should I expect to see in JLPT 5?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the structure of a test, not the Japanese language.
Dec
5
comment Is あれ? when used like 'huh/what?' contracted from something?
Am I wrong in thinking that this あれ is not the same word as in これ・それ・あれ? I could be crazy, but it seems like the former is あれ【LH】 and the latter is あれ【HL】.
Nov
30
comment Are there rules of thumb for counter sound changes?
@TokyoNagoya Yes, I would say that something that is able to be fully described with a short table is straight-forward. As for why, I imagine it has something to do with the way that it is taught - for example, I was never taught that there was a pattern at all, only how individual counters were pronounced.
Nov
30
comment What is this character that looks like 人? Is it some kind of quote?
@Ash You may be right, but there aren't really rules, so I'd say they're basically identical other than visually
Nov
29
comment Are there rules of thumb for counter sound changes?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_counter_word#Euphonic_changes has a pretty good summary. is this the kind of thing you're looking for?
Nov
27
comment Translation of 通行人
通り is the -ます form of the verb 通【とお】る, which is sometimes used for linking verbs. You could also say 通【とお】って行く人, which means basically the same thing.
Nov
26
comment Can ~たり~たり end with verbs other than する?
I do not understand at all why you say the first two phrases (as they are - I never called any of the above sentences) "very wrong and strange" and completely meaningless, but のんびりしたりうろついたり食べる is perfectly acceptable. Can you please explain?
Nov
26
comment What does できる mean in this context?
本当に「こん」を挨拶にできるの? O_o
Nov
25
comment Are true sound words created
How exactly is that "obvious"? I'm pretty confident that no dog has ever made a noise that sounded anything like "バルク".
Nov
24
comment What is this な between a noun and the particle の?
I've heard ~だか in embedded clauses many times, of course, but if I had to take a stab at what's making this sound unnatural to me, I would say it's the preceding なの. Remove either なの or だ and it sounds just fine to me. I'm certainly not a native speaker though, so that could just be a weird feature of my own interlanguage.
Nov
23
comment What is this な between a noun and the particle の?
Is deleting the だ actually optional here? This particular example sounds very strange to me with it.
Nov
23
comment 「を大好き」と「が大好き」の違いは何ですか?
As 好き is derived from the transitive verb 好【す】く, I think its usage with を would be far more common when compared "against the whole history of our language".
Nov
21
comment だ and か, Can they be used together?
What is a matrix clause? I understand based on context, but I've never heard the term.
Nov
20
comment Why are most Japanese songs and poems in normal form?
There are many examples of songs that use です/ます in the lyrics. Plain form is probably just preferred because it's shorter.
Nov
18
comment What is the connection between volitional よう form and であろう
Is it possible for the 未然形(お) + う form to represent an inference in any other verb than ある in modern Japanese? For instance, 「書こう」や「食べよう」など. Or is this just a だろう・でしょう thing? If it's possible for any verb to represent an inference, can you give some examples?
Nov
14
comment How does ダンスとかあったら全然だったと思う work/mean?
Actually, イ形容詞 and ナ形容詞 are words, and are used not infrequently in JSL/JFL literature.
Nov
13
comment のに and のが. How do they differ in the context below?
Being completely honest, I have no idea what you're trying to say in this answer.