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Dec
28
comment Why do some people use 分からない, when they mean 知らない?
It's subtle: If you want to be polite try to use わからない when possible because 知らない implies that you don't care. For example if you're asked "Have you seen my keys?" then it's nicer to say わからない. See for example here for a more detailed explanation. Hope this helps.
Nov
30
comment When to use: “say”, “speak”, “tell” or “express”
@cypher: I suggest that you use my answer as a supplement. Leave it unaccepted and wait for an answer by a native speaker.
Nov
30
comment When to use: “say”, “speak”, “tell” or “express”
Note that I'm not a native speaker. 母国語が日本語な方へ:例に間違いを見つけたら、ぜひ私に教えて下さい。
Nov
30
answered When to use: “say”, “speak”, “tell” or “express”
Nov
27
comment What are the differences between 技術 and 技能?
@TsuyoshiIto: Nice, I didn't know that. That's why I only posted a comment. But I think it's fair to say that what I wrote above is roughly what it means. どう思いますか?
Nov
27
comment What are the differences between 技術 and 技能?
技能 means skill and 技術 means technology.
Nov
22
comment Does そう imply vagueness in this JLPT question?
@DaveMG: How you do it doesn't matter but what I meant to say was that you should first try to guess what the sentence is trying to say before you fill in the gap.
Nov
22
comment Does そう imply vagueness in this JLPT question?
@DaveMG: Yes, that's how I speak and learn languages, too. And I think that's how you should do it. But I thought it might be easier during the exam, which is presumably a stress situation, if you do it this way. You won't have much time and on top of that you have to copy your answers onto the answer sheet.
Nov
21
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Nov
21
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Nov
21
answered Does そう imply vagueness in this JLPT question?
Nov
13
comment What do you say when giving something to somebody?
I say はい、どうぞ and I'm curious to see the answers to your question.
Nov
11
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Nov
11
comment Does には in this sentence imply vagueness of the source?
@DaveMG: btw, I read your profile: 頑張ってね、応援していますから。
Nov
11
comment Does には in this sentence imply vagueness of the source?
@Hyperworm: Thanks, I corrected it!
Nov
11
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Nov
10
comment Does には in this sentence imply vagueness of the source?
@DaveMG: You are not wrong at all, には can also mean "in". I meant to say that in this particular sentence it doesn't mean "in".
Nov
10
comment Does には in this sentence imply vagueness of the source?
@Flaw: Yes it doesn't only appear in sentences with passive form but in the question he wrote that he thought it meant "in the" which is not the case in the example.
Nov
10
comment How do the two ideas in this sentence come together?
@DaveMG: Thanks, I corrected it. I think pickpocket is right.
Nov
10
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