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Nov
10
comment Is there a different meaning for ごちそうさま!
Close to a sarcastic "Thanks for sharing!", perhaps.
Nov
6
comment Ordering a drink, conversational Japanese
Addressing a male waiter as お兄ちゃん would be another example of bordering-on-rude (situation-dependent). Although personally I think doing this at all is a bad idea. Unless the phrase is short and obvious (like foreign-language expletives), you will then have to translate/explain what is going on and it actually doesn't add anything compared to just stating that she orders a bottle of sake in rather blunt Japanese and the waiter/someone at the next table gives her a dirty look for being uncouth.
Oct
31
comment How can I tell whether a Japanese company's name is in hiragana or katakana?
There is no rule - best to check wikipedia or the company website.
Oct
30
comment negative verb confusion
Don't know why, but I have seen other people confused by some of by some of the Tae Kim translations, so it's not just our OP.
Oct
29
reviewed Close しょう vs. しょ which is more often found in common words?
Oct
29
reviewed Close What should I look for in a dictionary to help me study?
Oct
29
comment What does 忘れたい人 mean?
Since GT uses statistical machine translation, the "why" is presumably to do with how phrases containing 忘れたい女 and 忘れたい人 are translated in the input corpus - any quirks of GT are much more to do with their algorithm and what gets put into it than they are to do with the actual Japanese language.
Oct
25
answered negative verb confusion
Oct
24
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the etymological connection between sake (alcohol) and sha-ke (salmon)?
Oct
11
comment History and Meaning of Soran Bushi
Also, just to reiterate, these songs are similar to military cadences, sea shanties and the like - they aren't written formally in the first place so it's not a case that there was a single "original" and then 伊藤多喜雄 rewrote it.
Oct
11
comment History and Meaning of Soran Bushi
Someone called 伊藤多喜雄 performed that (particular) modern version. You might call it a song inspired by the folk version, or a modern remake. 千切れる here is likely not literal (think "work until your arms fall off").
Oct
10
comment History and Meaning of Soran Bushi
Google image search 長袢天 ;)
Oct
10
answered History and Meaning of Soran Bushi
Sep
30
revised でしょうか as a question
added 4 characters in body
Sep
30
answered でしょうか as a question
Sep
28
awarded  Benefactor
Sep
27
accepted Choice of tense with そばから
Sep
26
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
25
reviewed Satisfactory What is the yomikata of 値 in 破格値?
Sep
25
reviewed Excellent Choice of さしあげる in お電話さしあげる