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Jul
22
comment How should I choose between [知]{し}る and わかる?
To be honest I don't think that's the point at all. わかる has always a hint of "I can distinguish, understand, perceive it" while 知る is about knowledge/experience/memory. Natives say it's they're using different parts of the brain, if this can help.
Jul
22
comment Redistributable Anthology of Haiku or Tanka in Electronic Form
Tatoeba project did review many of the tanaka corpus sentences. I also used it alot and I didn't find any wrong sentences. Of course they are just translations of examples so sometimes are not what a native speaker would use. Still very instructive to learn grammar.
Jul
21
comment How would one convey “get over it” in Japanese?
I heard ごちそうさま used when someone was bragging about oneself. Note also that what's bragging for Japanese people could be perfectly normal "self-assessment" for westerns.
Jul
4
comment Confusion about “Seemingly not ~”
:) well only the にもない thingy it's still unclear. My native said it's bit unusual and formal but not wrong.
Jun
26
comment way to use さっぱり (sappari) and すっかり (sukkari)
I'd like some examples of different use (other than 忘れる・わかる) of すっかり and さっぱり to figure out what the difference between them.
Jun
25
comment When to use だ before と思います。
I think キレイ alone is correct, not very polite but grammatically correct Japanese. For sure you can hear a lot. My personal thinking is that na-adjective are more like weak nouns than real adjective. See also timwerx.net/language/jpadj/lesson1.htm
Jun
6
comment Can I say なるほど when talking with customers?
In the office where my wife works they use it with old customers.
Jun
5
comment Which kanji to use for saying ありがとうございます in emails?
"can mark you as a nonnative speaker" >> well, there are so many things that mark me as non native speaker that I don't mind for one or two more. Said that, my wife who's native and she's working in Japanese big company and she told me they use kanji in emails to customers and such for ありがとう
Jun
4
comment When to use だ before と思います。
@repecmps the point is that the previous phase must be a valid Japanese phrase (verbal, nouns etc.), something that you believe/are not very sure about. The only exception I can think now is something です that cannot express a doubt.
Jun
4
comment When to use だ before と思います。
キレイと思います is perfectly fine Japanese, ask any native or look for google.
Jun
4
comment Which kanji to use for saying ありがとうございます in emails?
Well I'm not Japanese anyway but I like kanji very much "per se". 有難う makes clear the original meaning, "difficult to exist/almost impossible" which is a very nice way to thanks someone IMHO.
Jun
4
comment Can 何で mean “how”?
I'd say the usual meaning for "なんで医者になったの" is "why did you become a doctor?". Unless there is a possibility one became a doctor by means of something (e.g. paying someone).
Jun
4
comment Can anyone explain the obsolete, non-phonetic use of hiragana from pre war times?
I know that in 1900 they finalized the hiragana system, using just 1 moji for sound. The only exceptions are を and は (when pronunced wa) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hentaigana
Jun
4
comment How can I differentiate between 「もう」 that means “already” and 「もう」 that means “more/additional”?
thanks for the pronunciation hints, I've never realized till now but it's true! :)
Jun
1
comment What does っす at the end of a sentence mean?
っす is quite masculine speech. It's mostly a polite dialect from what my wife told me. It could be contraction of both です and ーます
Jun
1
comment What is the difference between 「はずがない」 and 「わけがない」?
分かるはずがないでしょう。 Wakaru hazu ga nai deshō. I think a better translation is "I think it's impossible he understand this" or "He shouldn't understand this"