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Canadian expat living in Kyoto. I need to learn MATLAB scripting for numerical analysis for economics. I took a C+ class a long time ago and tried to learn a little HTML, but otherwise I'm a total coding noob. In Japan we'd say 'yoroshiku onegaishimasu' - thanks in advance for taking care of me.

Sep
7
awarded  Editor
Sep
7
revised Colloquial use of「〜て〔い〕ない」, maybe instead of 「〜なかった」
fixed consistency of Japanese
Sep
7
comment Where does the いかない in ~わけにはいかない come from?
Great question! I always thought it was interesting that 「わけにはいかない」 uses the "regular" 「行く」 while 「なくてはいけない」 uses the potential form. To make matters worse, expressions like 「うまくいく to go well」 use the "regular" form strictly, so 「うまくいけた」would be incorrect, for instance. It seems like there are three イクs: the regular, volitional "I go" イク, the non volitional "it goes" イク, and the bastard child イケル, wherever that fits in.
Sep
7
comment The many ways to say “and” in Japanese
Great list, but I wonder about your 「勉強」 sentence. Usually, if there's a change (such as in the speaker's ability to speak English), don't people usually use conditional expressions like 「〜たら」?
Sep
7
comment Non-distinguished animal pairs in Japanese
It's a vastly different language with a vastly different history. The non-distinguished animal pairs you speak of are one of the many dissimilarities that make Japanese so difficult (rewarding) to study. English and Japanese have different building blocks (often Greek/Latin roots in English and kanji words in Japanese). In a language where basic ideas need to be individually distinguished with unique kanji, being economical with the number of symbols seems to be the right way to go, no?
Sep
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answered Colloquial use of「〜て〔い〕ない」, maybe instead of 「〜なかった」
Aug
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comment The reality of answering いいえ to a negative question
I would add the caveat that people often avoid answering with はい・いいえ in confusing situations like invitations (飲みに行きませんか Would you like to go drinking? ー 〔 ×いいえ、〕行きましょうよ Let's go!) or polite yes/no questions (31番でお待ちのお客様、いらっしゃいませんか Is the customer waiting under number 31 here?). I don't know if the OP meant to include these usages in the question, though.
Aug
28
answered How to read the X in 5X4間?
Aug
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awarded  Supporter
Aug
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comment I can't stand 立つ【た・つ】: Do all its meanings derive from “stand”?
Hahaha, that's really funny. I noticed when I was reading code words that it was full of stereotypes but I just figured it was because he was old. I'm definitely going to grab a copy of Women of the Orient now though!
Aug
27
awarded  Teacher
Aug
27
answered What is the difference between そうか and そっか?
Aug
27
answered When women use わ at the end of a sentence, is it different from よ?
Aug
27
answered I can't stand 立つ【た・つ】: Do all its meanings derive from “stand”?
Aug
27
answered Is this grammatical: 彼は映画スターであり、政治家もだ。