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Mar
16
comment Using the Nelson index# as a means to order kanji? What do natives use?
English has an easy and obvious universal ordering system, so it rather blows our minds that other languages might not have one. However, I think that's probably the answer--Japanese doesn't have one, and each dictionary (or whatever) invents their own.
Feb
6
comment What is the etymology of the word マラ?
Note that the above link no longer works. The answer quoting the page is thus pretty helpful.
Jan
27
comment Why do さ and ざ look the same except for the little strokes on the side?
I don't know the evolution, and would like to. Of course it seems natural to the Japanese, or they wouldn't have done it. That's why I specified "to English ears".
Jan
24
answered Why do さ and ざ look the same except for the little strokes on the side?
Dec
5
comment What is the proper way to write “cube” in romaji?
I work in a technical field involving geometry, and I don't think "regular hexahedron" sounds all that out-of-place, especially if being contrasted with other types of hexahedrons. I'll agree that most people wouldn't know what that is, and I wouldn't expect to hear it outside of a work context.
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
May
6
answered How would one emulate capitalized letters in Japanese?
Apr
18
comment How can I use できない and しまう? I'd like to apologize for not being able to do something
I think this question is limited entirely to whether it is grammatical to use できなくてしまいます in this way. Is this a correct Japanese sentence, or is it nonsense? A discussion of the connotation might be an interesting aside, but is not being asked.
Mar
26
comment Usage (correctness) of だと after verbs
I think the translation "you say!?" is also appropriate for meaning (2). For example, "You say you'll do anything!?" or "You'll do anything, you say!?"
Nov
5
awarded  Commentator
Nov
5
comment When did you last…?
I don't think that "When did you last see her?" is ambiguous in English. It unambiguously means "most recent." The other meaning is expressed as "When did you see her for the last time?" Note that in the first sentence, last is behaving as an adverb, and in the second, as an adjective. There might be an ambiguous construction, but I can't think of it off-hand.
Oct
11
comment わからない vs わかね, My Boss My Hero
This happens a lot in anime & manga. It makes a (usually male) character sound more masculine, tough, flippant, or gangsta'. The main character in My Boss My Hero is from a Yakuza family, so this style of speech establishes his background.
Sep
4
comment Why do Japanese speakers have difficulty pronouncing “L”?
@dainichi, at least if English spelling is used for transcribing English pronunciation, then the mistakes made are going to resemble native-speaker mistakes, since that's the system we English speakers learn from. English speakers have a number of spell-it-out pronunciation systems for explaining how to pronounce difficult words, and those are not a terrible idea either. To your example, you might write "salmon (SAM-in)" to explain to a child how to pronounce it. I concur that katakana is not a great system for teaching English.
Nov
27
comment Are there more irregular verbs like 行く?
Fair enough, edited to change the nuance.
Nov
27
revised Are there more irregular verbs like 行く?
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Nov
27
comment How is アェ pronounced?
This is just a guess: In many European languages, the sound between a & e gives the "a" in "fat." Many languages don't have that sound, but it's considered somewhere between "a" (as in father) and "e" (as in pet). The Japanese ア is more like the "a" in "father," so if you wanted to specify the "a" in "fat," アェ seems reasonable.
Nov
26
answered Are there more irregular verbs like 行く?
Nov
3
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Oct
16
awarded  Peer Pressure
Aug
31
comment Are numbers part of romaji? (i.e. 1, 2, 3 vs 一二三)
The linked article sums it up nicely; I would also say "Arabic numerals" in English, so calling them the same thing in Japanese doesn't seem like a stretch.