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I want patience and I want it now.

Also, I find that nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Laziness is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

正宗で大根を切る。

言い出しっぺ。

Some of the smartest things people have ever said:

No language makes perfect sense. — John McWhorter

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering. — Carl Jung

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. — George Santayana

Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do. — Savielly Tartakower

One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision — Bertrand Russell

Every good thing that happens in your life is a gift. — Yours Truly


Jun
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answered About cutting the sentences short
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awarded  Commentator
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comment About cutting the sentences short
Omission of syntax to allow the user to infer meaning (for politeness or whatever reason) is one of the many characteristics of Japanese. What remains unsaid is often stronger than what is actually said. The Japanese abhor "spelling things out" for you, because it is not "harmonious" and puts them in a position of having to be direct. If you've read こころ by 夏目漱石, you may recall a passage where the narrator feels revulsion for a Westerner he met, in part because the man does not understand the Japanese feeling that what can be said in a look may be vulgar to put into words, etc.
Jun
2
comment Is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) a good measure of my Japanese language ability?
@Nicolas Raoul: The answer to that specific question is covered here. If someone asks for a glass of water and you give them a barrel of water and a cup, is their thirst not slaked?
Jun
1
comment differences of kuremasu, moraimasu and itadakimasu
+1: Excellent précis on the topic.
Jun
1
comment Is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) a good measure of my Japanese language ability?
@istrasci: Yes, I don't consider myself fluent either. But remember this little caveat: the better your Japanese gets, the less your Japanese acquaintances will praise you for it.
Jun
1
answered Is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) a good measure of my Japanese language ability?
Jun
1
comment Usage of すみません (sumimasen) versus ごめんなさい (gomen'nasai)
+1 すみません really means "It is not finished" as in "I am now obligated for your kindness and mean to return a favor to you." Often it is the perfect way to say thank you.
Jun
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revised What is 「々」 and how does it affect meaning and pronunciation?
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awarded  Teacher
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answered What is 「々」 and how does it affect meaning and pronunciation?
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awarded  Editor
Jun
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revised How to write hiragana and katakana in Windows?
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Jun
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answered How to write hiragana and katakana in Windows?
Jun
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answered What is the significance of [の] (no)?
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awarded  Supporter
Jun
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comment How rude is it to say 寝ぼけてるんじゃねぇよ!
@Ali: I think you're on to something. It's the calibration that's the hard part. But I also think that there's a little bit of a double standard that goes on: those words coming out of a 白人 may have tipped the scales.
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awarded  Student
May
31
comment How rude is it to say 寝ぼけてるんじゃねぇよ!
See my comment to Derek Schaab above.
May
31
comment How rude is it to say 寝ぼけてるんじゃねぇよ!
Yes, I'm familiar with your three points. But the colleague I refer to was in a group of us about the same age and position who would take lunch together, and laugh and joke informally, and I'd heard someone say this to him about a month before. He laughed out loud (even with a mouthful of noodles) on that occasion.