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Jun
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answered Can somebody explain the various words and combinations thereof used for thanking?
Jun
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comment Where does なう on Twitter come from?
The oddest thing I find about it is that it's rendered in hiragana rather than katakana.
Jun
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comment About cutting the sentences short
As you wish, good sir.
Jun
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answered About cutting the sentences short
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Jun
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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 between くれます, もらいます and いただきます
+1: Excellent précis on the topic.
Jun
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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
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answered Is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) a good measure of my Japanese language ability?
Jun
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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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Jun
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answered What is 「々」 and how does it affect meaning and pronunciation?
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Jun
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revised How to write hiragana and katakana in Windows?
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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 in 「鳥の詩」?
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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.