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Jul
12
asked Does ネガティブ mean “negative”, or “bad”, when describing a person?
Jul
11
comment Can the suffix -人 be used to express heritage?
Are Ainu regarded as a 人 by the Japanese?
Jul
7
comment Is いらっしゃいませ only used by staff?
There was alcohol involved. I was drinking nihonshu while others were mainly drinking beer. +1 for the answer, and for giving an answer rather than a comment.
Jul
7
comment What determines whether a word gets a kanji compound or katakana?
I'm downvoting not because the answer is necessarily wrong, but that it doesn't have enough information to be useful.
Jul
7
comment What determines whether a word gets a kanji compound or katakana?
Can you give an example of the meaning "stored information"?
Jul
7
asked Is いらっしゃいませ only used by staff?
Jul
5
comment What is the best expression used by an employee to appreciate his/her employer?
@sawa Nihon-shiki Romanization would use "ha", not "wa". If you said "This is incorrect for Hepburn Romanization", or "Nihon-shiki is a bad Romanization scheme", that'd be a legitimate statement, but merely saying that "ha" is wrong is misleading.
Jul
4
answered What changes are made to the pronunciation of gairaigo?
Jul
3
comment Practicing Hiragana
Good on you for wanting to learn Japanese, and thanks for joining Japanese Language and Usage. Unfortunately, this question is off-topic, for reasons explained here. There's a post on the meta site on resources for learning Japanese, and you are welcome to ask about learning hiragana, and anything else within reason in the chat room, even though it's off-topic here. Feel free to ask other questions on the Japanese Language and Usage web site in the future. Ganbatte! (Don't give up!)
Jul
2
comment Beginner: book/ website for reading comprehension and vocabulary
@dotnetN00b meta.stackexchange.com/q/1661/38765
Jul
2
comment What is the more common pronunciation for the r­ōmaji letter Z in Japanese?
For the benefit of those who learnt English as a second language, Americans use "zee" to pronounce "z", whereas Australians and British people use "zed". This might explain why both zeddo and zī exist, though I don't know why they'd use "Zetto" rather than Zeta.
Jul
1
comment Are there any common Japanese words which were borrowed from Ainu or other indigenous languages?
Ainu itself is an Ainu word.
Jun
23
revised Pronunciation and meaning of 
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Jun
22
awarded  Talkative
Jun
21
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Jun
15
awarded  Nice Question
Jun
11
comment What's the difference between 話せる and 話す?
@TsuyoshiIto Maybe it's an extremely literal translation, emphasizing that it's about the ability to do something rather than whether someone actually does do something. If that's the case, it reminds me of the joke "A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the accordion, but doesn't."
Jun
9
revised Different transcriptions for words with related origin
added 99 characters in body
Jun
9
comment What's the difference between “gohan” and “meshi”?
@sawa Thanks. I was thinking of Wikipedia saying "The word meshi, the Japanese equivalent of Sino-Japanese go-han, is considered rough and masculine (男性語).", but that was talking about bikago, not about kango versus wago.
Jun
9
revised What's the difference between “gohan” and “meshi”?
Deleted false statement as per sawa