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Jan
22
revised Is こんばんは too formal for everyday conversation?
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Jan
22
comment Is こんばんは too formal for everyday conversation?
@Dave: If I was being paid, definitely not. Trying to get people who don't speak the language interested in the language so that they'd try to learn it - what I had was good enough for that purpose.
Jan
22
comment Is パートナー likely to be interpreted as a same-sex partner?
I hadn't heard those terms before! They're pronounced "kareshi" and "kanojo" respectively, right? According to goo, 彼女 can mean 愛人, which according to wiktionary can mean "a lover, a mistress; implies an extra-marital relationship.". Does this mean that adultery is implied?
Jan
21
accepted Is こんばんは too formal for everyday conversation?
Jan
21
comment What are the stereotypical characteristics of yakuza speech?
youtube.com/watch?v=A7SlA_PM7EM might have some material. It's a series of clips from the episode of Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo which focus on a Japanese language student who's a yakuza fanatic.
Jan
21
comment Is こんばんは too formal for everyday conversation?
He was heckling me giving a talk (mainly in English), he wasn't heckling me speaking in Japanese. And that's ok for a talk given at Railscamp.
Jan
21
comment Is こんばんは too formal for everyday conversation?
Thanks for spotting the errors. I need to find myself a spell-checker and grammar checker some time. Regarding p9: If you were ordering five beers, would you say "biiru o go-hon kudasai"? If so, why is the order of noun and counter changed?
Jan
21
asked Is こんばんは too formal for everyday conversation?
Jan
21
comment How do you respond to thanks given?
Do Japanese people know the Spanish/Spanglish phrase "no problemo"?
Jan
21
asked Is パートナー likely to be interpreted as a same-sex partner?
Jan
15
asked Why was both katakana and hiragana created?
Jan
9
comment Should I speak in the local dialect and/or accent of an area?
I initially thought most foreigners would speak standard Japanese, but maybe the US troops there don't do so. Anyway, I'm not one of those people who effortlessly master Japanese!
Jan
7
revised Are honorifics used for dead people?
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Jan
7
accepted Are honorifics used for dead people?
Jan
7
comment Are honorifics used for dead people?
@istrasci: I copied it from the Wikipedia page.
Jan
6
comment Should I speak in the local dialect and/or accent of an area?
@DaveMG: +1 for visiting Tohoku.
Jan
6
comment Are honorifics used for dead people?
@istrasci: Thanks for the edit, but is Mr. Khan spelt both チンギス and ジンギス?
Jan
6
asked Are honorifics used for dead people?
Jan
6
comment Should I speak in the local dialect and/or accent of an area?
@DaveMG: Lonely planet described Tohoku's dialect as "impenetrable even to many native Japanese". Were they exaggerating?
Jan
4
comment Should I speak in the local dialect and/or accent of an area?
@silvermaple: How do you know about "mobile phone"? They use "mobile phone" in Canada, eh?