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Nov
20
asked Why is konnichiwa spelt こんにちは?
Nov
17
revised Archaic words used in haiku
Fix hyperlink
Nov
11
comment Does it matter whether you drop vowels in spoken Japanese?
Do you mean "suki" as in "suki desu", or as in the gairaigo スキー (skiing)?
Nov
11
comment How do you pronounce を after a subject?
If I interpreted a question as saying "how do I pronounce particle wo?", I'd close as a duplicate, not as NARQ. And I'd +1 for making the effort to migrate away from Romaji!
Oct
25
accepted Why is a place that sells さけ a さかや?
Oct
25
comment Why is a place that sells さけ a さかや?
Or when /[^e]$/ to be precise.
Oct
25
comment Why is a place that sells さけ a さかや?
Take ほん as an example. It's a word that can be turned into a shop by adding や to it. Do I have to remember that that particular word doesn't need the ほん modified, or can I just remember "since it doesn't end in an e sound, it doesn't need modification". It's like having case original_noun and replacing when "hon" with when /e$/ in programming.
Oct
25
comment Why is a place that sells さけ a さかや?
If I know a noun has an equivalent foo-や form, then unless the noun ends with an "e" sound, I don't have to worry about whether I need to modify the original word?
Oct
23
comment Why is a place that sells さけ a さかや?
"Safe" as in less likely to behave unexpectedly.
Oct
23
comment Why is a place that sells さけ a さかや?
So anything where the original noun doesn't end with an e sound should be fairly safe?
Oct
23
asked Why is a place that sells さけ a さかや?
Oct
23
accepted Was desu and masu originally geisha-speak?
Oct
23
comment Was desu and masu originally geisha-speak?
@sawa: If you click on "translate this page" from google.com's search result, then you get redirected to Yahoo! Japan's home page. I mistakenly assumed the page in question must have been deleted.
Oct
22
comment Was desu and masu originally geisha-speak?
@sawa: What is meant by "those people should have something to do before coming to this site"? I don't merely disagree - I don't understand what you mean.
Oct
22
comment Was desu and masu originally geisha-speak?
@sawa: "At some point ..." - the question you're thinking of, where I was explaining why dashes were required in furigana, was this bug report. In response to your complaint, I have removed the ruby, though perhaps not in the way you'd prefer. Thanks for your alternative search terms, but all I got were pages about geisha, or geisha-specific terminology, not their influence on the language.
Oct
22
revised Was desu and masu originally geisha-speak?
Got rid of ruby
Oct
21
comment Are wasei-eigo and wasei-kango looked down upon?
Would a phrase count as wasei eigo if it's made up of European but non-English words?
Oct
21
comment What are common mistakes made by Japanese kombini employees speaking “manual keigo” (バイト敬語)
As a foreigner learning Japanese, I may as well learn the "incorrect" (descriptivist) keigo, and not bother learning the "correct" (prescriptivist) keigo, unless I plan to be speaking this kind of keigo myself.
Oct
21
comment What are common mistakes made by Japanese kombini employees speaking “manual keigo” (バイト敬語)
Nihongo no Shiranai Nihongo covers this in episode 2: youtu.be/bjEhZOK80q0?t=4m32s
Oct
21
asked Was desu and masu originally geisha-speak?