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I spent my Junior year of university in Yamaguchi, Japan, and am currently studying for N1 to get into a post-grad program to become an interpreter.


Dec
22
comment How does one know how to read 堪える? Is it 「こたえる」、「こらえる」 or 「たえる」?
I wish I could check two answers, or combine them, I +1'd this one :)
Dec
21
comment In actual Japanese society, how often are second-person pronouns used?
@Karl Yeah, if that is what it's called. It's sort of a cute version...you hear it used when mothers are talking to their children, and that sort of thing.
Dec
20
comment What are the rules for reading numbers before a foreign counter-word?
@Louis Hmmm, I see your point, but I think there's a difference between a comic and a newspaper (where I found 1セット).
Dec
19
comment What are the rules for reading numbers before a foreign counter-word?
@Matt Seriously? That's...uhh, strange to say the least. I hadn't even considered that they'd actually be trying to speak English...やれやれ
Dec
19
comment Counter for 熊 (bears): ひき or 頭?
That was what I thought...I can't say as I'm not a native speaker, but it sounds like using 匹 for a bear is somehow cute-ifying it. "Ohhh, look at the little bear! She's so furry!" Never mind it can take your head off your shoulders with one fuzzy paw...
Dec
18
comment Is 胡 missplaced in the Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary?
That seems to be the consensus, I just wanted to ask around to see if I was missing something. Thanks Fefe :)
Dec
18
comment Is there a form for “I have never heard of”?
@Myeong You would add まだ before the verb; there may be other ways, but that's the easiest :)
Dec
16
comment How can I differentiate agreement with the person and agreement with the idea?
That's a really good question, I have a hard time with those myself! Wouldn't 「そうだ」 be like 「そうですね」? Because to me that seems a little ambivalent...a filler phrase to let the speaker know you've understood what they've said. Granted my grasp on this area is quite weak...
Dec
14
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
@Andrew I think what he meant was that, of course it is not the proper way of writing if you use all caps, but one can read it, and it doesn't really change the meaning of the words.
Dec
14
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
@sawa I think that's true from a usage standpoint, but not really from a learning standpoint. Someone seeing the alphabet we use in English for the first time would not be able to tell 'A' and 'a' were not the same letter. They're close but not the same.
Dec
14
comment Making sense out of Japanese proverbs
Maybe, the first one is saying you have a soft head. The second one might be like saying "eat s**t" in English...
Dec
12
comment What is the difference between 楊 and 柳 which both mean “Willow”
I wish I could accept two answers, I appreciate your answer too!
Dec
12
comment How to use とりあえず in sentences
While that's true, the example sentence doesn't really work. See fefe's answer for how to fix it.
Dec
10
comment What are the rules for the plural suffix ~ら
@sawa I see what you're saying, but what I don't understand is why it's used in the newspaper, which as far as I know, doesn't use informal phrases. I re-read the first source...I misunderstood what it was trying to say, that ら can be used for かれ, but it's not exclusive to it.
Dec
10
comment what exactly does the suffix とはいえ mean?
I never realized how intentional the omission of a written kanji is! Also, great explanation, Thank you!
Dec
9
comment When to use 種別 and when to use 区分 when programming
I think that's what his question is. In terms of programming, is there a clear, definite difference between these two words, are they nuanced in some way, or is it preference?
Dec
8
comment How to understand the contractionしていて、/-てて
Can I ask where you found that sentence? I wonder if a small つ was omitted. "されてって" I'm not sure if that makes any more sense or not...
Dec
8
comment Use of the question mark and か
I have often wondered this myself! Thank you!
Dec
8
comment Is there a form for “I have never heard of”?
@Dave Yeah that works too. I don't think it sounds repetitive, the usages are so different.
Dec
7
comment Are there no rounded or circular strokes in any 漢字?
Technically no, however I have seen people cheat and draw little circles where there should be a 口 (for example 語). And if you think "Maybe they just didn't know about stroke order", I'm talking about my Chinese teacher...who is Chinese. Not an answer but an interesting anecdote.