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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.


Sep
4
comment How to write “Ikigai”
Like with @Tsuyoshi's comment on the answer, if you didn't use the き (okurigana?), it would be unclear as to how it was read (i.e. せい, なま etc). That's my understanding of it, anyway.
Sep
3
comment Using “ha” instead of “wa” with QWERTY keyboards
I'm sorry, it wasn't really clear where your confusion was coming from. I know 半 isn't read "wan", that's why I used it. How does the computer know if when you type "w-a" do you mean は or わ...and if you type "w-a-n" do you mean half (半) or bowl (椀). Yes you could use the drop down function, but that just complicates matters. は=h+a is simple. I do no know what "wa-puro" is. When I learned, "は" was also "wa", but I remember our teacher telling us not to get used to it that way...using romaji didn't last long in my class long enough for us to get used to it anyway...
Sep
3
comment Using “ha” instead of “wa” with QWERTY keyboards
Are you asking why can't you can't type "k-o-r-e-w-a" and have it come out as これは?
Sep
1
comment Are numbers part of romaji? (i.e. 1, 2, 3 vs 一二三)
@Flaw: That makes sense to me, but that's never stopped me from being wrong ;)
Aug
27
comment How to distinguish between passive and potential forms of the verb?
This is a great question! See this question: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/649/…
Aug
24
comment Are times after noon expressed in military time?
Where have you seen 25:00? Is that 1AM? I know from experience that in Quebec people would write down, for example 13:00, but say "1 o'clock"
Aug
22
comment What exactly is this ※ symbol, and what does it mean/how is it used?
@nkjt: Thanks! :) Like I said, I've seen that mark around, but that example was just the one that prompted my asking here ^.^
Aug
21
comment What exactly is this ※ symbol, and what does it mean/how is it used?
@Dave: When do we use asterisks in English like the symbol in that sentence? It seems to me that if that were in English, and used an asterisk, it would seem strange.
Aug
21
comment How do I interpret this question that ends with よ?
@Dave: It's all good :) I thought adding the "(zombie)"s would make it a little more PC, that's all. And "neighbourhood" looked right to me, but I'm a terrible speller and Firefox underlined it so I just changed it...I wasn't trying to Americanize it or anything (:
Aug
18
comment How is あっての used to define something?
@Tsuyoshi: I'll admit it's subtle, but I guess the first option implies that are children, but they're not part of the family...as in these children exist, but they're elsewhere (adopted by someone/being raised somewhere else). Like how just giving birth to a child doesn't mean you're a family, living together and being apart of each others' lives does.
Aug
18
comment What exactly is 我が家, and how is it used?
@Chris, no, by all means they should be included. I guess I just hear 我が家 the most...
Aug
17
comment Why do some Japanese men use お袋 to address their mothers?
@Chris: It seems that way, yes :) How often/where do you hear it when the speaker seems annoyed? Personally I've only seen it written, so I can't say as to that aspect of it...
Aug
14
comment Does くりかえし mean a single iteration or multiple ones?
@Tsuyoshi: I originally thought that it wasn't generally possible to repeat something just once (hence my mistake)...I guess English and Japanese are the same in having to use clues in the sentence to indicate the meaning...
Aug
13
comment What is the difference between あっての and とあって?
For posterity: since asking this question I've found another tricky one: にあって. Fortunately there is a big difference in meaning for this one; due to, during X time/situation, under the circumstances of _____
Aug
10
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
@dainichi: I see. I'll be the first to admit that my knowledge of Chinese consists only of a few months study of standard Mandarin, so of course that's quite a narrow viewpoint. That's the impression it left on me, anyway :)
Aug
8
comment Word order: what does 迷惑きわまりない modify?
For clarity, the question goes says to write it in the correct order: 正しい順番に並べ替えて
Aug
6
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
@dainici: Also, I'm not assuming a 1-to-1 kanji to reading here (we students of Japanese know, to our frustration, that that is not the case!), but in Chinese, there is indeed such a ratio. :) (Of course, my knowledge of Chinese is limited, so that may not always be the case, but from what I've seen, it is.) The use of kanji in Chinese is quite elegant actually, because it matches the spoken language so beautifully.
Aug
6
comment Why are there 3 ways of writing in Japanese?
@dainichi: You're right of course. The problem is that -da/-tta/-ta is not the only ending to the verb. What about when you want -mashita, -masu, -itai etc? It clarifies things if you can look at a word and know how it's read, without knowing the context. Well, you say, you can use different kanji for each ending. And yes, that's right, and that's what they did for a while. Very old Japanese texts are written completely in kanji. But it became awkward and difficult, so they created hiragana. Please check out this website: ancientscripts.com/japanese.html
Aug
6
comment What is “kanji illiteracy” (kanji yomenai) in the context of native Japanese speakers?
@sawa: I beg to differ. Although there is merit to your argument, "in the context of native Japanese speakers (not foreigners)" makes perfect sense. I understood it immediately.
Aug
4
comment Is it normal to put さん after an internet handle?
I don't know the (unspoken or spoken) rules about this, but I know if you sign up for something on a Japanese website, you get e-mails and such with 様, regardless if it's a real name or a nickname.