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Japanese language enthusiast since 2001. Passed JLPT1 in 2008. Volunteer teacher at local study groups.


Aug
18
comment How do you classify a word like “電子レンジ”?
Actually, "gas range" is perfectly valid in English. Both "range" and "stove" are used to refer to the same thing. There is probably a regional differentiation, much in the way people from different areas use "soda", "pop", and "coke" to refer to fizzy drinks. So ガスレンジ probably came directly from "gas range" and ストーブ got used to refer to a gas-powered space heater. The interesting bit in this question is why 電子レンジ is 電子レンジ and not something else, like エレキレンジ (a la エレキギター).
Aug
17
comment Using な in positive instead of negative imperative (e.g. 行きな)
Related: Meaning of …立てちゃいなよ
Aug
17
answered What does のですが mean in the following sentence?
Aug
15
comment When to use 欲しがる instead of 欲しい
@Pacerier: That would work. (Although ほしい is "want", so you might say something like さっき、動物が好きと言っていたから or さっき、猫が飼いたいと言っていたから.) But using と言う after ほしい or ~たい means you can use it in reference to either a second or third person (see examples in answer), so the rules about ~がる don't apply.
Aug
15
comment What is the difference between 言うな! and 言ってんじゃねぇぞ?
Related: How rude is it to say 寝ぼけてるんじゃねぇよ!
Aug
14
comment When to use 欲しがる instead of 欲しい
@Pacerier: First, why are you telling someone what he likes? He should already know that… :) Both ~ほしい and ~たい can be used with the second person. The rule is that you generally don't use these direct expressions with someone of a higher status. But if you're on equal footing (i.e. in a situation where you don't have to use teineigo), you can say things like 「公園に行きたい?」 or 「誕生日にプレゼントをもらうとしたら、何がほしい?」.
Aug
14
comment Fun with synonyms - “evaluation/investigation/etc.”
探査 is used in 宇宙探査機, "spacecraft". It's used to mean "explore" or "probe" most often.
Aug
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
11
comment Is じゃないです equally correct as じゃありません?
@rintaun: I find that odd, because the raw feeling I get from the sum of the Japanese speech I have heard is consistently on the side of ~ません asserting the negation more than ~ないです. Maybe there's a dialectical variation going on beneath the surface…?
Aug
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
10
answered 以上 vs 以上 for numbers vs words: half full/half empty?
Aug
10
revised Is じゃないです equally correct as じゃありません?
added 101 characters in body
Aug
10
comment Is じゃないです equally correct as じゃありません?
@Tsuyoshi Ito: Quite true. I will edit to emphasize this point.
Aug
10
answered Is じゃないです equally correct as じゃありません?
Aug
9
accepted When are ふう and よう interchangeable?
Aug
9
comment What changes are made to the pronunciation of gairaigo?
@Tsuyoshi: You mean "kuh-RAH-tee"? :) That sounds so wrong, and I hate it, but how does one go about changing the bad pronunciation of millions of people? (Plus in the U.S., there's a subliminal rule which says that if you pronounce "karate" as からて, suddenly you're the stuck-up aficionado who thumbs his nose at the poor commoners who don't know the correct pronunciation.)
Aug
9
comment Expression equivalent to “as far/long/much as I/you X”
@Lukman: なるべく早く is another option. (The difference was addressed here.)
Aug
9
comment When to use 欲しがる instead of 欲しい
@Mark Hosang: In that case you could replace 生徒に in the above example with 私に: 先生は私に野菜を食べて欲しいんですか。 (using ん if you suspect your teacher wants you to eat the vegetables but hasn't said so directly). This would get the meaning across, but it might not be the best sentence for the situation. What was the conversation like up to this point?
Aug
9
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
8
comment What is the learning curve for learning Japanese writing?
@Andrew Grimm: I'm afraid not. :) But it's way awesome when you finish your first novel of that sort and set it on the shelf so you can show it to people and say, "See that book? I read that." It's akin to the feeling of accomplishment you get from reading Hamlet in the original Klingon.