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


Jun
1
comment 外来語 (gairaigo) replaced by Japanese word?
I wonder: Is this even feasible? Often gairaigo are imported not to replace Japanese words, but to add specificity. (For example, the import of ヘルメット to refer to a bicycle helmet and thereby differentiate it from かぶと, which refers to a helmet in the context of a suit of armor.) A Japanese word supplanting a previously imported gairaigo would therefore mean a loss of specificity. IANAL(inguist), but languages tend to move from less to more specific, not the other way around, no?
Jun
1
comment Does “させ” comes from the verb 刺す or just する ?
However, using the -ます stem for transitions is, at times, not the same as using the -て form. The -ます stem transition implies that the preceding action is completed before the succeeding action begins, whereas the -て form can be used to express both this and two actions which overlap, either partially or completely.
May
31
comment What differences should I look out for between male vs female speech?
Regarding the sentence-ending わ, while it is true that this is found mostly in female speech (but not universally), many men use わ just like よ. Pages like this one from Yahoo!知恵袋 seem to suggest that this is most common in the Kansai area.