Williham Totland
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What is a good strategy to make sure my Hiragana proportions are correct?
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Graph paper might indeed be helpful, but just by being mindful of the proportions and flow you have already made a step that few ever do. Ultimately, for legibility, the most important thing is that ...

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How is v-ta no used?
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There's not really a special construct going on here, just a sentence modifying a noun, and that noun being replaced by の due to reference locality. In 「11月に降った[の]{雪}は54前」,「の」is used to refer back to ...

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What is the Equivalent of Adding -er to a verb to make it "One who does x"?
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There is no strictly equivalent construct, although 〇〇する[者]{もの} (or 〇〇する人, 〇〇するの) will often serve. Aside from that, especially when you have two-kanji Sino-japanese △△するcompounds, a related word on ...

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How rude is it to speak to a Japanese stranger informally instead of using the polite form?
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Language is about communication, first and foremost, but whereas in many languages (such as English) the focus is on getting the information in itself across as smoothly as possible, other languages (...

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How can we determine the subject of 「彼{かれ}が来{こ}ないことを知{し}りませんでした。」?
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Understanding the subject of this sentence is a lot easier if we unpack it: The sentence 彼{かれ}が来{こ}ないことを知{し}りませんでした。has an implicit subject, and since it speaks of knowledge, unless it's a narrative, ...

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How to read 「!」 as a clock chime?
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It depends on the clock. For a big tower clock, it's ビーン・ボーン, with one of each for each peal. For a small radio clock, ピー is probably an appropriate rendition, and for a water clock, カタッン might very ...

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What are the differences between なさる and される?
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There is a lot of subtlety involved, and getting it right is something that will require a lot of practice, but as a general rule of thumb, される is probably the way to go, outside of set phrases. なさる ...

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Where to check if a word is used with kanji or not?
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There's no absolute rule on this, but there are several rules of thumb: Grammatical constructs use hiragana, semantic constructs use kanji. The word 来る・くる is used both semantically to mean "to ...

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What is a word for "participation" that resembles "kameseru"?
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It appears as if we might be dealing with a garbled 任【まか】せる, 'to entrust'. Basically, the word kameseru is only found in two contexts: The article in question and excerpts plagiarized from it; and ...

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What are those symbols above the racing cars?
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Near as I can tell, it's neither. It rather appears to be the totality of sound emitted by the car travelling at speed, as experienced by an external observer; akin to the sound you would hear as a ...

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は and が in this sentence
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I think the example sentences might just be clumsily formulated; and some of that clumsiness translates to English: 新しい合金が開発された。 医療用や通信用など、用途は広い。 A new alloy has been developed. Its uses, such as in ...

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Can でありますように be followed by a verb?
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でありますように can be followed by any verb that can make it part of a sensible sentence. The most prevalent verb to fit that bill is 願う. It is so prevalent in that use, in fact; that when people say 〜ように。;...

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What's the best translation of アタリ in the context of drawing?
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アタリ線 refers to the lines that are laid down to delineate the rough shape and position of limbs, elements, etc; usually in the later stages of sketching. [辺り]{あたり} is the likely source of the term; ...

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Are there differences in nuance and usage of [内]{ない}[緒]{しょ}, [秘]{ひ}[密]{みつ}, [隠]{かく}し[事]{ごと} and [秘]{ひ}め[事]{ごと}?
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I don't know what dictionary you are going by, but most of these words should have clarifying notes as to what they mean beyond "secret". [内]{ない}[緒]{しょ}, in this case, is the odd one out, and means "...

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which instruments use 弾く and which use 引く?
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引く and 弾く, while pronounced the same, mean different things: 引く means to pull, draw or otherwise move or lead in a literal or mostly literal sense (e.g. 手を引く, to lead someone by the hand; 引っ込める, to ...

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