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by helephant
Sat 03.15.2014 4:27 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Do the Japanese use he/she as the topic of a sentence?
Replies: 2
Views: 5971

Do the Japanese use he/she as the topic of a sentence?

I am writing a little diary entry to practice my Japanese and find myself wanting to say he or she to avoid constantly repeating a person'a name. For example (excuse my clumsy Japanese): サーミくんはバナナが一番好きです。彼は毎日に食べます。(trying to say Sammy likes bananas best. He eats them every day). Is using he or she i...
by helephant
Sat 04.21.2012 9:55 am
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: Chopstick Embarrassment...
Replies: 8
Views: 12252

Re: Chopstick Embarrassment...

It's definitely just practice. When I first started working when I was about 20 I couldn't use chopsticks at all, but the people I were working with were big fans of asian food so I got lots of practice. A year or two after that and it became totally automatic and I can use chopsticks as effectively...
by helephant
Sun 07.10.2011 3:29 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Some help reading a panel from Yotsuba
Replies: 10
Views: 5799

Re: Some help reading a panel from Yotsuba

No it really helped me! I really appreciate it. You helped me learn a new sentence pattern. :)
by helephant
Sun 07.10.2011 8:53 am
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Some help reading a panel from Yotsuba
Replies: 10
Views: 5799

Re: Some help reading a panel from Yotsuba

Thanks for the te- kuru explanation. :)

I think I understand it now. It's past tense so it's already happened. I guess the context is they ride past the house to the park quite often and are commenting on the progress. I never realised できます was a group II verb before.
by helephant
Sun 07.10.2011 4:47 am
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Some help reading a panel from Yotsuba
Replies: 10
Views: 5799

Re: Some help reading a panel from Yotsuba

Thanks very much for the help. I'd seen もってくる before but not realised it was a more general pattern. That's very useful to know.

So it's something like...?
Yotsuba: that house isn't finished
Dad: it will be soon, despite the skeleton
by helephant
Sat 07.09.2011 7:19 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Some help reading a panel from Yotsuba
Replies: 10
Views: 5799

Some help reading a panel from Yotsuba

Have been doing a Japanese evening course for two years and am just at the point where I can parse enough of it to be able to try to read manga. :) I was thrilled today to find the latest Yotsuba (a cute story about a five year old girl who moves to Japan) volume in our Japanese bookstore and have b...
by helephant
Tue 12.21.2010 5:37 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Rosetta stone with textbooks?
Replies: 13
Views: 8454

Re: Rosetta stone with textbooks?

I spent about six months learning Japanese with Rosetta Stone before going to Japan just to try to learn a little bit of the language before I went. I switched to doing an evening class after I got back which follows the Minna no Nihongo textbook. I'd totally agree that Rosetta Stone was very poor a...
by helephant
Sun 06.13.2010 6:15 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: こんにちはみなさん
Replies: 7
Views: 2311

Re: こんにちはみなさん

Thanks for the corrections! What's the difference between the -te form of the verbs and the -masu ones? We haven't gotten up to that yet in my course and I have been curious about it.
by helephant
Sat 06.12.2010 4:53 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: こんにちはみなさん
Replies: 7
Views: 2311

Re: こんにちはみなさん

どうもありがとうございます!
by helephant
Sat 06.12.2010 6:45 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: こんにちはみなさん
Replies: 7
Views: 2311

こんにちはみなさん

私はヘレンです。わたしはロンドンに住んでいます。私は1年ぐらい日本語を勉強しました。日本語はおもしろいです.そして楽しいです。私は主人に去年に東京へ行きました。 (what I tried to say!) I am Helen. I live in London. I have studied Japanese for about a year. I think Japanese is interesting and fun. My husband and I visited to Tokyo last year. My Japanese is still very basic but I ...