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by spin13
Wed 05.08.2013 4:43 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: ぼく and おれ
Replies: 7
Views: 3302

Re: ぼく and おれ

I've seen two theories for the origin of おれ. One says that it is a corruption of われ, the other says it is a corruption of おのれ (which in turn is related to われ through the ending -れ). Use of these pronouns - by males and females - is all about context. A little girl using ぼく because she watches a lot ...
by spin13
Wed 03.06.2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Translating a scroll. Stuck but trying..
Replies: 3
Views: 2720

Re: Translating a scroll. Stuck but trying..

The first bit looks like an allusion to 明月上孤峰, a line from 景徳傳燈録, a text from the Zen canon originating in China. Even if the scroll is from Japan, the writing is essentially Chinese. It may not necessarily be Buddhist, but that's a good place to start looking.
by spin13
Tue 10.04.2011 12:20 am
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Korean Textbook after Learning Japanese?
Replies: 4
Views: 4327

Re: Korean Textbook after Learning Japanese?

Korean and Japanese are quite similar and knowing one gives you a definite advantage in learning the other. That said, Korean is difficult in its own right. It is phonetically challenging even for speakers of English and it preserves a wide range of grammar that does not exist or has fallen out of u...
by spin13
Wed 06.22.2011 1:08 am
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: Best areas of Tokyo, and where to study
Replies: 8
Views: 10436

Re: Best areas of Tokyo, and where to study

As I've never attended a Japanese language school I can't give you advice about that. Having talked with those who have, however, it's worth noting that one of the more common complaints is that many schools/classes are paced for native speakers of Korean and Chinese, both of whom have significant a...
by spin13
Wed 05.11.2011 12:47 am
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: Speaking too much English in Japan
Replies: 9
Views: 7813

Re: Speaking too much English in Japan

Join any kind of club or lesson. frequent a small local restaurant with lots of regulars. Become a regular yourself I second both of those. Not only will you have a lot more opportunities to use Japanese, I think you'll have a richer Japanese experience in general. Joining a martial arts dojo or a ...
by spin13
Fri 05.06.2011 2:06 am
Forum: General off topic
Topic: Sad news about SS.
Replies: 33
Views: 26883

Re: Sad news about SS.

「世界には涙を流すことのできない哀しみというのが存在するのだ。それは誰に向かっても説明することができないし、たとえ説明できたとしても、誰にも理解してもらうことのできない種類のものなのだ。その哀しみはどのような形に変えることもできず、風のない夜の雪のようにただ静かに心に積もっていくだけのものなのだ。」

*sigh*
by spin13
Mon 05.02.2011 2:17 am
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: What is the hardest for you as a Japanese learner?
Replies: 9
Views: 6889

Re: What is the hardest for you as a Japanese learner?

It's hard to look back and accurately describe what was the most troublesome for me. The mind plays tricks and it's hard to conceive that what seems all so simple now could have possibly been a source of trouble in the past. Still, there were a few things that plagued me for long enough I can put my...
by spin13
Sat 04.23.2011 12:28 pm
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: Should I go or should I stay?
Replies: 6
Views: 5044

Re: Should I go or should I stay?

Tokyo has, for the most part, returned to normal. A newcomer might be shocked at the amount and magnitude of earthquakes still going on, but many of us have become used to them. Radiation from the Fukushima plants remains a potential issue though in daily life it's fairly out of sight, out of mind r...
by spin13
Sun 03.13.2011 9:24 pm
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: 9.0 Magnitude hits Japan (Miyagi Prefecture)
Replies: 97
Views: 42465

Re: 8.9 Magnitude hits Japan (Miyagi Prefecture)

Today at work we were briefed that our offices in the Tohoku region were receiving power. I don't know how widespread the power is, but even a little should be some help in the relief effort. Eastern Japan, including parts of Tokyo, is going on a power-sharing plan - each target area will turn off t...
by spin13
Wed 02.23.2011 9:51 pm
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: Working Holiday: Insurance
Replies: 3
Views: 3459

Re: Working Holiday: Insurance

Not being from a country eligible for working holiday visas in Japan, I don't know the details but I believe anybody with an Alien Registration Card can sign up for the National Health Insurance (国民健康保険, 国保 for short). Once you've established residence, swing by your local ward/city office and they'...
by spin13
Wed 02.23.2011 9:46 pm
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: Cost of living in Tokyo?
Replies: 9
Views: 13046

Re: Cost of living in Tokyo?

In that sense, “hobby and entertainment” would be the one that has the widest range. I agree. Things add up really quickly and it's easy to spend more than you planned. Alcohol is quite expensive and even if you don't drink a lot, you'll have to be careful with large gatherings where, if there's so...
by spin13
Wed 01.05.2011 12:59 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Godan verbs that end いる/える
Replies: 5
Views: 4596

Re: Godan verbs that end いる/える

In standard, modern Japanese you only have to worry about the following verbs (kanji may vary) and perhaps a few uncommon stragglers: 五段 要る 入る 切る 走る 知る 罵る 散る 帰る 返る 覆る 蹴る 照る 練る 捻る 減る 湿る Be careful of the few words that have the same pronunciation as the above but are 一段 verbs: 一段 居る 着る 変える 寝る 経る 閉める ...
by spin13
Sun 12.12.2010 10:25 pm
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: PhD in English Language and Literature at a Tokyo University
Replies: 8
Views: 7346

Re: PhD in English Language and Literature at a Tokyo Univer

If I pass that test (something like JLPT) I will automatically receive a full scholarship from the Japanese government to study in Japan. It sounds like you're talking about the Monbusho (MEXT) scholarship. I thought there was a lot more to it than just taking a language test but if you can get it,...
by spin13
Tue 11.30.2010 1:49 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: working in
Replies: 9
Views: 3630

Re: A colleague is working in Okinawa

Nowadays it’s rare to see people who have such strong dialect, though. I'd guess that all the people with really strong accents are in at least their 70's or 80's. Anybody younger can usually differentiate ひ and し, even if they don't regularly. I still remember the first time I really noticed the p...
by spin13
Mon 11.29.2010 4:03 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: working in
Replies: 9
Views: 3630

Re: A colleague is working in Okinawa

micahcowan wrote:As NocturnalOcean points out, it's "hito".
It may be spelled ひと but where I live (東京下町) it is pronounced しと.