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by Jack W
Fri 01.07.2011 9:54 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Which "I" to use?
Replies: 8
Views: 3693

Re: Which "I" to use?

Thanks for your explanation -- and this is really interesting, by the way. So it's not about me, but about the person or persons I'm addressing, and the situation I and they are in. As I sat here and thought about it, I could imagine situations where I could make either 私 or 僕 work, depending on how...
by Jack W
Fri 01.07.2011 8:12 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Which "I" to use?
Replies: 8
Views: 3693

Re: Which "I" to use?

This is the question I always wanted to ask, but was afraid to. Finally someone else has asked it, so I don't have to. :D My situation is rather different from the OP's, since I'll be 43 soon. So I was sort of thinking that 私 should be my personal pronoun of choice. The spoken Japanese that I have h...
by Jack W
Wed 01.05.2011 2:37 pm
Forum: 英語の練習
Topic: big alphabet?
Replies: 10
Views: 8832

Re: big alphabet?

I would say the "big alphabet" has to do not with the plans themselves, but with the labelling of the plans. The idea is that there are 26 letters in our "big alphabet" (which is pretty small compared to the Russian alphabet, to say nothing of the Japanese syllabary, but that's another story). I cal...
by Jack W
Tue 01.04.2011 1:26 am
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: tanoshii / ureshii / yorokobu
Replies: 12
Views: 8719

Re: tanoshii / ureshii / yorokobu

Actually that's quite interesting. Probably one of the reasons I was first drawn to the word "rejoice" was because of its religious overtones. Anyway, I've put some more thought into this, though I really should stop. :doh: I did Google searches on the real-life musicians that NileCat mentioned. Of ...
by Jack W
Mon 01.03.2011 1:06 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: I have to
Replies: 8
Views: 5197

Re: "I have to go to the bank"

I'll take a stab at this. You are correct that there's a negative here: in fact, there are two negatives. Ginkou e ika na kute wa ike masen . Ginkou e ika na kute wa ike nai . Ginkou e ika na kucha ike nai . My understanding is that these are all equivalent, in forms that get successively more collo...
by Jack W
Sun 12.19.2010 3:27 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: what is the difference between the 3 conditionnal structures
Replies: 3
Views: 2726

Re: what is the difference between the 3 conditionnal struct

Sorry to butt in here, but I think by by the way thi kinda silly but to make the difference between aemasu and aimasu noticeable when pronouncing em? ... wajdi might have meant, "HOW do you make the difference between aemasu and aimasu noticeable when pronouncing them?" To keep the answers straightf...
by Jack W
Sat 12.18.2010 4:00 pm
Forum: 英語の練習
Topic: About a grammatical term
Replies: 5
Views: 6524

Re: About a grammatical term

Not sure how much help I can be, but since you were so helpful in my other thread, I'd like to help if I can. :) To be honest, I've never wondered what sentence-ending particles like ね or よ were called. Now that you mention the word "gobi," I think I've heard that word, but would never have come up ...
by Jack W
Sat 12.18.2010 11:06 am
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: tanoshii / ureshii / yorokobu
Replies: 12
Views: 8719

Re: tanoshii / ureshii / yorokobu

I think I'm finally coming to my senses here. As I often do, I've overthought this completely. Here we have a nonexistent character in a nonexistent situation, who would be speaking real Japanese (if he existed, which again he doesn't), whose nonexistent words I am trying to put into English. And I ...
by Jack W
Fri 12.17.2010 7:54 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: tanoshii / ureshii / yorokobu
Replies: 12
Views: 8719

Re: tanoshii / ureshii / yorokobu

Well, this is certainly a lot of information. I see I have many things to think about, but I wanted at least to write back to thank you for taking the time to answer, while I think about it all. :) EDIT: I've cut most of my original post since it's a moot point now. I just watched an anime episode i...
by Jack W
Thu 12.16.2010 11:39 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: tanoshii / ureshii / yorokobu
Replies: 12
Views: 8719

Re: tanoshii / ureshii / yorokobu

Good point about the outwardness vs. inwardness of the rejoicing. I guess I was thinking less of an outward celebration and more of an inward rejoicing, though one as strong as I had in mind would be all but impossible to suppress outwardly. I do know that "It makes us happy" or "we are glad" would ...
by Jack W
Thu 12.16.2010 9:08 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: tanoshii / ureshii / yorokobu
Replies: 12
Views: 8719

tanoshii / ureshii / yorokobu

Recently I read the entry for 楽しい in Akira Miura's book Japanese Words and Their Uses, which says that this word is best used for a "sustained state of happiness," and that 嬉しい is the correct choice for "momentary joy." So far so good, but what I'm wondering is where the verb 喜ぶ enters in with all t...
by Jack W
Sat 07.18.2009 7:07 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Heisig, RTK Experiment
Replies: 121
Views: 43678

Re: Heisig, RTK Experiment

I got lazy in a different way, in that the combination of end-of-semester madness at the college I teach at, making the annual temporary move for my summer job, and taking a Japanese class (!) really slowed me down in adding cards. While it took me about 2-2.5 months to get to the halfway point, get...
by Jack W
Fri 04.24.2009 11:42 am
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Heisig, RTK Experiment
Replies: 121
Views: 43678

Re: Heisig, RTK Experiment

Sorry for the thread necromancy, but I just thought I'd mention that I'm still on the same "experiment" about which Dustin opened this thread, and at the moment am a little past the "halfway" point. I'll cross 1100 kanji indexed this weekend or early next week. I've had to slow down quite a bit with...
by Jack W
Wed 02.04.2009 5:49 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Heisig, RTK Experiment
Replies: 121
Views: 43678

Re: Heisig, RTK Experiment

Actually I just spent some time on the Reviewing the Kanji webpage -- and I think I'm finally beginning to get it. Sometimes it pays just to "follow the directions," and this may be one of those times. :) I found it didn't hurt too much to make up my own stories for those of the first 70 kanji that ...
by Jack W
Wed 02.04.2009 3:56 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Heisig, RTK Experiment
Replies: 121
Views: 43678

Re: Heisig, RTK Experiment

Well, this is why I'm posting here -- if I'm making mistakes, or in for some trouble, I might as well find out now. Why am I focused on the readings? Because I thought that was too important to be put off much longer. I am very open to being persuaded otherwise. I suppose I can live with writing "st...