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by xdj220
Thu 06.16.2005 1:02 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Naze and Doushite...?
Replies: 8
Views: 5628

RE: Naze and Doushite...?

Just an observation - I almost never hear people use naze. Maybe it's just them being polite, but 'doushite' is almost always used instead. Also 'nande' is used pretty often as a stand-alone way to say why. I think saying 'naze da' as another stand-alone why is one of the more common ways to use it.
by xdj220
Tue 05.31.2005 12:47 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Particles/Conjunctions
Replies: 2
Views: 1530

RE: Particles/Conjunctions

There aren't really THAT many particles and conjunctions, as they frequently overlap in their usage, here's a short, incomplete list of the most useful ones: wa - normal subject particle ga - emphatic subject particles, lots of verb or tense specific uses ni - directional/indirect object particle, t...
by xdj220
Tue 05.31.2005 12:35 am
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: Classical Writing - Right to Left
Replies: 8
Views: 2373

RE: Classical Writing - Right to Left

Well, as far as why they do it, I think it's pretty much a mystery to everyone, but it seems to me that characters are a bit easier to read (handwritten) when they are going top to bottom, as it is easier to distinguish between them. That style of writing seems to be rapidly dying out in Japan, thou...
by xdj220
Sun 05.22.2005 2:19 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Verbs
Replies: 11
Views: 3131

RE: Verbs

No, there is no verb/subject agreement like in most Romance and Germanic languages. There are a tremendous number of verb suffixes to learn though. The different forms of verbs actually change the meaning in some way, they aren't just cosmetic.
by xdj220
Sat 05.21.2005 3:40 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Verbs
Replies: 11
Views: 3131

RE: Verbs

It's much too large a topic to cover in a forum post (or even in a single textbook, for that matter) but here is a very brief explanation. Verbs in Japanese are generally categorized for the student as -u and -ru verbs (though, don't call them that to a native speaker, they will just look at your wi...
by xdj220
Sat 05.21.2005 2:51 am
Forum: Anime and Manga Discussions
Topic: Anime Favorites
Replies: 55
Views: 11610

RE: Anime Favorites

Ah, I think I'll just do a list of my 10 favorite animes, since there's so damned many:
1). GTO
2). Irresponsible Captain Tylor
3). Samurai X
4). Berserk
5). Juuni Kokki (12 Kingdoms)
6). Full Metal Alchemist
7). Full Metal Panic - Fumoffu
8). Bleach
9). Samurai Champloo
10). Cowboy Bebop
by xdj220
Sat 05.21.2005 2:46 am
Forum: Anime and Manga Discussions
Topic: Favorite Manga
Replies: 24
Views: 5695

RE: Favorite Manga

#1 favorite? Ugh, that's hard ><
Probably GTO, followed closely by Berserk, Bokko, and Jiraishin. Bleach is pretty good too, but not quite up there with the rest. Oh, and Ruroni Kenshin must get a mention simply for containing Hajime Saito.
by xdj220
Fri 05.20.2005 7:47 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Is this correct grammer?
Replies: 3
Views: 1710

RE: Is this correct grammer?

That's closer, but your particles are still wrong. It shouldn't be o ... Also some of your word order is still wrong (around 'no')
by xdj220
Fri 05.20.2005 4:08 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: A Difference?
Replies: 8
Views: 2668

RE: A Difference?

Remember that e and ni are ONLY interchangable when you're talking about verbs involving movement, like iku, kuru, kaeru, etc. If you change the ni to an e with any other verbs, it's flat out wrong.
by xdj220
Fri 05.20.2005 4:06 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Is this correct grammer?
Replies: 3
Views: 1710

RE: Is this correct grammer?

Variand wrote: Santa-san!!! Nani nedan o meibo de warui na josei ka? im trying to translate a funny saying for a penpal, but i dont think i got the correct grammer in there. the qoute goes: "Hey, Santa. How much for your list of naughty girls?" i think i got the subject and object reversed, and i d...
by xdj220
Fri 05.20.2005 3:58 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: なんなの?何だこりゃ?
Replies: 13
Views: 4292

RE: なんなの?何だこりゃ?

Okay, nobody here has really explained it properly, so here's how it is: In Japanese, in order to try to convey strong emotions, or make someone feel empathy for you (or something like that) you add -n, or no to the END of the verb or adjective, no matter what tense it is in. This is indeed a VERY c...
by xdj220
Fri 05.20.2005 3:49 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Chan/San
Replies: 2
Views: 1306

RE: Chan/San

-chan is strictly for use with good friends (usually female), and young children. -san is safest. -kun is similar to -chan, but more commonly used, and wouldn't really be considered as rude, so much as informal. -sama is for use with people way above you, or who you greatly respect. -dono is sort of...
by xdj220
Thu 05.19.2005 11:45 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: ichibann sukina kyoku wo okurimasu
Replies: 4
Views: 3706

RE: ichibann sukina kyoku wo okurimasu

When you're looking a verb up in a J/E dictionary, you have to look for the dictionary form of the verb. It's usually pretty easy to figure out the dictionary form - if it has an i before the -masu change the imasu into a u and you have the dictionary form. If there is no i, just change 'masu' to 'r...
by xdj220
Thu 05.19.2005 11:39 pm
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: how to turn a text file into an image file?
Replies: 4
Views: 1356

RE: how to turn a text file into an image file?

Use that fancy text box thing in, say, MS Paint, and paste it in. Or use Adobe Acrobat to turn it into a .pdf file which can then easily be changed into various image types(better idea if you have it).
by xdj220
Wed 05.18.2005 3:47 pm
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: pronounciation
Replies: 5
Views: 2062

RE: pronounciation

For mother, if it's your mother, you'd say Haha, or Hahaoya if you're being more formal.

The general word for mother is okaasan, spelled o-[kanji for mother]-san

The other pronounciations you listed are more specific and used in less common compound words.