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by skrhgh3b
Sat 05.17.2008 2:35 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Kanji etymology
Replies: 10
Views: 4639

Re: Kanji etymology

I love Henshall's book. His mnemonics are useless - except for the occasional well known mnemonic that he freely lifts - but it is incredibly interesting and the only book of its kind in English that I know of. Sometimes etymologies are a great way to remember a character, more often than not they'r...
by skrhgh3b
Sat 04.19.2008 2:40 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Upper Intermediate
Replies: 7
Views: 2347

Re: Upper Intermediate

I would work through the Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese textbook if I were you. I wasn't a big fan of it (I wasn't a big fan of Nakama , either), but it'll prep you to begin to tackle Japanese texts on your own. Typically, when you reach an "advanced" stage, you begin to move beyond te...
by skrhgh3b
Sun 03.30.2008 3:41 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: where to put もう and まだ
Replies: 5
Views: 1560

Re: where to put もう and まだ

When compared to English, Japanese has a great deal of freedom in word order, especially the more informal styles of speech. When you're a beginner, you probably need to stick to set patterns, but "where should I put the adverb?" is nothing you need to lose sleep over. I have a more-often-than-not h...
by skrhgh3b
Sat 03.22.2008 6:53 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: The World
Replies: 5
Views: 1649

Re: The World

Japanese has synonyms too.... Imagine that!

If you're really distraught over what to say for "the world," I'm sure it's safe sticking with 世界.
by skrhgh3b
Sat 03.22.2008 6:43 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Tones? (I can't believe I'm even asking.)
Replies: 25
Views: 3653

Re: Tones? (I can't believe I'm even asking.)

I'm a Japanese-newbie. My book, Elementary Japanese: Vol. 1 by Yoko Hasegawa, Ph.d mentions the hashi=bridge or chopsticks thing but it dosen't go into anymore detail than that. It seems that the best way is to put as little stress as possible on things until you learn more and have more time to sp...
by skrhgh3b
Sat 03.22.2008 2:58 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Tones? (I can't believe I'm even asking.)
Replies: 25
Views: 3653

Re: Tones? (I can't believe I'm even asking.)

My point is it doesn't matter what you call it, or whether or not you associate pitch and stress as similar functions. I presume you know that 'similar' does not mean 'same'. If you learn it [the pitch of a word] by ear (as one must, it's not exactly book-teachable, even by your admission) then wha...
by skrhgh3b
Sat 03.22.2008 12:22 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Tones? (I can't believe I'm even asking.)
Replies: 25
Views: 3653

Re: Tones? (I can't believe I'm even asking.)

If you're using stress as an ad hoc word for accent, then that's OK, if not a little confusing. If you're equating the Japanese pitch-accent system with the English stress-accent system, then you're doing it wrong. On some level there is a difference, but it's a quibble, IMHO. Just like the differe...
by skrhgh3b
Fri 03.21.2008 9:10 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: なんか、なんて
Replies: 6
Views: 2424

Re: なんか、なんて

That would be a very strange sentence because there's a big imbalance in tone: you're saying you wanted something (ほしい) and then put it down (彼女なんか) in the same sentence. <something>+なんか shows you think very little of <something> for some reason and is inherently negative. Yeah, probably so. I'm ju...
by skrhgh3b
Fri 03.21.2008 7:26 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: なんか、なんて
Replies: 6
Views: 2424

Re: なんか、なんて

Both add negative emphasis to the preceeding word/phrase when used in the following patterns: <noun> + なんか <verb> + なんて examples: 子供の小遣いをビールに使うなんて.. "Using a kid's pocket money on beer! (what a low thing to do etc.)" 金なんか要らない! "I don't need money" (has a very strong/bitter tone about it) Yeah, but ...
by skrhgh3b
Fri 03.21.2008 7:22 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Tones? (I can't believe I'm even asking.)
Replies: 25
Views: 3653

Re: Tones? (I can't believe I'm even asking.)

Also, I have to admit that I'm TERRIBLE at stresses and tones, but the advice that my teacher gave to me has really helped. When thinking about how one should pronounce a first stress versus a second stress word, I always think of the difference between the english words CONtract (1st stress, a pap...
by skrhgh3b
Thu 03.20.2008 10:20 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: なんか、なんて
Replies: 6
Views: 2424

Re: なんか、なんて

Hahahah. Two of my favorite words in the language (口癖???), and I'm not even sure how to best explain it to another learner. I had this question myself for a long time, but basically picked up on their usage over time through friends and TV. But I'll give it a shot! なんか and なんて can be colloquial for ...
by skrhgh3b
Thu 03.20.2008 9:29 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Tones? (I can't believe I'm even asking.)
Replies: 25
Views: 3653

Re: Tones? (I can't believe I'm even asking.)

The thing about Japanese stresses is that even if you completely ignore them, you will still be understood perfectly. It's simply another facet of the language; many words that are spelled the same are pronounced (stressed) differently. I think the only way to really learn the different stresses is...
by skrhgh3b
Wed 03.19.2008 7:05 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Japanese in Mangaland
Replies: 30
Views: 8790

Re: Japanese in Mangaland

釣りでしょ? 「ロリコン」の意味を知らないのは、中学生までよね。 それより ピーちゃん、この本を買うより普通なふりがな付きのマンガを買って辞書で読んでみたらどうなの? そうするなら自分の好きにジャンルなどが選べると思うわ。 よければMSNとかであたしが大変なとこを手伝ってあげようとする。 You have to be a fairly advanced learner to read most manga, even with a dictionary. Not only do you have to have a good grasp on grammar to be comfortabl...
by skrhgh3b
Mon 03.17.2008 11:43 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Kanji Handwriting
Replies: 15
Views: 7701

Re: Kanji Handwriting

ah, sorry, i didn't click on that link...

it looks like it's turned into a pay-site, but it used to be free and luckily i downloaded all of their pdfs before they made the switch.

if you have access to a japanese bookstore, it's not difficult to find books on improving one's pen-ji.
by skrhgh3b
Mon 03.17.2008 10:25 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Japanese in Mangaland
Replies: 30
Views: 8790

Re: Japanese in Mangaland

I would recommend the two Mangajin's Basic Japanese Through Comics books, and to a lesser extent, Lammer's Japanese the Manga Way. Lammer's used to work for Mangajin magazine, apparently, so he follows the same format, but tackles the basic grammar points in a more systematic way. I wouldn't recomme...