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by jcdietz03
Fri 02.19.2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: 気持ち悪い as gross?
Replies: 8
Views: 3489

Re: 気持ち悪い as gross?

Kagome says this in Episode 1 of InuYasha. The fansub I watched says "This is gross," which fits in the context; not sure about the official subtitle or the dub. I didn't think it was unnatural.
by jcdietz03
Sat 01.30.2010 12:27 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Gender differences in spoken Japanese
Replies: 39
Views: 20228

Re: Gender differences in spoken Japanese

I have a related question:
Are there gender-related restrictions on sentence-end-particles ぜ or ぞ ?
My guess is women like ぞ and men like ぜ but I am not sure.
by jcdietz03
Tue 01.05.2010 7:08 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: A good way to learn vocabulary
Replies: 15
Views: 6887

Re: A good way to learn vocabulary

Words worth learning are: 1) Words in a Japanese textbook. Because A. They're carefully selected common words and B. They will be on the test 2) Words you hear or read. Because if you're reading the word, chances are you will see the word again sometime. Furthermore, authors have their pet vocabular...
by jcdietz03
Sat 11.14.2009 3:31 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Verb modifies Noun
Replies: 34
Views: 9394

Re: Verb modifies Noun

Relative clauses are our friends.

Titles of things are always nouns. You do not title works with complete sentences.
Ex.: Story of a Man vs This is the Story of a Man

You sometimes see the relative clause in titles of things, because the whole thing resolves as a noun.
Ex.: 空をかける少女
by jcdietz03
Wed 10.28.2009 8:10 pm
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: Sound effects in Japanese tv shows.
Replies: 11
Views: 7310

Re: Sound effects in Japanese tv shows.

I heard the crows say "BACAW." It got converted to BAKA - this is what the crows are saying (the character who spoke last is an idiot). Why the crows say AHO is beyond me - they don't say that in real life.
by jcdietz03
Tue 10.27.2009 10:37 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: What's the best way to say...
Replies: 42
Views: 12731

Re: What's the best way to say...

~てもいいですか。 -Asking for permission ~てもいいでしょうか。 -Same thing, a bit more polite. (でしょう is a little more polite than ですか) ~て下さい。 -A request 言いたい事の言い方は、私を聞かない方がいいですよ。 Giving and receiving: あげる - to give あなたは時には妹さんにおこづかいをあげますか。 Person giving -> は or が Person receiving -> に What is being transferred -> を もら...
by jcdietz03
Mon 10.26.2009 11:40 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: To (probably) discuss a lot of basics
Replies: 73
Views: 18815

Re: To (probably) discuss a lot of basics

There is a difference between explaining a grammar point and explaining every grammar point in every sentence. I don't know anyone who would do that. Here is someone who will explain every grammar point in every sentence. I'm not saying anyone should do this. I can't understand (most of) those sent...
by jcdietz03
Thu 10.22.2009 6:32 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: What's the best way to say...
Replies: 42
Views: 12731

Re: What's the best way to say...

Is there a thread for this type of thing? どちらの方がいいですか: (I'm trying to say "Which is better") Do I need to say どちらの方が一番いいですか。 "There are a lot of people in Boston." ボストンに人が多いです。 ボストンには人が多いです。 ボストンに人々が多いです。 ボストンはたくさん人々があります。 Does it sound better to say "A lot of people live in Boston"? How do you say ...
by jcdietz03
Mon 10.12.2009 6:10 pm
Forum: 英語の練習
Topic: The Next Person Game in English
Replies: 478
Views: 150007

Re: The Next Person Game in English

It's definition #5: 5. Recognition of achievement or superiority; honor. It asks that if I think education is more important than a lot of distinctions, correct? No, wrong. The next person thinks there is more to education than a just getting a string of distinctions. It is saying there are things i...
by jcdietz03
Fri 10.09.2009 9:55 pm
Forum: Genki Textbook
Topic: Where do you find the Genki Textbook?
Replies: 39
Views: 32080

Re: Where do you find the Genki Textbook?

They constantly try to figure new/better ways to organize and present information, or update the texts as necessary as language evolves. Maybe revisions are necessary from time to time. The class I go to, taught at Harvard Extension School, uses "Nakama." The first volume was written in 1998, the s...
by jcdietz03
Tue 10.06.2009 12:10 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Interrogatives Modifying Nouns? - どこか だれか なにか
Replies: 9
Views: 3705

Re: Interrogatives Modifying Nouns? - どこか だれか なにか

ペンが机の上にあります。
Pen is on the desk.
何か机の上にあります。
Something is on the desk.

What happened to the が !? Yeah it goes away when you use any of those words you mention in the OP. Other particles stay. I hope that helps.
by jcdietz03
Mon 10.05.2009 11:38 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Hiragana vs Kanji.....
Replies: 78
Views: 20860

Re: Hiragana vs Kanji.....

When I read this thread title, I think of the following: (I'm sorry, my Japanese is very bad)

でんせつ少女"A":ひらがなと漢字とどちらの方がいいですか。
ひらがな:ひらがなの方がいいですよ。
漢字:いいえ、漢字の方がいいですよ。
ひらがな:いいえ、ひらがなの方がいいですよ。
etc...
by jcdietz03
Mon 10.05.2009 9:34 pm
Forum: 英語の練習
Topic: A strange question about English
Replies: 52
Views: 33711

Re: A strange question about English

Thank you for that nice Wikipedia link, NileCat-san.
If I were writing that Wikipedia article, it would not say "grammars" once. I do not feel like editing it for the simple reason that some person will come along, think they are better than me, and undo my edit.
by jcdietz03
Wed 09.30.2009 1:08 am
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: Eating Natto
Replies: 77
Views: 29958

Re: Eating Natto

Ask your Japanese teacher where you can try Natto. Google search natto + your zipcode. I chose zipcodes where I work because it is a more populated area and has more Japanese restaurants than where I live. There is a Japanese restaurant Shabu Shabu Toki near where I work. I should try their "Natto M...
by jcdietz03
Tue 09.29.2009 5:32 am
Forum: 英語の練習
Topic: A strange question about English
Replies: 52
Views: 33711

Re: A strange question about English

English, of course. I thought it was a dead giveaway: I think it would be difficult to learn English as a foreign language because of the large number of exceptions. One I talked about earlier is words that cannot be plural. There are other problems with plurality too: Maybe I should update my profi...