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by keatonatron
Sat 10.09.2010 2:21 pm
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: Important points when writing in Japanese
Replies: 135
Views: 94916

Re: Important points when writing in Japanese

I'm glad to see I'm still causing a ruckus, even from "beyond the grave".
by keatonatron
Fri 02.05.2010 10:54 pm
Forum: Genki Textbook
Topic: Quick question on いく and くる
Replies: 14
Views: 11439

Re: Quick question on いく and くる

I can be at home, call school, and say 田中さんきましたか? In this case, I'm not asking if Tanaka-san came to where I am. Or if I am asking about a friend's party, I can ask if people きた, when I wasn't there. In these examples, you are projecting yourself. When you call the school, your voice is at the scho...
by keatonatron
Fri 02.05.2010 11:03 am
Forum: Genki Textbook
Topic: Quick question on いく and くる
Replies: 14
Views: 11439

Re: Quick question on いく and くる

chikara wrote: 私はあなたにきます means "I come to you".
This is a bit confusing because "I come to you" is perfectly fine in English.

In Japanese, いく can only mean away from yourself, whereas くる can only mean towards yourself.
by keatonatron
Mon 02.01.2010 7:21 pm
Forum: General off topic
Topic: Axis and Allies
Replies: 181
Views: 49650

Re: Axis and Allies

I thought it said Jan not Jun.

Obivously your fault somehow :lol:
by keatonatron
Mon 02.01.2010 9:36 am
Forum: General off topic
Topic: Axis and Allies
Replies: 181
Views: 49650

Re: Axis and Allies

Valatunda wrote:Sorry, but I only succeeded in logging in today and I don’t think I’ve visited that site often either. For a long time I’ve been using another e-mail too. Anyway, I don’t feel I would like to play.
Thanks for posting a year later to tell us you won't be playing :wink:
by keatonatron
Sun 01.31.2010 1:20 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Gender differences in spoken Japanese
Replies: 39
Views: 20026

Re: Gender differences in spoken Japanese

ぜ is not a form of ね; it's just a sound variation of ぞ. (In my experience, neither men nor women use ぞ or ぜ much in real life outside of some common fixed phrases like やるぞ or 行くぞ, which are used both by men and women.) In my experience, it's not that rare :wink: My teacher liked to use ぞ whenever w...
by keatonatron
Sat 01.30.2010 7:00 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Gender differences in spoken Japanese
Replies: 39
Views: 20026

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. ぞ and ぜ are both quite masculine. The difference in usage is not based on gender; they are colloquial forms of よ and ね, and therefore the di...
by keatonatron
Thu 01.28.2010 12:37 am
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Babelfish and other translaters
Replies: 7
Views: 2946

Re: Babelfish and other translaters

Babelfish et al should really only be used to translate something into your native language so you can try to piece together the meaning. You should NEVER use it to translate something into a language that you are not familiar with, as it will ultimately take a large amount of effort to understand e...
by keatonatron
Mon 01.25.2010 12:59 am
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: わ...違うわで, a few more questions
Replies: 18
Views: 5647

Re: わ...違うわで, a few more questions

The わ are the common ending particle but the usage here is not the typical " female " particle. Here で introduces the reason of the following word ライバル視, why A sees B as a rival. And 「~わ~わ」 tells there're two reasons one is 何かとうまく行く and 性格も違う. And well, actually, it's an idiom in standard Japanese,...
by keatonatron
Sun 01.24.2010 10:45 am
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: わ...違うわで, a few more questions
Replies: 18
Views: 5647

Re: わ...違うわで, a few more questions

I thought the inclusion of the second "wa" before the "de" was rather strange, but upon looking on Google, I found that this "...wa...chigau wa de" is an apparently common construction. I assume it's kansai-ben; で is a common sentence-ender in Osaka and surrounding areas, but we don't use it here i...
by keatonatron
Fri 01.22.2010 11:24 am
Forum: Problems
Topic: testing
Replies: 2
Views: 5238

Re: testing

Phreadom, is that you?

Sorry buddy, but I'm going to have to ban you for having dual accounts :twisted:

By the way, I approved your post. Just so people can see that you're breaking the rules :P
by keatonatron
Thu 01.21.2010 10:45 am
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: "I'm always not here" vs. "I'm not here all the time"
Replies: 4
Views: 2623

Re: "I'm always not here" vs. "I'm not here all the time"

One way to express "I'm not here all the time" would be to switch it around and say "sometimes I'm not here".

You can also use the article は (wa) to show that "I'm not here always, but I am here a lot" (e.g. Itsumo wa inai keredo, kekkou imasu yo)
by keatonatron
Thu 01.21.2010 4:55 am
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Verbs
Replies: 6
Views: 2172

Re: Verbs

Like what Hektor said, I highly recommend Tae Kim's site. It was my main resource of self-study for the first couple of months. You can find it here:

http://www.guidetojapanese.org/

Just read each section in order, reviewing as you go along to make sure you don't forget anything.
by keatonatron
Sun 01.17.2010 7:30 am
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Japanese webpage limiter
Replies: 8
Views: 3117

Re: Japanese webpage limiter

Are you sure about that? When I go to Google.com, then Settings → Search Settings, I see the option to set Search Language -> "Prefer pages written in these language(s):", which includes English as an option. :colonthree: Hmmm, I've seen the option in the search options page that lets you choose to...
by keatonatron
Sat 01.16.2010 10:10 am
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Japanese webpage limiter
Replies: 8
Views: 3117

Re: Japanese webpage limiter

Google.jp has a search option that allows you to limit your searches to Japanese only so I usually use that when it would make a difference. (You can chose either ウェブ全体から検索 or 日本語のページを検索 with each search.) It really frustrates me that it doesn't also include the option to only search English :x Hel...