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Hello everyone! I have a question!

Postby Azurerider » Thu 03.16.2006 6:49 pm

Well, first of all, Hi!. I'm new to this site. Please forgive any grammer\spelling mistakes I may have, as english is not my native language. I am glad to be here, as I find japanese so far very interesting.

Anyway....I have 2 questions.

In english, many times we cannot tell if the subject is male or female. For example, if I say: 'someone is eating' there is no telling if it's a male or female.
However, in Arabic and Hebrew, there is a difference, and the verb will be slightly changed, according to the sex of the subject.

So, my questions are-

In Japanese, Is there any difference in describing male and females?

And -

In Arabic\Hebrew, not only people are 'he' or 'she'. Animals, emotions, objects and more or less everything has a sex. What about Japanese?
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RE: Hello everyone! I have a question!

Postby Hensha » Thu 03.16.2006 7:35 pm

Yeah. Many languages like French, Spanish, etc. have a lot of Gender issues like La, Le, El, etc. but I don't think they do have anything like that in Japanese. English doesn't either. I don't think it matters quite much. You just have to consider that it might be both.

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RE: Hello everyone! I have a question!

Postby Sachi » Thu 03.16.2006 8:57 pm

Marcvs3 is right; there is no gender in Japanese.

There are different ways that males/females will say things, though.
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RE: Hello everyone! I have a question!

Postby keatonatron » Thu 03.16.2006 10:19 pm

Japanese is much more ambiguous. Another large difference is plurals. In English you can tell if the amount of items is 1 or 2+ (and in Arabic if the amount is 1, 2, or 3+), but in Japanese you don't know unless the speaker chooses to specify or you ask.
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RE: Hello everyone! I have a question!

Postby Azurerider » Sat 03.18.2006 1:26 pm

I see. Well, I have some other questions, but I guess I should post them in the proper forums. Anyway, thanks for your replies and answers!
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