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A few questions, of letters and other things...

Postby b4d0m3n » Tue 02.28.2006 2:50 am

One question I have recently had in my head is Japanese correspondence. How would you begin a letter in Japanese? Down here we write 'Dear...' or 'To whom it may concern...' and such like. What do they use in Nihon?

Another question is of writing characters. I'm well beyond the basics, but I've filled an elective at Uni with introductory Japanese. I'm fairly far into Kanji now, but the teacher is Japanese and damn does it help pronunciation-wise. Either way (I'm babbling), the point I am failing to make is about hiragana. I know all about the different 'fonts' of hiragana, the way a 'ki' and 'sa' differ when they're written by hand and such. But does it make a huge difference how said 'ki' is drawn (whether the 'tail' joins up with the 'body')? The teacher does it the traditional way, while I have to check myself, because I find it easier to write it the 'typed' way. There's, er, a question here somewhere.

But that letter thing, that's what I'm really curious about.
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RE: A few questions, of letters and other things...

Postby rodegia » Tue 02.28.2006 2:54 am

拝啓 (はいけい) is how you start a formal business letter.

I used to connect my tails, but I stopped for some reason. I've asked 国語先生s and they've said it doesn't matter, but not connected is better.
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RE: A few questions, of letters and other things...

Postby b4d0m3n » Tue 02.28.2006 3:35 am

haikei. Hmm. So, how would one say 'Dear sir/madam', or the equivalent? How is it used in practice and what does it translate to, roughly? Would one say Haikei Yamada-san, or something like that?
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RE: A few questions, of letters and other things...

Postby keatonatron » Tue 02.28.2006 6:01 am

There's a whole big bunch of ettiquete that goes with writing a letter. Lots of keigo and whatnot. Usually you just start by writing the person's name and then "様へ" (sama he):

田中様へ、

Sama is like "san" but more honorific, and "へ" means "to". As for the other stuff you have to include, I'll let someone else explain cuz I hardly ever use it B)

As always, I think it's important to not get too far ahead of oneself. If you learn a long string of keigo to use in letters but don't have any idea how keigo works... it might not actually be that helpful beause you won't be able to change it to fit your needs.
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RE: A few questions, of letters and other things...

Postby Harisenbon » Wed 03.01.2006 7:58 am

All of my business correspondences follow a fairly standard format, just because it's what I've gotten used to.

OO様

いつもお世話になっております。

(内容)

これからも、よろしくお願い致します。
OOより

But it all depends on who you're writing to, and it what context.
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RE: A few questions, of letters and other things...

Postby Mukade » Thu 03.02.2006 2:29 am

Most personal letters would follow this format:

○○さん/様へ (depending on how close you are to the person)

拝啓 (only in very formal letters)

Here, you'll want to insert some pithy comment about the seasons. This is incredibly ubiquitous in letter writing in Japan. Since the cold weather hasn't let up yet, you can say something like: 寒い日が続いておりますが、いかがお過ごしですか。

Next, write the body of your letter.

Finally, wrap it up with a comment like "give everyone my regards," "take care" or "I'm waiting for your response." 皆様にどうぞよろしく。

敬具 (again, only in very formal letters)

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RE: A few questions, of letters and other things...

Postby queshaw » Fri 10.05.2007 1:51 am

So, are you literally putting ○○ at the start of the line? Is it punctuation?
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RE: A few questions, of letters and other things...

Postby Infidel » Fri 10.05.2007 2:00 am

the circles would be ____ in English, as in, fill in the blank-san. or Mr. ____
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RE: A few questions, of letters and other things...

Postby queshaw » Fri 10.05.2007 2:18 am

Ah, so desu ka. Do you know how can I type that with windows IME?
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RE: A few questions, of letters and other things...

Postby doinkies » Fri 10.05.2007 4:42 pm

Type まる to get a bunch of circles such as ○, ●, ◎, and also the period, 。.
あなたが好きだと言ったこの街並みが
今日も暮れてゆきます
広い空と遠くの山々 二人で歩いた街
夕日がきれいな街
-森高千里 「渡良瀬橋」
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RE: A few questions, of letters and other things...

Postby queshaw » Fri 10.05.2007 6:38 pm

Thanks. There is no short cut? I can type the '.' key to get 。for example.

Would the other circles represent blanks in sentences as well?
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RE: A few questions, of letters and other things...

Postby Infidel » Fri 10.05.2007 11:16 pm

for me the period key = 。the comma key = 、 etc. but I type in kana mode.
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