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then wat is this suppose to mean:
lets say if im killed by a ninja and i have 10 seconds more before i die..then my friends come along and i give them a clue "watashi wa hanashi ga mimasu".
i dont know if my sentence is correct or not though..
will my friends know that im talking about bridge or chopstick?
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And I think it would be more like:
ore...... *cough hack* hashi ga..... *hack hack spit* mitai....... *cough passout*
EDIT: hoshi, hashi, stars, chopsticks. whatever.
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How do you know If cleave means split apart or cling together? How do you know if park means a pretty place to hang out or a place to stick your car?
If someone runs at you with a sword and cries, "HASHI!" The first thought on my mind wouldn't be, "Bridge? Sorry man, I don't know where the bridge is." Nor would I reach for my chopsticks to fight the guy off.
Likewise, If a guy lay bleeding at my feet and said hashi, I wouldn't run into the nearest resutoran to fetch some hashi, I'd tear off my belt and try to make a tourniquet.
This is why many books advise against worrying about inflection, at least initially. If you speak uninflected any Japanese person will understand you because of context. And because different accents break the inflection rules and because Japanese people are used to dealing with people with different accents, they won't have a problem understanding you. But when you finally can speak with the proper inflection your Japanese will be "more" understandable and "more" natural sounding.
The main thing is don't try to learn inflection from books. Just listen carefully to Japanese people and pretend you're a monkey.
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Another word that has two different pitches is ame - rain or candy.
This makes things so gosh darn chinese :@
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