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Re: I need a few phrases

Postby Fenderboy » Sun 04.19.2009 10:26 pm

kurisuto wrote:
astaroth wrote:Depends on what you want to say, but I guess the casual どうしたの? or the formal どうしましたか。 was what you were looking for.


I agree with Astaroth, but you would have to give a bit more context. "What's your problem ?" can be either something like "is there something that's bothering you/can I help you ?", but it could also be "do you wanna fight ?", so, no need to say "doushita no" wouldn't really fit in that case.

Yeah I probably should have specified, sorry. So for a more looking to fight feel it would be doushita no correct?
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Re: I need a few phrases

Postby furrykef » Sun 04.19.2009 11:14 pm

kurisuto wrote:He was right, and modest for having doubted he was :)


Actually, I nearly made a mistake... just before posting I had conjugated the -te form of yomu as "yomite" rather than "yonde". So I am definitely not immune to beginner mistakes. :P (The thing that tipped me off was that the IME kept wanting to spell "yomite" as 読み手 rather than 読みて... after pondering for a minute I realized that 読みて isn't a word XD)
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Re: I need a few phrases

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Sun 04.19.2009 11:29 pm

furrykef wrote:(The thing that tipped me off was that the IME kept wanting to spell "yomite" as 読み手 rather than 読みて... after pondering for a minute I realized that 読みて isn't a word XD)


Well, it technically is, just one that would normally be written as 読み手 (the term is most often used in reference to the person who reads the poems in a game of karuta).
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Re: I need a few phrases

Postby kurisuto » Mon 04.20.2009 8:34 am

Fenderboy wrote:So for a more looking to fight feel it would be doushita no correct?


First, a little disclaimer, since we're talking about beginning a fight, basic rules of politeness aren't really respected :wink: .

Now, that's just me, I wouldn't use doushita at all. But speaking of that, something comes to my mind that may interest you : when I started studying Japanese, I tried to learn the basics of yakuza Japanese, and I came across a sentence I stil remember. The literal translation is not "what's your problem ?", but it sure conveys the same meaning : 見せもんじゃねえ (just in case, the kanji is read "mi"). It's more something like, although not exactly, "what you looking at ?", and is very rough slang.

Closer to "what's your problem", you could have "問題あるか" (mondai aru ka).
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Re: I need a few phrases

Postby AJBryant » Mon 04.20.2009 2:29 pm

As for starting a fight... hm.

When I got my license plate for my car, I wanted to get a vanity plate. I came >thisclose< to asking for this:

NAN DA YO


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Re: I need a few phrases

Postby astaroth » Mon 04.20.2009 4:02 pm

Could have you got in hiragana? That'd be cool! Though (almost) no one would have understood why to be angry ...
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Re: I need a few phrases

Postby two_heads_talking » Mon 04.20.2009 4:13 pm

astaroth wrote:Could have you got in hiragana? That'd be cool! Though (almost) no one would have understood why to be angry ...



Not in the US you couldn't.. Alphanumeric text only.
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Re: I need a few phrases

Postby AJBryant » Tue 04.21.2009 12:16 am

I like the idea that only Japanese people driving behind me would get it. :)

My actual plate reads "SENGOKU"
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Re: I need a few phrases

Postby astaroth » Tue 04.21.2009 11:01 am

AJBryant wrote:My actual plate reads "SENGOKU"

戦国時代 I suppose ...
That's a cool plate, though I think many would take you for a Dragon Ball fan or something ...
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Re: I need a few phrases

Postby AJBryant » Tue 04.21.2009 11:50 am

astaroth wrote:
AJBryant wrote:My actual plate reads "SENGOKU"

戦国時代 I suppose ...
That's a cool plate, though I think many would take you for a Dragon Ball fan or something ...


Actually, a few people have thought that, and asked me about it. :)


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Re: I need a few phrases

Postby astaroth » Tue 04.21.2009 11:53 am

AJBryant wrote:Actually, a few people have thought that, and asked me about it. :)

Of sengoku jidai or of dragon ball?

By the way it's the first time I thought of 戦国 being of 戦争 and not of 千国 ... probably because it's the first time I'm actually realizing the kanji used ...
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Re: I need a few phrases

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Tue 04.21.2009 12:23 pm

Dragon Ball is "son goku", not "sengoku", but I guess not everyone would know that.
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