How to hold your paper when writing 日本語

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How to hold your paper when writing 日本語

Post by Cyborg Ninja » Thu 07.22.2010 1:21 am

I was once told by a professor that I should not slant my notebook paper while reading Japanese, because they do not have stylized or cursive (in a Western sense, obviously they have their own shorthands, please don't comment on this) writing. An English speaker would normally have their paper slanted when writing, especially for cursive. It seems hard to have the paper completely straight - is it really necessary? What's the normal way for Japanese natives?

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Re: How to hold your paper when writing 日本語

Post by two_heads_talking » Thu 07.22.2010 4:37 pm

Cyborg Ninja wrote:I was once told by a professor that I should not slant my notebook paper while reading Japanese,.....?
I'm sure you meant to say '....while writing Japanese.....' right?

I've seen students do it both ways. I know we have a few 'teachers' in our midst, perhaps they can offer some insight.

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Re: How to hold your paper when writing 日本語

Post by AJBryant » Thu 07.22.2010 5:10 pm

Holding paper "slanted" has nothing to do with cursive. Printing and cursive are both written on horizontal lines.

Slanting paper is for COMFORT.

Hold the paper however is comfy.

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Re: How to hold your paper when writing 日本語

Post by NileCat » Fri 07.23.2010 3:23 am

I too noticed the difference years ago. I found many of the returnees (brought up in the Western countries) were holding their paper slanted prominently.
We average Japanese people, of course, sometimes hold paper slanted.
Nevertheless,

1) It's not as comfortable as when we write English, bluntly speaking.
2) To some people who belong to older generation, it would look "improper", because it's not good when you write Japanese vertically in the traditional way.

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