How to Ask a Question

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Welcome to the forum!

We're all here for the same reason: we love the Japanese language. Some of us speak it very well, and some of us are just starting out.

To make life easier for everyone, I'd like to proffer a few suggestions.

While the soul of any forum such as this is exchanges of ideas, some ideas have already come up a hundred times. If you want to ask a question -- especially if you are new -- check the FAQ and do a search first to see if it has come up and been answered already.

Second, remember that context is important. If I ask "what does 'bat' mean?" and give no context for the question, there's no indication whether I don't know what the baseball stick is called, what that flying mouse is called, or even if I'm asking about the verb in the sentence "I'm going to bat it about for a while." Japanese works the same way. We need whole sentences, and situational context.

Also, remember that things don't literally translate. Depending on the situation, the "meaning" and the implications behind even a simple expression can be radically different. Think of the modern (slang) usage of "bad" or "sick" in English.

If we keep those things in mind, it'll be easier to understand and answer questions.

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