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Dec. 23rd, 2006

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500 Years Later...

Wow! I just looked and realized I had 51 members! I totally have forgotten about this community. Please feel free to post whatever. I've kind of let it become a free-for-all and why not? Asking questions can be the best way to learn a language, ne? I had hoped to create something of an archive of grammar points and vocabulary so feel free to post anything. I'll try to memory stuff that's important.

Sorry for being such a slacker ><


Also, I am officially an Advanced II learner of the language. This doesn't mean that I'm perfectly fluent. I forget grammar all the time, my speaking skills leave a lot to be imagined and I forget how to write kanji all the time. But language is a constant learning process. One needs to constantly be going over grammar points. So if you have any questions, I'll do my best to help out!


Games/reading for kana/kanji/vocabulary practice

Does anybody knows about games in flash or not to practice kana/kanji and vocabulary?
I´m not talking about kana flashcards like in www.realkana.com. But some kind of videogames.
Specially kana, since I´ve just learn´d them all but haven´t started studying kanji yet. 

And about a way to start reading in japanese, like some kind of book for children or easy-reading manga?

Tks again for your help.

Jun. 19th, 2006


Japanese - Portuguese learning exchange

Hi, I´m native portuguese and I´m a Basic I japanese student.

I was wandering if there could be anyone (preferably native japanese) studying portuguese who speaks japanese and english, interested in a pen-friend kind of mail(?) exchange for practicing the new language.
Domo arigato gozaimasu.


My other lj user: mpav

Apr. 24th, 2006



Kanji meaning inquiry

In the interest of finding kanji that phonetically spell out my last name for kendo (in which a person has the option of having their name spelled out in kanji in official tournaments and on their armor) and I'd like to know what these two characters together mean, just to make sure it doesn't mean anything bad. Phonetically they sound out as "Karahan" the approximate transliteration of "Callahan" and are made of the characters for "Sky" (also can mean empty) and "Sort." Any quick feedback from Japanese speakers would be greatly appreciated, as I was told to check the meaning before deciding on one.

Edit: A different version based on suggestions, just to make sure I didn't mess anything up again, using the same first symbol as before and replacing the second with "half"

Apr. 2nd, 2006

I love RK


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I was reading a doujinshi and came across this: そんなっかり

I know what "sonna" and "kari" mean by themselves, but with the baby-tsu stuck inbetween them, is there any good translation for "sonnakkari"?

Also in the same doujinshi, I saw this: やめようよ

If I am not mistaken, "yameru" can mean stop pr end something but what about "yameyou yo"? Just a bit confusing!

Mar. 21st, 2006

UsoNam I love him kthx!



Hey guys, I need a little advice! My brother is getting tattoos for his 18th birthday coming up and he told me he wanted three Kanji on his side, the Kanji for Life, Love, and Death, because he says 'You LIVE to LOVE and then you DIE' makes sense to me! And sounds very poetic. I'm not too good with Kanji yet so I'm unsure of all the many on-yomi and kun-yomi readings but I was wondering if these three together would make up a totally different word or meaning that he doesn't mean to convey. This is what I came up with:


Although isn't '生' also used for 'Life'? And would it be better to use '生活' instead of '命'

Any and all help is appreciated!

Crossposted@ daruma

Jan. 8th, 2006

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に from/to

にin this sense indicated the direction of action to a certain goal. For instance:

AはBに花をあけます。 A gives a flower to B.
AはBに花をもらいます。 B recieves a flower to A.

あげる and もらう mean to give and to recieve. Of course these sentences aren't restricted to only these two verbs.

Also, から(from) maybe be used instead of に.

(私は)ともだちにえんぴつをかります。 I borrowed a pencil from my friend.

Dec. 11th, 2005

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Particle は: Marking Contrastive Elements

If you want to create sentence in which the first of the part the sentence states one thing yet the second sentence states another you want to use は to mark the contrastive elements in the sentence.

I like Christmas but I don't like Halloween.

I gave a Vuitton to Katharina and I gave a Dior to Ella.

Notice how in this sentence は was connected to に however は is never attached to を and が.
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~なら Part I: Explaining or Giving Advice

If you want to explain something to someone you can use ~なら. This carries the implication that what you are saying is what the speaker expects. When you say something that is the opposite you simple use は.


A-san: ヴイットンはどこですか。
     Where is the Vuitton store at?

B-san: ヴイットンなら、トキハの中にあります。
As for the Vuitton store, it is inside the Tokiwa.

So as you see, when used this way either ~なら or は takes the meaning "as for."

If the same question above was asked yet the speaker didn't know, は is used. The idea is that since the speaker was expecting directions on how to get to the Vuitton store, B-san saying he doesn't know would be contrary to what A-san expects.

ヴイットン、知りません。As for the Vuitton store, I don't know.

Dec. 6th, 2005

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Interrogative + か / も / でも

By attaching か,も or でも to the end of an interrogative it forms a new meaning. Following an interrogative with か gives it the meaing of some. With も it means every in affirmative sentences and no in negative. でも yields the meaning any.

Interrogative + か + も + も + でも
    Affirmative Negative  





anything (and everything),








no one


anyone, whoever
いつ いつか


always, all the time


anytime, whenever
どこ どこか




anywhere, wherever
どれ どれか

one of them

every one, everything,

all of them

none of them

any of them,

whichever one
どちら どちらか

either of two

both of them

neither of them

either of them,

whichever of the two

どんな食べ物がすきですか。What kind of food do you like?
  何でも好きです。 I like everything.

いつ東京へ行きませんか? When you do want to go to Tokyo?
いつでもいいです。 Anytime is fine.

何か飲みませんか。 Shall we drink something?
  ええ、飲みましょう。 Yes, let's drink.

どちらが安かったですか。 Which is cheaper?
  どちらもやすくなかったです。 Neither of them are cheaper.

The thing that makes this topic a little difficult is when the particles に, へ, から, まで are part of the sentences containing the interrogative construction. When this happens they fall in between.

みんなに会いますか。Will you see everyone?
  いいえ、だれも会いませよ。 No, I won't see anyone.

If the particle を is used however it is dropped.

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