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meanings of 「書{か}いてある」 and 「書かれている」

I think that these sentences might have similar meanings: 犬{いぬ}についての記事{きじ}が朝日{あさひ}新聞{しんぶん}に書いてあります。 犬についての記事が朝日新聞に書かれています。 I think that the direct translations are: There is an …

asked by user312440 14 votes
answered by user4092 1 vote

How can you express a "double causative"?

Made-up example to illustrate what I mean by "double causative", since that may be an abuse of terminology: Suppose your grandmother always forces your kids to eat okra, which they hate. You think …

asked by alcas 9 votes
answered by 非回答者 6 votes

Is おつかれさん "correct" Japanese to address to someone of lower status?

I have noticed in various environments that some people will sometimes, when speaking to someone of lower status, say おつかれさん instead of お疲れ様. Similarly one might here ご苦労さん instead of ご苦労様. I've …

word-choice usage politeness  
asked by ssb 8 votes
answered by hzen 3 votes

Is my Hiragana writing understandable?

I've started to begin writing Hiragana but I've seen many ways of writing them, usually I'm able to read the different ways of writing them but it keeps bothering me sometimes how mine and what I see …

hiragana handwriting  
asked by Roy 5 votes
answered by Earthliŋ 6 votes

How to say "let's start using our first names when we talk?"

I think that there are a lot of societal influences with regard to how to begin addressing a Japanese man with his first names. Please put the societal issue aside and just consider the linguistics of …

asked by user312440 4 votes
answered by Choko 4 votes

Exceptions in pronouncing the counter for minutes (分)

I'm learning the counter for minutes, which is 分. I know, there are several exceptions in reading this counter. 1 min = いっぷん 2 min = にふん 3 min = さんぷん 4 min = よんぷん 5 min = ごふん 6 min = ろっぷん 7 min =  …

readings counter-words time  
asked by Kazarp 4 votes
answered by Earthliŋ 5 votes

What is the implication when a girl refers to herself using "うち"? Is it meant to be more or less feminine? Neutral? Tomboyish?

I realize it is a kind of Kansai-ben but how does it compare to the other forms of "I" in terms of how they want to represent themselves?

meaning culture dialects  
asked by zeion 4 votes
answered by naruto 6 votes

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Japanese kanji with different meanings in Chinese

湯 in Japanese refers to "hot water." In Chinese, it means "soup." How common are kanji with different meanings in Chinese? Also, why do differences occur in the first place? Were the meanings in both …

kanji chinese  
asked by Alan C 11 votes
answered by Ken Li 13 votes

How to say "To start liking something"

As far as I know, one can say "I started doing X" by adding X-はじめました。 However, I don't think this applies to "to like", which is an adjective. So how to say for example "I started liking science"

grammar adjectives  
asked by miikaelf 7 votes
answered by Choko 9 votes
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