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awarded Supporter
Mar
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comment What does かなり actually mean?
Thank you. This is exactly the answer I was looking for.
Mar
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accepted What does かなり actually mean?
Mar
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comment What does かなり actually mean?
My real question is, does inserting かなり strengthen an assertion (like quite) or weaken it (like fairly)? Or, how can you tell what someone wants to do if it can do either?
Mar
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comment What does かなり actually mean?
I have some trouble with this concept. Fairly and quite seem to be used in nearly opposite situations ("quite certain" expresses a high degree of confidence, while "fairly certain" a low degree), so how would anyone ever know what you meant when you said かなり if it means either one? I usually insert "fairly" before "certain" into a sentence to give the impression that I could be wrong, while I insert "quite" to assure the other person I know what I am talking about. How can かなり serve both purposes?
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asked What does かなり actually mean?
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awarded Yearling
Jan
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comment 'Haha' over 'lol' -Do natives consider 'hahaha' as an offensive gesture?
It might be worth mentioning that "out loud" doesn't mean "loud." "out loud" simply means "audibly." "Lol" originally signified something funny enough to actually make you laugh, but it seems to have degenerated to merely suggesting the statement you are responding to is funny.
Oct
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comment Why is Austin spelled with an オ?
@snailboat. That is interesting. Thank you.
Oct
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comment Why is Austin spelled with an オ?
Surprisingly, I think I would naturally spell each of your examples of カ and キャ words exactly as you have shown them to be spelled. Generally, it seems to me that キャ is used for front vowels, while カ is for the back vowels. Notice that cut has an open-mid back unrounded vowel (ʌ), while cat, carrot, and carrier all have a near-open front unrounded vowel (æ) or (in some dialects of English) an open mid front unrounded vowel (ɛ).
Oct
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awarded Commentator
Oct
26
comment Why is Austin spelled with an オ?
I guess my question really stems from the fact that I have been spelling my last name with an ア even though I pronounce the first vowel in Austin exactly as I do the first vowel in my last name. This made me question my entire understanding of Japanese kana pronunciation and the spelling I chose for my last name. I do agree, though, that memorization is more important than knowing why.
Oct
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comment Why is Austin spelled with an オ?
@Sjiveru Good to know I'm not insane about the pronunciation of Austin. Just to make sure my pronunciation of kana is also sane, would you agree that the way you pronounce the au in Austin is closer to ア than オ?
Oct
25
comment Why is Austin spelled with an オ?
I guess father-bother merger is what keeps Austin from having a rounded vowel, at least the way my friends and I say it. So, is the answer to this question really just that father/bother merger is responsible for my pronunciation of Austin seeming closer to あ than お?
Oct
25
comment Why is Austin spelled with an オ?
I really can't hear a difference at all in the way I pronounce the vowel in cot and the vowel in Austin. I don't think that is abnormal here.
Oct
25
comment Why is Austin spelled with an オ?
@3to5businessdays Those pronunciations don't seem correct to me (someone living in Austin). I don't know anyone who pronounces Austin with a rounded vowel. ɐ seems far more appropriate than ɒ to me.
Oct
25
comment Why is Austin spelled with an オ?
After some research, it appears that only Australia uses a rounded vowel in cot. They use an open o, ɔ. Other dialects use a near open ɒ. American English (which I speak) uses the open ɑ.
Oct
25
comment Why is Austin spelled with an オ?
I may be wrong (I'm not totally familiar with linguistic terms or the unmerged cot and caught), but in languages without cot-caught merger, isn't caught rounded, while cot isn't? Edit: Never mind I was wrong.
Oct
25
asked Why is Austin spelled with an オ?
Oct
8
accepted What is meant/implied by "じゃないんだからね"?
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