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Wago and Kango 2

(In regards to the basic explanation of wago and kango, please read my previous entry: http://lang-8.com/144559/journals/565126/ ) I...
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Jul 31, 2010 12:24
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Too Many Apologies

When you come to Japan and talk with people, you will soon find that Japanese people often apologize. 「あ、ごめんなさい」, 「ごめん、ごめん」, 「すみません」, 「申...
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Jul 29, 2010 11:27
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An Altered Joke - On the Bridge 2

Altering the joke I posted in the previous entry, I will try to make a new joke. If you have not read the previous one, please read it f...
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Jul 28, 2010 12:21
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My Favorite Joke - On the Bridge

This joke is well-known. I like it and wonder who got the idea first. (Could I say "...wonder who it occurred to"?) A man ...
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Jul 27, 2010 10:42
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Wago and Kango

Japanese mainly consists of three types of words, wago, kango and gairaigo. Wago(和語), also known as yamato-kotoba(大和言葉), are words which...
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Jul 24, 2010 13:02
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Too Humid

According to the weather report, it will be 37℃ in Kyoto today. Terrible and horrible. it will be hotter than a human body. I moved ...
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Jul 22, 2010 10:23
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Old Japanese Joke - 16

There are many old Japanese jokes in which robbers appear. I would like to share two jokes among them. The first one: Well, there is...
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Jul 20, 2010 11:11
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Usage of First Person Pronouns in Japanese

There are lots of first person pronouns in Japanese: わたし、ぼく、おれ、あたし、わたくし、わし、我、小生、自分、筆者、吾輩(我輩)、おいら、あっし、あたい、おら、わて、うち、それがし、朕、余、拙者、やつがれ、本官....
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Jul 17, 2010 13:12
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Is this sentence complete?

Reading a book, I found a strange sentence: Boundary lines should be drawn so as to show clearly what falls on which side, essential d...
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Jul 16, 2010 14:09
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A Magical Commercial Stopping Babies' Cries

Please watch this 38 seconds' video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La2FT-fkk2g This shows the amazing effect of a commercial w...
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Jul 15, 2010 09:38
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Cynical Piano Jokes

A piano is an amazing musical instrument, which has an intricate inner structure and a simple interface. It is easy to play a piano (eve...
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Jul 13, 2010 11:21
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How to use 「は」 - 3

私は買い物に行きました。トマトが高かったので、私はニンジンを買いました。レジでお店の人が私に話しかけてきました。それから私は帰りました。 Those sentences are grammatically right. But they are somewhat s...
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Jul 10, 2010 11:53
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Discussion, Opinion and Personaliy

Ashuriさん wrote this in her commentary of my previous entry: "I think people should know how to debate reasonably, not mindlessly ...
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Jul 8, 2010 10:53
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Dodoitsu - 3

Dodoitsu is a traditional Japanese song/poem form, which deals with the subtleties of human nature, especially love between a man and a w...
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Jul 6, 2010 11:05
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A Joke from Somewhere

(I don't know where this joke originates from. I guess it is not the Japanese one, but I'm not sure. Anyway, I love its sophist...
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Jul 4, 2010 11:58
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Would you please help me about a sentence in English?

I'm reading a book "Envisioning Information" by Edward R. Tufte which argues relationship between information and design. ...
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Jul 3, 2010 11:12
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Answer Me This Riddle

Answer me this riddle. Please post your answer in your commentary. And I will post the correct answer tomorrow (please do not post it i...
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Jul 1, 2010 09:24