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Is Your Mother 彼女?

I sometimes see obvious mistakes being overlooked by other Japanese lang-8ers. One such mistake is the use of 彼/彼女. 彼/彼女 basically mea...
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Aug 20, 2011 10:51 Japanese usage
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Writing Japanese (5) Too Formal?

I’ve noticed that many Japanese learners believe that desu/masu sentences sound too stuffy and formal. This erroneous belief seems to mak...
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Aug 7, 2011 00:11 Japanese writing
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Writing Japanese (4) Write Like You Speak?

As I explained in “Writing Japanese (1) Personal/Impersonal,” the personal writing style means writing as if you’re talking to somebody. ...
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Aug 6, 2011 09:35 Japanese writing
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Writing Japanese (3) Personal Style

Let me rewrite クロマ’s sentences in five different degrees of casualness. These are all written in the personal style as there are no casua...
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Aug 5, 2011 10:17 Japanese writing
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Writing Japanese (2) Personal/Impersonal

I’d like to convert クロマ’s following sentences to a completely impersonal style so that you can get an idea of what the impersonal style l...
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Aug 4, 2011 09:19 Japanese writing
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Writing Japanese (1) Personal/Impersonal

I’d like to write about different Japanese writing styles. Let me show you an excerpt from an entry written by my friend, クロマ, as an exam...
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Aug 3, 2011 11:08 Japanese writing