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satoshi

Minister Kaieda is, as I thought, stupid.

I wrote yesterday about him. I have to write about him again. According to the press, he said yesterday on a TV program that there were M...
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Jul 24, 2011 11:37 原発
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完璧に覚えられない vs. 完璧には覚えられない

Many NATIVES use the postposition は incorrectly. They often do not use は, when they should use it. The above examples are some of the eas...
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Jul 24, 2011 09:46 Japanese_language 「は」
satoshi

[忍] Minister Kaieda is an extremely offensive guy.

He is in charge of commerce, nuclear policy, and other affairs. As I mentioned before, Kaieda was making efforts to resume nuclear power ...
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Jul 23, 2011 09:55 原発 politics
satoshi

彼は嬉しいと思います vs. 彼は嬉しいと思っています

I just wrote “彼は嬉しいと思います” is odd. http://lang-8.com/satoshi/journals/1020871/ However, the Japanese people have to accept many translat...
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Jul 21, 2011 19:19 Japanese_language 「思う」 「ている」
satoshi

“What is true kindness?”

Today, a famous executive and founder of Nidec (the dominant manufacturer in HDD motors), Nagamori Shigenobu (永守重信), wrote a story on Nik...
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Jul 20, 2011 12:04
satoshi

If you criticize the government in China:

If you criticize the government in China, it is possible that you will be forced to go into a mental hospital. According to today’s Asahi...
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Jul 19, 2011 19:18
satoshi

“Nadeshiko catches the top in the world while working part-time.”

The Asahi newspaper wrote a story that was at the center on the front page. It was about the players of the women’s football team in Japa...
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Jul 19, 2011 15:00
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NHK might not have forseen heavy rains in Tokyo.

You are worrying about something different from others. (I guess there are several fixed expressions for this.) Some worry that they cann...
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Jul 19, 2011 13:26
satoshi

私は彼女と付き合ってる。or 私には彼女がいる。

私は彼女と付き合ってる。 If you begin to write your entry with this sentence, it sounds very odd. Nobody knows who 彼女 is. 彼女 in this context means a...
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Jul 19, 2011 09:32 Japanese_language
satoshi

Is the usage of くれる curious?

“Many Japanese people are still encouraging the people in Tohoku.” I came across an American writing “今でも、東北の人を応援してくれています。” to say this. ...
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Jul 18, 2011 17:23 Japanese_language 「くれる」
satoshi

It is already not a news article.

Today is a public holiday and many people will not go to their offices, so they will not buy newspapers at newsstands. Newspaper companie...
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Jul 18, 2011 11:09
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だれも思いつかなかった with/without だろう。

僕が先に死んでしまう運命とはだれも思いつかなかった。(a) This sentence sounds like the actor already died and he is talking in the other world. (Nobody was able to...
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Jul 17, 2011 15:32 Japanese_language 「が」 「は」 「だろう」
satoshi

Have you seen rivet guns?

I just now watched a TV program about restoring a steam locomotive, a "C-61". Even now, I occasionally see ironworks fastened w...
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Jul 16, 2011 23:10 tense
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漫画が好きではない。or 漫画は好きではない。(A Lesson of は and が)

漫画が好きです。(I like manga.) When you deny this sentence, do you say it like this? 漫画が好きではない。(I do not like manga./I dislike manga.) This...
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Jul 16, 2011 11:56 Japanese_language 「は」 「が」 助詞
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英語を教えるために、/ 英語を教えるためには、

英語を教えるために、テストを受けなくてはいけない。(a) 英語を教えるためには、テストを受けなくてはいけない。(b) This is an interesting example of は, the topic marker. (a) usually mean...
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Jul 15, 2011 14:17 Japanese_language 「は」
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It will be strange if Japan beats the US at football.

Some people are writing that the USA team will surely defeat Japan in the Women’s World Cup for football. I think that saying such things...
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Jul 15, 2011 08:14
satoshi

Is Megafeps only a jargon among Japanese students?

It means a pun to remember English verbs that are only followed by gerunds. It sounds like mega flops, floating point operations per seco...
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Jul 14, 2011 11:28 English_language
satoshi

怖い青鬼から逃げようとしたけど、どの部屋に入っても追いつかれていた。

I have been searching for a good example of this いた. (Thanks to an informant.) 怖い青鬼から逃げようとしたけど、どの部屋に入っても追いつかれていた。(a) I tried to run a...
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Jul 14, 2011 09:30 Japanese_language 「いた」 「ている」
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Who insisted on “because”, an actor or a writer? (なぜなら / という理由で)

He refused to go because he had no money. (a) He said he would not go because he had no money. (b) I wonder whose discourse these “be...
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Jul 13, 2011 20:20 English_language
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I don’t know that* I can, but I try ... 知らないが / 分からないが,やってみる

できるか分からないが,やってみます。(a) できるか知らないが,やってみます。(b) (* "if"?) I think dictionaries tell you (b) is a common translation, but (b) ...
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Jul 13, 2011 10:54 Japanese_language 「分かる」 「知る」