Protonstorm
protonstorm
Jun 5
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Most English speakers in the United States do not have much exposure to Asian linguistics in general, but many have heard of the terms “Mandarin” and “Cantonese.” Introducing these terms as an example of political obfuscation of language is a helpful way to explain the concept to readers because it is concrete and Read more

May 29
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I agree, it would be nice to see more English dialects in anime. I feel like one of the challenges for translators is that other dialects, i.e. Appalachian English variants, are less widely known. They sort of have to balance variety with notoriety, which can lead to an over-representation of Southern English in anime.

May 26
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I was hoping you’d reply! Thanks for the breakdown. I think that list really helps visualize how many variations there can be of the same word. Read more

May 24
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Hi-Score Girl 2 is a sequel so it is disqualified from this list anyway, but equally as important, it actually originally aired in the Fall 2019 season. The Netflix Graveyard section is specifically for shows currently airing in Japan that aren’t available yet on Netflix in the West, so even if it wasn’t a sequel it Read more

May 21
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Yeah, it’s the world’s worst-kept secret that English spelling is a nightmare. Honestly, I think it’s likely that we will ever see a movement to modernize English spelling. During the 1800s and early 1900s, especially in countries with major modernization movements, I think there was enough desire for increasing Read more

May 21
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I think that different approaches work better for different people. I personally really like studying grammar and why sentences are put together the way they are, but ultimately you are going to need to see native examples of how things are used in real life if you want to gain a true proficiency. Read more

May 21
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I thought about saying something but didn’t, don’t make me regret it

May 21
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Hey, thanks for the message. If you visit our page on Anchor, you can see the timestamp on the stream. I’m not sure why the embedded version doesn’t tell you.

May 20
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Thanks for reading!! Hopefully your comment didn’t blow your cover. 

May 20
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I didn’t include a katakana chart in the first place, so that’s why there aren’t any old katakana characters. This particular hiragana chart is the one I have used in the beginner language courses I teach in to foreign residents in Japan because it has the written stroke order for each of the characters. It also uses Read more

May 19
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Very true. I briefly mentioned that there are alternative forms for super polite/super humble, but avoided going into too much detail since it’s a bit steep unless you’ve already been learning Japanese. The point here is that there are polite and humble forms, and that there are multiples of each.

May 16
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Those communities are great. The subreddit r/learnjapanese is interesting sometimes too, although most of the threads tend to be skewed toward beginner level students.

May 16
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Frankly, kanji are a lifelong project for Japanese people as well. No one really knows exactly how many characters there are, and the more literarily inclined tend to use characters that even a college-educated person may not be able to read without looking up. There are tons of self-help books sold in Japan that Read more

May 16
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That’s great, studying abroad is really the best way to develop conversation skills. I had the opportunity to study abroad as well and it really changed the playing field for me.