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AuthorRe: Japanese (language) discussion thread
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2,776. Posted:

SMEXIZELDAMAN wrote:

Also when writing out sentences do you combine characters from all three kana? It kind of looks like in your sig that some of the game names combine kanji with hiragana.

A lot of everyday Japanese sentences combine kanji and both types of kana. kanji were taken from Chinese, and the Japanese use them to represent solid ideas, but when you write those ideas into sentences they need to be conjugated into actual Japanese words and terms with hiragana, and 'foreign' ideas (it's more complicated than that, but that's the textbook definition) will be expressed phonetically in katakana. For example,

my cat will not eat cornflakes.
私の猫はコーンフレークスを食べません。
(watashi no neko wa koonfureekusu o tabemasen)

私, 猫, and 食 are symbols that stand for the ideas of 'myself', 'cat', and 'eat/food'. the first two are nouns, and so they don't really require conjugation of their own, just placement in a sentence via conjunctions and stuff. that's what の, は, and を do in this sentence, as 'no', 'wa', and 'o' respectively. 'no' between two ideas generally shows ownership of some sort, or that something (or someone) is 'of' something else. in this instance, 'watashi no neko' is 'cat of mine' or 'my cat'. 'wa' in a sentence generally shows that you've set a subject and you're moving on to the object of the sentence (the cornflakes) — also, i know は is technically pronounced as 'ha', but when it's used as a conjunction in a sentence it's always read 'wa'. English has its quirks, and this is one in Japanese :3

'o' provides the transition between subject or subject+object to verb in a Japanese sentence, in this case 'my cat' wa 'cornflakes' o 'will not eat'. and finally, in this sentence, 食べません is the entire conjugated verb (the plain verb would be 食べる, taberu, 'to eat'). the 'idea' is 食, and that plus the suffix makes the entire term into the Japanese word it is. i'm not getting into verb conjugation because in some ways it's about as tricky as conjugating a verb in English, lol (and there are 'special cases' where memorization may be involved), but you can say that you ate, you are eating, you will eat, you have eaten, and you didn't eat, you won't eat, you've never eaten, all with the same kanji and a different suffix in kana, or by using helper verbs to get the job done.

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AuthorRe: Japanese (language) discussion thread
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2,777. Posted:

@Tsuchinoko: Pix is poking fun as well, so I'd just ignore both of them if they're bothering you. :3

that said, i didn't go to school for it or take any tutoring or anything like that — i worked for a company that operated out of Universal Studios Japan, and sometimes they'd send some of us over to help out during busy times and whatnot. I only visited Kyoto once during the times i was there in Osaka, though. it was just too far out for me, and Nara was so much closer (and cheaper) if I felt the need to just walk around in nature and visit temples. :3

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2,778. Posted:

He's a busy guy, and he's still getting used to his new role as Editor, WIiWii. If you have something to say to him directly, you're probably better off using the Contact Form to get in touch. Enjoy! :3

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AuthorRe: Japanese (language) discussion thread
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2,779. Posted:

SMEXIZELDAMAN wrote:

I meant match like I know how to speak it so then I'd have to look at a character and in my mind say" okay this character represents saying (whatever here)."
I don't know where to start :( I know random words and phrases, but do not know where I should start.

i honestly think total immersion is the way to go. i studied and studied kana before the first time i went to Japan, but they didn't really click for me until I found myself in the CD/drama album section of an anime shop and their filing system used kana instead of letters, haha — being forced to use them is what made it work for me.

another thing that helped was that most of the signs (since Osaka is pretty tourist-y) had both the kanji/kana and a romanized version of whatever they were saying, so it was easy to match the sounds with the kana (or kanji) after a while. granted, kanji are a more complicated beast, but it did still help IMO. :3 Try making some signs for yourself for just random crap around your room, little post-it notes or whatever that show the kana and the romanized version of whatever that particular item is in Japanese, tape them up around your room, and then just glance at them whenever you interact with that object, remind yourself of that word and how it sounds, and consciously associate those sounds with those kana. Eventually you'll get the feel for how they look and how they should sound in your mind, reading will become quicker, and that'll help you in your studies (if you're serious, that is) :3

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2,780. Posted:

Google says that if the data side of the disc is silver, it's single-layered, and if it's gold, it's dual.

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2,781. Posted:

Please be aware that Nintendo Life is in no way a dating website. That said, our main 3DS FC thread is here if you'd like to trade yours. Thank you! :3

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AuthorRe: Best Zelda Game on eShop?
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2,782. Posted:

If you're looking for eShop recommendations, please feel free to use the eShop Recommendations thread. Thank you! :3

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2,783. Posted:

Please feel free to let everyone know where you stand in this existing thread, ymmas626. Thank you! :3

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2,784. Posted:

pikkyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :(

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AuthorRe: NEED HELP! 3DS eshop card broken
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2,785. Posted:

at least she's nice enough to replace it for you. Enjoy, TheDreamingHawk :3

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AuthorRe: NEED HELP! 3DS eshop card broken
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2,786. Posted:

It might say that NIntendo can't do anything on the back of the card, but try calling them anyway. You'll never know for sure if you don't try.

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AuthorRe: New Super Mario Bros 2... co-op mode slowdowns!
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2,787. Posted:

when any other downloadable game goes screwy, if you delete it and re-download it and sometimes that fixes the problem. have you tried doing that already?

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2,788. Posted:

Please feel free to express your desire (or lack thereof) for a demo in the main NSMB2 thread. Thank you! :3

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AuthorRe: How often can you transfer to a new 3DS (XL)?
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2,789. Posted:

We've got a handy guide for 3DS transfers here if you have any other questions :3

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AuthorRe: DSiWare games on System Memory from 3DS to 3DS XL.
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2,790. Posted:

We've got a handy guide for 3DS transfers here, JJOR64 — for best results, please follow it. :3

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AuthorRe: New console, lose content?
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2,791. Posted:

If you're worried about potentially losing your games, either buy physical copies or keep your console to do an eventual system transfer. Nintendo's stated they're working on an eventual account-based system for handling this, but until then, if you're worried just go physical for now.

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2,792. Posted:

good to know, zez.

if this thread can get back to actually discussing Xenoblade now, that would be swell. anyone need help with anything? :3

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2,793. Posted:

@Moskyj: that sort of thing is what the moderation team is here for. If a user has posted a comment that's broken one of our Community Rules, please do report it so that we can take care of it. otherwise, if you're having a disagreement with another user and just don't want to see them post ever again, just ignore them please. :3

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AuthorRe: Japanese (language) discussion thread
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2,794. Posted:

@Tsuchinoko: 'weeaboo', while a stronger insult than 'otaku' is here in the west, kinda sums up the general idea of the slavering idiot who drools over anime twelve-year-olds in bunny costumes, goes out of their way to purchase token Japanese foods like pocky and sushi (even if their budget can't support it), buys kimonos off ebay and finds some way to wear it to school, work, or wal-mart for the weekly shopping trip, spends an entire trip to Disney World in the Japan section of Epcot, and proclaims Japan is the best and most tolerant country in the world without knowing a damn thing about it or their history outside what a Samurai Warriors game has shown them. weeaboos won't even look at people who aren't in some way asian (if not Japanese entirely) in terms of dating or a potential love interest, and that's if they can tear themselves away from their manga or anime versions of people in the first place. a weeaboo learns Japanese from anime alone instead of using anime as a tool alongside books, schooling, and conversation with native speakers, then proclaims themselves an expert on the topic of anything Japanese even if all they've done is read a few webpages about the given subject and copied some random kanji onto their school notebook. They know everything there is to know about Japan (except the rude awakening that awaits upon their first actual visit ;)).

think of them as 'Japanese otaku', if you will — they are obsessed with anything Japanese to the point of driving away friends and family. probably the single worst thing about weeaboos IMO is that they're not in it out of any respect of the culture and the people of Japan. weaboos cannot be reasoned with as they are; their only hope is that they eventually snap out of their absurd worship. :(

btw, the word itself has nothing to do with anything Japanese. :3

@RR529: 'gozaimasu' makes things formal in terms of politeness — Japanese has several levels of politeness that are sometimes hard to navigate. 'arigatou' can pretty much be said to anyone, (kinda like 'thanks') but if you're saying it to maybe someone in a position of authority (like the head CEO of your company who just gave you something nice) or if you're a shop owner thanking someone after a transaction, you'd use 'arigatou gozaimasu' or the super-polite 'domo arigatou gozaimasu'. if you're in a very informal situation among friends and you're in a hurry or something, you could get away with just 'domo' (because they'd know what you meant), but you'd never say that kind of thing to your boss (unless he was a really cool guy D: )

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2,795. Posted:

mumof2kids82 is correct — check out our guide on the topic for details. i believe we even have a video available :3

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2,796. Posted:

good to know! if you're just looking for a place to share random opinions on things, perhaps a personal blog, twitter, or facebook would be a better place, lucianaeevee. You could even link to it in your signature so that people could visit and see what you're thinking at any given point in time. :3

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2,797. Posted:

KaiserGX seemed to enjoy it, lucianaeevee. :3

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2,798. Posted:

If you'd like to stir up some battling or trading, please feel free to use this thread here. Thank you! :3

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AuthorRe: Japanese (language) discussion thread
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2,799. Posted:

Jahir wrote:

Sólo como comentario final... Espero que puedan entender lo difícil que es a veces plasmar una idea en otro idioma con la claridad del idioma natal.

We understand it's easier to express yourself in your native language, Jahir, but please, we ask that you use English at Nintendo Life. If you prefer, you can post a Google Translated version and then link to the original via Google Translate (like this would be the link for your sentence above) so that Google Translate will show what your original Spanish said for anyone curious. Thanks in advance :3

also, before anyone asks, it's one thing to be explaining words and short phrases in teaching mode (e.g. why this thread is OK), but it would be another to post essays in Japanese for critique or to start actually commenting on articles and such in Japanese — that, we'd ask you'd either use English or the Google Translate method, and the essays we'd ask you host on your own space (like a blog or something). :3

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Looks like you've figured it out, but next time, please use the Help section of the forums for this sort of question. Thank you! :3

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