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Frequently Asked Questions about Japanese language.

This FAQ about Japanese language was compiled and written by TANAKA Tomoyuki tanaka@cs.indiana.edu and Olaf Meeuwissen olaf@IMSL.shinshu-u.ac.jp with numerous contributions by others.

-01 Japanese is one of the world's top-10 languages.
in terms of number of speakers, 20 years ago ...
-02 Is < sci.lang.japan> a good way to learn Japanese?
ANSWER: no....
-03 Japanese phonology: mora, rhythm, tones, ...
--- mora, mora-...
-04 Gairaigo origins (Japanese)
i've always been interested in the various ...
-05 Is "gaijin" a derogatory word? (sci.lang.japan TT topics)
-06 Japanese slang: charinko, kattarui, uzattai, ...
http://www.asahi-jc.com/slang....
-07 Japanese wordplay: palindromes, ...
(see BB's AFAQ http://www.hayamasa.demon.co.uk/afaq/afaq.html)...
-08 How do I say "I love you" in Japanese?
There have been two traditional answers for this....
-09 "akai desu" is ungrammatical, and other fine/anal points (Japanese)
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-10 akai is a (canonical) keiyoushi / shizuka is a (canonical) keiyoudoushi (Japanese)
(canonical means archetypical in Hackerspeak.)...
-11 this "akai desu" is (to a small extent) a matter of taste (Japanese)
question: what other topics do Japanese linguistic purists talk about?...
-12 Notation of Japanese names
[mention SWET's style book here]...
-13 How many years does it take to learn Japanese?
Americans often ask me such a question, expecting ...
-14 Japanese learn English faster than Americans learn Japanese.
> Hi there. I have a thought for you regarding one ...
-15 Racist "transcription" of Japanese loanwords: "sararii man", "besuboru", ...
narrow-minded white Americans (journalists and others)...
-16 American misconception about `L's and `R's in Japanese.
white American authors (Reischauer, Taylor, etc) make ...
-17 Am. misconception of "uniquely Japanese concepts": amae, honne/tatemae ... keiretu, ... (wabi, sabi, koku, mattari?)
the most racist of the white ...
-18 Am. expressions about the Japanese (Asians) with racist overtones
note that smart-aleck Americans who like to use ...
-19 Asiaphiles who love to talk about Jap-lish
Reischauer, Jared Taylor, Nicholas ...
-20 Americans ridiculing Japanese's English: examples
example 1:...
-21 white American teachers of English (conversation) in Japan
the most important work on the topic has been Charles ...
-22 Trivia and other topics (loose ends) (sci.lang.japan (TT topics) FAQ)
--- trivia: the name Jedi in Star Wars is ...
-23 The group and its FAQ (news:sci.lang.japan)
This chapter answers frequently and not so frequently asked ques-...
-24 Say, how about some introduction? (news:sci.lang.japan)
Ok, here goes! This is the FAQ of . ...
-25 How can I help? (news:sci.lang.japan)
Of course, answers to as-of-yet unanswered FAQs are very welcome....
-26 Things to look out for (news:sci.lang.japan)
I haven't quite found the time to get around to these, but ...
-27 Newsgroups and the fj. hierarchy (news:sci.lang.japan)
The fj.* hierarchy can be thought of as the Japanese version ...
-28 Mailing lists (news:sci.lang.japan)
Besides there are a number of ...
-29 Where can I find out more? (news:sci.lang.japan)
While this FAQ is going through its rebirth and growing pains,...
-30 The language (news:sci.lang.japan)
Recognizing the fact that there is, currently, not a lot of con-...
-31 How do I say ...? (news:sci.lang.japan)
Let's be clear on this. There is no one single best answer ...
-32 How do I say `I love you'? (Japanese)
You don't! At least, according to common lore. Most people sug-...
-33 How do I say `Congratulations'? (Japanese)
omedetou gozaimasu is the standard polite form for `Congratula-...
-34 How do I say `Happy birthday'? (Japanese)
otanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu. Situation permitting, ...
-35 How do I write ...? (Japanese)
This FAQ uses ASCII characters exclusively, so it's a bit ...
-36 How many kanji are there? (Japanese)
Apart from the obvious too many, you mean? Approximately 50,000....
-37 Why is everyone using different romanisation schemes? (Japanese)
Romanisation schemes are a reading aid, just like furigana. ...
-38 What is the correct way to write something in romaji? (Japanese)
There is no one correct way to write anything in romaji (...
-39 How do I send/read e-mail in Japanese?
Before anything else, remember that there is e-mail software ...
-40 How can I see Japanese characters while surfing the Web?
Even if your computer does not have any Japanese capability ...
-41 Is "gaijin" a derogatory word? (news:sci.lang.japan)
In and of itself gaijin can hardly be said to be a ...









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