The quick or short Language Questions Thread (not grammar)

Mmm I think this is a bit of a hard one. I think if you’re not yet in the habit, maybe thinking in English, but outputting in Japanese is a good start? Then using common phrases like と思う to end a sentence or 気に入った if you got to like something. Stuff like that.

For me personally reading a lot helps more than anything.

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Any reason Korone would use hiragana for the first instance of 大好き but then kanji for the second one here?


apart from just style, of course

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Not really, no.

They just didn’t convert it when typing.





As in like folding them to put them away? You’d use 畳む


Am I correct in assuming 折る with relation to clothes is more for things like creasing your dress pants? Or is it just not used for clothes at all?

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The greater act of 畳む is comprised of 折るing something to make it smaller. So you might see it used to refer to a specific part of the clothing like a sleeve or pant leg. I know the crease itself can be referred to as 折り目 but I’m not sure about the act of just creasing your pants. I probably wouldn’t think twice about it but I haven’t seen it myself so I’m not sure. I have class here in a second but I might ask a coworker when I get the chance what you would call the act of flattening pants to crease it. It’s not really folding like we refer to in English but it might still use something unexpected in japanese


When would you use いくつ and when would you use いくら? Jisho says one is how many and the other is how much, so does that mean that one is for countable things and the other is for uncountable things?

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Afaik いくら is primarily for money, costs, etc. Not sure I heard it used in a different context.

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Hello! :durtle_hello: I have a question regarding the reading of 等 when used as a suffix with nouns.

Example sentences:

「図書館はただ資料を置くだけの場所ではありませんよ! まず、なるべく多くの資料を収集し、利用しやすいように整理して大事に保存し、利用者への適切な提供???を行わなければならないのですから」



Is it とう or など? Surely it can’t be ら like in 彼等.

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I think most people would read it as とう


I see two HiNative answers that say とう would mostly be used in official documents like law and contracts. Do you have a specific reason to suggest とう besides “it feels right”? I actually didn’t even know about the とう reading, so I’ve just been always reading it as など in non-ら contexts…


anecdotally, I have a coworker (Japanese) who says it every day. Multiple times a day. Though typically to himself. He does a lot of 独り言. :joy:

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Because every audio book I’ve ever listened to used とう as far as I can remember

I say most people would read it that way just because I assume that’s what would be standard. Both are fine though, so it’s not like it matters all that much.

EDIT: just on the off chance I’m an idiot I asked my coworkers and they read it as とう. The sixth grade teacher added on though that if she was reading in front of her students she would say など. So yeah, sounds like most would read it とう and “it doesn’t really matter because both are fine” are both probably true statements


Ah yes, audiobooks are useful for stuff like this. Thanks for confirming with your coworkers as well.