Translating "WaniKanian English" into English thread

Well maybe not as an adjective, but as a noun modifying another noun? I am not far in the Japanese grammar yet. But I found that it can be used pretty much like in the English “world economy” phrase:

Aside from that, I quickly googled and it appeared that there are a lot of cases where 世界 is used for some other world.

It doesn’t really bother me since I can just use the override if I forget about the “the” and forget to add my synonym, but still.

That usage in English would be “Economy of the World” which may have the same end meaning, it is the case of showing ownership of one noun by another, not an adjective describing a noun. To a native English speaker, the article makes it clear what is meant whereas if you just said “world” the meaning has been left ambiguous.

It can be “world.” But it can also be “the world.” There’s no contradiction there…

And yes, it can be a の adjective

3. renowned; world-famous; well-known outside of Japan​

That’s why I say that adding “world” as a synonym by default would be nice, same for the other “the” words. They actually already have it for a lot of words, for example “the best” as the default translation, but also accepts “best”.

In this part of the world (northern Appalachian mountains of the US), Chrysanthemums, known colloquially as “Mums”, are sold everywhere in Autumn since they are resistant to the cold.

Also, I actually learned “filial piety” in the wild, many moons ago, in a science fiction book.

What is eddy supposed to mean in ? Also, WaniKani only taught through the vocab 淀川. Doesn’t it make more sense to teach 淀む? (I learnt through 澱む, though.)

I know there is Eddy current in physics, but I have mostly forgotten what it is.

The physics definition is (I think) pretty close to the general definition, which is the flow of water in a whirlpool. I think there are a few more definitions, but they are all related to the idea of water flowing in a circular pattern.

I think what WaniKani is going for in their explanation of the term is: if you’re sitting in a boat on the water, you may be able to block the tsunami because creating a circular current would mess up the momentum of the wave (in reality you could never do this but we’re using WK logic). When they say digging, what they mean is digging your paddle into the water, not digging a shovel into the sand.

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As a Russian-speaker, I can feel your pain. We don’t have articles in our language at all so it has always been confusing me, and especially annoying when doing reviews in WaniKani. I know for sure that 世界 means “world” and getting it wrong only because i didn’t put an article is infuriating. Ignore script helped a lot though, I do not care about using articles when translating Japanese and if I ever will do that, I will translate it into Russian, so cba remembering it.

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Can someone explain the difference in the articles in the phrases “middle of the night” and “late at night”? I.e. why in the first case there is “the”, but in the second there is no article.

There’s no reason for it. Just two different phrases that ended up two different ways.

Not sure if this will help. Technically, that’s a variation of the claw radical when it’s a top component. Another component variant is 爫 The claw radical is only listed as being in the claw kanji, but it’s actually in a lot of kanji. Knowing its variations should help you remember their meanings.

It’s just one of the difference between the articles “of” and “at”.

“at” normally only has “the” after it for places, and not times. (eg. at the football game, at the club) / (at night, at 2pm)

“of” can be used for time only in relation to defined events or nouns, when we need to use “the”, and pretty much always in these phrases (the start of the ‘concert’, the middle of the ‘game’, the end of the ‘day’)

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I see, makes more sense now.

Can’t wait for my blue book of grammar to arrive.

An eddy is a circular current of water, so I’m not sure how you could dig one… but think of the little whirlpool that forms when you move your hand or a paddle through the water.

Difference between a spring and a fountain?

I believe “spring” is just a natural source of water.

Difference between…

Inquiry and Enquiry. You must notice this if you use No Cigar.諮問

About spelling, I also noticed another one. Embarrassing has two ‘r’. However,辱める mistakenly have one ‘r’.

Again, appears in No Cigar.

What is ‘Suspension of Indictment’ (起訴猶予)? What is the difference from ‘Suspended Sentence’ (執行猶予)?

What should I add as a synonym?

“Suspension of indictment” is when you have been accused of a crime, but the trial is delayed until later (for example, because they can’t locate you).

“Suspension of sentence” is after you are found guilty, and your punishment is delayed to give you a probation period instead.

I don’t know of any good synonyms.


In French “hégémonie”, “bureaucrate”, “instiguer”, “piété“ and “filial”… Definitely not words you use everyday but not completely unusual (“bureaucrate” is probably the most common).

I sometimes use “antépénultième” but not many people understand it.

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