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post Apr 21 2008, 05:33 PM
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こんにちは! お元気ですか。 日本語を話しますか?

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post Apr 26 2008, 04:29 PM
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Hai, nihongo-ga wakarimasu. (A bit, and I don't know the correct spelling of anything!)


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post Apr 29 2008, 09:01 PM
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こんいちは。 元気です。 あなたは? すこし日本語をはなしますえ。

I haven't studied Japanese in a few years and I haven't had anyone to talk to in it so I've forgotten much of what I learned. I'm actually shocked I recognized genki, especially since I never memorized the kanji for it. I think it was mostly due to context.
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post Apr 30 2008, 08:27 AM
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my japanese grammar and spelling are TERRIBLE, so bear with me:

kaaaanji kirai! boku no nihongo wa..ehhh. shinpai tsurun da, syuu-chan wa subarashi..to..hayai..to..tensai..to..wakarenai. demo, daijobu! hajimemashite, ewomak! ogenki desu kah? omae no kanji to oni-sempai no kanji wa kakkoi. gambatene (in your learning journey, but i don't know how to say that)!


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post May 12 2008, 12:19 PM
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I read that as:

lalalalalalala Japanese lalalalala but lalalalala word-I recognise-but-don't-remember lala is it not? lalalala basic-Japanese-characters. Do your best!


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post May 13 2008, 05:07 AM
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it basically says (and again, the grammar is bad):

'I hate kanji! My japanese is ehhh. Don't worry, I am perfect..and..quick..and..a genius..and..I dunno. But, that's okay! Nice to meet you, ewomak! How are you? Your kanji and Oni (upperclassman)'s kanji are/is really cool. Good luck!'


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post May 13 2008, 12:09 PM
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Ah, I wasn't far off then wink.gif

Wakarenai = dunno. Cool. I knew wakarimasu means 'understand', so I guess it's almost the negative form of the verb. Does that ending-swap work with other Japanese words?

Watashenai wa ichi niwatori (I am not one chicken?).


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It can, but Japanese is confusing like that - not as confusing as English, but I have a really hard time independently creating sentence structure. I think any Japanese person listening to me probably just puts the words in the right order for themselves. I can probably think of an example of other words like wakarenai and wakarimasu and wakarimasen (what does that mean again?), but not quite yet - maybe a little later. tongue.gif


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post May 15 2008, 12:47 PM
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Wakarimasen means 'I don't understand'. 'Sen' generally seems to indicate the negative of a verb.

Japanese syntax is pretty flexible, like it is in English. We can say 'I'm going to the city' and 'to the city, I am going' without anyone getting too confused, and apparently the Japanese are similar.


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post May 17 2008, 09:23 AM
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Wakarimasen and wakaranai are the same word, their just different forms. I don't remember the exact difference between the two forms, but wakarimasen is more formal.

The difference has to do with dictionary form vs. -masu form for example the dictionary form of the word is wakaru which means the same as wakarimasu. The past tense (understood) would be wakarimashita in -masu form and would be wakatta in the informal form. Verbs that end with a character other than ru may have different endings and there are rules for each, but there are some exceptions.
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