12 September 2017 @ 06:57 am
Here's some stuff you'll see a lot right when you start out, so I thought I'd explain them here. Pronunciation of the kanji is in katakana.

大 丈夫(ダイジョーブ)This is 丈夫 "durable" and 大 "big", so we end up with "Hey, I saw you fall! Are you alright?" "Don't worry, I'm VERY DURABLE!" = I'm fine!. Thus "Hey, are you really durable?" = "Are you alright? Can you handle whatever's happening to you?".

お 邪魔 し ます(ジャマシ) The お means "you(r)", 邪魔 means "hinder", します means "(I) do/am doing". So together "I'm doing something that hinders you" = I'm being a nuisance/bother (to your work, to your peace at home, etc). 邪魔 する な! "don't hinder!" = "stop bothering (us)!" ex. don't break into our conversation!

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09 September 2017 @ 11:09 am
The list of N5 pronunciation changes from the JLPT grammar example list post was getting too long so I decided to put them in their own post instead. Last updated: 2017.09.09

あい、おい、いい —> えー (えぇ) : in manga this usually happens in informal or childish speech but my teachers say in general it's simply showing "the spoken language" (versus the written language).
• いい —> ええ "is good, yes"
• ない —> ねー "is without, -less, non-existing"
• こわい —> こうぇえ "is scary"
• うまい —> うめぇ "is tasty"
• うるさい —> うるせー "is noisy" = shaddap!!
• ぐらい —> ぐれー "around (this time/amount)"
• おもしろい —> おもしれー "is interesting, fun"

い —> ゆ: same as above.
• いく —> ゆく (in most dialects). "goes".
• どう いう —> どう ゆう "what way" (used to mean ex. "what do you mean, what are you saying?").

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