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  1. No. I haven't and quite honestly don't have any...

    No. I haven't and quite honestly don't have any intention to. We're talking about facial expression, and whether you like it or not I'm going to hold you to the title of your thread, which is ...
  2. Anyway... You seem to have some pretty arrested...

    Anyway... You seem to have some pretty arrested ideas about Japanese behaviour, so I won't try to force you out of them, as mine are just as arrested. However, since coming to Japan and getting out...
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    Poll: The "n" that you're referring too is the...

    The "n" that you're referring too is the "abbreviation" of "no" as you probably know. "no" is not used very often in front of adjectives. At least not in this sense. I believe "なんて暑いだろう" is more...
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    Poll: That it's unbelievably or uncommonly hot or...

    That it's unbelievably or uncommonly hot or cold... Oh, and no "n" before "deshou".
  5. Out of the close to six years I've been in this...

    Out of the close to six years I've been in this beautiful country I've spent time in the depths of Hokkaido, lived in Yamanashi, and have been living in Tokyo for three years, so yes I've been to...
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    Poll: Elizabeth "Nante" is an expression mainly used...

    Elizabeth
    "Nante" is an expression mainly used to express negation, where it usually replaces the particles は、が or を. For example, 「この辺郵便局なんてないです。」There aren't any post offices around here. It...
  7. My time here couldn't have brought me to more...

    My time here couldn't have brought me to more different conclusions... Because, as far as gesturing and expressing emotions through facial expressions, while comedians, anime, and manga may be good...
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    Poll: Mmm... I think I'd have to ask a pro about that...

    Mmm... I think I'd have to ask a pro about that one, because I use it so much I just don't think about it anymore. Venturing a guess, I'd say it's a twist on the "na no da"/"na no desu" phrasing,...
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    Poll: Sentences ending in "nan"? Can you elaborate?

    Sentences ending in "nan"? Can you elaborate?
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    Poll: As I didn't learn Japanese with a translation in...

    As I didn't learn Japanese with a translation in mind, unstranslatable expressions are still untranslatable in my head, but I still understand them... Particles are tough, but then again, Japanese...
  11. Italian, eh? That's not the first time I hear...

    Italian, eh? That's not the first time I hear that.

    As for word recognition, it's easy for us to say who have some notions of Greek and Latin roots, maybe also some of etymology, but the Japanese...
  12. Ahahahahah! I agree. But it's funny, I've always...

    Ahahahahah! I agree. But it's funny, I've always had the feeling that French, being such an organised, structured language, would suit the Japanese brain better than English. But you're right, they...
  13. Well, that's exacly what gives them a hard...

    Well, that's exacly what gives them a hard time... My time here has taught me that Japanese, even if they excel at other things, suck at learning foreign languages. One of the main reason for this is...
  14. Sock, suck, sack... Back, buck Sink and think ...

    Sock, suck, sack...
    Back, buck
    Sink and think

    I think basically any two words involving a, o, and u... At least that seems to have been the ones my students (back in the days when I taught...
  15. Well... I'm not worried. We worked hard enough...

    Well... I'm not worried. We worked hard enough for my wife to get her permanent residence that she wouldn't throw it away by doing that. But better safe than sorry. Sure is an eye opener...
  16. Permanent residency, at least in Canada, demands...

    Permanent residency, at least in Canada, demands the same in terms of responsibility and respect of the law... Meaning that permanent residents are under the same dooms as us poor citizens...
    ...
  17. Actually, since she'll be born in Japan, I do...

    Actually, since she'll be born in Japan, I do have to apply for Canadian citizenship for my daughter, trust me, I have the mound of paperwork on my desk at home, so no, it's not automatic. And the...
  18. No, I just read what was in the post, but I find...

    No, I just read what was in the post, but I find that surprising. Once I get Canadian citizenship for my daughter, if we're in Canada and my wife leaves, custody problems would be dealt with under...
  19. Mmmm... Interesting.

    Mmmm... Interesting.
  20. Historically considering how xenophobic Japanese...

    Historically considering how xenophobic Japanese culture is, this does not surprise me in the least... One more good reason not to raise my daughter here...
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    Sticky: Poll: It'd take some time explaning the Japanese...

    It'd take some time explaning the Japanese housing system here. But basically, when you rent a place, you have to pay:

    Reservation fee (tetsukekin)
    The tetsukekin is paid when you apply for an...
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    Poll: OK. Well, we'll have to agree to disagree. But I...

    OK. Well, we'll have to agree to disagree. But I think you're missing the point because we're not trying to establish the diversity of Europe, but rather to determine whether Japan is a western...
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    Poll: I gave it a little more thought yesterday and...

    I gave it a little more thought yesterday and realized that western countries all share common customs. I don't know why I didn't think about it before, but I realized it may be the most important...
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    Poll: Look, this is getting somewhat tiresome. I don't...

    Look, this is getting somewhat tiresome. I don't need any convincing--I agree with you . But in the end, we don't agree on one thing and that's what it means to be "western" . Define to me in clear,...
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    Poll: I agree with you a hundred percent there and I...

    I agree with you a hundred percent there and I think most people include the same ethnic groups you outline here unconsciously in their definition of westerness. I don't believe that westerness is...
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