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    Poll: Not being a native speaker myself, I can never be...

    Not being a native speaker myself, I can never be 100% sure about things like this, but the above Japanese sounds (to me) like it was written/spoken by a non-native speaker.
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    (As I said in another thread, I'm going to be...

    (As I said in another thread, I'm going to be taking a break from this forum for a while. I just didn't want to leave this discussion halfway through.)

    Maciamo, I have no intention of denying the...
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    I find this interesting (and unfortunate),...

    I find this interesting (and unfortunate), because in my case, the balance has shifted more in favor of good experiences the longer I've been involved with Japan, and as my understanding of the...
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    Maciamo, I can completely relate to the...

    Maciamo,

    I can completely relate to the frustration you felt with all of these things you describe. It can be very aggravating for a person who is making a sincere effort to learn the language...
  5. Poll: I've kind of gotten used to this by now, but I...

    I've kind of gotten used to this by now, but I remember how I felt the first time I experienced this sort of reaction to me. There was a small family-run okonomiyaki shop near my apartment, and I...
  6. Poll: I think it's much more likely that they simply...

    I think it's much more likely that they simply felt that they could get by without learning it. I mean, when you consider that most of them were living in military bases where they could get by...
  7. Poll: This may be a bit off-topic, but I just wanted to...

    This may be a bit off-topic, but I just wanted to comment that in Thane Camus's case, he (at least to my knowledge -- I might be wrong about this) spent a significant portion of his childhood in...
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    Maciamo, I agree with many of the things you say...

    Maciamo, I agree with many of the things you say here, but I was just curious about this one point about the vagueness of the Japanese language:

    I find this really interesting. I can't speak for...
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    This is a really fascinating discussion which...

    This is a really fascinating discussion which unfortunately I don't have enough time to comment fully on, but for now I just want to say in reference to the above: I personally don't buy this idea...
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    Poll: Not to discourage you, but honestly, I'd have to...

    Not to discourage you, but honestly, I'd have to say probably not. The level of Japanese that the JLPT 4-kyuu tests you on is so basic that being able to pass it doesn't really say anything about...
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    You mean you didn't find his argument that the...

    You mean you didn't find his argument that the Japanese use loanwords like "koohii" because they're "lazy", and that they should replace these with "pure Nihongo" (with kanji, for that added kewlness...
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