For my portion, let’s quickly discuss the phrase I just used to give you an idea of how Japanese grammar is like onion filled with layers of teary-eyed, nutritious, and flavorful goodness. The phrase 「お待ちかね」 is used to express something that you’ve been waiting for a long time. The first grammar here is the use of 「かねる」 attached to the stem of the verb. You can read more about it here but it’s used when you can’t do something. So if you can do it, you have to actually use the negative 「かねない」 in a weird and confusing double negative fashion. So 「待ちかねる」 means you can’t wait for it. Now, you just drop the 「る」 off the verb 「かねる」 for the verb stem and make it a noun. Finally, all you need for the cherry on top is the honorific 「お」 to give it that special and oh-so-tasty honorific flavor. And there you have it! Your long awaited September Matsuri.
No time for commentaries so I’ll just give you the links and add them later!
Update: My smart-alec commentaries are up.
Peter wrote about Reading Japanese for Fun.
Hey Peter, for Rule 0, there’s another grammar resource out there that I think might be useful. (Hint: look at the address bar in your browser)
Glowing Face Man wrote about conditionals in English and Japanese and some stuff about Buddhism.
Some of the Japanese examples are a bit awkward but it’s still interesting to think of conditionals in English being more than just using the word “if”. As for the second post, a lot of very interesting stuff there. In my opinion, Japanese HAS a future tense and the present tense is very often misunderstood. Good luck with Chinese, it’s a real pain in the ass!
Shane wrote about handy kanji for travelers.
Might wanna mention that 人 can be deceptively similar to 入 for those unfamiliar with Kanji!
Liv wrote about the daily struggles of trying to learn the seemingly impenetrable language of the country you live in.
I can speak Japanese but I still pretended I couldn’t when the NHK guy came knocking by.
Girlfriend: “Hey Hunny, it’s the NHK guy.”
Me: “Just tell him we have no idea what he’s saying.”
Andrew wrote about Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji (ugh).
Andrew, you get a Tae Kim “ugh” (TM) for sending me the link while knowing Heisig and I are mortal enemies.
But seriously, I agree with component analysis and imaginative memory though not necessary the way Heisig recommends. I still hate flash cards with a passion and don’t recall Heisig ever mentioning them either.
Tony wrote about the changes in Japanese recently.
What, you don’t like words like カンニング, Tony? All we have to do is recycle the Japanese version back into English like “Pokemon” in a vicious cycle! Yeah! Did you cunning on the test, Billy?
Nick wrote about foreign names in Japanese.
Hey Nick, at least you didn’t have to deal with a Korean name converted to English converted to Japanese!
Jamaipanese wrote a entry called Learning Japanese is complicated but not difficult.
Whatever works man… whatever works.
Mizuumi wrote a bilingual Polish/English entry on techniques for learning Kanji.
When I can’t remember a kanji for the 100th time, I do a dance of rage and frustration. I don’t know if it helps.
Ken wrote about poorly-understood job titles.
What the hell does a fellow do? I don’t understand the English!
Deas wrote about “PC” in Japan.
I move to create a new word for wives that go out all the time and spend all your money: 家外, ironically the same reading as 加害. What? Not “PC” enough?
Thanks everybody for the great submissions!
Deas at Rocking in Hakata is apparently hosting next month’s Matsuri.