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Old 04-07-2011, 12:06 AM   #251
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Wow, I'm learning, I actually understood some of the words. Give me until the weekend, I'm off to bed since I have Rehab in the morning and work. No time to play tonight!
FiFi-chan is cute!

We miss you when you cannot play, you know!
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:35 PM   #252
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FiFi-chan is cute!

We miss you when you cannot play, you know!
Un.. Sou desu!

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Old 04-08-2011, 12:51 AM   #253
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Un.. Sou desu!

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Gomen'nasai, shumatsu asobimawaru.

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:51 AM   #254
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FiFi-chan! It's not an easy language, so best way to learn is to have fun with it. You may already know these pronunciation basics, but they're worth repeating because they're all you need...

The vowels a - i - u - e - o are always short, never long.
So, always "okay" never "lose."

Consonants are always hard.
So, always "Lady Gaga," never "vegetable."

Every word has no syllabic stress.
Unlike trochaic germanic launguages with explosive stress of the first syllable, or romance languages that are iambic, all the syllables of Japanese words get equal stress. Emphasis comes from emotional expression.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:04 AM   #255
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Arigato Spork-san.

I'm wanting to learn so I can read one of the cookbooks I bought. Would also like to make sure I'm using proper grammar. I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but my GodMother was Japanese and I wish I had taken an interest when I was young.
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:26 PM   #256
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Arigato Spork-san.

I'm wanting to learn so I can read one of the cookbooks I bought. Would also like to make sure I'm using proper grammar. I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but my GodMother was Japanese and I wish I had taken an interest when I was young.
No doubt your GodMother is smiling from above. Or, maybe rolling her eyes at your pronunciation. Here's another helpful tip, FiFi: don't sweat the grammar too much. Japanese is quite forgiving about it. For example,

O-genki desu ka. = health is (question) = how are you?
Genki desu = health is (I implied) = fine, thank you.

If you address the Emperor, forrmal grammar is called for.
O-genki de gozaimasu deshou ka.

Everyday friends want to hear sloppy, less formal grammar.
Genki ka.
Genki da.

What we might consider a grammatically incomplete thought is very common in Japanese, in both spoken and written form. Have fun!
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:36 PM   #257
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My dumplings box lunch.





1. osuimono soup, with tofu, wakame and funn
2. rice with grain mix and dollop of katsuo/umeboshi
3. potsticker gyoza and traditional spinach ohitashi
4. tangerines and chili bits arare

Osuimono, likely on a restaurant menu, is a clear dashi soup, with just a splash of light soy sauce and mirin, maybe a tiny curl of lemon peel. Ohitashi, also on the menu as a salad, is a simple tsukemono of steamed spinach rolled into a log and squeezed of liquid. I cut into servings and freeze. Sprinkle with katsuo dried bonito flakes and soy sauce. Dipping sauce for the gyoza is in a little disposable squeeze bottle, made for bento lunch boxes.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:41 PM   #258
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I had a bento for lunch today from the grocery store (bleh) but it sparked some creativity.. so I made my own fresh spring rolls in rice wraps, with black tiger shrimp, lettuce, cucumber, sushi ginger, and lots of avocado... dipping it in a sauce of hoisin, low sodium soy and peanuts.
Yum!
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Old 04-17-2011, 01:31 PM   #259
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I love summer rolls. They're sorta like a salad as finger food. And the translucence of the rice paper wrap always makes them look quite elegant. I'll have to think about how to use rice paper more in my lunch boxes...

Coincidentally, today's Sunday newspaper insert had a recipe for chicken summer rolls, with a dipping sauce not unlike yours, Saph. Half cup hoisin, two tablespoons peanut butter, and one tablespoon sesame oil. It also had a traditional nam sauce recipe, but many people understandably will not tolerate fish sauce in their kitchen.
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I love summer rolls. They're sorta like a salad as finger food. And the translucence of the rice paper wrap always makes them look quite elegant. I'll have to think about how to use rice paper more in my lunch boxes...

Coincidentally, today's Sunday newspaper insert had a recipe for chicken summer rolls, with a dipping sauce not unlike yours, Saph. Half cup hoisin, two tablespoons peanut butter, and one tablespoon sesame oil. It also had a traditional nam sauce recipe, but many people understandably will not tolerate fish sauce in their kitchen.
No kidding! I bought some to work with, opened it and was quite struck by the powerful smell. By 4 in the morning , the smell was so overpowering it woke me up, I went out in the kitchen and put it outside the back door. I threw away the whole bottle. The flavor was really good, but I could not handle that smell.
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