Unclear topic-changer words (was: Blowjobs and pant legs in Dutch (was RE: Grammatical Summary of Kemata))
|Date:||Saturday, December 15, 2001, 8:01|
--- Christophe Grandsire
> En réponse EAlmaran Dungeonmaster
> > I would compare "ja" with dutch "toch" (anyway) or
> "echt" (really).
> Toch: "anyway"? I've been taught it meant
> "however"!!! But it's true that I've
> seen it in uses that account for both meanings.
> Strange language...
Hmm, sounds like Jpn then... they always seem to start
every utterance with "de mo" (literally, "but").
Another tricky one for this American is "tonikaku"
which, according to the dictionary, is "at any rate";
the usage seems to differ, though. I wonder if
Hiroshi Kato is here and can offer me advice to
clarify my own misusage of "tonikaku"... and what's up
with "sunawachi" and "shitagatte"!!!
Speaking of Kato-san, I think we should get together
in February for a conlang chat... any other Tokyoites
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