May 15, 2007

Word o' the Day

ノミュニケーション (Nommunication)

A juxtaposition of "communication" and the Japanese verb nomu (to drink). Alcohol-fueled conversation. Kampai! (* ^^)ノΨ


Jonathan May 16, 2007 4:22 PM  

Now that's what I call a useful lesson, sensei.

Anonymous,  May 25, 2007 12:38 AM  


I am currently attempting to learn Japanese but a recent phrase has perplexed me. My close business associate "Simon" suggested you might be able to help.

I'm curious what the word is for "or" when used mid-sentence. i.e. Not Soretomo. The phrase that perplexed me was: I always drink white wine or sake. The speaker says:

Itsumo shiro wine ga o sake nomimasu.

Is ga meaning or? I can't find anything to confirm it on the interwebs. But searching for "or" isn't the easiest thing to do on google. And this is the first time ive heard ga (or possibly ka, could be either) used to mean "or".

Thanks ;)

Simon,  May 25, 2007 12:43 AM  

Who is ^^this^^ man, I've never met him in my life.

Nah, he's relatively harmless, teach him the ways of moon language, Andy

ajf May 25, 2007 5:42 PM  

The "ka" particle can be used to distinguish between two choices, or to mean "or". For instance:

土曜日か日曜日 (doyoubi ka nichiyoubi) = Saturday or Sunday

Hope that helps.

PS don't quote me on this
PPS romaji is the tool of the devil

Anonymous,  May 25, 2007 11:03 PM  

Thanks that answers my question :)

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