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I found out that, Ctrl+Caps Lock is Hiragana and Alt+Caps Lock is Katakana. I wish they would have put that in help somewhere.
Your Japanese Study Questions / Re: Do women say Atashi?
« Last post by KennedDoll on July 30, 2020, 06:34:34 PM »
I had heard a story about a male student torturing their Japanese instructor by always saying atashii, so I assumed it was sort of hyper-feminine.

Ok. I did know how to switch between Japanese and English. Switching between hiragana and katakana is what I wonder about (aside from by clicking with the mouse).
Japan Travel Discussion / Throwback to when we could travel to Japan pics
« Last post by Evanstrong on July 30, 2020, 04:40:58 AM »
With the world as it is, it will only be a matter of time until it will be safe to travel again. In the meantime, we can virtually travel by sharing our past travel pics. I'll start.

This is a picture of the tranquil Nakajima No Ochaya tea house located in Hamarikyu Gardens. Nestled in the Chuo Ward of Tokyo, this park is a respite from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.
We enjoyed afternoon tea and sweets, while relaxing in the tea house. The day's stresses melted away and you felt transported to a different era. Highly Recommend visiting.

Apparently, this is quite a good guide on how to do it:

Then when it's setup, you can use Win+Space to switch between Japanese and english.
Your Japanese Study Questions / Re: Do women say Atashi?
« Last post by Forum Ninja on July 30, 2020, 04:03:19 AM »
Yes, the vast majority of people who say "atashii" in Japanese are women.

However, you should always remember that personal pronouns are used far less in Japanese than compared to English. Using Watashi too much can sometime sound a little self involved or self important.

So instead of saying 私はちょっと銀行に行ってきます (I'm popping out to the bank) you'd drop the 私は because the context is obvious.

One more thing. Women when using the word あなた is usually used by housewives to specifically refer to their husbands.
あなた、掃除まだやってないの?もう! Darling, you haven't done the cleaning yet? Honestly!
Your Japanese Study Questions / Do women say Atashi?
« Last post by KennedDoll on July 29, 2020, 07:15:04 PM »
... instead of watashi wa.
Do you know if I can set a keyboard shortcut to switch between kana? I saw somewhere it is set to F7 but that doesn't work for me.

Also, the IME only seems to work in some places. It would be nice to have a way to switch languages everywhere.
Japan Travel Discussion / Re: Surprising things on sale in Japan
« Last post by Evanstrong on July 27, 2020, 06:33:17 AM »
こんにちは!Would anyone have recommendations for a service you can buy products from Japan and send them to the US? I’ve heard of White Rabbit, but haven’t used them. Thanks in advance!
Japan Travel Discussion / Surprising things on sale in Japan
« Last post by Forum Ninja on July 26, 2020, 07:45:01 AM »
I went to a department store and found two random things of interest today.

First is this shopping bag with random English on it. The grammar is pretty much almost perfect which is quite unusual for a Japanese product with random English on it. As for what the overall meaning is, your guess is as good as mine.

The second and more surprising thing was this Walkman and yes you can still buy them. I'm guessing this is aimed at your average senior citizen who remembers tape cassette technology and can't be bothered with all this new fangled technology nonsense.

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