I was just wondering if, in Japanese there are multiple meanings for the verb "to run" like in English.

for example in English you can
go for a run
run a business
run someone up a wall
run for office

Is there anything like a more abstract meaning than just the act of running?
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A Question of Understanding


We have a Japanese Speech Night at my college, I question whether I should do a speech on what I love, various topics I could choose, or if I should do a speech on what people will understand.

I am in our highest year of Japanese, so I may implement things into my speech that others may not understand/know.

I am divided and I feel as though I am fighting with a colleague over this:Read more...Collapse )
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/fo/ does not equal /fi/ (f = "sh")

There are a vast number of students going into Japanese due to being "philes", if you will, of animation and comic books. These people want to learn the language just for the purpose of "learning" how to read these types of media.

One word used by these individuals is the word, "bishonen" (pretty boy) IPA = [bifonen]. Some people, internationally, mostly Americans, I feel, shorten this word to "bishie/bish/bishi" [IPA: bifi],[IPA: bif], [IPA: bifi]. My question is: why?

In English, we have the phoneme /sh/ and /ow/. We have the word "show." [IPA: fo]

If I made any mistakes, please inform me of them.

Thank you!

(I cannot type in IPA on my Mom's laptop...so "f" = "sh", the cursive "f" symbol)

Crossposted: linguaphiles
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I am not a linguist either, I am a computer programmer, but I do speak Japanese and English and have some interest in languages. I have answered questions about Japanese grammar in other communities for what it is worth.

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