Mellen (absentmammoth) wrote,
Mellen
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They have mondos in Japan, too...

In Japanese, the word deshyoo shows that the person speaking is either being politely vague or isn't sure about something. Deshyoo ka is asking a question with that same uncertainty. Saying deshyoo ka ne is asking a question and looking for confirmation more from yourself than the person you are addressing.

My tutor Dave says, "It's more of an personal question than a real question. Like 'Oh yes, where is it, anyway?' You're asking yourself, not the other person."

"So basically," I say "It's an internal question said out loud." He tells me that's correct.

Gotta love the Japanese ^_^
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