- 27 Nov 2003
Lina Inverse said:So Elizabeth told you? It's still wrong, I'm afraid
No, I knew the answer. I'm telling you to ask her for a second opinion if you don't believe me.
BTW, thanks for not calling me a retarded idiot like you did about my former German teacher.
Elizabeth said:I think Golgo is correct as well. The mo ii form is more like permission to still call someone even if it's late in the evening or use someone else's belongings or something, so taking their picture would fall under that category. But I'm at work and really don't have time to think clearly about it now.
kirei_na_me said:Lina, my husband is a native Japanese person and he says it doesn't really make any sense. He says Golgo's is perfect and 'normal' Japanese. Golgo is Japanese, after all.
Besides, almost everyone in Japan can understand the English phrase, "may I/can I take picture?", I think.
Thanks KNM! And please thank your hubby for me! Tell him "Chikai uchi ni ippai ikimashou!"
Lina Inverse said:
Right, like the real Golgo 13 the assasin, I'm a person of unknown nationality.
I am no longer a Japanese citizen, so my official nationality is American.
However, I was born in Japan to Japanese parents, and spent the first 9 years of my life there. I call myself a native New Yorker because that's where I grew up and I consider it my "home town." I speak fluent Japanese and have done translation work professionally.
Lina Inverse said:Well, in German it's common consens to ask "can I" (Kann ich) when asking for permission. "May I" (darf ich) is considered as old-fashined and overly polite and would get you odd looks most times.
Then go take photos of girls in Berlin.