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by Tao Libra
Jan 11th, '12, 02:28
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: How many language do you speak?
Replies: 490
Views: 123117

Native: English

2nd, Moderately fluent: German

3rd, Moderately fluent: Japanese

4th, Introductory Beginner: Chinese (Mandarin)

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If I ever add a 5th, it'll probably be Korean.
by Tao Libra
Mar 14th, '11, 03:33
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: 9.0 Earthquake and Resulting Tsunami hits Northern Japan
Replies: 155
Views: 36042

rootabega wrote:Try begging for money for Japan without the invective.
"Invective?" Try familiarizing yourself with a word before you make yourself look stupid by misusing it, Sparky.
by Tao Libra
Mar 14th, '11, 01:57
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: 9.0 Earthquake and Resulting Tsunami hits Northern Japan
Replies: 155
Views: 36042

Everyone, the people of Japan need our help. If you can afford to donate anything — any amount , no matter how little — please do so. There are many reputable charities, and they're not hard to find. I'm a poverty-stricken college student, and even I have managed to scrape up $50 to donate (which I ...
by Tao Libra
May 15th, '08, 21:45
Forum: Life & Relationships
Topic: GUYS : What kind of girl do u like???
Replies: 166
Views: 35482

One who swallows.





{And before anybody whines about that answer, I'll point out: I have NOT said anything vulgar; and if you're adult enough to understand the reference, then you're adult enough to deal with it.}
by Tao Libra
May 2nd, '08, 08:07
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: CNN insulting Chinese people
Replies: 30
Views: 7628

Chinese hackers appear to be readying for an attack on the West scheduled for April 19. It appears the basis of the attack is based on the recent, and very public, pro Tibet coverage in Western media organizations… The Red Alliance have traditionally required very little in terms of direct motivati...
by Tao Libra
Apr 29th, '08, 10:23
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: CNN insulting Chinese people
Replies: 30
Views: 7628

CNN offered the apology as a courtesy , not because they were obligated to make it. They will not be firing Jack Cafferty, no matter how much noise anyone makes about what he said. Furthermore, please rest assured that the laughably ridiculous $1.3 billion lawsuit filed against CNN will be thrown ou...
by Tao Libra
Apr 27th, '08, 09:49
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: CNN insulting Chinese people
Replies: 30
Views: 7628

First of all, Cafferty's criticisms about shoddy Chinese manufacturing standards were entirely valid and accurate. Suggesting otherwise is simply delusional. Secondly, his remarks about 'goons and thugs' were very obviously not directed at the Chinese people , but at their tyrannical government — an...
by Tao Libra
Oct 22nd, '07, 10:51
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Are Japanese people really like that?
Replies: 137
Views: 19629

I would like to apologize in advance to all americans for what I'm going to write now. :unsure: I'm Austrian (Europe) and we get a lot of TV shows from the US in Europe of course. And especially these shows running on MTV where incredibly ignorant people show up in incredibly dumb reality shows to ...
by Tao Libra
Oct 22nd, '07, 09:28
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: [Movie Discussion] Boku wa imouto ni koi wo suru
Replies: 355
Views: 158559

Just finished watching this, and I've gotta say… good GOD, could it have been any more boring? What were they thinking when they made this two-hour yawner? They had a fabulously taboo subject like incest, yet the best they could come up with was a couple of brief kissing scenes – for a grand total o...
by Tao Libra
Dec 8th, '06, 11:38
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Japanese Home Shrine / Altar
Replies: 3
Views: 1287

I think I may have found the word: Mitamaya.

Can anyone tell me for sure whether that's correct?
by Tao Libra
Dec 8th, '06, 10:39
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Japanese Home Shrine / Altar
Replies: 3
Views: 1287

Japanese Home Shrine / Altar

In TV shows and movies, I have often seen Japanese people praying in front of a small wooden box that contains a photograph of some important ancestor(s) -- usually a parent. Can anyone tell me what the word is for that shrine / altar? Is that the Butsudan? Or is it called something else? I thought ...
by Tao Libra
Sep 5th, '06, 09:35
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Korean Pop Star Diva Say No Nude Pictures to Japan
Replies: 29
Views: 23289

japanese sucks. I think you mean "Japan sucks," or maybe "the Japanese suck." If you're going to spout prejudiced nonsense, you could at least use correct English so you only sound like a racist idiot, rather than an illiterate racist idiot. they are all monsters. "They are ALL monsters," eh? Every...
by Tao Libra
Sep 4th, '06, 00:29
Forum: Life & Relationships
Topic: Would you ever marry someone your parents didn't approve of?
Replies: 79
Views: 31547

Depends on WHY my parents didn't approve. If it was over something stupid like race — which my parents would never do anyway, but let's say hypothetically that they did — then I'd tell my parents to suffer and deal with it, because I'm getting married and they're going to have some half-breed grandc...
by Tao Libra
Aug 27th, '06, 03:55
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: What's your ethinicity??
Replies: 737
Views: 83956

lol thanks tao i no im asian american but i wanna no the specs if im chinese,vietnamese, or 100% chinese Well, what language do your parents speak? (I mean primarily, since I imagine they probably know several.) If it's Vietnamese, you've probably got a good claim for being "Vietnamese-American." I...
by Tao Libra
Aug 27th, '06, 03:46
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: What's your ethinicity??
Replies: 737
Views: 83956

i was always get confused whats the difference between nationality and ethnicity... "Ethnicity" and "Nationality" are mostly the same thing, except that the former term includes your ancestors while the latter term applies only to you. The primary definition of "ethnic" is: pertaining to or charact...
by Tao Libra
Aug 27th, '06, 03:11
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: What's your ethinicity??
Replies: 737
Views: 83956

"European" is not an ethnic group. "German" is an ethnic group. "Norwegian" and "Italian" and "Greek" are ethnic groups. Even on a broader geographic scale, there's a hell of a big difference between a Scandinavian European and a Mediterranean European. So why does the poll distinguish between, say,...
by Tao Libra
Aug 7th, '06, 07:52
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: RECOMMENDED/FAVORITE JDRAMAS (ask for suggestions here)
Replies: 4474
Views: 1471809

Japan Otaku wrote:anyone watch Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi?
Only the episodes that have been soft-subbed (1-6) -- but it's really good, so far…

There are still seeders on it, if you want to grab the whole series in one batch:
A Million Stars Falling From The Sky

And you can get the subtitles HERE.
by Tao Libra
Jun 29th, '06, 09:01
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Teru Teru Ashita
Replies: 41
Views: 17711

I am using the original BT program. Is there a better one? Yes: I strongly recommend µTorrent -- which is also sometimes (correctly) referred to as "MicroTorrent," but is also very often (erroneously) called "UTorrent." [ * ] You can find it here: µTorrent Home Page [ * Irrelevant Nitpicking: - "UT...
by Tao Libra
Jun 7th, '06, 08:13
Forum: Korean Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Guys Your Choice!!
Replies: 19
Views: 10623

Looooooooooooong. The longer, the better. Ideally, it should reach the small of her back. If she can just barely sit on her own hair, then it's perfect. The only way it could possibly be too long is if she's stepping on it. There are indeed many women who look just fine with relatively short hair — ...
by Tao Libra
Jun 7th, '06, 07:36
Forum: Japanese Actors & Actresses
Topic: [poll] Vote for the most sexy Japanese actress!
Replies: 85
Views: 90619

"Which of these Japanese actresses is the most sexy?" :blink HA! :lol Sorry, but the question is almost impossible to answer. Every one of them is incredibly hot, and I wouldn't kick any of them out of my bed — err, I mean, uhhh… the objectification of women as sex objects is offensive! Yeah, that's...
by Tao Libra
May 18th, '06, 20:19
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: For non-asians How have you gotten yourself into asian drama
Replies: 81
Views: 19413

Long story… My father was in the U.S. Air Force when I was a kid, and I got to live in Taiwan for a year — and in case any of you are thinking, "Hey, the U.S. doesn't have any bases in Taiwan anymore," it was a looooong time ago, and we did still have bases there at the time. While there, I watched...
by Tao Libra
May 4th, '06, 04:16
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: soft subs vs hard subs - which do you prefer
Replies: 179
Views: 59234

SOFT , always. The various benefits ascribed to hard subs -- such as pretty fonts, colors, etc. -- are all completely irrelevant. They're eye-candy, nothing more. And they're annoying eye-candy when you can't ever turn them off, and even worse when (as is often the case) they contain spelling or gr...
by Tao Libra
Feb 12th, '06, 14:02
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: What you guys do with the dramas?
Replies: 79
Views: 18394

I have a dvd player that plays divx files… Will your DVD player also play XviD files? I have been told that anything capable of playing DivX will also play XviD, because the codecs are very similar (or something like that), but I have no idea whether that's true. It doesn't sound likely… but then a...
by Tao Libra
Feb 11th, '06, 18:31
Forum: Series of the Week/Month
Topic: Japanese SoTW (Flashback) Poll (02/19/06) - Aoi Tori
Replies: 82
Views: 21255

mizune wrote: Although in Food Fight's case, both are lacking anyhow, so... :whistling:
Although I like Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, you are quite right: The captured video/audio isn't Food Fight's only problem.
by Tao Libra
Feb 11th, '06, 10:03
Forum: Series of the Week/Month
Topic: Japanese SoTW (Flashback) Poll (02/19/06) - Aoi Tori
Replies: 82
Views: 21255

I'm not 'hounding' anybody, I'm just calling attention to the indisputably poor quality of Food Fight so that anyone who hasn't voted yet can take that into consideration -- which serves exactly the same purpose as comments from anyone who says, "I didn't like _Program Title_." I'm only trying to in...
by Tao Libra
Feb 10th, '06, 21:52
Forum: Series of the Week/Month
Topic: Japanese SoTW (Flashback) Poll (02/19/06) - Aoi Tori
Replies: 82
Views: 21255

I voted for Food Fight because I like Kusanagi Tsuyoshi (he was really funny in Sutaa no Koi). Then I noticed there were seeders available for Episode 1, so I decided to get a head start on it... So I got it, and I just watched it, and I discovered that part of that first episode (from 11:25—20:34) ...
by Tao Libra
Nov 30th, '05, 14:51
Forum: Series of the Week/Month
Topic: Japanese SoTW Poll - 11/27/05 - Suekko chonan ane sannin
Replies: 62
Views: 13675

Mizune: Thanks very much for being the first farmer on the plot, so to speak.
by Tao Libra
Nov 28th, '05, 15:40
Forum: Series of the Week/Month
Topic: Japanese SoTW Poll - 11/27/05 - Suekko chonan ane sannin
Replies: 62
Views: 13675

I understand that the SOTW was only just announced, and that only one person is seeding so far, and that the pace of downloading will pick up dramatically when more arrive, and that until that happens everyone will be stuck at nearly the same percentage completed… or rather, that they should all be ...
by Tao Libra
Oct 30th, '05, 12:35
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Kiken na Aneki
Replies: 139
Views: 40256

Yutaro is a little annoying, isn't he? Or am I the only one who wanted to smack the crap out of him when he made Hiroko cry…? :x ( "Dude! What is WRONG with you? How can you be mean to HER?" ) Well, at least he redeemed himself by defending her later. I suppose it's early in the story too, and he'll...
by Tao Libra
Oct 29th, '05, 23:16
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Japanese Music Recommendations
Replies: 404
Views: 221547

Since no one else has mentioned her, I highly recommend… Yaida Hitomi - 矢井田瞳 Nickname: Yaiko Albums: Daiya-monde (2000), Candlize (2001), i/flancy (2002), Air/Cook/Sky (2003), Here today - gone tomorrow (2005) Official website: Aozora Records Fansite: Project J Store listings: CDJapan , YesAsia
by Tao Libra
Oct 8th, '05, 01:06
Forum: Series of the Week/Month
Topic: October's KSOTM - Ireland
Replies: 35
Views: 16014

I just give facts... No, actually you aren't. You're giving opinions, and you only think they're facts. …you would be hard find to list any culture that accepted incest ... Wrong again, as I can name at least a dozen right off the top of my head, without even trying hard — Ancient Egypt, to cite ju...
by Tao Libra
Oct 7th, '05, 23:00
Forum: Series of the Week/Month
Topic: October's KSOTM - Ireland
Replies: 35
Views: 16014

Well, you cant have kids with people of the same gender. Even childrens of first cousins are more likely to have problems, let along sliblings .... If you presume to have the right to tell two people who are related that they can't breed just because they have a higher likelihood of passing on gene...
by Tao Libra
Oct 4th, '05, 13:40
Forum: Series of the Week/Month
Topic: October's KSOTM - Ireland
Replies: 35
Views: 16014

Homosexual is OK ... but Incest ? You've got to be joking. I really don't understand how you could tolerate the one and not the other. If you believe that two consenting adults of the same gender – that is, two people who share the same chromosomes – should be allowed to consort with one another, t...
by Tao Libra
Sep 22nd, '05, 12:51
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Will Japanese music ever survive in America?
Replies: 112
Views: 18271

The fact that it's not mainstream where I live is one of the reasons that I like so much. Excellent point, and I agree wholeheartedly. The reason I disovered J-Pop in the first place was that I got sick and tired of hearing the 'Top 40' crap that's all over MTV and the radio here in America — so on...
by Tao Libra
Sep 22nd, '05, 07:03
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Will Japanese music ever survive in America?
Replies: 112
Views: 18271

It's not the appearance of the singers or musicians that matter. It's not even the music. It's quite simply the language barrier. Most Americans are not the least bit interested in listening to songs that aren't in English, no matter how good the music may be. I used to work in an office that had a ...
by Tao Libra
Aug 31st, '05, 10:44
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Worst J-drama Ever! (*spoilers*)
Replies: 824
Views: 206734

Ahhh… thanks! :D
by Tao Libra
Aug 31st, '05, 10:38
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Worst J-drama Ever! (*spoilers*)
Replies: 824
Views: 206734

What is the "OMS" drama to which several of you have referred? I gather it's got Takuya Kimura in it, but I can't find anything called "OMS" (or even using those initials) listed among his credits on JDorama.com...
by Tao Libra
Aug 30th, '05, 23:08
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 223441

Episode 8 should have come with a Spew Warning: Because I nearly spewed Dr. Pepper all over my monitor when Sakurai-san did his Densha impersonation, complete with whiny stuttering.

:lol
by Tao Libra
Aug 30th, '05, 17:40
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: Worst J-drama Ever! (*spoilers*)
Replies: 824
Views: 206734

I haven't seen nearly as many J-Dramas as the rest of you, apparently. I only started watching them recently, after discovering (and very much liking) the show Hero, on the JPopSuki site -- which made me want more J-Drama, which eventually led me here. The complete list of everything I've watched so...
by Tao Libra
Aug 29th, '05, 03:06
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 223441

BTW: According to "Kodansha's Romanized Japanese-English Dictionary," the verb 来る is irregular, and conjugates as: kuru - informal nonpast affirmative konai - informal nonpast negative kimasu - semi-formal nonpast affirmative kitai - informal nonpast affirmative desiderative kita - informal past aff...
by Tao Libra
Aug 29th, '05, 02:50
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 223441

dunno why but my japanese input has taken a crap on me. It's not "uru" which you typed, but kuru Whoops. I did intend to type 来る。That was a typo, which I didn't notice because (on my screen) the font size is small enough that 売 kinda looked like 来. I should have looked a little more closely. I'll b...
by Tao Libra
Aug 29th, '05, 00:20
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 223441

Ahhh… so it's the Informal Past Affirmative of 売る…?I should have guessed it was something like that, based on the -ita ending. Now I get it, though. Thanks! And thanks for the explanation of how the expression developed. That's the sort of thing they don't usually put in the books. And I'm not sure...
by Tao Libra
Aug 28th, '05, 15:19
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 223441

Here's a Japanese language question for our resident experts: What is the origin of the expression キター? ("KITA") It gets used on Densha Otoko pretty often, and it is translated as "Yes!" in the subtitles; but it isn't listed in any of my Japanese dictionaries (which isn't necessarily surprising, sin...
by Tao Libra
Aug 8th, '05, 05:31
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 223441

That intro song is growing on me too. It sounds so 80-ish (maybe it is? *shrugs*) Yup. 1981, to be specific. The song is called "Twilight," and it's the second track on the album "Time," by Electric Light Orchestra. They showed a commercial for the CD at the end of one of the episodes. (Check it ou...
by Tao Libra
Aug 8th, '05, 04:19
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 223441

Otaku Trivia Test: How many people besides me caught the Kamen Rider reference at the beginning of Episode 2? It's when he's imagining reasons why she isn't answering the phone, just after the little scene from the movie "Ghost" that he imagines. Anybody who did catch it, and recognized it as a Kam...
by Tao Libra
Aug 5th, '05, 13:31
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Densha Otoko
Replies: 1044
Views: 223441

I'm assuming that our hero will grow less and less wussy as we go along. It's presumably going to be about 10-12 episodes long, yes? So we've still got plenty of time for him to grow a spine. And think how much greater the payoff will be when he finally does something truly brave. Anyway -- for thos...
by Tao Libra
May 24th, '05, 17:27
Forum: Series of the Week/Month
Topic: Japanese Series of the Week 05/30/05 - Seija no Koushin
Replies: 92
Views: 23877

I'd like to nominate Trick -- all 3 seasons, if that's a fair suggestion; or just season 3 if it's not. ;-)
by Tao Libra
May 18th, '05, 18:20
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: For New Members - Introduce Yourselves!
Replies: 1500
Views: 299038

Greetings!

I discovered D-Addicts through a link in the forum at JPopSuki . Although that tracker's main theme is music, someone had posted a torrent for the J-Dorama "Hero" (Takuya Kimura, Takako Matsu), which I downloaded out of mere curiosity... and since it was excellent , I decided to try some more Japane...