japanese is probably wrong

the finished version of disappointing_your_abuela.jpeg, based off my favorite headcanon of Lance deciding to teach Keith a little Spanish, and suffering when Keith picks it up annoyingly well and looks up how to say some steamier things ;3c

(note that my Spanish is absolutely atrocious and if I screwed up feel free to send me a message and I’ll fix it.)

whiteraven13  asked:

The country in my fantasy novel is mostly inspired by Moorish Spain. I was wondering, would scimitars make sense to give to the basic low-level infantrymen in the army or would only the more wealthy/higher ranked people have those?

The cavalry have those. The scimitar is a blade specifically designed to be used from horseback. It’s the grandfather of most cavalry blades, including those used in Europe down through the centuries. The curved design and single edge meant it could slash enemies with less risk of losing the blade as you traveled past at high speeds. A stabbing weapon that buries itself in an enemy and you’re at risk of it getting stuck as the horse races past, then you lose your weapon. It was so successful a design that it traveled throughout the world. The scimitar is a very visually distinctive weapon which is why you see it everywhere, but it’s not an infantry sidearm. It also wasn’t the only sword in use.

Javelins rather than swords, apparently, were a symbol of rank.

The basic rule of thumb for swords in the (mostly) western world is curved for cavalry and straight for infantry. The curved, single edged sword like a saber is also the weapon of choice for boarding actions in naval combat. The reason being that the single edged blade can’t be forced back into you when in tight quarters. (I know someone out there is crying, but katana. The Japanese thought that too about British/Naval sabers, they were wrong.)

It’s probably worth remembering as you begin your investigation that “Moor” was the European term for Muslim, and that covers a vast variety of different ethnicities and cultures from Persia to North Africa; many of whom practiced distinct variations of their religion. Because these cultures are so different, it’s important that you narrow your search down to specified groups. This will help you when it comes to determining weapons, troop movements, battle strategies, and tactics.

Some things to remember, the Muslim invasion of the Iberian Peninsula was one of the (many) factors that kicked off the Crusades. The Muslims of the period were more scientifically advanced than the Europeans. If you wanted to see a doctor in the Middle Ages, and wanted to live, you went to see a Muslim. It’s one of the many inventions we can thank the Middle East for, including our numerical system and the survival of Aristotle. You know, an interesting period in history.

However, in the beginning, at least, the conquered Spain was part of a larger empire that spanned the Middle East and North Africa. So, if you really want to know what weapons were carried then its important to look to the invaders and their culture. Whether the scimitar was even in use really depends on the period you want to reference. 711 A.D? 1011 A.D? 1212 A.D? Or when the last Muslim foothold on the Iberian Peninsula finally came to an end in 1492, around the same time Columbus sailed the ocean blue?

It’s a huge period in history that covers a lot of ground. Try to remember that military evolution happens very quickly, and is influenced heavily by the enemies engaged.

When it comes to Moorish battle tactics, I know very little about them. I can tell you they tended to favor lighter armaments and light horses/coursers rather than the heavy. Here’s an overview of the Umayyad conquest that includes troop movements.

The answer to your question, though, of what did the infantry use is spears.

Here’s Wikipedia on Medieval Warfare.

Here’s Wikipedia on the Moors.

Wikipedia on the Umayadd conquest.

Wikipedia on Al-Adulus (Andalusia).

The tactics used in La Reconquista in 1347.

Watch some history nerds go at it (with references) on the Historum forums.

Warfare and Firearms in Fifteenth Century, Morrocco 1400-1492.

The Culture and Civilization of the Umayyads.

Swords and Sabers During the Early Islamic Period.

Islamic Arms and Armor.

An Overview of the Umayyad Caliphate.

More nerds discussing Medieval Arab warfare, strategy, and tactics on the Historum forums. (Love your nerds.)

Always remember: Wikipedia is a jumping off point for research, it is not the end. It’s a decent overview that will give you a grounding to start from but, as any good college professor will tell you, you want the citations at the bottom not the article header or the words in the middle.

The subject of warfare is complicated, to say the least, and covers a vast array of cultures across both Europe, the Middle East, Eastern Europe/Byzantine/Ottomans, and, occasionally, Central Asia.

Hopefully though, this gives you a jumping off point for more specified research into the time period and the armor worn/weapons wielded/tactics used.

-Michi

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2017年2月8日「水曜日」

手と腕が痛いですので沢山文法の本読んでいました。初心者なら、A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammarは一番の参考書ですよ。  ちょっと眠くなってしまいながら勉強しました。

Sorry I fell asleep before I could post anything so here, have it in Japanese instead. ;;

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu deserves way more love! Kikuhiko is so fabulous it hurts ;u;

I was watching the game promo thing on YT and this part happened. Hanae Natsuki is seriously too cute [full vid here]

Also, not actual translation!!

This is just something I imagined they meant because I don’t really understand Japanese. I’m sorry. I probably got the whole story wrong sobs but it’s just too cute

I like how the cast call Kobayashi Yusuke Denka so casually like it’s a nickname.

Noragami Christmas Chapter Translation (pt 1)

Hey, guys! I decided to translate the Christmas chapter because I had some free time and because it’s cute af. Please take into consideration that I am not fluent in Japanese and I am still a student. Some parts I probably translated wrong, but I’m sure I got most of it correct. Enjoy! 

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Okay so with the help of my awesome friend Jaz we managed to translate this menu. (Please note this is a rough estimate to what it says)

相談する (Discuss)

パレスに潜入する (Infiltrate Palace)

So this is basically the ‘Junes Court’ of Persona 5! Where you can gather your party and ultimately enter the dungeon!

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YOOOOO Heads up to Keroro fans, there’s a new movie out that will be streaming for the next several weeks at the Keroro Exhibition in japan at SKIP City International.

The translation title I think is “Keroro Gunso The Super Movie: Starry Sky Solar System Follow Up?”

That is from my very vague and badly remembered attempt at reading the japanese (Someone please correct me because I know i’m probably wrong)

Get hype.

anonymous asked:

I feel weird whenever I see people racebend anime (not cosplay as that's not the same), especially Sailor Moon. I feel like it not only treats race/skin as an accessory, but people forget that Sailor Moon and friends already ARE a minority. They focus on her hair and eyes, but she's a reincarnation who is clearly Japanese. I feel this way often, and I'm probably wrong for it. It just doesn't feel right to intrude on fellow minority safe houses. Maybe we could make our own?

For some reason a lot of people treat Sailor Moon like she’s white but like it’s glaringly obvious that she isn’t, she lives in Japan, speaks Japanese, goes to school there, her family is there, the show was created by a Japanese woman and a Japanese animation company HELLO she IS Japanese and the idea that for some reason everyone in that anime is white is such a strange concept to me. When people racebend Sailor Moon as if she was always already white instead of a Japanese woman that she is it definitely feels like people are trying to erase representations of Japanese and East Asian women from the media, and yeah I get what you mean it’s as if their physical features in animation (even though those features are supposed to be Japanese but are interpreted by others as white) outweigh the reality of their racial background.

- Melody