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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anonymous asked:

Who is the 'He' you speak of

“Tsk, tsk, you see Kiku this is why nobody loves you. You’re always beating around the bush, so vague.”

“Now he’s out of the way, let me properly introduce myself”

No mask! 2/15

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;

boyfriend!yuta
  • when yuta wakes up he always speaks in japanese for a few minutes until his head wakes up properly 
  • this means expect to be woken up by a husky voiced yuta whispering in your ear 
  • “boku nitotte, kimi wa kanpeki na hito da yo…” “what was that yuta?” “hmm? nothing”
  • yuta is very protective naturally
  • if he’s stood with someone important to him he holds them close to him
  • he would be like this times ten with his partner
  • he would be like a koala in crowded spaces or in empty places always holding your arm with one hand and putting his spare arm across your shoulders
  • at first he would blush every time he held you into his side but now its second nature to him he just holds you without thinking about it
  • “yuta we are literally stood in the kitchen why are you glued to my side”
  • “yuta im brushing my teeth why are you holding my hand”
  • “yuta i need to eat let go of me”
  • even though he is clingy and open with skinship he would be way more reserved with kissing
  • jaehyun once asked if he had ever even kissed you because nobody ever sees you both kiss
  • yuta has two sides when it comes to kissing
  • one is where he is all giggly and shy and blushing and he kisses everywhere on your face other than your lips 
  • the other side is where he will hold your hands or neck or rub your hips with his thumbs and kisses you deeply 
  • one time when you were sick he brought you soup into bed and fed it to you
  • and kissed you after every spoonful 
  • a week later it was you looking after him because he got sick from you
  • you always look after him and the others which involves you going grocery shopping with them more often than not
  • whenever you do yuta always sits you in the shopping cart and wheels you down the isles until a shop assistant yells at you
  • hes basically a huge kid
  • a giant dorky kid
  • a giant dorky kid that likes to stick stickers on all your things
  • “yuta when did this huge hello kitty sticker get on the back of my laptop” “it was jaemin this time i swear”
  • he takes anniversaries very seriously
  • even if hes in another country he will always have something planned for you
  • he also gets more worried than normal if he is away
  • so he hired one of the dancing instructors to check in on you every day at dinner time to make sure you had a big meal
  • your name in his phone is “nakamoto” followed by your name
  • he always jokes by using nakamoto as your surname
  • this includes lots of “hmm nakamoto sounds good as your name”
  • you aren’t even sure if he’s joking anymore
  • its at the point where you think he’s actually already planned your wedding in his head
  • when he introduced you to the others the first thing johnny said to you was “do you know he cries over anime”
  • yuta likes to cook
  • and when i say cook i mean “roughly follow a cook book and make a huge mess”
  • which then makes him sad and pouty because he wanted to make you something nice to eat
  • but he would never tell you that
  • jealous yuta is very strange
  • he gets very quiet and wary but doesnt want to take you away from whoever is making him jealous because he doesnt want to show is jealousy 
  • so he just kind of does his normal thing of pulling you against his side and holding your arms gently but instead of looking ahead like he normally would he just stares down at you so he can tell if whoever is flirting with you is making you uncomfortable 
  • if they do make you feel uncomfortable then yuta wordlessly pulls you away not even giving the creepy person a chance to react
  • for him it was very much a love at first sight moment
  • he came home to the dorm and quite literally yelled about how he was in love
  • “youve known them for a day” “shut up hansol”
  • even though you knew you were in love with him it took you ages to actually say it
  • when i say took you ages i mean he practically forced it out of you
  • he grabbed you when you tried to leave the dorm and pinned you to the wall in a bear hug and wouldnt let you move 
  • “yuta let me go” “no not until you admit you love me” “you know i do” ‘no you hAVE TO SAY IT” “YUTA I HAVE TO GO TO WORK LET ME GO” “SAY YOU LOVE ME” “WHY” “JUST SAY YOU LOVE ME AND I WILL LET YOU GO” “FINE I LOVE YOU” “finally ”
  • meeting your family and friends is so important to him
  • so important that he would practice speaking your first language in front of a mirror so he could try impress them
  • he even tried to practice how to speak with your accent to impress them even more
  • “yuta your accent is literally the worst thing ive ever heard” “ok listen here taeil i am trying”
  • when taeil told you what he was doing you quite literally had to pin him down and tell him that hes perfect how he is and they will love him no matter what
  • “but want to show them that i love you so much that i would learn a whole language for you” “they know how much you love me you dont have to do anything just be yourself and that will be enough”
  • yuta is annoying
  • and yuta likes to annoy you
  • this can be anything from “hey stop ignoring me” “pay attention to me” “love meeeeee” “look at me” “i need attention” “why aren’t you giving me attention” to him pinching you before running away and hiding
  • like i said before
  • yuta is a huge dorky kid
  • when he hides from you it normally doesnt take long to find him as you can always hear his giggles from a wardrobe somewhere in the dorm
  • do young once bought you both couple shirts as a joke but secretly you both wear them when nobody else is home
  • one time taeyong and ten came home early and saw you both cuddling in your matching shirts and they will never let you forget
  • you and yuta have always been very open and trusting of one another you never had an awkward phase 
  • “jaehyun it was like we already knew each other” “oh my god yuta shut up can you get any more cheesy”
  • if you are ever sad you can always tell him or he will know just by looking at you
  • if you are upset or sad for a reason he cant fix he will let you sit in his lap and brush your hair or draw little pattens with his fingers on your hands and just let you talk or cry or not say anything
  • afterwards he always goes to the store and buys you candy or juice or flowers just so he can make you smile even a little
  • even if he is a joker and constantly annoys you and clings to your arms like a koala he is so considerate of your feelings and treats you delicately 
  • sometimes yuta thinks his heart will burst because of how much he loves you
  • and sometimes you think yours will too


the phrase yuta says in the morning is “ぼくに取って、きみは完璧な人だよ” which i think translates to “you’re the perfect person for me” but i am probably wrong since i don’t speak japanese so don’t take my translation as accurate !!

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.