話し言葉. Words that exist in speech but not in writing. Also refers to things like contractions, omissions, or other verbal mechanisms characteristic of speech.

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What do Japanese say when they call their pet cats/dogs?

We sometimes say in English, Hey kitty come over here. Do they say, CatChan iku yo...
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How to say “I don't know you well”

I'm trying to tell someone the reason I don't want to do something is because i barely know them. I'm not even sure if the verb I'm suppose to be using is 知る。I feel that might be really rude to say to ...
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How to say that something is like something with ような

Here is a sentence that I have constructed from my knowledge, but from what I have seen, I am not sure if it is at all correct. [世界]{せ・かい}の[子供]{こ・ども}は[桜]{さくら}の[豊富]{ほう・ふ}な[花]{はな}のようなものだ。 → The ...
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Is “初めてです、広島は。” ok in spoken Japanese?

In the context of my actually being in Hiroshima, I think I could say すごいすごい。初めてです、広島は。 to mean "This is my first time in Hiroshima". Is this correct? Is that natural Japanese? Do the ...
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Is “僕はですね” making fun of a girl who just said “そうですねー”?

In a visual novel a girl just said そうですねー and the guy replied 「僕はですね、伯母の紹介だったからこそ、ここでバイトしてる訳ですが。」 I feel like he's making fun of her for saying desu ne.... and that she sounds like his aunt? If ...
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Is this a different accent than Tokyo's?

A friend of mine wrote:  誘えていないんだ。 But aparently it should be written as:  誘いていないんか。 I think this is not a typo because he wrote two different sentences, both with え instead of い. Is this ...
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の意味は何 versus はどういう意味

What is the difference between の意味は何 and はどういう意味? When asking for the definition of a word, I've been told to use the latter, but I don't know why the former is incorrect.
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Is 隠れていなくて correct?

I found this in a phrase: 隠れていなくて. I can translate it simply as "aren't hiding" or "were hiding"? By the way, is it correct or is 隠れていません better? By the way, the whole phrase is ...
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Polite form of って in 「なになに」って何?

How would you politely say that? When you talk to a stranger, and you don't know the word he just said. Say f.e.: 落札 I understand that you could just say 「落札」の意味は何ですか? but is there specifically a ...
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Distinguishing between homophones in everyday speech

While trying to figure out the polite imperative form of 呼ぶ I figured the correct conjugation to be 呼んで下さい。I found instead that, colloquially, the imperative is 呼び出して下さい。 Am I correct in assuming that ...
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The word いや - gender?

I've been told that いや (in its use similar to いいえ) is a mainly masculine word, but I've heard many female speakers use it, both as a filler and a content word expressing disagreement. Is it that young ...
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What does それ refer to in それでいい in this exchange?

「ええい、御託はいい!!それより流星。お前は見たくはないのか?嫁達の喜ぶ姿を。」 「嫁達の喜ぶ姿…」 「しかも温泉で!」 「お、温泉で…」 「…わ、分かった。嫁達の健康と笑顔には変えられん。」 「ふははははっ、それでいい、それでいいのだ、流星!」 In this exchange I'm a bit confused as to what the それ is actually ...
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What does 「やりい」 mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. たっぷりかわいがってやりい。 I guess it would mean 'to do' but I would like to know why it is written in this form.
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まあいいじゃん meaning

それじゃ遅い。遅すぎるよ、小夜子ねーちゃん。 喩えるなら…そう、後で買えばいいと思っていたものが、いざ欲しい時に売り切れていた…みたいな? 分かるような分からないような… あはは、まあいいじゃん。 In this case the speaker was trying to tell the listener why they want do ...
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What does ムカつく refer to in this situation

Context: Two friends had a spar and one of them beats the other one. The following conversation then happens 「お前、ちょっとは手加減しろよ」 「俺とお前の腕に大した差はないよ」 「なんかムカつくな」 My question is to what is the ...
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What is the meaning/usage of あのね/あのな at the start of a sentence?

によによ によによ ちょ、なによ、その顔?何か言いたいの、二人とも? 何もありません。ただ、今はこういう反応をすべきかと思いまして。 俺はサイエに自分と同じ顔をしろと言われてな。 で、この「によによ」に、なにか意味でもあったのか? あのね… Occasionally I'll see this usage where ...
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What does そういうところがです mean in this exchange?

なつみ 「あの…流星。」 流星 「ん?」 なつみ 「ええと…痛いところとかない?」 流星  「問題ない。もう大丈夫だ。」 なつみ 「そ、そうなんだ」 なつみ 「それであの…さ。改めてごめんなさい…私のせいで無理させちゃって」 流星が訝しげな目をして、なつみを見る。 なつみ 「な、なによ?」 流星 ...
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What exactly is 駄目 in this 突っ込み?

す、凄い破壊力です。わたし、思わず鼻血が出そうです! わ、私も なんの、俺は頭から血が出た。 駄目だ…ここは駄目人間の巣窟だわ Context: The girl who said 「駄目だ…ここは駄目人間の巣窟だわ」to herself was watching the other three being stupid and playing with a ...
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Meaning of おともだちになるあくしゅ

ありがとう。それでね、これがあくしゅ、なの。 あくしゅ? そう。おともだちになるあくしゅ。 そうなんだ。うん、ことばでおしえてもらったときよりも、わかったきがする。 なんていうのかな、あなたのこと、みぢかにかんじる。 ねぇ、もしかしておともだちになるって、こういうこと? うん、そうだよ。そのとおりだよ。 ...
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What does こういうの refer to in こういうのって天然が一番怖いのよ

どこまでドジっ娘なのよ、あの子 あはは…ま、まあ、わざとじゃないんだし こういうのって天然が一番怖いのよ context: あの子 forgot something back in her room that they need and is in the process of going to get it and the other two then begin ...
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Why are words sometimes broken into syllables when said?

This occurrence appears to happen when the speaker is trying to sound cute, or is possibly under the influence of something... They break one of the words into syllables or characters, with pauses in ...
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What to say at the cash register in the convenience store

I just came back from Japan, it is my first time, so I found myself in the situations, that I wasn't prepared for. At the convenience store I noticed natives tend not to say much to the staff at all, ...
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What do you say when giving something to somebody?

In English when you hold out something to someone, sometimes a vocal prompt like "here" or "there" is said to indicate that you are giving it to the person. In Chinese (or at least in Singapore) we ...
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In actual Japanese society, how often are second-person pronouns used?

My Japanese professor (I'm in first-year Japanese) advised us to primarily avoid the use of second-person pronouns like あなた or 君 or おまえ throughout the year, and essentially treated their utterance as ...
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What do I do when I encounter “Written Japanese”?

I have read in grammar dictionaries some words/phrases that are labelled as "Written Japanese" and should not be used in normal speech. Let's take for example the sentence-ending こと indicating a ...
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What does this そういうことよ mean?

Woman 1「遠慮しておくわ。私はそういうときは、時間をかけてゆっくりとしたい方だから」 そう微笑むと、彩葉さんは席を立った。 Woman 1「良ければあなたも、私の金魚を見に来てね。大丈夫。みんながみんな高額なわけではないわ」 Guy 1「……約束は難しいですけど、機会があれば」 Woman 1「ええ。それでは、失礼いたします」 ...
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Is it common to shorten 感じがする to 感じ?

Whilst it isn't always the case, I do occasionally see sentences that I think would be written out in full as 感じがする as opposed to 感じ. Take the following examples. お風呂って大好きなんです。心が休まる感じで ...
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The meaning of モン in 上手いモンでしょう

The main characters younger sister showed him some scribbles she had done in her textbook and then said 「上手いモンでしょう」. My question is whether it is definition 5 here or whether モン refers to the ...
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How do Japanese speakers transition from polite to plain form amongst friends?

When you first meet somebody, polite language is, on the whole, the most commonly used form of Japanese. Children may differ, and I understand that not everyone will use plain form, but regardless a ...
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How to say “please be strict with me” in Japanese

I'm trying to figure out how to say "please be strict with me" For when I am practising with conversation exchanges. So far I have come up with: 私と厳しくしてください 私に厳しくてさられてお願いします Are any of ...
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Relationship between どゆこと and どういうこと

I came across the expression "どゆこと" in the show "世界の日本人妻は見た!". For example, at 21:12 in an episode involving a Mongolian husband. The phrase is also mentioned in the Wikipedia article about the show: ...
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The meaning of という in 言うことを聞かないというのなら

Here's a few examples of the point in question: 言う事を聞かないというのなら どうしてもというのなら もし、君が例外だというのなら In these examples the words in "quotes" were never directly said. Is it correct to view these usages as ...
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The usage of いや in response to questions

My question is about the usage and meaning of いや in response to questions. Take, for example, the 2 examples below. 1) 「僕たちは、もっと親睦を深める必要があると思うのでござるよ」 「いきなりどうしたのよ、何か思うところでも?」 ...
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Beginner miscomprehension of spoken Japanese - finding wrong word boundaries

As a beginner of Japanese, I very often I don't understand or completely misunderstand spoken Japanese - even if I know every word in the sentence, and may have recognized it in different context. ...
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Meaning of だけども / ですけども

I was watching はじめしゃちょー on youtube, and I noticed that he keeps adding だけども / ですけども at the end of sentences. I fully understand the usage of けど, however I have never encountered も (or is it ...
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What is the meaning of using でば to end a sentence?

I've recently heard a number of sentences where でば is used at the end, seemingly to convince the listener of something. Google has failed me for the most part, aside from one article about particles ...
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What does the 'あ' do in this sentence 「そいつあけっこうだね」?

I am not sure if the 'あ' being used instead of 'は' or there is a meaning in the word 'そいつあ'. In addition, is it possible that the 'あ' is a kind of particle or suffix?
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In real life, do Japanese speakers exclaim things like 熱っ! or 痛たた… or 寒!?

In anime and Japanese television and so forth, I've noticed that people confronted with a sudden undesired stimulus, like heat or pain or cold, will often utter something like 熱っ【あつっ】! or 痛たた【いたたた】… ...
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Is this transcription correct?

I saw a video clip with English subtitles and tried to transcribe the Japanese audio. Can anyone tell me if I did it correctly? English subtitles: monster get out ; you've got no right to drink ...
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How does pitch accent work in Japanese?

My studies taught me there's two ways to say each mora in Japanese, with the way you normally talk and when you put a bit more emphasis on a mora, i.e. when someone says なつかしい, the word would be ...
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Rules for emphasizing by lengthening sounds

Sometimes, sounds are lengthened for emphasis. For example, see "とっても versus とても". What are the rules governing this process? Are there restrictions on where lengthening can be inserted? とっても or ...
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Using なるほど (naruhodo) and やっぱり (yappari) in the same situation

I know, since they are of different word classes, なるほど (naruhodo) and やっぱり (yappari) may not be used interchangeably within the same sentence, but can they be used within the same situation instead? ...
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How do I spell “So! So! So! So! So!”?

I've heard people say "So! So! So! So! So!" (or possibly "Sou! Sou! Sou!" or maybe using "z" instead of "s" - I'm bad at hearing) when laughing in agreement. When middle-aged women speak Japanese ...
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Do people use the ending ~まい?

I see the ending ~まい all over the place in the JLPT books and in example phrases but I can't actually think of an example of somebody saying it or writing in an email (from SMS style messages to work ...
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Counters for graphs in oral presentations?

I have to make a Japanese presentation and I'd like to say "I'll explain japanese demographics using three graphs", but then realized I didn't know the counter for graphs. Can someone help me out?
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How to hear the difference between て and で, た and だ, か and が, etc.?

How can I learn to hear the difference between て and で, た and だ, か and が, etc.? For example, when I people say "わたし", it sounds to me like "wa da shi" instead of "wa ta shi". The same things happens ...
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Commonness of casual phrases like “あたし” and “ちっちゃい”

I came across a Japanese girl in Germany who talked using words like あたし instead of わたし, or ちっちゃい instead of ちいさい. When I asked her, she said that these words or usages of words are more common in ...
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Etymology of もん・もの

How do I make sense of the 終助詞 もん as in おいしいもん そうなんだもん Although I have only heard it in 時代劇 speak, I guess it comes from もの, which I think should be も + の. But what も can follow the 終止形 and ...
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What does the expression くそかわ mean?

I read many times the expression くそかわ referred to babies, what does it exactly mean in english? I know that くそ means "damn" while かわ comes from かわいい, right? So damn cute? Thank you!
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Distinguishing between んな/な, んの/の, etc

I'm learning Japanese, but I'm still very early on in my education (Rosetta Stone, some books and a Japanese-speaking friend). I'm pretty sure I'm grasping the basic concepts okay, but I'm having ...