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How to say “One day at a time” in Romanji

Good Evening, I'm a beginner in Japanese and stack exchange. I'm probably going to ask you all very simple and phrase based questions, so I am happy to give any points or perks of appreciation that I ...
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What is the difference between 片方の手 and 片手?

In my understanding, both 片方の手 and 片手 mean "one hand". What is the difference and how to use them correctly?
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polite and casual language— being asked to switch?

So it's been a while that I have been wondering how each level of speech is called in Japanese. All I have seen, is in textbook the mention of casual, polite, humble, or honorific speech, but I ...
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What's the difference between 「そうもない」 and 「ようがない」

I know that both of these two grammars have the meaning of "it's impossible to do sth" but in the following 2 sentences, only ようがない is the correct answer. ①一方的に責められたら、こちらも説明( a/しそうもない b/しようがない ) ...
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help with small line of Fate/stay night

This is a small part of Rin's summoning chant in Fate/stay night: 四方{しほう}の門{もん}は閉{と}じ、王冠{おうかん}より出{い}で、王国{おうこく}に至{いた}る三叉路{さんさろ}は循環{じゅんかん}せよ。 I have some questions about this... The last part ...
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“Where” construction; grammar question

I'm beginning my study of Japanese grammar and am unclear as to the difference between the following interrogative structures. Is one more correct than the other in asking where something specific is? ...
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Adding additional information as an afterthought

What is a natural way to add another object to a list as an afterthought. For example: 仕事で英語とピアノを教えています。フランス語____。 For work I teach piano and English. Oh, and French too.
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What's the meaning of 「〜ようとも限り」

I cannot find any material relating to this grammar point. Give the following example, could you explain what the meaning of this grammar is? どんなに抵抗しようとも限り生きている人はいつかは死ぬ。
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What is the meaning of 立腹

I am in a chat-community where in a room called "manga and anime" we have a background image, where you can see those two kanji. Google translates it as anger, offense, however i don't see the ...
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confusing usage of でも

a high school student walks into a confection store and after ordering some sweets, the female attendant with whom he is familiar with says: スイーツを? 彼女でもできたんでしょう~? she later sees him off by saying: ...
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Question about using だめ です

A student asks "じしょ お つかって も いい です か?" Teacher replies" いいえ だめ です" I want to know, if possible, how could he have used だめ です to say the full sentence of "no, you cannot use the dictionary" or is だめ ...
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「とあって」vs. 「とあっては」

Both of them mean 「〜とあれば」. I know that 「とあっては」is followed by negative clauses like 「ないわけにはいかない」、「ほかない」、「しかない」、etc. (according to this) However, the answer for the following sentence is A, which ...
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What does いい です mean in お飲み物は何がいいですか?

Phrase: お [飲]{の}み[物]{もの} は [何]{なに} が いい です か O nomimono wa nani ga ii desu ka? What would you like to drink? What I would like to know is what いい です (ii des) does for the sentence ...
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What is the official word for compound syllabaries in Japanese Hiragana?

I am learning Japanese, and of course my first step has been to learn the Hiragana and Katakana. I am at the point to where I feel comfortable writing and reading in Hiragana and I understand that the ...
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How is my hiragana hand writing and which one needs to be work on?

How is my hiragana hand writing? I am trying to practice my handwriting.
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Is my Hiragana good?

This is probably asked a lot around here. I started learning Hiragana a few days ago and this is my progress so far Good? Bad? Give me your thoughts, I'm open to criticism.
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What does 遅刻するとやばいんだけどな mean?

In something I was watching a hero whilst on his way to work heard a lady have their purse stolen and he said 遅刻するとやばいんだけどな Before he ran off to help her. I can understand what the first part ...
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Gruff translation of ん

I am trying to translate the following line: 「ン…そこにすわっていろ」 This line occurs after the gruff villain of the story is handed some files he asked for. It seems that "Yes...sit down over there." ...
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Is my Hiragana writing legible and easy to read?

I just want to make sure that if I were to be asked to write something out in Hiragana, it would be easy to understand.
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Is there a list of expressions, constructions and phrases that could turn up in casual conversation? [on hold]

I want to get some more experience in talking to Japanese people online, but I'm afraid I won't understand a lot of it because of specific expressions, phrases and sentence structures.
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Translation of “want to be taught by him”?

I know to teach is 教え, but I'm not sure how to use the passive form. Google Translate gave 彼が教えしたいです, but that seems he wants to teach (sb). How about 教わたい?
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Is っ used with all consonants or only some of them?

I need to make simple romaji to hiragana conversion for a word based game. When implementing long consonants, I ran into a potential problem of ambiguous conversion. My question is, is っ used with all ...
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aru vs arun — are they exactly the same grammar-wise?

Is aru exactly the same as arun in terms of grammar and the only difference is that arun is more casual?
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Meaning of 'すれ違う赤の軌道'

I don't really get the meaning of this line 'すれ違う赤の軌道' Could it mean 'Crimson path crossed' or 'The crimson path i crossed' ?
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What do these kanji mean: 吉庆有余 [migrated]

Can someone please tell me what it means? I don't understand the 2nd kanji and can't find it online.
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Polite form of つかわないで ください

What is the polite equivalent of つかわないで ください ? (tsukawanaide kudasai) Can we write つかいませんで ください ?
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いけない in this sentence and V-て+noun

I have searched and read articles and questions available regarding いけない and i do understand that it means that something cannot be done (you mustn't...). But i'm a bit unsure about it's meaning in ...
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What's meaning of 担当さん

なんと担当さんがその辺に落ちてた枝や石を使って実際に作ってくれました I can't finish the translation due I can't understand the 担当さん. At first time, somebody said me that it's name. But it's not name, right? I was told that this ...
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Need help learning kanji [on hold]

This is a really long question for i have a lot of them, so i hope those who could spare some of their time to try and help a young, learning person on how to master the language of japanese have ...
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How to say “self-identify”?

I've been looking online but having really found what seems like a suitable translation. I'm try to say something like people who self-identify as LGBT The best I can think of is: ...
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Translation of a passage discussing zodiac systems

My friend and I are reading 宝石泥棒 by Masaki Yamada. In the beginning of chapter five, there are a few paragraphs that discuss constellations and zodiac systems, but we can't figure out how to translate ...
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The best website, translator, and overall way to learn japanese! [on hold]

I just joined this site because I have recently become interested in learning Japanese. I have a friend who studied Japanese in college, and they have become really good at it. Unfortunately, for me, ...
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Wondering if “heitada” phoenetically means anything?

As the title says, I think this is supposed to be a Japanese word spelled phonetically in English. Does it mean anything when spoken in Japanese?
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Does “シャッターチャンス” have the same connotations as “photo op” in English?

In English, the term photo op, short for photo opportunity, can mean an opportunity to take a photo, but in politics and PR, it can also mean an event staged for photos. Does "シャッターチャンス" (wasei-eigo ...
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Usage of ました form and た form with こと

Example: Is the formal of にほん に いった こと が ありまづ this : にほん に いきました こと が ありまづ. Or is the first one used in both cases?
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「自分でも」 and 「くらい」 what's it being used for here?

Ok, so I have spent some time trying to find so explanations of the grammar used in this sentence but I can't seem to quite understand what the 「自分でも」 and 「くらい」 are doing in this sentence. ...
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Is this written correctly?

I've come across this phrase かっこいポーズのリクストにこたえてくれました and I simply can't understand it, something about a cool pose perhaps? I don't know if it's written correctly either. I've tried translating it word ...
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Master suppression techniques

"Master suppression techniques" also known as "domination techniques" are defined as "ways to indirectly suppress and humiliate opponents". Master suppression techniques are defined as strategies ...
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“Less empty” and similar “double negatives”

In English, we can apply a negative adverb to a negative adjective to end up with a positive-pointing adjectival phrase - "less empty," "not small", "less mistaken", and so on. How would I say this in ...
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The meaning of 「尋ねられもしないこと」

I'm reading a Japanese novel and there's this part of the sentence I don't know the meaning 公安からの情報が必要な場合は、何とかして引き出す。しかし、尋ねられもしないことをこちらからわざわざ連絡するつもりはない。 My rough translation is: "In case ...
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Is there a functional difference between 優しげ vs 優しい?

I think 優しげ is a な adjective. Whereas 優しい is an い adjective. When I look up their meanings, their English translation is essentially kind/gentle, and they seem to be both adjectives modifying ...
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What's meaning of ベシュワー and 3つくらい (there is an image)

I can guess that 3つくらい its meaning something like "3 of something" But what's it "something" in this sentence? Floors? Or house? And I don't know anything about ベシュワー, but I can guess that it's ...
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Meaning of 参考に in this sentence

普通のカマは細部を見るときの参考にしています How I can guess it's meaning: When you look at the details of ordinary sickle, use it as a reference But I'm not sure due 参考する in this sentence. How it will be more ...
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I need to translate this line please [on hold]

Please can someone explain what does this line mean? Sorry text selection is disabled in the file so I could not copy paste-it. EDIT: solved.
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How to understand やすくて in this sentence?

How to understand やすくて in this sentence: 制服を買ってみたのは はじめてですが 見やすくてとても助かっています! At first time I tried to buy an uniform, but... 安くて is て-form of 安い, right? I can guess that in English it ...
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Basic Grammar - の particle as an explanation

I'm an absolute Japanese learning beginner. I came across this confusing sentence while I was reading a grammar guide book. Please help me : 飲むんだ。 I understand that の is substituted by ん as we speak, ...
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What is the natural way to say “It is necessary for you to go home early”?

I want to say "It is necessary for you to go home early.", which is the natural way to say it? A: あなたがすぐ帰ることは必要だ。 B: あなたがすぐ帰る必要はある。 I am looking for a natural pattern to convey requirement ...
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Watashi versus Wataxi, are they different accents?

I've noticed after watching a lot of anime that sometimes "Watashi wa" sounds like "Wataxi wa" or maybe "Watakshi wa." The instances I've heard the latter were always from females. I was wondering if ...
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Expressing that two words have the same meaning

Would someone please explain how the Japanese would most naturally state that two "words" (関係 and 関連 for example) have approximately the same meaning? My best bet is either 「関係」と「関連」の意味は同じぐらいです。 ...

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