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What does 包みこまれる (“tsutsumikomareru”) mean in the Spitz song “愛のことば” (“Ai no kotoba”)?

I am trying to translate the chorus for the Spitz song "愛のことば" ("Ai no kotoba"): 傷つくこともなめあうことも包みこまれる愛のことば Kizutsuku koto mo nameau koto mo tsutsumikomareru ai no kotoba Using various ...
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How to make a new sentence from 「母が私に卵を食べさせた。」where 卵 must be the subject?

A: 母が私に卵を食べさせた。My mother forced me to eat eggs. B: 私が母に卵を食べさせられた。I have been forced to eat eggs by my mother. Now I want to make the eggs as the subject. How to make this sentence in Japanese? ...
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In what context does it sound natural to say / write “多忙”?

Would a native ever say "私は多忙{たぼう}です。" in a conversation? In what context? Is it more of a word used in writing? Isn't it a reasonable approximation of "私は中々忙しいです" (which is very conversational)?
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Usage of 如き, 如し, 如く

如き【ごとき】, 如し【ごとし】, 如く【ごとく】 all mean "like/as if/the same as". Is there a certain way they can be used or are they interchangeable?
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Uses of word かんじ (not 漢字, but same pronunciation)

I know 漢字 means chinese characters, but japanese people use word かんじ extensively. I don't understand when and in which context word かんじ is used and why [please explain with details]
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Why this is written using past form?

This is the text: ああ 僕 まだ 名乗ってませんね。 あした お会いしたときに。 It is referring to tomorrow, so I would naturally say: お会いするときに instead. Why does he use a past form? Thanks!
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If I want to learn to speak Japanese, is it vital I learn to write/read it too or can I just learn to speak it? [on hold]

So I want to learn to speak Japanese, no deadline or anything that requires me to learn it, just want to know the world a bit better. The biggest issue I've had when it comes to trying to learn is ...
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When can or should I substitute other particles with 「の」 during nominalization?

When talking about hobbies, interests, etc. it's pretty usual, I think, to nominalize string of words chained by particles. For example drawing pictures is 「絵を描く」or playing soccer is 「サッカーをする」. If one ...
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The radical “貝” and its relation to economic characters such as “貨” “資” etc

Preface My recent trip to Japan allowed me to see many Chinese characters i.e., Kanji (漢字) and one thing that caught my attention was an extensive use of the radical "貝"(かい) on words/characters ...
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Please help me master particles [on hold]

What would be your recommendation to dominate the japanese particles? I'm tired of my sentences and my speaking being destroyed by the fault of a little stupid particle. I'm studying the minna no ...
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Please help with translating this. Thank you [on hold]

datte. koko ni iru seishin byounin wa hidoi! kurishitai hodo!
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Translation Help? 「産声を上げた」

I'm trying to translate a song as practice and I absolutely cannot figure out what this one line means: 「蝕んだ身体に愛を入れて欲しいと 慣れない産声を上げた」 (It's a bit graphic, and I apologize!) Anyway, I get ...
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決着 (keri or kecchaku)

This word 「決着」 (settlement/conclusion) is read as けっちゃく. Though lately, I've been digging into some more comics and noticed that there's another reading being used: ケリ. For example: これが最後【さいご】だ。決着【...
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What does the の do in 向かっているのは特別棟?

Two characters are walking a corridor in a school, and the following appears in two thought bubbles around one of them. 渡り廊下を越えるって事は 向かっているのは特別棟か How can 特別棟 be a statement about 向かっているの? As far as ...
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What is the difference between 「本物」 and 「本当」?

Originally, I had the following sentence: 人形は本当の人のように動きました。 A Japanese native corrected to be: 人形は本物の人のように動きました。 I just want to understand what the difference between the 2 words is, and ...
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Grammar of nounの多さに

品揃えの多さについつい買いこんでしまい、... I ended up unintentionally buying ??? complete set... I'm struggling to understand the part in bold. I know that 多い is 'many', and that you can convert adjectives to nouns ...
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ですかorですが?which one is correct?

While playing League of Legends with some Japanese friends on the JP server, I noticed something interesting. Some of them use "ですが"in chat instead of the correct ”か” I asked them about it and they ...
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Translate a japanese conversation into english [on hold]

I am preparing for JLPT N1 and I came across a dialogue in the listening script for which I am not really sure about its meaning. I have translated it in English based on what I understand. Can ...
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What does か分の mean in 「何ヶ月か分のわたしが床に落っこちたのを見た」?

This sentence (from a song) has bothered me forever: 何ヶ月か分のわたしが床に落っこちたのを見た。 Just how much time have I watched go by since I fell onto the floor? I guess I can understand the translation, ...
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Usage of Verb て-form あります

Q: かばんはかいましたか。 A: 1. はい、もうかいました。  2. はい、もうかってあります。 Both answers also correct, but when should I use the second answer?
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~んです should be used in what condition? [duplicate]

どこでかいますか。 どこでかったんですか。 The meaning of the two sentences are same, right? Yet, in what condition I need to use~んですか。
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Meaning of 娘が心配しちゃいますので

「お礼に一杯おごろう。実は今日、給料が入ったんだ」 「そうですね、嬉しいお誘いなのですが……」 「……娘が心配しちゃいますので」 Context: The above two characters have been out for a while and the guy offers to treat her with his pay. She declines because: 1) ...
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Why are some loanwords written in kanji in certain manga?

In One Piece for example I've noticed that the word "Log Pose" is written as 記録指針{ログポーズ}. Another example, also found in One Piece, is the word "Poneglyph", written as 歴史{ポーネ}の本文{グリフ}. Why do words ...
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I don't get this specific usage of なんか

I'm translating a children's chapter book for language practice, and came across a phrase I didn't get. The context is that these two kids find a quarter on the ground and are asking a woman on the ...
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For 知る what is the difference between the simple present (知る) and 知っている forms?

あなたは電話番号を知りますか (anata wa denwa bangou wo shirimasu ka)? あなたは電話番号を知っていますか (anata wa denwa bangou wo shitte imasu ka)? In my book "あなたは電話番号を知っていますか" (anata wa denwa bangou wo shitte imasu ka) is ...
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Most “learner-friendly” edition of 蟹工船? [on hold]

I speak, read day-to-day Japanese, but like to challenge myself with a literary piece some times. I have been interested in reading 蟹工船, but wonder if it would be hard to do so in Japanese ; the novel ...
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Reading of 入る - 「はいる」 vs 「いる」

Sometimes I'm having trouble choosing the reading for 入る. There was a related question about the reading of 入れる, however my JMdict-based dictionary marks both 入る{はいる} and 入る{いる} as intransitive ...
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What does MUNU ムヌ mean please as in the phrase below

夏が来る前に秋になったような変なムヌで... Can anyone tell me what munu means in this phrase please?
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How to understand this sentence with 次第 and 締め切らす

I am not sure I understand this sentence, 定員になり次第、締め切らせていただきます。 In particular, I can't figure out what is omitted. Here is what I understand, As soon as you will become a regular member, I ...
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つ at the end of a number

I just recently started to learn Japanese and I am a bit confused with some numbers. For example, what is the difference between 七 (なな) and 七つ (ななつ). Is there no difference? Is it just another way of ...
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Can I use a Chinese newspaper to learn kanji radicals and maybe some kanji?

Upon looking for ways on how to start learning kanji, I have found that many people recommend learning the radicals first. After exposing myself to the radicals, I plan on practicing by spotting them ...
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は、には、に。。。what is the difference between them?

Can anyone explain the difference between the three sentences below and also the use of the grammar? わたしのがっこう は 日本人の せんせい が います。 わたしのがっこう に 日本人の せんせい が います。 わたしのがっこう には 日本人の せんせい が います。
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How to say “spoil”

For example He spoiled the joke by putting the punchline in the title. or I haven't finished watching it so don't spoil the plot! All I can find in the dictionary for "spoil" is of food/...
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How would you ask 'What would you like me to call you?'

I know you could use 'おなまえ は なん ですか?' to ask somebody's name, however, what polite phrase could you use/listen for when you're unsure of what to call others/others are unsure of what to call you? Is ...
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Different usage of の

I am familiar with the particle の. Either it be using it as in "possessive" cases like 私の家族. Or its usage as the word "of" like in 日本語の本. But in this special case I can't figure it out why we use ...
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How to say “Pretty women are not necessarily attractive, let alone ugly women”?

I want to say the following Pretty women are not necessarily attractive, let alone ugly women. in Japanese. My attempt is as follows. 不美人どころか、美人も魅力的だとは限らない。 Is it correct and natural?
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Did I determine the pronunciation of 人口 correctly?

On a Kanji exercise, I was told to find how 人口 is read. Because the kanji are a word, I used the kun-yomi of both and I answered "にんこう". Is that correct?
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Hiragana: How does dakuten affect chi and tsu? [duplicate]

In the Human Japanese app, it says that chi and tsu become ji and zu respectively, while on Wikipedia it says that most commonly, they become shi and su.
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Questions about counters

My first question is, are counters always required when counting things? Can't I just slap a number in front of the noun? For example,「いちりんご」for 1 apple? Secondly, in Lesson 5 of the Japanese For ...
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Is there a particular name for the rows and columns of the hiragana/katakana charts?

When i see Hiragana/Katakana Charts i see them always take a form similar to this i see a logical pattern here (except for ん but it's a one off). i am wondering is there a particular name for the ...
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Usage of word white in context and alone

Could anyone explain the difference in the meaning of word white written using following kanji or Kana? 白い, しろ, しろい. Thanks!
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Difference between かわいいのは私です and かわいいの私です?

Can someone check and explain the difference, along with literal translations, between these two sentences for me? かわいいのは私です and かわいいの私です. I got the former as an answer to one of my questions and ...
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ことか to place strong emphasis on something?

According to this website (http://www.jlptsensei.com/grammar-lesson/kotoka/) "ことか is used to place strong emphasis on something." This is the only explanation I could find. I was wondering if that is ...
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What are the Japanese words for MMA terminology?

Bit of a niche question specific (mostly) to words. I'm currently living in Japan and I'm a fan of mixed martial arts (MMA / UFC), watching and training. There are a couple of Japanese people I live ...
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Comparision between 仁義 and 正義

仁義【じんぎ】 and 正義【せいぎ】 both involve justice but 仁義【じんぎ】 says "justice and humanity" while [正義]{せいぎ} is only "justice". I've always believed that 仁義【じんぎ】 was "moral justice" while 正義【せいぎ】 is "lawful ...
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What is a respectful way to say “homosexual (man)”?

Last night, I wanted to tell a Japanese person that a famous singer was homosexual. And, I wanted to say it in a respectful way. The only words I knew were オカマ and ホモ. Both make me cringe. It sounds ...
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Nuance questions about the literal translation of a sentence

This might be a lot to ask for one post, I apologize if it is. So I'm translating a sentence. I want to make sure I fully understand the nuance and that I don't make any assumptions. I'm not trying ...
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Ways to say 'rather than'

I like cats rather than dogs 犬より猫が好き 犬よりも猫が好き 犬というより猫が好き Which, if any, of the above are correct and what is the difference between them?
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How you would say combination in Japanese?

Someone is trying to open a safe, a briefcase, or padlock, and that person says, "What's the combination?". Referring to sequence of numbers to open said lock. What's the Japanese equivalent for ...
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Describing bad Chess moves in Japanese

I'm trying to determine natural way(s) to express how certain Chess moves will be advantageous or disadvantageous in a certain position. In this position, if you exchange your queen with your ...

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