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Trying to understand 私のこと in this sentence [duplicate]

According to a tweet from @real_eikaiwa, the following sentence: こんなに私のこと笑わせてくれる人なかなかいないって思ってる! Translates to: "I don't think I've ever met anyone that made me laugh so much!" But this ...
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When to use 丁寧語 and/or 尊敬語 [duplicate]

As the title says, I'm asking in what situations I'm supposed to use those 2. I know what they mean, more or less. Is it just a matter of one being "superior" or "inferior" to you? e.g., I'll be in ...
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How to use はるばる / はるばると in a sentence

はるばる - from afar; over a great distance; all the way I'd greatly appreciate someone telling me what the と at the end of はるばる does to it's meaning, and if it affects the words' location in a ...
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How to translate 「まだ行ったことのないアメリカや日本に行ってみたいです」? [duplicate]

I am not sure if I understood this sentence right まだ行ったことのないアメリカや日本に行ってみたいです。 I got it like: "I want to visit places where I've never been such as America and Japan". And why is there の? ...
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といいんです and といいんですけど

What exactly is the difference between these two phrases. How does けど/が affect the meaning and how does it relate to its meaning of 'but'?
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What is the difference between びっくりした and びっくりするじゃないの

What is the difference between びっくりした and びっくりするじゃないの? The only thing I can think of is that one is just a general way of saying that something scared you, whilst the other is a way of "blaming" the ...
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Phrases to describe looking something up somewhere other than a dictionary

Looking something up in a dictionary is 辞書{じしょ}を引{ひ}く But what about looking something up in ALC? Which particle is correct? Would we say ALCで確認{かくにん}しました or ALCを確認{かくにん}しました or ...
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Meaning of おん after a name [closed]

I was talking with a Japanese girl by message and she asked me how to read my name, which is Andrea (Spanish female name). I told her it's アンドレア but that some friends call me あんちゃん because it's ...
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History of Japanese “Vulgar” Vocabulary

This has been bothering me for a long time. I'm not sure which words are used in Japan in modern times for refering to things like sex, cursing, and going to the bathroom, and I don't know of a good ...
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Pronunciation of the Japanese ん and nasalized vowels

I've been trying to grasp how ん sounds when placed after a vowel. Apparently the vowel becomes nasalized (and extended?) but does it get rid of the n sound completely then? If so wouldn't ほん have its ...
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Did the Japanese have a word for surrender before WWII?

I had always thought that the Japanese didn't have a word for surrender before WWII. It seemed to be plausible given their culture. However, I can't seem to find any solid evidence of this. Is it just ...
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Why does 日本語{にほんご} mean Japanese?

Google translate says 日本語 means Japanese. It also says: 語 means "word" 本 means "this" 日 means "day" So how do you get "Japanese" out of these three kanji?
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Why is there a “tsu” in Nippon (にっぽん)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How did “little tsu” become a lengthener? On Wikipedia and elsewhere, Japan is written like so: Nippon ( にっぽん ). What is that tsu doing in there? Why isn't it ...
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What word and form is うってる?

I'm reading a children's book (no kanji) and the sentence is: いどうはんばいしゃは、 みんなが だいすきな たべものを うってるよ。 From the context, I figure it means: The mobile catering guy everyones favourite food ...
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The origin of しなさい

勉強しなさいよ! i know what this means.. but what is the origin of しなさい ? Does it come from する (to do verb) ?? Is it short form of something? or what?
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は and を or の and わ

Okay, so I learned a little while ago that 私は日本語を悪いです is what you should say. But someone who is Japanese told me that 私の日本語わ悪いです is correct. So now I'm a little confused. Are both ...
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What is a euphemism for “slurred speech”? [closed]

"Slurred speech" is not just a past participle modifying a noun. It is actually a casual way to say the medical condition "dysarthria". I was just wondering if there was a Japanese euphemism analogous ...
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Can だ be used as a particle in a phrase?

I'd like to say “Tomorrow is Monday”. Is it correct for me to say 「あしただげつようび」? Or is there simply no particle at all?
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What are some sentences that exhibit わがまま

わがままはもう言わない gets translated as "won't say anything selfish anymore." However, this doesn't really make sense. If I google "say anything selfish," what I find are sites that have translated わがままはもう言わない ...
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What kind of object is こんだら?

I was listening the the opening theme of the animation 巨人の星. I was able to pick up the first part. 重いこんだら I understand that 重い (heavy) is a relative clause modifying こんだら. What is こんだら? It should ...
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Which is more natural: イエス様の救う恵み or 救うイエス様の恵み?

I'm trying to translate "Jesus's saving grace". Translating directly from English, the phrase that comes to mind is: イエス様の救っている恵み But I get the feeling that maybe it's more natural and ...
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What does this word mean?

I got this from a Japanese bar owner, she said it means "bamboo", but I used Google translate and can't find a similar word that looks like that. Also, is it possible to type out this word?
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What does '今よ' mean?

What does 'よ' do when placed after a single noun like '今'? 今よ Would it be considered a question, like "Now?" ?
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Why is watermelon written in Hiragana, whereas melon is written in katakana?

For the two words, watermelon and melon: watermelon --> 西瓜(すいか) melon --> メロン Watermelon uses hiragana, whereas melon uses katakana. Why is this set up this way? Is there a special rule that ...
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Are ここ, そこ and あそこ prepositions?

これ, それ and あれ are demonstrative pronouns. この, その and あの are demonstrative determiners. What could you call ここ, そこ and あそこ? Are they prepositions?
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Understanding Japanese verbs

I took up an interest in Japanese and I have to say I'm enjoying the language overall. I've been reading online resources and have no problem with normal Godan or Ichidan verbs since they have rules ...
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Difference between ます and です

As a total beginner I noticed that sometimes simple sentences end with ます and sometimes with です. What is the difference? Thanks
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Why can story writers use くれる when describing a third person?

I just read a famous Japanese legend as follows. 昔、ある所に浦島太郎という若い男がいました。 ある日、太郎は子供達にいじめられている亀を助けてあげました。 亀は「助けてくれて、ありがとうございました」と言って、太郎を海の中のお城へ連れて行ってくれました。 Why can story writers use くれる when ...
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How to translate this sentence about ebooks and reading habits? [closed]

I came across this long sentence that I am not sure of what it means: 電子書籍を読むようになってから、かえってリアル本屋に足を向けて本を眺める習慣ができました。まあレアケースなのかもしれませんが。 With the help of safarikai, contextually I (very roughly) ...
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What does うぃーす mean?

What does うぃーす exactly mean? (I vaguely hear it when people greet each other.) How is it different from other greetings? Is it correct to write it as うぃす too? How to properly type it on a Macbook? ...
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Why do Japanese people 'teach' others their phone numbers?

One of the common mistakes that Japanese people make when speaking in English is to translate the expression "電話番号を教えて" directly into English - "to teach a phone number", which can confuse native ...
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How to say “Taking Japanese class has been fun” using 〜ものだ

I'm trying to say "Taking Japanese class has been [or was] fun" using ものだ. But I don't think this is right: 日本語の授業を受けている楽していたものだ。
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When is マイ・ワイフ used?

While looking up マイカー in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_gairaigo_and_wasei-eigo_terms, I came across マイ・ワイフ. Is マイ・ワイフ used in real life, or mainly in anime? If the former, what differences ...
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Difference between 折る and 折れる

What's the difference between 折【お】る and 折【お】れる? According to my dictionary, they both mean to break or to fold. When would you use one over the other? These verbs are on the JLPT N4 vocabulary list.
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When translating to English, how to preserve the emphasized part?

Consider the following sentence. この地域には夜に星が見える。 Here, には emphasizes the この地域. If I translate it to English as follows, The stars are visible at night in this area. the nuance of ...
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水 - pronounce choice between 水{すい} and 水{みず}

As the title says, 水 has 2 pronounce: 水{すい} and 水{みず}. My question is: When to use which? e.g How to read it in: 水と米. What is the rule, if any.
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What's this handwritten character?

I'm having trouble figuring out what characters these are: I guess the two on the right are "まだ", but what's the one on the left? Thanks for your help.
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Does ただな mean the same thing as ただの?

According to http://www.jisho.org/words?jap=%E3%81%9F%E3%81%A0&eng=&dict=edict, ただ is a na-adjective. People seem to use ただの exelucisvely, and I wonder what ただな means. What does ただな mean?
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Are な and だ both copula verbs?

What is the grammatical relationship between these two words? Are they just different words expressing the same concept, is one the derivation of the other or is a third option true?
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How to read this kanji? (see image)

All the methods I know failed. My count is 7 strokes, but may be wrong. I think the key is the bottom part, but no radical matches its shape. The rest of the word, including particle, is: きながらでも ...
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negative verb confusion

Slightly mundane question here. Do negative verbs translate as x "does not" do this action or simply "not" e.g 食べない "not eat" as opposed to "does not eat". The reason I ask is because On Tae kim's ...
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How to speak in Kansai dialect

For someone who has studied standard Japanese, how hard is it to learn Kansai dialect? Is there a lot to learn, or not much? What are the basic things to learn in order to speak in this dialect? All I ...
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Ending a sentence in ぞと

One of the people I follow on twitter sometimes ends his sentences in ぞと. Is this just a more polite form of ぞ? Here's an example: ブログUPしましたぞと♪(´ε` )
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How does き を つけます translate to I'll be careful?

Google translates it as "you care" and my guide says it is used to say "I'll be careful." From the structure I can figure out that き means something like care and つけます would be something like "be." ...
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How do I say “cat”? And do I use kanji, hiragana, katakana or rōmaji?

猫, ねこ, ネコ, neko Which of these means "cat"? Is it all of them? Which situation do I use each of these in?
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What does “itadakimashite” do in this case?

So on the shinkansen, the announcer says something along the lines of: Kyou mo JR wo goriyou itadakimashite, makotoni arigatou gozaimasu. What does itadakimashite do in this situation?
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Meaning of すい歴史

I wonder, what mean word すい歴史? (I just recognized it that way)
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What does the 「とって」 mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. 東のはずれには年をとって働けなくなった人たちのために養老院をたてるっ
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“Year of the X” - is there an idiom?

So, if we were talking about "this is the Year of the Dog", I think the correct rendering of that in Japanese would be 戌年, with the reading いぬどし. But does that extend outside of the astrological sense?...
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Is the negative form of 住む related to すみません (i.e. “I'm sorry”/“Excuse me”), and how is it used in actual conversation?

Just learned the verb “to live” 住む. When conjugated to masu negative it is pronounced as すみません. How is this related to the expression すみません which means “I'm sorry”/“Please excuse me”? Or is it just a ...

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