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Modifying nouns (how to know if a modified noun is the object or the subject?)

晩ご飯を食べなかったボブは、映画で見た銀行に行った。 Bangohan o tabenakatta bobu wa, eiga de mita ginkou ni itta. This means "Bob, who didn't eat dinner, went to the bank HE saw at the movie." What if I want to say "Bob, ...
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The meaning of ~がいい

I've read a lot of mangas and I've noticed the use of がいい after a verb e.g. 見る{みる}がいい。 諦めた{あきらめた}ほうがいい。 Does it work as an adverb?
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What is the meaning of this sign? [closed]

We saw this sign over an exit and its not the typical exit kanji - does anyone know it's meaning?
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それもまた 人生, what does it mean literally?

曲がりくねった道 地図さえない それもまた 人生 In this beautiful song from Misora Hibari, I don't understand the last line. It surely means something like "That is life" but I don't understand the use of も and また. ...
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what does “たすかれます” mean and use for?

I know 助かります (助かる) means: to be saved; to be rescued; to survive. Imperative form : 助かれ but people say 助かれます(i.e. Amazon.co.jp delivery man came earlier than specified time and i said 早いですね、he ...
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What is お in お元気ですか?

Sorry if this is a very basic question, but I'm trying to understand everything in my first lesson (online, Rocket Japanese). I don't understand what the purpose of お is in the phrase お元気ですか, which ...
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What role does と play in this sentence?

What role does と play in the following sentence? みなさんは、アフリカの平原で、ライオンがのんびりと寝そべっている姿をテレビや映画などで、見たことがあるでしょう。 In my understanding, のんびり is a noun and 寝そべっている is a verb. So interconnecting a noun ...
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does anyone know of any o-words or go-words which are absolutely neutral?

Does anyone know of any o-words or go-words which are absolutely neutral (have no nuances of being polite / courteous / respectful / womanly / cute etc etc)? The only ones I'm aware of currently is ...
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Can the last い in かわいい be dropped?

In the Genki I textbook, it says that the i and the u vowels are sometimes dropped when placed between voiceless consonants or at the end of an utterance preceded by voiceless consonants. The example ...
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What does どうにも穏やかではなさそうだが mean

それで一体どうしたのかね?どうにも穏やかではなさそうだが My question is about the meaning of 穏やかではなさそうだ in the above. According to the man who asked him this, he found the protagonist fainted in the park. The translation in ...
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Uses of [◯]{まる} symbol in Japanese typography

What is [◯]{まる} symbol is typically used for? The only usage I know of is the "correct" mark. But the dictionary says it is also used as a placeholder and for censorship, see ◯ and ◯◯. Here are more ...
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How to express “and/also” in this context?

Of the various ways to express the word "and" in Japanese, I don't understand how you would express the following. For example, how would you translate the sentence, "I play music, and/but I also ...
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Relative clause ending with a noun should be followed by の or である? What is the difference?

According to the book I am reading now, a relative clause ending with noun must be followed by の. But sometimes I also find a relative clause ending with noun that is followed by である. Consider the ...
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How to represent percentage and ratio in Japanese?

For the sake of simplicity, assume that there are 60 women and 40 men in my class. I want to say the following statements. Are they correct? The ratio of men to women is 2 to 3. ...
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Aratanaru and atarashii usage

As far as I understand aratanaru and atarashii roughly translate to "new" . When each one have to be used or what are the differences?
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How to say “X movies” that are movies about X

How do I say 'X movies' in Japanese? By this I mean a movie about X, not X made that movie. An example to illustrate what I mean is: There are a lot of Steve Jobs movies It is clear that Steve ...
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What does かこっかな mean?

I see this used but I can't figure out what it means.
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What does the word 「やったる」mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. It is said by an old man who is cooking some food and planning to give it to a younger person who is in jail. ようし わしゃあやったるぜ I am not sure if it is a shorten ...
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Please help with translation. Old guitar

I have an old 1970's electric guitar we believe to be made in Japan. Need help translating this writing please. It was located inside the interior of the guitar. If it is in fact Japanese. The writing ...
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Starting with Grammar [closed]

recently i learned hiragana/katakana and started to learn kanji , i learned few phrases too, now i'm really confused i want to learn the grammar but i can't find a good resource to learn from Any ...
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最中に and うちに differences

So this sentence appeared in my grammar book: パーティーの__地震が起こり、会場は大騒ぎになった。 It says the correct thing to write in the blank space is 最中に. Which would roughly translate the sentence to "Just as the ...
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Is it okay if we pronounce a word with an 'r' sound in English 'R' instead of the Japanese 'R', which is somewhere in between 'L' and 'R'?

So instead of pronounce, 'la le li lo lu', I pronounce it normally, which is, 'ra re ri ro ru'. Could the Japanese tell the difference?
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What is the meaning and reading of 小奴?

I saw it used recently but don't remember the line. It was being used toward a group of subordinates, as 小奴ら. I can't find the word in any dictionary or being explained online. What is the meaning and ...
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どこでも vs. どこにでも vs. どこも

What is the the difference between どこでも vs. どこにでも vs. どこも? I thought どこでも was anywhere, どこにでも was everywhere, and どこも was also everywhere... but then I didn't know what the difference would be between ...
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Japanese Names for Logical Fallacies?

Are there Japanese terms for logical fallacies, or are the English phrases used when they are discussed? If you're wondering what I mean by "logical fallacies," I mean anything on this list, courtesy ...
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when to use naru hodo and when to use wakarimashita?

when to use naru hodo and when to use wakarimashita? As far as I know they both mean something like "I understand" or "I understood"
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_っ_り form adverbs

I keep seeing these onomatopoeic adverbs popping up with the form: _っ_り. Some examples include ぐっすり、ぴったり、すっきり、etc…. Is there a name for these adverbs, and why are they in this specific form?
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Function of と言う

The context:The person who are saying these have been attacked and while he was running away got injured.Madoka finds him and she is trying to help him. My question is:What's the function of と言う here?...
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How to pronounce the English alphabet? (A, B, C, …)

I just had to tell a long booking number over the phone, and realized that some characters like V/B can be hard to convey. So, I want to learn exactly how each letter is currently taught in Japanese ...
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What makes 「どこからきた?」 rude?

It was mentioned in a comment that 「どこからきた?」 is not only informal, but outright rude. The way the comment is written makes me think that this goes beyond grammatical politeness and would be improper ...
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We are now living in the era of smartphone in which uneducated lazy people look busy and important, how to say it in Japanese?

I want to say the following: We are now living in the era of smartphone in which uneducated lazy people look (as if they are) busy and important. And my attempt is as follows: ...
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How to translate a sentence that has no particles

I'm reading a manga and a man (Shusuke) and woman (Nozomi) are having a conversation. It starts out with them talking about congratulating a mutual friend (Sawada) on getting a job when Shusuke says: ...
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How to modify nouns which are present affirmative?

If I want to say "Tanaka, who is a doctor, drinks cola". Is "Isha da Tanaka wa koora o nomu" the correct saying or not?
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How do I write Akane in Japanese?

I want to write Inoue Akane. I can write Inoue (井上) but I can't write Akane. How would you change アカネ/あかね to 茜? It doesn't show up on the kanji bar thing (when you write in hiragana and you have to ...
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Difference between “私達” and “われわれ” when used as possessive pronouns?

When you are talking to a 3rd person, fundamentally (1) それは、私達の出来あげたものです。 (2) それは、われわれの出来あげたものです。 mean: That is something that we all created together. With regard to using them as first ...
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Why ば and ならない in 解決していかねばならない?

技術の革新が環境に与える悪影響についても解決していかねばならない Simultaneously with the innovation of technology concerning negative influence ... Can you explain the grammar behind 解決していかねばならない? I know it has a connection with ...
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Help with おうおういっちょ前におったてて because I can't understand!

I'm reading a manga in Japanese and need help with this, because I can't understand what it really means. Thanks! "おうおういっちょ前におったてて"
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In need of translation [closed]

少しずつ よりそえる よう に ココロ の 向こう がわ の ひかり Exactly what is the meaning and role of each word in this sentence. -A beginner who just started japanese
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Attaching は to a direct quote

If a Japanese person wanted to say something like: I don't understand the phrase "I am flabbergasted" then I think 「I am flabbergasted」という意味が分からない would be okay. I was wondering if you ...
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How can 関係 be used when there is only one subject?

In my textbook there is a clause that I don't really understand: なぜ占い好きと関係があるというと、、、 So my understanding takes me this far: It's a question asking why 占い好き something It's asking why something ...
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Connection between みっか/むいか and よっか/ようか

The pronunciation of [三日]{みっか} and [六日]{むいか}, the 3rd and 6th days of the month, are very similar, as are [四日]{よっか} and [八日]{ようか}, the 4th and 8th days of the month. Is there any inherent significance ...
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2 different ways to describe consecutive actions

Reading a manga I stumbled upon this sentence: 名前書いたら帰る (I will write my name and I will go home) I was a bit confused because of the conditional たら, so I tried to made up a sentence to later ask a ...
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Vて+しまう? 他の使い方がある?

「Vて+しまう」 to express an action that has taken place unintentionally often with unsatisfactory results (guidetojapanese.org). I have a sentence below and I don't know what the 「しまう」 for. 試験が終わった!...
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ぶん after a standard form verb vs ほど or くらい

I came across an example like this: 頼り無さげに 見られるぶん;生徒達に慕って もらえるのは 素直に嬉しい tayorinasage ni mirareru bun; seitotachi ni shitatte moraeru no wa sunao ni ureshii After searching several grammar ...
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Kanji reading of a name

What reading would be used for "鮫" if it's a last name or a first name?
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What does んだけど mean here?

「……さすがにそれはちょっと、あまりオススメできないっていうか……」 優には悪いけど、恥ずかしい……。 俺があのベッドで寝るのも恥ずかしいし、自分の部屋にあるのも恥ずかしい……。 ……というか根本的な問題として置けるのか、アレは。 「なんで? 私と寝るのイヤなの?」 「いや……そういうことは全くもってない**んだけど**……」 「じゃあ問題ない、いい生活にはいい睡眠が大事」 Can ...
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の or は, which particle would be a better choice in this sentence?

才能がないことはないけど、私(の or は)才能があまりすごくない。 "It's not that I don't have talent, but my talents aren't very cool." Which particle would be more acceptable? I ask this because in Japanese there are phrases ...
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Can I replace X with an adjective in 「XはYです」?

I have been learning Japanese for a month now, using various online sources and the Genki I textbook. In the textbook, lesson 1 introduces the 「XはYです」sentence structure and although I'm way past this ...
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The colour of 青黄色い

I'm reading Kawabata's 「雪国」alongside Seidensticker's translation from 1956. A few pages in our narrator casts a glance at a sick man's hand and describes it as 男の青黄色い手. Now I'm wondering what colour ...
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Sei Sei Sei chant

I just finished the manga, Goodnight Punpun Vol. 1 and I noticed several occasions within the work where a character crossed their arms and chanted "Sei". Could someone tell me the meaning of this ...

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