4
votes
1answer
90 views

あちし。。。Real or fiction

I've heard in some mangas あちし, which means "I". However, in every dictionary I've look at, It doesn't exist. So is this a fictional pronoun?
2
votes
2answers
76 views

Large qualifiers before nouns or unusual sentence orders?

Often I find that there are nouns which are tacked on to the end of a phrase. For example, this from an article: 来年公開の映画『獣道』でも主演に抜擢されている伊藤。 Is this giving a description of Itou? Translated as "on ...
3
votes
1answer
75 views

Clarifying meaning of 満系

I'm reading a Japanese term paper and have come across the term 満系, in this context: 日系軍官の満系統制 I am guessing based on the context and searching for possible meanings that it equates to something ...
2
votes
3answers
98 views

What does “石井ん家” (abbreviation) mean?

In sentence: "放課後とりま石井ん家に集合な!"
4
votes
1answer
71 views

〇〇さん「は・が」いらっしゃいますか?

I found this sentence on https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E3%81%84%E3%82%89%E3%81%A3%E3%81%97%E3%82%83%E3%82%8B and it struck me as odd. 山田【やまだ】さんがいらっしゃいますでしょうか。 Listening to my co-workers (...
1
vote
1answer
107 views

When might someone say おしたいしておりました?

In what situation might a Japanese person say おしたいして おりました and what is it most commonly used to imply?
4
votes
1answer
94 views

What is 社会運動標榜?

What is 社会運動標榜 and how is it different from 社会運動家 ? The first is criminal in Japan and the second is not, but I'm not clear on the differences. Props if you can also explain how this may or may not ...
2
votes
1answer
97 views

meaning of 蓮も好きなんだから

「あぁっ しかもあんな強引にされちゃったりして」 「もぉ… 蓮も好きなんだから」 What does 蓮も好きなんだから mean in the above? To me it's ambiguous and could mean "I also love you", "you also love me", or that he also loves something else. ...
2
votes
3answers
94 views

The meaning of 吐く in a scene from 火花

In the popular novel 火花, after the two main characters engage in a manzai-like conversation, Kamiya says the following: 「二人がかりで結構時間かかったな。笑いって、こんなに難しかったっけ?」 I think I have a good understanding of ...
2
votes
1answer
68 views

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 ...
7
votes
3answers
192 views

さらわる - what form is this?

I just watched an episode called: ハロルド王子{おうじ}さらわる! What is this さらわる? Can it be written with kanji? Any reason why online dictionaries don't seem to understand its structure?
1
vote
1answer
49 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
55 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
77 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
82 views

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. ...
2
votes
2answers
42 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
171 views

What does the word 「せん」mean in this sentence?

It is said by the old man to a group of children about going to see a boy who is in a jail. An old man: おめえら そんなかっこうであそんでいていいのか ジョーにあいにいくしたくを せんでもいいのか A child: あたいたちもつれてってくれるの? I noticed that there ...
1
vote
1answer
89 views

What does かこっかな mean?

I see this used but I can't figure out what it means.
6
votes
1answer
100 views

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. ...
3
votes
1answer
207 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
65 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
89 views

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?
1
vote
2answers
136 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

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?...
2
votes
2answers
126 views

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"
3
votes
1answer
65 views

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: ...
2
votes
1answer
69 views

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, ...
1
vote
1answer
74 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
62 views

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: ...
2
votes
1answer
38 views

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?
2
votes
1answer
82 views

What does らいたい mean here?

This is in the beginning of the Oregairu manga (it's on the 10th page of volume 1, which is in the free sample on ebookjapan): 近頃の高校生はらいたいこんな感じじゃないでしゅか What does らいたい mean here? I would also be ...
3
votes
2answers
103 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
67 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
70 views

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"
3
votes
1answer
93 views

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 ...
8
votes
3answers
142 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
95 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
80 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
84 views

Kanji reading of a name

What reading would be used for "鮫" if it's a last name or a first name?
5
votes
2answers
126 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
129 views

すごく to describe a person?

Can すごく be used to describe a person or only an inanimate thing?
13
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
114 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
117 views

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!...
-5
votes
1answer
100 views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
154 views

“On a more serious note” equivalent expression in Japanese

At work, I would naturally use the above line as a transition. What equivalent phrases can I use in Japanese? I could come up only with a quite literal translation: 真面目に言うと
3
votes
1answer
52 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
73 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
122 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
89 views

ば晴れて usage and meaning

要はその期限まで、誰にも私たちの事をしゃべらず、また、勝手に死ななければ晴れて自由の身ってこと。 I don't understand what that bold part mean. Is this a set phrase?

15 30 50 per page