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What does みぞれは雨のような雪です mean? [closed]

I have been translating a NHK Easy news item but I can't get over a sentence. みぞれは雨のような雪です。 I understand each word however I can't find out the sentence ultimate meaning.
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Must relative clauses attach directly to the noun they are modifying

For example I can write: 日本に行く友達がある。 I have a friend who is going to Japan But can I write: 日本に行くジョンという友達がある。 I have a friend, named John, who is going to Japan. Basically, is it ...
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Meaning and use of どの when not in a question

Can someone please help me to understand these sentences from the Tobira textbook? 秋田市の「竿燈祭り」、仙台市の「七夕祭り」、そして青森市の「ねぶた祭り」。どの祭りもすごいスケール!毎年、日本だけじゃなくて、海外からも観光客がたくさん来るし、とても人気のある祭りだよ。 I am confused about ...
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What does なんだ do? [duplicate]

For example, from Haruhi Suzumiya: 俺、実はポニーテール萌えなんだ。 What does なんだ do here?
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Common ways of asking for someones phone number

I saw somewhere today that [電話]{でんわ}[番号]{ばんごう}は何番ですか is used to ask for someone's phone number. It seemed strange to me since I usually hear it as [電話]{でんわ}[番号]{ばんごう}何ですか, and also because the literal ...
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Maths sentences: 足す and 掛ける

I noticed a lack of case marking particles in mathematical sentences: 1足す2は3である。 3掛ける4は12である。 足す and 掛ける are verbs, does subject and object analysis apply to this? Do they take on the ...
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Hikaru no Go Manga - dialogue question

So this is a sentence I picked from Hikaru no Go, Vol. 1, that I am reading. どれもこれもパツとしないなあ What does パツ mean in this sentence and how do you usually find those kind words? When I searched on ...
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Translation help: 私が困っているのがはつおんですね

This is a trascript from a podcast I was listening to. The woman was asked about what she thought was the hardest aspect in learning english, to which she replied 私が困っているのがはつおんですね So... why 私が ...
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Use of に in ぼくにも出来る

So I was watching the Pokemon Super Bowl Commercial, and around :40 seconds in I hear the phrase ぼくにも出来る Now I know it basically means "I can also do that", but what is the function of the に ...
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た or ていた? Is “turned right” a state or an action?

In this link, Past Unreal Conditional, user l'électeur has given an answer pointing to the tense issues in the original sentence given in the question, stating that ていた needs to be used instead of た: ...
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Comma between adjectives?

Is it okay to separate adjectives with a comma? Since my sentence has three adjectives, I added them just like how we would in English to separate a list containing three or more items (no comma if ...
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とまらない in One Punch Man OP meaning とまれない (negative potential)

The negative form of 止{と}まる (to stop) is 止まらない, and the negative potential form is 止まれない. However, I've noticed that 止まらない can be used in the sense of 止まれない. For example, the OP for One Punch Man ...
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English for 食生活、衣生活

I ran into the words 食生活 and 衣生活 in two different contexts in the last couple of days, and am completely stuck on how to translate them into English. The former occurred in a bullet point: ...
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Formal linguistic term for a “prepositional object”?

examples: (1) The book is on the desk. (2) I went to my favorite cafe. (3) This present is for her. the prepositional phrases / 前置詞句{ぜんちしく}: (1) ... on the desk. (2) ... to my ...
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How would you express “sphere” or “world” in the Japanese language?

How would you express the concept of "sphere" or "world" in Japanese? For example, "Anglosphere" or "Indian speaking world". Is there a repeating pattern or suffix for this purpose, or are there just ...
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Is there any case in which we can use 今日の間に?

I asked some Japanese and they said that 今日のうちに is practically useful but 今日の間に is impractical (never used). Can anybody here give a confirmation about whether 今日の間に is really impractical or not? ...
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How do I translate 「コロッと転がってたりする」 to english?

I've encountered the following sentence in a game: 時には後ろを振り返ると案外役に立つ事がコロッと転がってたりするもんだ。 First, I'd like to understand why the "to" in コロッと isn't in katakana like the rest of the word, why the ...
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How is 口 used here?

祖父はシベリアからの引き揚げを経験した口だ。My grandfather was one of the people who were repatriated from Siberia. I couldn't find any dictionary entries that would fit 口 in this context. What does it mean here ...
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'良い一日' = 'Yoi tsuitachi' - '良' = 'Ryō' - What's going on here? [duplicate]

Consider the phrase '良い一日' pronounced 'Yoi tsuitachi' - '良' is pronounced 'Ryō' by it's self. Is there some trick to this?
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Which conjugation is this? 吸わないようにしています

Can somebody help me with breaking down the sentence: マスクをして、花粉を鼻から吸わないようにしています It has the general meaning of "they use masks so that they don't breathe pollen through their noses". My question ...
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Mnemonical phrases/verses/songs for Japanese grammar [migrated]

In Russian, we have mnemonical phrases for memorizing things like grammatical cases, conjugations of verbs, detecting adverbs, etc. They are somewhat similar to Roy G. Biv mnemonic, but most often are ...
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A question on event timing

Sentences in which event A happens 風呂からあがり、パジャマに着替えたまる子の口がポカンとあいたのは、それから一時間後のことだった。 Sentences in which event B happens What event does それから refer to? Is it saying that the time when Maruko ...
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Where did the reading for 鏡 in 眼鏡 come from?

I looked up the reading for 鏡 in 眼{め}鏡{がね} on jisho.org here, but I could not find がね, only かがみ,キョウ, and ケイ. Where did that reading come from?
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Is 時間がありますか unnatural?

I asked a few native speakers about which phrase was more natural in a situation where I ask a friend if they had time: 時間がありますか? or 時間はありますか? They all chose the latter. So is the ...
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What dialect is this?

This is a shot from a manga called 飴色{あめいろ}パラドックス by 夏目{なつめ}イサク. I was wondering what dialect the police-man was speaking in? I know he's in 田舎{いなか}/東北{とうほく} as that's all the mangaka specifies, ...
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Why does Japanese lack word wrapping? [closed]

Why does Japanese (more or less) lack word wrapping, with even words written in katakana broken up by new lines?
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て-form of いる in compound sentence

In English, we can say, "Brad Pitt is living in Los Angeles and is a famous actor". I wrote this sentence as two Japanese sentences. ブラッド・ピットはロサンゼルスに住んでいます。有名な俳優です。 Brad Pitt is living in Los ...
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Phrase/word for “human to god” love / idolatry?

A Korean friend used a word that I believe was a Japanese loan word, that he said meant a "human to god" kind of love - an 'inferior' being loving or idolizing a 'superior' one. It wasn't a phrase but ...
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嬉しい vs 幸せ. Which one to use in this case?

Both mean happy. 嬉しい is an i-adjective, and 幸せ is a na-adjective. If I want to say, "The happy boy studied at the library", which one should I use? The boy in the sentence is feeling happy at the ...
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volitional + negative verb special meaning or kimarimonku

I was reading a Japanese manga and came across the sentence: よそうかんがえるな。。。 Now, I took this to mean "Stop, let's not think about it", but I am wondering if the phrase is a set-phrase or it is similar ...
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Heart emoji in Japanese texts?

One of my friends was on HelloTalk for a few days and recently a female partner sent him a few messages with the heart emoji (three times within an hour) which kind of confuses him. Does this mean ...
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N3 Pattern: Difference of 「~かわりに」、「~反面」、「~一方(で)」

こんにちは! ちょっと困ったことがありますが、誰か手伝ってくれるといいんですが・・・ Hello! I'm having a little confusion with this sentence from 新完全マスター3級・文法 In the explanation from the book, it is said that 「~反面」、「~一方」and 「~かわりに」means ...
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Meaning of 声をそろえる

What is the meaning of 声をそろえる in this conversation: 「だからってドロボーの手伝いまですることないじゃない」 お姉ちゃんがあきれたように言うと、ヒロシも声をそろえた。 「そうだぞ。そんなバカなことしない人間に育てるために、厳しくする方がまる子のためだ。...」 Literally I think it means 'to ...
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Context of “何様のつもりか”

I came across someone referring to the phrase "何様のつもりか" in the middle of an English-language discussion: if I were [person X], I would be shouting "何様のつもりか" (although I am not, and so I can't) ...
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Multiple は particles in a sentence

I came across the following sentence in a website: 人々は月はチーズの球だと考えました This sentence seems to have two topic particles: 人々 is the topic of the main sentence because "people thought something" ...
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How to talk about style

"日本で流行はおもしろいですね。流行は日本の方がアメリカよりだいじとおもいます。たくさんの種類です。好きな服装はなんですか?" In this case am I using "服装" correctly? I'm trying to express that I think that fashion is more important in Japan and asking what the ...
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Are かた and 人 interchangeable in this sentence?

I played a game app, and I found this sentence on the TOS agreement screen. ないようがわからないかたは、おうちの人にがめんをみせてください English: If you don't understand, show this screen to your parents. The sentence is ...
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i-adjective + na-adjective + noun

How do I use an i-adjective and na-adjective together to describe a noun? For example, how do I say "beautiful, red torii"? 綺麗な鳥居 (na-adjective): beautiful torii 赤い鳥居 (i-adjective): red torii
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How to say IS / ISIS / ISIL / Daesh?

A group that is at war in Syria can be called IS, ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh in English. In Japanese daily conversation, what is the best name that can be used for that group?
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What happened to the を sound?

Unlike ゑ and ゐ, を actually still exists. However, I've never heard of this letter actually being pronounced fully as 'wo'. It's kind of weird that there aren't any words with that letter, isn't it? ...
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Causative-Potential or Causative-Passive

Does a verbal form like this exist. I found this sentence while reading. 一体どこの誰に、今のこいつを黙らせられるっていうのか。 Or should I say, who the hell could be able to silence her. I think the meaning is ...
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Why are there many kanjis that are read and mean the same?

My question comes from this case: 会う 逢う 遭う 遇う I see they all are read "au", and mean "to meet". So, why are there these many cases? And more important, which one should I use? I knew 会う, and when I ...
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Help understanding “口に出しては何も言わない”

I've seen this phrase used a few times and i don't think I get it. What meaning does the "ては" indicate? Here are examples from google: そんな彼女を直子はちらりと見たものの、口に出しては何も言わない。    ...
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Meaning of sentence「最近よくじわ怖スレ見てるからビビりになってる。」

I'm self studying Japanese and I read horror stories to build my reading skills. Recently I came across this sentence that I can't figure out: 最近よくじわ怖スレ見てるからビビりになってる I can't understand what do ...
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What does モンスター娘のいる日常 mean? [duplicate]

I can understand モンスター娘 and 日常, but I can't understand モンスター娘のいる.
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What does モンロス mean?

It seems to be used as a na-adjective, but I couldn't find the meaning anywhere.
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When talking about English 文型, how to say “a sentence”? 文章?

I want to talk about English grammar in technical terms. Example, I might want to discuss 文型: Every English sentence must have a main verb. I would say: ...
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Turning on the light

Do younger Japanese people really use 電気をつける to mean "turn on the light"? It sounds like something that your Grandad would say in the times when electricity was new and exciting. I know it's taught in ...
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Japanese for dual flush toilet

What's the Japanese for dual flush toilet, a flush toilet that allows you to choose either a large flush (大) or small flush (小)? Google translate suggests "デュアル水洗トイレ" (katakana for "dual" plus "flush ...
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'私は学生です' & '夜に部屋では電気をつけない' : 'は' 'では'

I'm so confused about the sentence structure'...では...' we say '私は学生です' 'は' here can mean 'be' but Japanese people would say '夜に部屋では電気をつけない' and 'その店では洋書が売られている' So the first sentence mean '(I) don't ...

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