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What does ば do in this sentence?

What does ば do in this sentence? I am familiar with it as a conditional but it doesn't seem right here. 早朝と言っても人影がまばらにあって、露店の準備をしているホビットもいれば、僕と同じ冒険者のどーワフ達が徒党を組んで何か話し合っている。これからダンジョンへ向かうんだろう。 I ...
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Why importing words from other languages rather than building new ones from existing kanji? [closed]

I would like to know why, in general, new words are imported (from English among other languages) rather that created with respect to the concept/thing they represent. For example, "computer" could ...
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Need help understanding 住んでいました

A question about a verb I don't understand 住んでいました - Sunde imashita jisho.org tells me: "住んでいました looks like an inflection of 住む, with these forms: Te-iru-form. It indicates an action that is ...
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What do I have to say when accepting my employer's request to be a LINE friend?

My employer sent a request with a message saying "田中です。" What do I have to say when accepting my employer's request to be a LINE friend?
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Still confused with tenses

Which is the correct one? テレビが壊れているから、見られないんです。 テレビが壊れているから、見られていないんです。 テレビが壊れるから、見られないんです。 テレビが壊れるから、見られていないんです。 テレビが壊れたから、見られないんです。 テレビが壊れたから、見られていないんです。 When do we have to use either ...
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Place to learn Japanese but in Romaji? [migrated]

I know how bad it is to learn Japanese in Romaji, but I can't learn alphabets for some reason, so is there a place to learn Japanese but in Romaji? like grammars, words and such....
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ついかっとなってしまう meaning

こんばんは! I've taken the challenge to try to read a book written in japanese, and it's been pretty hard, but I'm learning a lot. I haven't been able to figure out the meaning of the following: ...
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“over in the blink of an eye”?

What is the idiom "in the blink of an eye" in Japanese? I want to use it to say that two years will be over in the blink of an eye or "before you even notice". (For a detailed discussion and ...
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「セイン星矢」 v.s. 「セイント星矢」 in the opening song of 「聖闘士星矢」

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTa0ENwF2bo&feature=youtu.be&t=48s It seems that the singer is singing 「セイン星矢」 despite the fact that the subtitle says 「セイント星矢」. Questions: Is it a ...
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まあいいじゃん meaning

それじゃ遅い。遅すぎるよ、小夜子ねーちゃん。 喩えるなら…そう、後で買えばいいと思っていたものが、いざ欲しい時に売り切れていた…みたいな? 分かるような分からないような… あはは、まあいいじゃん。 In this case the speaker was trying to tell the listener why they want do ...
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息がつく(つける) and 息をつく(つける) difference?

I'm used to seeing 息をつく and it's easy to understand in parallel to English, as を marks the object (to take => a breath). However, I saw this sentence in a dictionary: 彼の情熱的な抱擁で彼女は息がつけなかった。 His ...
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When to use the particle 'ga' in questions?

I found these sentences in a book: Kaigi wa itsu arimasu ka? Kore wa nan desu ka? Could anyone please tell me why it's ..itsu desu.. and not ..itsu ga desu..Similarly, why it's ..nan desu.. ...
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Use of である in formal writing after volitional form

I need to write a short abstract for research paper in Japanese, I used the desu/masu-kei, but thought about changing it to the formal writing style de aru form. I get that である is used after nouns ...
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Outlining methods in Japanese

In English, when building a shelf, for example, the instruction booklet will go along the lines of "Step 1. ~~~~. Step 2. ~~~~ etc." In Japanese, I know that you can explain methods by going まずは、それで ...
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What does おつかれさまでしたどぞ means

I know the meaning of おつかれさまでした and どぞ but when they are put together I really can't get what it really means. Does it have a positive or negative meaning? To make it clear: one time one of my ...
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Does the “odo odo” in this question mean fearful?

it is my first time posting here and I have very little experience with Japanese language. Recently, a Japanese user in this game I play posted on my wall: どうもフレンド申請はおどおど受け可能ですか? Does "odo odo" mean ...
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Meaning of なんか面白いことが起こりそうな予感

これって、古い文字で書いてあるみたいだけど、読める? うん、古文は得意だから えーと、「世界、闇に覆われし時、天女に導かれたる超魔神現れん」 ――だって うーん、よく分からないけど、なんか面白いことが起こりそうな予感 Looking at the above excerpt, I'm not sure whether I'm ...
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Sentence ending with でもあった

I found this sentence on a visual novel, and it's the first time I see でも+あった at the end of a phrase, what does it mean? This is the sentence: だがその偶然はあらかじめ決められていた世界の意志でもあった。 Thank you in ...
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Would someone like to explain this sentence for me, please?

I'm Jeroen, from the Netherlands and I'm currently learning Japanese. I'm using Anki, and it's a great tool, and I came across this sentence in the Japanese Core 2000 #1 set: ...
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What does the word 「とかいう歌」 mean?

I have came across the word in the following situation. A: What is coming to your mind when I say the word 「両{りょう}親{しん}」? B: おれは植木等のファンでね とくにあの無{む}責{せき}任{にん}とかいう[歌]{うた}が大好きなんだ 両親イコールってのは...な ...
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Meaning of これ、聞いたほうがいいのかな?

んー…別に寝不足って訳じゃないんだけど。ちょっと、やな夢見てさ… …やな夢? ん…昔のね…… え、えぇと… あ、あ、えっと、これ…聞いた方が良いのかな?それとも聞かない方が…… My question is about what the これ refers to. I think it's like "これを聞いたほうがいいのかな" where they are wondering ...
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Saying “you're welcome” at the workplace

There are a few ways to say "You're welcome". Which is the best for somebody in the workplace (inside and outside the team and of about the same level as myself) どういたしまして いいえ いえいえ others?
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Different ways to refer to oneself (2-in-1 question)

I have two questions about ways to refer to oneself in Japanese. Since they are so closely related I am posting both in the same thread but if anyone here strongly disagrees with this please let me ...
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What is the meaning/usage of あのね/あのな at the start of a sentence?

によによ によによ ちょ、なによ、その顔?何か言いたいの、二人とも? 何もありません。ただ、今はこういう反応をすべきかと思いまして。 俺はサイエに自分と同じ顔をしろと言われてな。 で、この「によによ」に、なにか意味でもあったのか? あのね… Occasionally I'll see this usage where ...
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Does “さよならだけは言わないで” mean “don't only say goodbye” or “don't say goodbye”?

One of the famous songs by Mayumi Itsuwa (五輪 真弓) is by the name さよならだけは言わないで I can't find a good translation of the name on a webpage but Google Translate suggests it means "Do not say only goodbye" ...
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Explanatory の particle in question

I've been watching a few videos and reading up on how the の particle is used in explanations (along with だ/です for statements) and I've come across this video. It explains how you can use の for ...
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Japanese for the tech industry [closed]

I've studied japanese for 6 years, equivalent of 3 years in college. I don't really have a formalized way to measure my Japanese level but I can read probably around 600-700 kanji and am more or less ...
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What is the term (if any) for heaty and cooling foods in Japanese?

Partially quoted from "Heaty and Cooling Foods": When a Chinese uses the terms 'heaty' or 'heatiness' to describe the kinds of foods he/she would like to have or avoid, most Westerners would ...
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ヤマトナデシコ七変化 translation

What is the meaning of this phrase? I understand the lady and kabuki references but overall, what is it trying to say?
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New usage for the particle に

I was talking to my friend, and she said きれいにとれた! What does に after an adjective mean, or what does に before a verb mean? And where can I read more about this? Thank you
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“on the drive home” / “while I was driving home”?

How can I say "on the drive home"? I could come up with 帰り道に but this really doesn't give any information about the fact that I was driving. I am planning to use this phrase to say something ...
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【対する】と【への】はどう違いますか。

to explain some pattern to a friend, I used this sentence : 君への気持ちは強くなる。 To express "my feelings toward you are getting stronger" and then I thought about 【対する】. What would the difference ...
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What does こっちの方 refer to here?

これは、叩いて返せばいいのか。 おう。ぶっ叩いて相手にぶち込んで、相手が落とせば勝ちだぜ。 なるほど。お前はこっちの方が良さそうだな…俺も、手加減無しでいこう。 My question is about what こっちの方 refers to here. It seems that they are playing a game where one has to ...
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How to reconvert phrase with Google IME? [migrated]

My goal is to be able to reselect words after I've pressed enter or space (evaluating them to kanji or kana, depending on the situation). But let's say I have a type in a word. I typed 両親 instead of ...
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「Vていった」 v.s. 「Vてきた」 in the case of 「お花しおれてっちゃった」

In the animated film Spirited Away, there is a line (00:00:54) saying: 「お花しおれてっちゃった」, a contracted form of 「お花がしおれていってしまった」. According to this page by 東京外国語大学, the difference between 「Vていった」 and ...
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What does 違う mean in this “なんか違うわよね、これ”

「この馬鹿!いきなりあんなことして、責任取りなさいよねっ!」 「もちろんだ。お前を嫁として迎えさせて欲しい。」 しまった、こいつって、こういうやつだった… 確かに責任取りなさいって言ったのは私だけと…なんか違うわよね、これ… でも… 「ふ、ふん。いいけど、報いは受けてもらうわよ。」 I'm not quite sure what she ...
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What does そういうところがです mean in this exchange?

なつみ 「あの…流星。」 流星 「ん?」 なつみ 「ええと…痛いところとかない?」 流星  「問題ない。もう大丈夫だ。」 なつみ 「そ、そうなんだ」 なつみ 「それであの…さ。改めてごめんなさい…私のせいで無理させちゃって」 流星が訝しげな目をして、なつみを見る。 なつみ 「な、なによ?」 流星 ...
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Nominalisation and は

I posted a question a long time ago about why we need の in this sentence: 毎日、同じ物を食べるのは、面白くない Eating the same thing everyday is not interesting. To which I was told that adding の here ...
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What is Naruto saying in this video?

I need the Japanese transcription. Here's the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IXWhFAD4SQ#t=2m04s (from 02:04 to 02:42). Here's what I could understand so far (mistakes included... ...
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How to refer to a fixed number of things

Once again I find myself unable to count. What is the best way to express the following in Japanese The three pigeons over there are noisy あそこにいる鳩が3わ煩い (my attempt) The four seasons are ...
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Is 長生きはするもんな a set phrase?

Is 長生きはするもんだな a set phrase meaning "you live and learn"?
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What exactly is 駄目 in this 突っ込み?

す、凄い破壊力です。わたし、思わず鼻血が出そうです! わ、私も なんの、俺は頭から血が出た。 駄目だ…ここは駄目人間の巣窟だわ Context: The girl who said 「駄目だ…ここは駄目人間の巣窟だわ」to herself was watching the other three being stupid and playing with a ...
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Question about the meaning of 内外

I can't figure out the meaning of 内外 and the nuance of 親族 because of it in the following passage. I think I'm more or less understand the basic concept of 内 and 外. I also looked through the dictionary ...
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Understanding correct choice on N1 grammar question

I'm starting my JLPT N1 study, but am already running into roadblocks just reading the example sentences which is rather embarrassing. The way things are going, I'll have many more questions in the ...
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Use of というような in this sentence

くまはたいそう感慨深げに「縁」というような種類の言葉を駆使していろいろと述べた。 I understand the use of (noun A)のような(noun B) to say noun B like noun A , and I understand という in the sense of 'that' e.g. 彼が無事だという知らせ, or 'called' as in ...
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Meaning of おともだちになるあくしゅ

ありがとう。それでね、これがあくしゅ、なの。 あくしゅ? そう。おともだちになるあくしゅ。 そうなんだ。うん、ことばでおしえてもらったときよりも、わかったきがする。 なんていうのかな、あなたのこと、みぢかにかんじる。 ねぇ、もしかしておともだちになるって、こういうこと? うん、そうだよ。そのとおりだよ。 ...
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How to read 二、三日 [duplicate]

If you have the two separate words, it's 二日{ふつか} and 三日{みっか}. But how are they read together? ふた、みっか, に、さんにち, some combination thereof or something else entirely? Source sentence for the curious: ...
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ほら and ほれ - the difference

I'm very familiar with ほら, used for urging someone to look at something. But sometimes I hear ほれ in about the same contexts. Are they the same?
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Can the tense of a subordinate clause be non-relative?

To my understanding, the tense of subordinate clauses is relative: 私は泣いている人に会った。 I met a person, who, at the time, was crying. 私は泣いていた人に会った。 I met a person, who, sometime before our ...
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When is it natural to use で and に and when not to use them

In my previous question I wanted to know how to say "If we continue at this rate I will be fluent by Christmas." Both answers were really helpful and I now know how to say it but there is still ...

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