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Can't understand this idiom, is this slang?

"デカくてトロくて." This is from a manga I'm reading, and here is the whole sentence "デカくてトロくて使いやすいジャンプ台だった." For context purposes, this is a soccer manga and refers to a part where a forward was sure to be ...
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Why can't I use は with ある?

I wanted to say: there is a pen. Hence, I said ペンはある。But my girlfriend said to me that one has to say: ペンがある。But she can't explain to me why, and I don't understand. Do you have an explanation? ...
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Using ます-form inside a (compound, conditional) statement

Japanese grammar books say that ます-form should be used only at the very end of a (compound) statement. So 〜ないといけません。is a correct sentence ending. However googling "ませんといけない" finds lots of matches ...
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When in doubt between -chan and -kun what to choose?

I want to call one of my friend, who is not Japanese, by adding -chan or -kun to his name. The friend is a student of Japanese as myself from the same group. A male, not homosexual. I think he's about ...
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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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multiple たとえ even if (in a compound sentense)

たとえ夏にあなたにあえなくても、たとえいっしょに旅しなくても、まだもっと待ってるよ。 The question is how to link two "even if's" in a compound sentence, as in the example above. Perhaps, You don't need two たとえ and if you only conjugate ...
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How to say “A wants B to keep away from C.”?

I want to say A wants B to keep away from C. (A is a third person) My attempt is as follows, AはBにCを遠ざけてほしがっている。 Is it correct? Unnatural? Any comment and suggestion is really appreciated.
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げっそり自由 meaning?

I have this sentence in one of my N1 practice books, but I am not really sure how to translate this one: 不況のせいでリストラされたので、しばらくげっそり自由を楽しむことにした。 げっそり translate to 'being disheartened' - how to ...
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Conjugation for the verb しろって

I recently came across the following sentence in an English comic book that was translated into Japanese: 先生が僕らに何をしろって? I checked the verb しろって and found out that it was conjugated from する? May I ...
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how should 断面神 be interpreted?

I'm stuck trying to guess what 断面神 might be. Context : Expressing astonishment it's possible to find a place in Tokyo where croissant is about as good as in Paris (while looking at a photograph of ...
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Counter intuitive meaning of お開き

Apparently 開き means "opening" but お開き means "closure", which seems very counter intuitive. What is going on here? Are there any other similar cases in Japanese language?
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Describing progress of a project

I would like to know some natural phrases for describing that a project is running along smoothly. This is what I can think of but there may be better expressions. 最近のプロジェクトは着々と進んでいます。 ...
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Why is 「微笑み選ぼう」 correct in grammar?

The sentence 微笑み選ぼう is part of the lyrics of a song called 錆びついたマシンガンで今を撃ち抜こう. I'm wondering why it is correct in grammar because it seems to me that there is supposed to be a を between 微笑み and 選ぼう. ...
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plain present verb + ちょる

While reading a manga, which takes place during the samurai era, I came across the statement: 弟の鉄之助は中岡隊長の言うちょった犯人の特徴とピッタリ合うちょるきに…! I'm pretty sure it translates roughly to something like The ...
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How to say “changed academic course” in resume?

I'm writing my resume in japanese, and I have a rather unusual cursus as a french student. I spent 2 years doing my bachelor's degree in IT, then instead of finishing my degree, I changed my cursus ...
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「あんたもマンガだ!!」 - how to understand it?

Here is a page from a classic manga ドクタースランプ: http://i.imgur.com/9UGI9kI.png In this chapter the professor shows Arale a camera than can look into the future. In the bottom frame Arale says to him ...
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Is 猫神(ねこがみ) or 猫山(ねこやま) a crazy male japanese name to have? [closed]

I'm looking for a unique male japanese name that would sound ok in both english and japanese. Japanese names sound cool, so I am in search of a male japanese name for myself. Most nice names were ...
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だお (net slang?)

I think I remember some characters in steins;gate ending sentences with お or だお. What does it mean? Is it used only by otaku?
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Meaning of や in 「もうどうだっていいや」

What's the appropriate definition for や in this lyric? Can anyone give similar examples of や? jisho.org has this definition (#4) "interjection expressing surprise" but that doesn't seem right. ...
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Learning Japanese from a female can create bad habits on my form of speak as a male? [closed]

I'm learning Japanese mainly with books and other "neutral" sources, but I have a female friend who is helping me with that too. My main concern is if the fact that she being a women can makes me ...
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Is みなすじ a “Precedented” Reading of 水脈?

I heard the word 水脈 sung as みなすじ in a song, and I wouldn't have known what word was actually being said if I hadn't had the lyrics present. My dictionary doesn't show that as a possible reading, so I ...
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I'm called and I think — the same?

From my newbie understanding, isn't "I think" and "I'm called" which is "My name is", the same phrase? .... to moushimasu -> ... I think Bill to moushimasu -> I'm called or my name is Bill Or ...
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What does this expression mean “てがこんでるね”? [closed]

I've heard this expression a lot but I don't understand what it means. I didn't find an answer on Google.
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Pronunciation of 書 when by itself (meaning “book” / “piece of writing”)

I am just beginning to read book reviews in Japanese, starting with this one at 小説すばる. I'm noticing that quite often the kanji 書 appears by itself, in phrases like: 書の内容 幅広いジャンルの書 ...
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Difference between てこそ and からこそ

「朝、起きる」という基本中の基本の生活習慣が身に__次の行為へとつながっていくのだ。 I think that both「ついてこそ」and「ついたからこそ」can be fit into the above sentence. However, the textbook gives「ついてこそ」as the right answer and I don't know why.
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Meaning of の in 「現金の受け取り役」

As mentioned, what is the actual meaning of の in 現金の受け取り役? I found the expression in a recent news article and have been wondering about its meaning. The full sentence is ...
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Meaning of うららか in うららかな午後に

Does うららか mean "beautiful" (as in "beautiful weather") in the sentence below? うららかな午後に、新木場で起きた事故で電車ビタ止まり。 Written by a Japanese colleague on our discussion server. Google Image Search does not ...
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What is the meaning of なんで here and why?

I've been told that the translation of the following sentence: 100年以上続く古い会社なんで不便もたまにあります is: This company has been established for more than 100 years, so it is sometimes inconvenient with many ...
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「よかったでした」? Is this correct?

From this goo post: 確かに顔を見たことはありませんでした。 でも普通アパートって隣の顔を見たり、接点持ったりとかあまりないですよね? ただ今回は相手の方もうるさくないと思って聞いてたそうで、また性格のよさそうな人だったので、良かったでした。 Is this a mistake, or is this actually grammatically ...
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use of 〜ちゃん as a generic term

In a Shimajiro educational book I saw a line similar to this: ___ちゃんが知ってる乗り物は何ですか? (the actual one had less Kanji but you get the point) The question is why was ちゃん used here as a generic ...
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What does this けど at the end of the sentence mean? [duplicate]

「お兄ちゃん、わたし、病気のことなんとなく分かっていた。」 「どうせお兄ちゃんのことだから一人で悩んでいるんじゃないかと思ったけど」 I don't really see what would come after the けど in this sentence. Can anyone help explain?
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Sentence ending じゃよ

Maruko:「おとおさんはちょっとは遠慮しながら食べてよ」 Dad:「いいんじゃよ」 Grandad:「そうじゃよ、みんなたくさん食べればいいよ」 Maruko is telling dad to hold back a bit while eating (because the food is a way to thank her grandad). I don't ...
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Difference between だろうか and ではないだろうか

In my opinion, they both share the same meaning of "~, isn't it". However, it seems that they cannot be used interchangeably. For example, in the following sentence, according to my mock exam ...
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How to ask “What are the necessary things to bring?” [closed]

I am going on to WWOOF in Hokkaido soon (a programme where you help out at a cafe/pension/farm in exchange for room). Kind of like a working holiday. I am just starting to learn Japanese so the ...
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Listing three or more items

In English, when we have three or more items, only the last "and" is kept, and the rest are omitted. I like fish, curry, sausage, and honey. What is the standard way to list multiple items in ...
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The usage of ものの

I have trouble understanding the usage of ものの in the following sentence: 病気が初期に見つかったからいい__、もう少し発見が遅かったら命が危なかった。 A. とばかりに B. かと思いきや C. というものの D. ようなものの The right answer is D. ...
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Causative form particles

So, I cannot understand what particles I use in causative forms. Which one I use for the subject, which one for the person who's made to do the action? Please, need help!
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Meaning in a technical standard

Trying to understand a technical standard that I have to use but my skills are apparently too weak as I cannot grasp the meaning: 固有の特徴は,機能面の特徴又は品質面の特徴として分類することができる。 In the classification of ...
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Can 誰にも be used in positive verb?

Most examples I read, 誰にも is always used in negative verbs. Is there a case in which 誰にも is used in positive verbs?
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Difference between プランター and ウィンドウボックス

I have a long rectangular plastic pot filled with earth that I hang on my balcony rail to grow small vegetables, and I am not sure whether I should call it プランター or ウィンドウボックス. QUESTION: What is the ...
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Most common/appropriate reading of 執行

Recently I stumbled upon this passage: [...] 最高執行責任者は変化の兆しを語る. The dictionary reports four readings for 執行: しぎょう、しっこう、しゅうぎょう、 and しゅぎょう。 Moving on with the reading I also found the word 執行役員 that ...
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what is the transcription of the following audios?

I need the japanese transcription of the following audios... audio 1 and audio 2. These audios are part of the anime Holy Knight (OVA). Context: a vampire girl is captured by the opposing side. I ...
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Difference between ために、せいで、おかげで when blaming someone

I was reading and found the following sentence: あんたのために殺し屋の地位を失い闇の世界で迫害され身も心もズタボロになった。 Previous the same character used おかげで in a similar case: ま...おかげでたっぷりとあの時やられたお返しができるってワケだ。 ...
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What does だけ mean in this sentence?

I'll start off with the line itself: 親公認で付き合えるこの状況だけで、奇跡と思わなくっちゃいけない。 The line seems simple enough. I know だけ has a few more meanings than just "only" but none of those appear to fit here ...
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Can the prepositions と、に sometimes be Interchanged in a sentence?

I saw the following sentences: 彼は円をドルに両替した。 He exchanged yen for dollars. 彼は円をドルと交換した。 He exchanged yen for dollars. I am not sure I understand why in one sentence に is used yet in the second ...
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App to add furigana [migrated]

I suppose I can add furigana manually in LibreOffice, and I know I can do it in HTML with CSS, but is there a free or low-cost program that can do it with sufficient accuracy that ...
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Using し before a verb and する at the end

I have seen several verbs used with し and する. What is the difference and can they be used interchangeably? Here are a few examples, The dictionary translates them all the same: し損なう、損なう、損ないする Also ...
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Which と is this in 話し合って、どうすると?

「話し合って、どうすると? カルナスの市民を助けるため、この場を明け渡し、みすみす  ヴァネッサがパンドーラに向かうのを許せとか?」 What と is it in the above? I think it's the と used to quote, but how does it work in the above? I guess my question is what do ...
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What is the Japanese word (noun) that means “the bittersweetness of a brief, fading moment of transcendent beauty.”?

The article written by Emily Anthes, appearing in the New Yorker, May 12 issue under the title, “The Glossary of Happiness” wraps up with the following paragraph: Lomas (a lecturer in applied ...
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What does verb+とする mean?

Take the below as an example では私達は先に行くとするわ。ごきげんよう、皆さん. What is the difference between saying 行くとする and 行く and 行こうとする I've seen a lot of explanations for とする that use the meaning of "assume" ...

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