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Why my book uses に in this sentence?

私に聞こえるように大きい声で話してください Couldn't it have simply been something like 私が聞けるように大きい声で話してください ? Thank You
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What's the difference among 送る, 乗せる and 連れていく

They are all translated as "escort/take someone somewhere". Are there any differences? Can I use them interchangeably?
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Counter for ordinal dates?

More information about ordinal dates here. Say I have the ordinal date 2016-162 (the 162nd day of the year 2016, which would be Friday, June 10, 2016). Could I write it like this in Japanese: ...
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Is 方 read かた or ほう here?

Example sentences: 外の方が家の中より暖かそうです。 たいふうは西の方に去った。 ty!
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Whats the meaning of しょせい

I have encountered this word a few times whether in games or just spoken in drama/anime. In the game, it just written as しょせい without any kanji while being placed at the beginning of the sentence. I ...
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The Use of "の時” in This Sentence

If I were to write "二〇一五年間の時に" for "during the year of 2015", would the "の時" be redundant and/or grammatically incorrect due to the fact that the "間" in "年間" already implies the meaning of "during ...
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Can the translation for “you're welcome” be “mū”?

A Japanese-addict friend of mine recently told me that a possible translation for "you're welcome" in Japanese was "mū", but I must admit I was a bit dubious about that since I had never seen it nor ...
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Is there a difference between に and に対して?

デメテルに続いて言葉を連ねる女神たちに、ヘスティアは微妙な顔付きをした。 vs デメテルに続いて言葉を連ねる女神たちに対して、ヘスティアは微妙な顔付きをした。 What is the difference between these two sentences? In what cases can you use に to replace に対して? Thanks!
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Can the word もう be pronounced むう?

I heard the word もう (meaning "already, not anymore") pronounced as むう in this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R3uMTMHgPc at about 1:18, and yet it is transcribed as "mou". Is it a pronunciation ...
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When is “私じゃ” used?

One of my Japanese friends wrote this sentence: 私じゃ歌えない She meant that she can't sing a particular song. Is じゃ used in that sentence the same way が would be used to put an emphasis on the ...
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What is the form of “売らん” in the sentence “ウランは売らん。”? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if "売らん" is acting as a verb in the dajare, "ウランは売らん。". If it is, please explain what conjugation or form of the verb that this is. If it isn't, can you tell me where "売らん" comes from and ...
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What do we say the base ingredient in Japanese?

When we make okonomiyaki, for example, the base ingredient is the mix of cabbage, dough and eggs. There are many okonomiyaki topping but the base ingredient is the same. My question is What do ...
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What does ♢ mean on an assignment?

I know what the circle, triangle, and "X" notations mean, but this is a new one to me entirely. Next to ◇ was the letter grade "B", but I'm not sure of the relevance since I'm seeing the triangle ...
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“お会いできる日を楽しみにしています”

I met a Japanese couple last night who didn't speak English but my Japanese is terrible. I plan to write them a brief email just to thank them for their hospitality. Does お会いできる日を楽しみにしています mean "It'd ...
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Question about/with particles [closed]

this is my first question on this site and i going to use romaji because i didnt configured my keyboard. So... i use a book that dont have answers-key, then i dont have sure if i doing right. ...
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Particle between city and prefecture?

I'm trying to say, "I went to Oarai Town in Ibaraki Prefecture last year." 昨年に大洗町茨城県に行きました。 Is there supposed to be a comma or particle (perhaps で) between the city and prefecture? Please let me ...
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Help with understanding a sentence

詩の生命は暗示にして単なる事象の説明には非ず。かの筆にも言語にも言ひ尽し難き情趣の限なき振動のうちに幽かなる心霊の欷歔をたづね、縹渺たる音楽の愉楽に憧がれて自己観想の悲哀に誇る、これわが象徴の本旨に非ずや。されば我らは神秘を尚び... full Is it (syntax-wise) correct to ...
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「ある」と「ない」は動詞か形容詞か…

「ある」と「ない」はどんな品詞名か教えてください。​​​​​
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Conflict among teachings of なら and ば

I recently read a helpful answer on a question asking for clarification on the ways to say "if" in Japanese: と, たら, なら, ば. The link is here: Differences among -たら、なら、-んだったら、-えば, etc According to the ...
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Is *domo arigato* considered formal?

Is domo arigato considered formal? Context: Buying something at a store, thanking a waiter, etc
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Why is domo used also to say hello?

I'm confused 'domo' literally means 'very' so I can't understand why they use it as a way of greeting
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plain + とき + plain or polite?

If I use the plain past tense of a verb before とき, do I have to use the plain past tense in the sentence that comes after it, or is it okay to use the polite past tense? For example, I'm trying to ...
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Differences in meanings of interrogative words

Can someone please explain to me the differences between the following interrogative type words? いくらか/いくつか いくらも/いくつも いくらでも/いくつでも いくら/いくつ/どのくらい (in questions) For example I know that いくらか and いくつか ...
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Difference between Muromachi and Ashikaga

One of my books notes that the Muromachi and Ashikaga Periods, 室町時代 and 足利時代 respectively, can be used to name the same period of time (1333-1568), but I'm lost on what the difference is and when I ...
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What is a grammatical terminology to describe the group of the refrain of two syllable words like pera-pera, don-don, iki-iki?

Japanese language have a special group of words which repeat mostly two syllable word like pera pera, para para, jito jito, suku suku, aka aka, zuki zuki – you can name it, that are used adverbially. ...
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文の組み立て Question about word order

I am having problems with some sentences in those JLPT problems where one has to assemble the sentence from 4 piece of text phrases. The book contains the correct answer, but doesn't tell me the ...
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Difference between くらいなら ~ のほうがましだ and くらいなら ~ ほうがいい

Both expressions seem to be related to show a strong opposition to do something by rather doing something else. But what is the difference between them ? Additional question: both seem to express ...
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Does remembering meanings in two languages help [closed]

Let me explain, I know 2 languages, portuguese and english. When I learn the meaning of a new word in Japanese, I take note of and try to remember the meaning in english as well as in portuguese. For ...
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四角と正方形はどう違うの?~(What's the difference between 四角 and 正方形?)

While going through one of my study sets I created back in December containing words only marked as N2, I came across [正方形]{せいほうけい}, which was translated as "square". However, I always was taught and ...
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〜のです(か) in email

A friend has sent me an email with questions scattered throughout ending in 〜のですか, should I have 〜のです at the end of all sentences that address/answer those questions in my reply? (EDIT: Because I've ...
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What is the meaning of 国の母?

I'm attempting to translate parts of my 完全マスター N2 textbook just for the practice, and even though I've already gotten past this section, the meaning of [国]{くに}の[母]{はは} still eludes me. I don't like ...
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Help with translating a certain sentence ending: ~なくしろ

Context: Translated lyrics, (source) English -> (content in question) Japanese. Stanza context: English (source): Put him in the back of a squad-car / restrain that man. Their translation: ...
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How should I say “if you still want to meet me after all”

Is まだ私に会いたい場合 right? Because I think it sounds a little bit strange
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What is the difference between お手洗い and トイレ

Is one more polite than the other? Is there some situations where you'd use one or the other? Would different people prefer one?
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~てあげます versus ~ていただきます

What's the difference between these two sentences? リサに道を見せてあげました リサに道を見せていただきました I'm studying the structures ~てあげます and ~ていただきます, but I can't understand the difference, they both look ...
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What does 元金成長型 mean in this sentence

お預け入れいただく明細は、すべて「元金成長型」のお取り扱いとなります。 what does 元金成長型 mean in the above sentence.
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What does やれ{HL}やれ{HL} “yare yare” mean?

I would like to know what the meaning of the expression やれ{HL}やれ{HL} Yare Yare is? I hear it often said in anime. some people said "that yare yare is another japanese onomatopoeia. Kind of like ...
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Meaning of こんなところで眠ってる場合ではない

I am very confused by this sentence but looking at some google searches it seems like this is relatively common phrase, but I am having a very difficult time understanding its meaning and usage. I ...
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まだいたとはね meaning

I'm trying (to no avail) to translate this sentence: まだいたとはね. I think it means something along the lines of here we go again, but I'm not sure. I don't really understand what いた means here. Is it a ...
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About the words in format: ~がかり

What is the type of word ~がかり, e.g 気{き}がかり Is it noun, or adjective?
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Rule on vowel devoicing? [duplicate]

Ok, so I mostly understand how vowel devoicing works in Japanese, but there's something that's making me a bit confused. On all the sources I've found, most say that vowel devoicing usually occurs in ...
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What does “itadakimashite” do in this case?

So on the shinkansen, the announcer says something along the lines of: Kyou mo JR wo goriyou itadakimashite, makotoni arigatou gozaimasu. What does itadakimashite do in this situation?
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何 + te-form + も (何 by itself to mean “something”)

I recently came across this sentence, and I'm having trouble figuring out what 何 is doing. (I'm fine with the rest.) 何があっても、大丈夫だろ。 Based on context, my best attempt is: even if something were to ...
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What does と言って mean? [closed]

The context is と言って、私の前に十八このチョコレートをおきました
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What does どくしんでハンサムだからね mean?

I can't understand what どくしんで means (I know there is the のです here but I can't understand the verb before it). Also, in the second part ハンサムだから, I studied that から is Place at the end of the first ...
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What's the reading for 今朝 in this sentence?

I'm trying to say, "I arrived at the station this morning." 今朝駅に着きました。 As I understand, 今朝 can be read as けさ or こんちょう. Which is the correct reading in this case?
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Is there an equivalent of 英会話 for the Japanese language?

I tried to quickly Google and search for this here, but couldn't find anything relevant. Basically I want to know whether there is any common word for Japanese conversation; e.g. in the context of ...
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What does “motatte” mean?

もう学校始まってから二週間もたってるよ Please verify because I've seen in some dictionaries it's already an obsolete word, it means mota-"having done" Some dictionaries don't have a word mota so I can't see the ...
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Is it ok to say 問題ない instead of 問題じゃない? Why?

問題ない vs 問題じゃない From what I understand the negative form of a noun is created with じゃない and not ない however my textbook uses 問題ない in an example (translated as "no problem"). Looking elsewhere on the ...
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Transitioning to Japanese kanji from Chinese [closed]

I can read Japanese kanji just fine (being able to read/write Chinese already). However, I can't seem to remember the pronunciation as the Chinese reading gets in the way. For example, my mind ...

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