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How to say “started to do something”?

I am writing a homework assignment and I am trying to write "I had to start bringing my umbrella". I know that to say "I started eating" it would be 食べはじめる,or to say "I started drinking" it would be ...
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How 二週間 can be used to say “In two weeks…”

How can one use 二週間 to say, "In two weeks from today, I am going to Tokyo." I am confused on how one would use particles here and I need some help.
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What do 「し」and「あった」mean in this sentence?

I'm a beginner Japanese student using Yu-Gi-Oh subtitles translations with the original in Japanese. I don't understand explanations in Japanese mostly, or it takes me a long (believe me, long) time ...
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ない in つまらない and similar adjectives and their conjugation with すぎる

The usual path for conjugation would be: 高い → 高すぎる  (drop い, append すぎる) ない → なさすぎる (drop い, append さ, append すぎる) Is ない in つまらない treated as the negative ない which conjugates as 2.? Or is つまらない a ...
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“Strike while the iron is hot” - Japanese equivalent

Is there an equivalent expression in Japanese for "strike while the iron is hot"? I've seen a few questions on here with phrases and their equivalents. Does anybody know of a site where these are ...
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How to use both causative and て欲しい grammar at the same time?

I want to say the following in Japanese. I want the police officer to make the dog bite the snatcher. My attempt is as follows. 私は警察官に犬にひったくりを噛ませて欲しい。 Is it correct? Is it possible to use ...
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What is the meaning of 「ほうが」in this sentence?

It is a situation about bringing 2 troubled teenagers into a reform school. The following dialogue was said by 2 officers who brought those kids. A: おい とんでもない ばかがはいってきたものだぜ。 B:こういうところはかえっていくじのないほうが ...
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N#~~~JLPT Level Names

This has been on my mind for a while with nowhere to really ask it. What does the "N" in the JLPT levels (such as N1-N5) stand for? My current theory is [能力]{のうりょく} since these denote the level of ...
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What are the functions of というのは and かというと in this sentence?

その場面というのはどういった場面かというと、ナチスの兵士がですね、ユダヤ人を職業別で分けていきます。 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xs-XWk_oQA 0:55 Translation from subtitles: There’s a scene where the Nazi’s are separating the Jewish by ...
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Difference between “現住所” and “連絡先” on Japanese resume?

"現住所" and "連絡先" are 2 fields on a Japanese resume. If both are the same address, do you: delete the "現住所" and just list the "連絡先"? delete the "連絡先" field and just list your "現住所"? Or, are there ...
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What does 保証 mean in this context?

Currently reading a scientific paper, I have trouble understanding the use of 保証. An example of its use is the following: 最低保証密度として75%を乗じる (remarks about the percentage of a certain element in a ...
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動物を使った言い方 or 動物を使う言い方?

In this comprehension passage that I'm reading about figurative speech, I came across this sentence: 猫だけではなく、犬、牛、馬など、人と昔から生活してきた動物たちを使った言い方がたくさんあります。 Why is 使う in past tense here? Not only in ...
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How to use の如く.

集められた魔力、剥離された精神が残留し、山は禿げ山の如く訪れたモノを食らうだろう。 Gathered Magic, The separated souls stay behind, The mountain eats those that visit, just like a bald mountain. I have trouble understanding 如く. I ...
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Translation help! 置いておきます

置いて is the て-form of 置く(to place). So what does おきます stand for? Thank you very much.
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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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Problems with some Japanese words [closed]

A guy complimented my wig on the Internet, and then he said "またそのカツラか ぶったら、写真載せてくださいね!" I did understand that he wants me to upload more pictures of it but I can't make sense of the first sentence? ...
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What does ちがいます。 mean?

I saw this translated in the first episode of FLCL as "It's wrong.", but checking the translation, I get "Different." Could someone clear this up?
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What's better to start with first, hiragana or katakana? [closed]

I'm a beginner in learning Japanese and would like to know what's better to start with first, hiragana or katakana, and why?
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Can someone help me determine what this SFX/onomatopoeia is?

Here's an image of it: It kind of looks like ダダ (da da) to me, but then I'm not sure what to make of the last mark. Could someone offer his insight, please?
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Are 髙 and 高 interchangeable?

At my old job, I knew someone by the name of Takahashi (last name). Sometimes I'd see their name spelled 高橋 and sometimes 髙橋. Why was 高 sometimes used and why was 髙 sometimes used?
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What is the kanji for 'intense game'? [closed]

I believe the romaji is 'hageshi gemu' and I had checked the kanji on Google Translate but it's not 100% trustworthy.
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You can use 「押し開ける」 to say “to push open”, but can you say 「押し閉める」 to mean “to push closed”?

For example, consider the following sentences: ドアを押し開ける。 I pushed the door open. ドアを引き開ける。 I pulled the door open. Can you do the same for 閉める? So for example: ドアを押し閉める。 I pushed the door ...
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The use of -さん when answering about oneself

If someone says, あなた は Chris-さん です か。 Are you Chris? Do you answer Chris です Or Chris-さん です
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Help translating とってもまずしくて明日食べるパンもありません

The sentence is とってもまずしくて明日食べるパンもありません。 I know all of the words, but the grammar is confusing. Why is ashita taberu in the middle of the sentence?
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What does the に do in 表情から察するに?

その表情から察するに魔剣を所持している人は少ないみたいだ。 I'm having trouble figuring out what に does here. Does it have the same meaning as と?
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Using すみません instead of ありがとう

Can すみません always be used in place of ありがとう? What's the difference? When using すみません to express thanks, what other words are used with it? Could you show me some examples?
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Why is China ちゅうごく while Korea is かんこく? Why the difference between ご and こ?

If my textbook didn't get it wrong, then China is ちゅうごく while Korea is かんこく. I checked the dictionary and 國 is certainly written as こく. So why is it ごく in China's case?
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人気があります - How does あります work in this context? [closed]

It seems that the phrase 人気があります means "to be very popular". However, if あります means "there is no", then how come the phrase has such a meaning?
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How to say “fact” in Japanese

How would you translate "10 facts about Japan"? I looked it up but there seem to be many translations for "fact", and I'm not sure if I should use ないじつ, じこう or something else.
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A polite way to say “ this person”

What do I say in Japanese when I'm trying to imply, "This is my dad", "These are my parents", "This is my friend(female)" or "This is my manager"? I don't think using これ is polite, nor will 彼 be ...
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“火の玉” = “falling star”?

I was sure about translating "火の玉" as "fireball", but Google Translate suggests another meaning - "falling star". Can it really be translated like that? If it's true, then in what contexts?
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What is the meaning of the sentence “すごかないわよ”?

Does すご refer to すごく or すごい? Dictionaries have no entries on すごかない. I understand that わよ are sentence ending particles though.
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Meaning of も in the following sentence

I came across the following sentence: どうしても納豆だけは食べられない。 The sentence as a whole makes sense, but what meaning or function does も have here?
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What may be the difference between the usage of 自尊心 ,誇りand 自慢?

I read a paragraph and it contains the word 自尊心. I want to know the meaning of 自尊心. Dictionary says 自尊心 = pride. Is it the same with 誇り? or 自慢? What may be the differences in the usage of these ...
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What are the differences between 金、料、代、and 費?

For example, 入学金 is correct; we can't use 入学費・代・料; that's not 日本語. But all of them mean costs for something. Could someone please explain this?
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Meaning of また今度、使ってくれよな

I'd like to ask if I'm correct in reading the following phrase as "(Please) use it again sometime!": また今度、使ってくれよな! Thanks for the help.
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Function of から in this conversation

A girl forgot to do her homework and mum catches her out of bed: 「まる子っ、もう寝なさい」 Maruko, go to bed now! 「うん、もうすぐ寝るから」 Yes, I'll go to bed very soon (because) I don't understand the function ...
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ておく -> とく in other contexts; similar 2-kana to 1-kana shortcuts?

Recently I learned that おいておいて ("leave it there") can be shortened in casual speech (or speech to subordinates) to おいといて. (ておく -> とく). I also learned that this can be used for any verb attached to ...
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Self Introduction - じこしょうかい [on hold]

Is this how you combine words together using で for なまえ、せんこう、がくねん、たんじょうび、しゅっしん、and ことば。 私はoscarです。せんこうはcomputer scienceでにねんせいです。たんじょうびは十二月三十日でにじゅうさいです。しゅっしんはoaklandでcantoneseをはなします。
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What does で do in this sentence?

金銭のことで彼と争いになった。 Can someone explain what で does in this sentence? I don't really understand it.
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The role of the particle に in ばかものに考えているに思えた。

I came across the following sentence: ばかものに考えているに思えた。 Which was tranlated as: Seemed to believe in stupid things. Now, the first に states IN WHAT someone seemed to believe. We can put this one ...
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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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Pronunciation of 緑町

I'm reading the Japanese Graded Readers from White Rabbit Press. One of them takes place in a town called 緑町, which is glossed (in furigana) as みどりまち. However, I looked this town up, and both the ...
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How do you say “like when you” or “the way you” in Japanese?

So basically, how do you say something like "talk to the boss the way you talk to your father!" You know, with a threatening tone.
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How can I say “Flash-forward”?

I've been thinking about a way to say "Flash-forward two years in the future, he is now a school-teacher. or something of the like. 二年後、彼は今教師です。 is what I thought of. Does this even make ...
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“Pour your heart out” in Japanese [closed]

How would you say "pour your heart out" in Japanese? Is there a phrase for this? As in "I poured my heart and soul out to you".
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Kanji from an image [closed]

I'd appreciate it if anyone can give me directions on the meaning of this kanji: How many strokes does it have?
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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 word is 咲かそう an inflection of?

I saw this word in a song. The lyrics read: 大きな花を咲かそうとしてる What word is it an inflection of? I can't figure it out.
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What does たら do at the end of a sentence?

時間があるなら、彼の画廊に寄ってみたら。 What meaning does たら have at the end of a sentence?

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