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I don't get this specific usage of なんか

I'm translating a children's chapter book for language practice, and came across a phrase I didn't get. The context is that these two kids find a quarter on the ground and are asking a woman on the ...
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“Supposedly” in Japanese

How do you express in Japanese that something is generally claimed to have a certain property without positioning yourself to clearly as to the veracity of the claim? For example, how would you ...
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How rude is it to speak to a Japanese stranger informally instead of using the polite form?

Are there any native Japanese here that could tell me how rude it is to speak informally to Japanese people I have never met instead of using the polite form? I'm assuming it's more rude the older the ...
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What is the difference between the present form and the te form in this case

あなたは電話番号を知りますか(anata wa denwa bangou wo shirimasu ka) あなたは電話番号を知っていますか (anata wa denwa bangou wo shitte imasu ka)? In my book "あなたは電話番号を知っていますか"(anata wa denwa bangou wo shitte imasu ka) is ...
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Most “learner-friendly” edition of 蟹工船?

I speak, read day-to-day Japanese, but like to challenge myself with a literary piece some times. I have been interested in reading 蟹工船, but wonder if it would be hard to do so in Japanese ; the novel ...
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Reading of 入る - 「はいる」 vs 「いる」

Sometimes I'm having trouble choosing the reading for 入る. There was a related question about the reading of 入れる, however my JMdict-based dictionary marks both 入る{はいる} and 入る{いる} as intransitive ...
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What does MUNU ムヌ mean please as in the phrase below

夏が来る前に秋になったような変なムヌで... Can anyone tell me what munu means in this phrase please?
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つ at the end of a number

I just recently started to learn Japanese and I am a bit confused with some numbers. For example, what is the difference between 七 (なな) and 七つ (ななつ). Is there no difference? Is it just another way of ...
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Is there a kanji for しか?

Is there kanji for しか as in 商品がひとつしかありません。
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How to understand this sentence with 次第 and 締め切らす

I am not sure I understand this sentence, 定員になり次第、締め切らせていただきます。 In particular, I can't figure out what is omitted. Here is what I understand, As soon as you will become a regular member, I ...
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Questions about counters

My first question is, are counters always required when counting things? Can't I just slap a number in front of the noun? For example,「いちりんご」for 1 apple? Secondly, in Lesson 5 of the Japanese For ...
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How to say “Pretty women are not necessarily attractive, let alone ugly women”?

I want to say the following Pretty women are not necessarily attractive, let alone ugly women. in Japanese. My attempt is as follows. 不美人どころか、美人も魅力的だとは限らない。 Is it correct and natural?
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は、には、に。。。what is the difference between them?

Can anyone explain the difference between the three sentences below and also the use of the grammar? わたしのがっこう は 日本人の せんせい が います。 わたしのがっこう に 日本人の せんせい が います。 わたしのがっこう には 日本人の せんせい が います。
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How would you ask 'What would you like me to call you?'

I know you could use 'おなまえ は なん ですか?' to ask somebody's name, however, what polite phrase could you use/listen for when you're unsure of what to call others/others are unsure of what to call you? Is ...
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Large qualifiers before nouns or unusual sentence orders?

Often I find that there are nouns which are tacked on to the end of a phrase. For example, this from an article: 来年公開の映画『獣道』でも主演に抜擢されている伊藤。 Is this giving a description of Itou? Translated as "on ...
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Can Hiragana or Katakana stand alone?

Writing Japanese requires a mix of Kanji and Hiragana, usually some Katakana as well. I have read that some Kanji characters can be replaced with Hiragana characters for easier writing. My question ...
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What does the name Chacha (チャチャ) mean?

I always wondered about the meaning of this name in Japanese, but couldn't find much on Google. Can someone tell me what it means? UPDATE: 茶々{ちゃちゃ} was a concubine to Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the ...
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Can I use a Chinese newspaper to learn kanji radicals and maybe some kanji?

Upon looking for ways on how to start learning kanji, I have found that many people recommend learning the radicals first. After exposing myself to the radicals, I plan on practicing by spotting them ...
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How to say “spoil”

For example He spoiled the joke by putting the punchline in the title. or I haven't finished watching it so don't spoil the plot! All I can find in the dictionary for "spoil" is of food/...
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Translation of 覚えちゃうくらいの距離で

Recently I was listing a youtube video and I found a song that blew my mind. I can understand almost every word, but no matter how hard I try, I can't understand the construction: 覚えちゃうくらいの距離で. If ...
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Different usage of の

I am familiar with the particle の. Either it be using it as in "possessive" cases like 私の家族. Or its usage as the word "of" like in 日本語の本. But in this special case I can't figure it out why we use ...
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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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What are the differences between じ and ぢ, and ず and づ?

The Japanese hiragana and katakana syllabaries can mostly be described as phonetic. But there are two exceptions, the two pairs of syllables modified to be voiced with the dakuten diacritic which ...
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Describing bad Chess moves in Japanese

I'm trying to determine natural way(s) to express how certain Chess moves will be advantageous or disadvantageous in a certain position. In this position, if you exchange your queen with your ...
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Did I determine the pronunciation of 人口 correctly?

On a Kanji exercise, I was told to find how 人口 is read. Because the kanji are a word, I used the kun-yomi of both and I answered "にんこう". Is that correct?
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Questions about multiple particles 「は」and 「を」and interpunct in this sentence

Here is the sentence. 左ジャブと右ストレートのワンツーを覚えた矢吹丈は、力石徹を殴り倒すことだけを目的に地獄の中で生き抜くのですが、改めて読んでみて、これほど面白く・感動的な物語りはそう滅多にはないと、僕は思いました。 Note: This sentence is written vertically. For the second bold 「を」, I am ...
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Hiragana: How does dakuten affect chi and tsu? [duplicate]

In the Human Japanese app, it says that chi and tsu become ji and zu respectively, while on Wikipedia it says that most commonly, they become shi and su.
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Why are there many kanji 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 あう, 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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Nuance questions about the literal translation of a sentence

This might be a lot to ask for one post, I apologize if it is. So I'm translating a sentence. I want to make sure I fully understand the nuance and that I don't make any assumptions. I'm not trying ...
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誰か being used as topic, but without topic particle

Reading Tae Kim´s guide, I´ve seen the phrase: 誰が盗んだのか、誰か知りませんか Where (I think) the term 誰か is being used as topic for the verb 知る. Is that grammatically correct ?
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Is there a particular name for the rows and columns of the hiragana/katakana charts?

When i see Hiragana/Katakana Charts i see them always take a form similar to this i see a logical pattern here (except for ん but it's a one off). i am wondering is there a particular name for the ...
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Usage of word white in context and alone

Could anyone explain the difference in the meaning of word white written using following kanji or Kana? 白い, しろ, しろい. Thanks!
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How you would say combination in Japanese?

Someone is trying to open a safe, a briefcase, or padlock, and that person says, "What's the combination?". Referring to sequence of numbers to open said lock. What's the Japanese equivalent for ...
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という usage in relative clauses

I'm going through this tae kim's guide lesson about some uses of いう: http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar/define And there is something that I don't understand. In the following sentences: ...
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Does the average native Japanese reader know how to pronounce a majority of Kanji found in books?

After studying Japanese for quite a while and having read many books (maybe over 50-60 over a bunch of different genres), despite the fact I generally have tried to learn the readings of most words I ...
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ことか to place strong emphasis on something?

According to this website (http://www.jlptsensei.com/grammar-lesson/kotoka/) "ことか is used to place strong emphasis on something." This is the only explanation I could find. I was wondering if that is ...
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さらわる - what form is this?

I just watched an episode called: ハロルド王子{おうじ}さらわる! What is this さらわる? Can it be written with kanji? Any reason why online dictionaries don't seem to understand its structure?
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Ways to say 'rather than'

I like cats rather than dogs 犬より猫が好き 犬よりも猫が好き 犬というより猫が好き Which, if any, of the above are correct and what is the difference between them?
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Difference between かわいいのは私です and かわいいの私です?

Can someone check and explain the difference, along with literal translations, between these two sentences for me? かわいいのは私です and かわいいの私です. I got the former as an answer to one of my questions and ...
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Difference between 「彷徨う」 and 「彷徨える」、「狂う」 and 「狂える」 etc

In 大辞林, the definition of さまよえる as in さまよえるオランダ人 is あてもなくさまよっている。 while the (primary) definition of さまよう is 当てもなく、あるいは目指す所が見つからずにあちこち歩き回る。 What's the difference between the two words, and ...
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Comparision between 仁義 and 正義

仁義【じんぎ】 and 正義【せいぎ】 both involve justice but 仁義【じんぎ】 says "justice and humanity" while [正義]{せいぎ} is only "justice". I've always believed that 仁義【じんぎ】 was "moral justice" while 正義【せいぎ】 is "lawful ...
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What are the Japanese words for MMA terminology?

Bit of a niche question specific (mostly) to words. I'm currently living in Japan and I'm a fan of mixed martial arts (MMA / UFC), watching and training. There are a couple of Japanese people I live ...
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What is a respectful way to say “homosexual (man)”?

Last night, I wanted to tell a Japanese person that a famous singer was homosexual. And, I wanted to say it in a respectful way. The only words I knew were オカマ and ホモ. Both make me cringe. It sounds ...
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Should 「だ」 be used or not?

I'd like to know if 「だ」(or maybe even 「です」, though I somehow doubt it) should/shouldn't or can/cannot be used in a sentence I met in one textbook. The phrase was: 東京大学は日本で一番大きい大学と言われている。 ...
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Japanese equivalent of “I identify as X”

I'm looking for a way to express the feeling that sometimes comes up when the way you feel about yourself contrasts with surface-level observations about you. In English we have the "identify as" ...
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Meaning of 迷いを断ち切るかのように

「いや、そこまでは大丈夫」 迷いを断ち切るかのように。 可愛くも小憎たらしい優の顔から視線を外して断る。 I know that the definition of 迷いを断ち切る is 心を悩ませることについて考えるのをやめること and that かのように is 動作や状況を他の何事かに喩える表現 (i.e likening ...
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How to ask someone if they would like us to do something?

I thought that it was considered rude to say as if we know that someone wants something. So what would be the proper way in Japanese to ask if they want us to do something? Like "Would you like me to ...
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Expressing 'likeness' and using ku Verbs in the past tense

I'm trying to say "I drew an original character in the NEWGAME! style" 俺はオリギナル、カラクターを描いたNEWGAME!みたい That is the way I formulated my sentence but it seems off; can someone help?
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Could I use 僕 to refer to myself?

I know the safest pronoun to use in Japanese is always 私, but I like the sound of 僕 and want to know if it would be odd or stupid sounding for me to use it? I'm a teenage girl and a foreigner(...
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What does the word 「きりねえ」mean in this sentence?

Here is the sentence said by an old man who got only one eye visible. 教官先生...わしの目を見てくだせえ たった一つっきりねえがなまじの肉親以上に本人のためを思っているこの目を! In my opinion, he probably talked about his only visible one eye. If it ...

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