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Using 無理 to empathise

無理 seems to be a part of some standard phrases whenever I would wish to empathise with a person who in unwell or in distress. Could someone help with examples of such phrases, and the context where it ...
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Difference of まさか and まさに

Please help understand the difference between まさか and まさに. A look-up for meanings seems to indicate them to exactly opposite to each other. まさか - not at all まさに - surely However,i have not been ...
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Equivalent of “That said, Carthage must be destroyed” in Japanese

"Ceterum censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam," the famous phrase with which Cato the Elder used to finish all of his speeches, no matter how unrelated the topic was. It was probably an effective ...
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What does 一段楽したこと mean? [on hold]

Context: 君の研究が一段楽したこと… 僕もとても嬉しいよ。 I can't seem to figure out what "一段楽したこと" means or what it's doing here in this sentence. The only thing I fully understand in this sentence is "僕もとても嬉しいよ。" ...
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Is 冷やかし positive/negative/neutral?

From my Japanese reading, I've learned the word 冷やかし, but only in a negative context, connoting that the window-shopper is wasting the salesperson's time. Might it also be used in a positive way? For ...
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What does 「~知ってください」 mean in The Blue Hearts' song リンダリンダ?

The Blue Heart's 1987 song 「リンダリンダ」 is available translated all over the internet, but the most common translations seem contentious to me when it comes to the following verse: もしも僕がいつか君と出会い話し合うなら ...
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Meaning of 〜たら in this sentence

Sorry if something similar has already been asked, but I can't seem to get my head round translating this sentence. 好きな人に告白したら、サインを貰いました。(This comes from a manga xD) I get the gist of the ...
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Asking for direction

I visit an office and enquire on where(floor/desk etc) should I go - どこに いくのが よろしいですか Would this be an incorrect expression? If so,what is the mistake? What would be a better way to ask the ...
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Do all words need a particle?

I'm trying to figure out if question words need particles. For example なぜ (should there be a particle here?) にほんご を べんきょうしますか? Why study Japanese? Should there be a particle after なぜ? If so which ...
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Understanding a phrase - 必ずやらなければならないことを まとめてみた

I am trying to understand what looks like an expression, but seems too verbose. And I'm confused by the use of まとめてみた. To put it into context, the title of this page in my guide book is ひとめでわかる 攻略チャート ...
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why does “… Japanese rely much more heavily on verb conjugation than English does.”

In the How to say "had been verbing"? thread, in the comments section, a person who asserted English is a much more verb-centric language was throughly discredited. As this question is only about ...
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When does it make sense to use 「〜でない。」?

「〜でない。」, which isn't particularly common as a sentence-ender, does occasionally get used. I get the feeling it is pretty curt; I often see it with 「〜べきでない。」 or 「ただし、〜は、この限りでない。」 or 「〜は明らかでない。」, etc. ...
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What is this form : Verb + はせん?

I am currently trying to read Bleach in japanese. So far I haven't ran into any difficulty that a good dictionary cannot overcome. However in this particular scene I am puzzled by a particular scene ...
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Difference between ずっと and いつも

The other day when I was having a brief conversation in Japanese I meant to say "I have always been living here" so I said いつも(the name of my home province)に住んでいます。 The Japanese person I was speaking ...
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通{とお}した and 通{つう}じた – usage in context

In 合格できる N3 (page 28), I found the following exercise: 海外{がいかい}旅行{りょこう}で、習{なら}った英語{えいご}が(   )ときは、とてもうれしかった。 1.通{とお}した    2.詰{つ}めた    3.抜{ぬ}けた    4.通{つう}じた I have to fill in with the correct ...
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急{きゅう}に vs.すぐに – usage in context

In 合格できる N3 (page 28), I found the following exercise: うちの子{こ}は新{あた}しいおもちゃ見{み}ると、(    )ほしがる。 1. 急に   2. じっと   3.すぐに   4.しっかり I have to fill in with the correct word. I think it's either 1 ...
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〜ず versus 〜ないで (and maybe also in the case of adjectives, 〜なくて)

Consider the following example sentence (taken from an exercise sheet): 熱が下がらず苦しかった。 Now consider this sentence I made: 熱が下がらないで苦しかった。 What is the difference?
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Differentiating honorific passive and potential conjugations of 出る

Given the following sentence structure, I am wondering how one differentiates the usage of 出る in the following. 明日のパーティーに出られますか? The usage of the partial に and the られる suggests a honorific ...
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Should I start with Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji? [on hold]

I want to start learning to read Japanese (I already know romaji) and I was wondering which writing system would be better to start with. Or should I start all at the same time?
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それどころじゃない and 〜どころじゃない grammar points.

So I've been going over past JLPT N1 tests, and I came across this sentence: 「この仕事、ずいぶんもうかるでしょう。」「いや、経費がかかりすぎて、もうかるどころじゃありませんよ」 Now a definition for this one I got from the Goo thesaurus: ...
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はく and きる or just きる?

Textbook says はく is for stuff you wear below your waist (ジーンズをはいている) and きる for stuff you wear above your waist (T-シャツをきています) But checking for 着る on www.tangorin.com I find 着る defined as to wear (in ...
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Why does 意味のない mean meaningless? [duplicate]

Why does 意味のない mean meaningless? I can't make sense of it. How does の belong between a noun and ない?
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Most correct “noun suffix” for “living in X” or “resident of X”?

Not sure if that is the best title, but I wasn't sure the best way to word it. We all know you can say "(originally) (comes) from X" as simply X出身. 私はニューヨーク出身です → I'm from New York ...
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What does this sentence mean? [on hold]

日々上手くなれるように頑張ってます☆ 是非暖かい心で見たり聞いたりしてあげて下さい♪ mixiやってます みっちゃ的存在☆で検索して下さい♪ シングルマザーなので忙しくて中々コメント返せないですが、是非是非コメントやリクエスト下さい☆ 時間かかる Tell me in English, I tried google translate but its not perfect.
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「これくらいで」 whats the grammatical purpose that で has here?

Googling around for that particular phrase pretty much leads only to a song これくらいで歌う or it's use with の as in これくらいの塩で充分だ. I have a sneaking suspicion it may be related to the adverbial usage of ...
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Same kanji compound, with different readings, and meanings depend on the reading? (heteronyms)

In the thread titled is "こっかい" a heteronym?, the accepted answer explains that there are some because of "pitch accent". However, in Japanese, there are more than one way to think about heteronyms. ...
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difference between 計画を立てる and 計画をする?

Is there any difference between 計画【けいかく】を立てる【たてる】 and 計画をする? In Sou Matome N3, the first one appears as "to make plans", as for the second one (being a suru verb), I assume that it can also be ...
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How emotionally loaded is 会いたい【あいたい】?

I'd like to ask how emotionally loaded 会いたい【あいたい】 is. For example, if I were to (neutrally) convey the sense of "I'd like to meet you" by using 会いたい, would it carry an emotional expectation in the ...
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Difference between 超える【こえる】 and 超す【こす】?

こんばんは、皆!(6:25pm in Russia) So, I just got confused by these two words (超える【こえる】 and 超す【こす】). Can someone explain them to me? Do they have the same meaning, or am I wrong?
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Why in this example sentence there's no difference between ごとに and おきに?

I am using the "A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar" to help me with Japanese studies. As explained from page 128 on I understood the difference between ごとに and おきに. For example: 2日おきに = every ...
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“To the East/West/North/South are distinct [feature-rich] areas that fill the land”

Could I check my understanding of the last part of this sentence please? For those who don't play games, Hyrule is a fictional place in the Legend of Zelda videogames (this is from a guidebook I am ...
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Explaining the word “すいません” [closed]

I have one friend from a foreign country. He asked me what "すいません" means. How should I answer him?
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Is there a site like DuoLingo that can teach me Japanese? [closed]

I'm liking for a site with a neat user interface that is mean't to help a complete noobie to learn japanese.
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What denotes 集B社? [closed]

What denotes 集B社? With any latin letters, of course.
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Finding explanations for uses rather than literal translations [closed]

I'm currently using the げんき series to study Japanese. It's quite a good book, but sometimes it gives literal translations for expressions such as だから rather than giving a general explanation of it's ...
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Difference between 回復【かいふく】, 修復【しゅうふく】, 復旧【ふっきゅう】 and 復興【ふっこう】

Here is the sentence: 約{やく}300年{ねん}前{まえ}の絵{かい}画{が}の __ が終{お}わり、~。 This sentence fragment is taken from JLPT1 test book. And there you have to pick one correct answer from 4 words to fill in the ...
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English sentences/structures that are (more) amenable to machine-translation when translated to Japanese? [closed]

Apart from the most simplistic constructions like "He eats apple", are there any known methods to construct sentences that are actually discernible as intended, in the target language? taking into ...
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How can we understand and translate はず used with facts of known truth?

I've thought for a while that there was something a little "strange" about the way はず is used in Japanese, and I recently thought of a way of explaining it that I've not seen elsewhere. Half of this ...
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Do you need to use の when using へ to modify a noun?

For example, I was listening to a song, and the lyric 願いや野望や空想が知らない次元【レベル】へドアをたたいて came up. Don't you usually need to use a の to make 知らない次元へのドア or else 知らない次元へ might get confused as modifying たたいて? ...
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How to parse ~なくたって?

I've been running into verbs such as 言わなくたって recently. I found these sentences using a sample sentence search and it seems to be a stronger form of ~なくても 見てなくたっていいよ。 You don't have to stand ...
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What does `nanode` mean? What are its grammatical rules?

What's the meaning of this sentence and what does なので mean here? If possible, I would like to know the grammatical rules of なので as well. 英語と日本語なので私にとっても良い勉強になります。
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I don't understand the meaning and “naran” in this sentence 早く日曜日にならんかな

I don't understand the meaning of ならん in this sentence: 早く日曜日にならんかな Does ならん come from ならぶ? Or come from なる? How it's conjugated? What's that ん in ならん...?
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Difference between 「で」助詞 and 「だ」助動詞の連用形「で」

Could you please explain me what exactly is the で in the following sentences and how can we distinguish 「で」助詞 and 「だ」助動詞の連用形「で」? ...
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Confusion in the usage of みえます and みられます; きけます and きこえます [duplicate]

I'm a bit confused about the difference between using みえます and みられます; きけます and きこえます. According to Minna no Nihongo, it says that みられます means that "the intention of watching can be realised", while ...
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Have I placed “itsu” correctly in the sentence?

きょう の パーティー は いつなんですか。 Is placing "itsunandesuka" correct when I'm trying to make a sentence which means "When is today's party" while using the grammar pattern "ndesuka"?
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How to place ありました with the 〜んです pattern, and the meaning of the resulting sentence

There is a question in Minna no Nihongo, where I need to fit in ありました with the 〜んです pattern, such that the sentence makes sense. おそかったですね。なにか _________ か。 How shall I fit it in, and what meaning ...
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What is “Sino-Japanese word order”?

In the answer to the thread What's the difference between 腹切{はらき}り and 切腹{せっぷく}? in the 1st paragraph, 2nd line, the author mentions "Sino-Japanese pronunciation and word order". I assume that ...
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How to order pizza or dinner on the phone

When you call say a pizza delivery service they pick up the phone with something like "Tanaka's pizza delivery service, XYZ branch, this is Sato speaking". (I'm sorry, I'd reproduce it in Japanese but ...
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Sorting and Grouping a Japanese Index or Glossary

I'm writing a program that will automatically sort the index of a Japanese book and group the terms under the associated Japanese letter. I have found numerous instructions, but I'm still unsure how ...

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