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The meaning of the phrase 'sou janai' (romaji)

What does the phrase 'sou janai' (romaji) means in unformal speaking context?
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How can I translate 打った人は誰ですか?

Consider the following sentence. 打った人は誰ですか。 How can I translate it in English? I don't know who gets hit or who hits. Do I need to add something like below to make it clearer? ...
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Can somebody please please help me translate this…? [on hold]

Can you please help me translate the writing on this piece of paper? I've been working on this for the past four hours by looking up the characters one by one and using translation websites and ...
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Does XをYと感じる here mean to feel X to be Y?

I am not confident I parsed this correctly (text from Mishima's Patriotism). Please confirm or deny: 中尉は麗子が「お供をする」と言った言葉を、新婚の夜から、自分が麗子を導いて、このばに及んで、それを澱みなく発音させたという大きな教育の成果と感じた。 Can this be summed ...
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“Also…” interjection in Japanese, Appending an additional request or afterthought

In Japanese, how would one go about appending an additional request or afterthought? For example: 1: お水【みず】をお願【ねが】いします。 "Water please." 2: あぁ、(・・・)、氷【こおり】を入【い】れていただけませんか。 "..Ah also, ...
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Etymology of とにかく

I was wondering with anyone knew the etymology of とにかく or any of its variants. The literal meaning doesn't make sense when you consider its actual meaning, so I got curious.
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Validity of 紅葉が出来る?

Based off my understanding of できる in this context, it is used to describe something as coming to be. Would saying 紅葉ができる be a natural way of saying that the red leaves of autumn have come to be (i.e. ...
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Sentence ending with こと or もの

I'm reading a mathematics textbook, and there are a number of sentences which end with もの or こと. I can work out the intended meaning no problem, so what I would like explained to me, are the rules ...
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Why do we use は rather than に in インタネットがとても遅い時は、切腹したいです?

Why do we use は rather than に in the following sentence? インタネットがとても遅い時は、切腹したいです。 In my opinion it should be インタネットがとても遅い時に切腹したいです。 Any comments are welcome.
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Trouble understanding the following sentence

Taken from an educational book with parallel English literal translation. The original work is Mishima's "Patriotism". 麗子は良人の親友であり、たびたびこの家へも遊びに来た元気な青年将校の顔を思い浮べた。 Reiko recalled the faces of ...
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Why is ローマ字 spelt without an ン?

Why is ローマ字 spelt without an ン? As far as I can tell, it's not because you can't have an ん sound before a じ sound, because 漢字 has an ん sound before 字. Did early Europeans' term for Roman letters not ...
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What does “ 自分の胸に聞いて頂戴 ” mean? Not Literally

Not the literal meaning, I know its some sort of tsukkomi, but I can't quite figure out what it means. The best idea I've got is something along the lines of "give me back my concern" or something ...
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Is this correct? [on hold]

I asked someone who is Japanese how to say, "I love you, Ishida." and they said it is: "watashi wa anata ni ishida o aishi". Is this correct, or are they messing with me?
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Is the ending ~ま鶴 just a slang corruption of ~ます?

Occasionally on Twitter, I see tweets from young native Japanese-speakers like: おはようございま[鶴]{つる} with the obvious meaning of おはようございます。 Is this change of ます to まつる just a form of slang, and is ...
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売る exact usage/meaning

I was reading a Japanese text, and came across this piece of dialogue : "なんで他人とケンカするの" "なんでって...売られるからだよ.売れられたケンカは買う.そんだけだ." But I really can't seem to understand what the second person is trying to ...
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How to accuse someone of lying

うそだ isn't really a serious accusation. How would you say 'you're lying' more seriously?
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When particle mo is used to mean also, particle wa is omitted. Does mo also replace ga?

The question is clear but I would like to add an example. (My sentence may have other errors as well) I am glad that you think the same. あなたがそう思いますうれしいです I am glad that you think the same, ...
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Can a sentence end in a noun?

This is a complete sentence from a book. おいしいお料理に、とても楽しい雀の踊り。 (There was??) delicious food and a fun sparrow dance. For context, in the previous sentence an old man is introduced to the ...
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What does mou もう mean with non-past verb?

A: この資料、もう捨てましょうか。 B: あ、ちょっと待ってください。 B: 捨てる前に、ここをコピーしてください。 (A: kono shiryou, mou sutemashou ka. B: a, chotto matte kudasai. B: suteru mae ni, koko o kopi--shite kudsai.) I know that ...
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Can『ます形』やすい and 『ます形』にくい be rephrased as やすく『ます形』and にくく『ます形』?

Consider the following. 長い鉛筆は書きやすいです。 短い鉛筆は書きにくいです。 Can I rephrase them as follows? 長い鉛筆ではやすく書きます。 短い鉛筆ではにくく書きます。
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What does the word 「とまあ」mean?

It is said by a boy who has just finished talking about his plan to a group of little kids. Here is the sentence. とまあ ざっとこんなところだが どうだみんな!
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Why does ようになる become ようになりました (past tense)?

So I know that using dictionary form verb ようになりました means I started to do this thing that I didn't do before. But what would happen if I put it in present tense with ようになります would that be wrong? Would ...
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貸してもいいですか versus 借りてもいいですか

According to my teacher who is a native Japanese, the second option cannot be used even though it is grammatically correct. What do you think? Any comments are appreciated. Option 1 ...
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What do I actually call familiar or friendly language?

When writing on Lang-8, I often end up writing both formal and casual versions (for practice), with labels. I also wish occasionally to discuss formality, and thus need words to talk about the ...
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Use of ◯ in titles

I came across something that had favorite works of characters. One was: 「好きな漫画」 『神風怪盗◯ャンヌ』 And another was: 「好きな映画」 『ゴッド◯ァーザー』 Is this simply a way of not actually putting the ...
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What is the difference between Hatsu and Saisho?

Can hatsu be used with activities, like hatsu-no poem?
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かい and だい - age?

I often see claims that they are only used to people your own age or younger. But is that true, or an exaggeration based on the fact that you'd use more polite forms to someone older, usually? For ...
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Use of quote marker と before unusual verbs

I'm happy with the purpose of と when it precedes verbs like 言う、聞く、思う etc. The following sentence puzzles me: おじいさんは「雀は大丈夫かな。」と、大変がっかりしました。 I understand that the man feels disappointed and ...
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Use of question particles in plain speech

I'm becoming increasingly confused about the correct way to form questions in informal speech. I originally learned that I should replace か with の. Then I learned that that was a bit girly. Then I ...
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What does 尿が近い and 尿が遠い mean?

seeing 尿が遠い/尿が近い in some medical documents and sites, what does 遠い and 近い mean in this sense? Does it literally mean the urine is far(ranged)/urine is close (ranged)?
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What does the 「とって」 mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. 東のはずれには年をとって働けなくなった人たちのために養老院をたてるっ
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Told About Something

I want to say that my waiter told me about Japanese restaurants or taught me info about them. I was thinking that I might just try フュージョンは 日本の食堂を 教えました。 But that would mean the waiter taught Japanese ...
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What is the female equivalent for 「ご主人様」 or “master?”

In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe novel, the character Aslan orders centaurs and eagles to chase a wolf, saying, "He will be going to his mistress." He is referring to the wolf's female ...
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ごめんよ - what is it?

This appears to be an apology, but it seems a little blunt - its like ごめんね ごめんな、are logical; they apologize and soften it with those particles. But ごめんよ seems a little forceful. Why would you use it? ...
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What's the meaning of this pastry pun?

I saw a sticker set being used on a popular social platform the other day that I found very interesting. They were pictures of food items, sweets mostly, and had words next to them that seemed to be ...
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How do I properly tell someone to proceed with a transaction in an email?

Today, I received the following email after an online purchase: この度はご注文いただき誠にありがとうございます。 頂きましたご注文の発送方法について、EMS(国際スピード郵便)による配送となりますので、 送料が1,500円かかります。 よろしければ、クレジット決済金額の変更をし、商品を発送いたします。 ...
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How would you use eien no in Eternal Ruler of the Universe? [duplicate]

How would you use eien no (eternal) I know universe is uchuu, and ruler is shihaisha, but I want to write Eternal Ruler of the Universe. So how would you fit the eien no into uchuu no shihaisha? ...
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What do young Japanese mean by セクハラ?

What do Japanese young people exactly mean by 「セクハラ」? Do they think it is negative, or only slightly negative, or not negative? I've often heard Japanese university students throw around the term ...
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Dear sir or madame… Japanese Mail Etiquette

I am trying to conduct business with a company located in Japan. I am trying to buy a kimono to complete a set for someone dear to me...(who may or may not be on the site so I am keeping this part ...
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What does the word 「ぶったてる」mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. このドヤがいの西{にし}のはずれにりっぱな総{そう}合{ごう}病{びょう}院{いん}をぶったてること!
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What is the formal way to say “しょっちゅう”?

" 時々" means "sometimes" and "しょっちゅう" means "frequently", right? And, the meaning is well short of "いつも". Now, I can't imagine "しょっちゅう" is used in writing or formal speaking, right? So, what is the ...
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頭がいい人 versus 頭が切れる人

I could not find the explanation of my following question in English. What are the main differences between 頭がいい人 and 頭が切れる人? It is still hard for me to understand the Japanese version given in this ...
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Particle と in Feliksas と申します。

This phrase is used pretty much on every intro page to japan, as in a polite way to state "my name is _____". I think it's similar to the Je m'appelle. My question is why is it exactly the particle と ...
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How do 自他 triplets of related verbs work?

I thought this had been asked before (possibly by me), but I couldn't find it. I'm wondering why for certain verbs/words, instead of just a 自他 pair, there is a triplet (or possibly more) where two of ...
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grammar of a sentence explaining a 四字熟語{よじじゅくご}

I read here the following explanation about 一朝{いっちょう}一夕{いっせき}, a 四字熟語{よじじゅくご} : 一日や半日{はんにち}、朝{あさ}から夕程度{ゆうていど}の、短{みじか}い期間{きかん}のこと I don't feel confident about the grammar in this sentence, ...
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How does 「から」 work in regards to 「だから」 and 「ですから」?

I'm confused at how から works, and there's very little information on this subject. だから is used in front of a な adjective or noun. い adjectives simply use 「から」. Verbs can be in ます form, and only use ...
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「万が一の場合」vs「念のために」?

How should I decide to choose either「万が一の場合」vs「念のために」? 「万が一」 , by itself, cannot directly substituted for 「念のために」, right? But, adding 「の場合」 makes 「万が一の場合」and「念のために」 pretty much the same?
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How do we say the next sentence? [on hold]

i need to translate a sentence, coming from a Julien Doré's music: "Something you left is on my bed". How do we say it in japanese ? Thanks for your help !
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Situational use of politeness

I am often confused on which level of politeness to use between people who are relatively close. For example, let say I am talking when a friend in Japanese and we use plain form. Although a close ...
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What is the difference between できました and しました?

The answer to this question explains how できる can have more uses than just as a potential verb. However, are there any differences in usage between できます and します? They both seem like they can be used to ...

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