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Why are the high-pitched voices of children 'yellow'?

I was reading a little book called 『ひらがな物語』 and came across this passage on page 119: ​ 大臣といえば明治初期の文部大臣森有礼が ​「めんどうだから、いっそのこと、小学校教育は英語にしようか」 ​ と、おおまじめで、いい出したこともあった。もし森文部大臣の発言が通っておれば今頃、 ​ パパ ...
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Iterative / repetitive る evolving from classical 連体形【れんたいけい】

This is somewhat related to the discussion of classical auxiliary verb ふ, mentioned in the answer to snailboat's question, What is the わ in 忌まわしい and 嘆かわしい?. Another apparent iterative / repetitive ...
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〜ということ and just 〜こと

I've been trying to learn when to use 〜ということ or just 〜こと, for example: 彼が金を貸してくれた{ということ/ こと}は私は彼に信用されている{ということ/こと}だ。 (The fact that he lent me money means that I am trusted by him.) With the above ...
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Is the interjection おう really a Chinese loanword?

In Samuel E. Martin's "A Reference Grammar of Japanese", in a section (Chapter 23, p. 1041) on putative etymologies for some Japanese interjections like さあ or まあ, he asserts: Although others ...
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How was the first Japanese-English dictionary made?

This question may not belong to this site. If so, please vote to close. My question is very simple: How was the first Japanese-English dictionary made? In other words, how could the author map ...
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Etymology of 鼻の下を伸ばす

Today I've came across the expression 鼻の下を伸ばす/ 鼻の下が長い and had to look up its meaning. . Other web dictionaries have different meanings, like to be soft on women, to be spooney, and similar other ...
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How does a single verb construct work when it has both honorific and humble auxiliaries?

An example textbook sentence: かかるついでに、見たてまつり給はむや How about looking at him (Genji) on this occasion? たてまつる is humble auxiliary, 給ふ(給う) is honorific. Does this reflect a relationship between 3 ...
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“A Hen in the Wind”?

I just watched the 1948 film "A Hen in the Wind," directed and co-written by Yasujiro Ozu. I'm guessing the title is a reference to a Japanese proverb or traditional metaphor. Does anyone recognize ...
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What does やっぱり mean in [そこまでなんだって、思っちゃうもん……やっぱり]

「もうみーくん、またそういうこと言って」 「駄目ですか?」 「ううん、それも嬉しい、ドキドキする」 「そこまでなんだって、思っちゃうもん……やっぱり」 I'm a bit confused as to what this やっぱり is doing in the sentence above.
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How do I tell if the に particle is indicating a target or a source?

I'm pretty confused about the に particle and I hope to receive some clarification. 1.彼は私に本をくれました。 2.私は母にしかられた。 In the first sentence, the に particle is used to indicate the target, ...
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Usage of か I keep encountering

Maybe I'm an idiot, but no matter how much I Google I can't seem to grasp the concept of か being used mid-sentence. I've already run into it a number of times. Like here: ...
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Exact nuance between 方が、たら、えば and テ形 in this sentence

I would like to know the exact nuance between all these forms in these example sentences : そうした方がもっと可愛くなる。 : This one feels like she would become cuter if she did that (instead of something else) ...
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How has Japanese kanji and kana usage changed since 1945

How has the percentage of writing using each script changed since 1945? With script reform, increasing influx of loanwords, and stylistic choices, several factors affect how much certain parts of the ...
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Ideas for translation of 演奏技術向上への一可能性

演奏技術向上への一可能性 Contextually, this is from a paper talking about teaching piano and this is the subtitle of the paper (so it is a stand alone sentence). I'm having problems translating the above ...
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Do Japanese stative verbs have the inchoative aspect?

In English, a verb that expresses a state can also express the entrance into a state. This is called inchoative aspect. The simple past is sometimes inchoative. For example, the present-tense verb ...
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How do you say terms of endearment (pet names) in Japanese?

I have this list of 愛称 "My dearest Heart," "Dearest Mine," "my love," "my dear," "my darling," "my pet" that I need to quote in my academic paper (the Japanese author is listing possible pet ...
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How to translate historical names which don't necessarily have an equivalent in Japanese?

What is the acceptable procedure for writing proper names in Japanese academic papers when you don't know the official Japanese translation or the katakana for it? Is there an expectation that all ...
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Are there verbs that simply cannot work alone under any circumstances?

Some verbs, like 過ぎる can be added to the stem of other verbs to alter the meaning, (食べる>食べ過ぎる), can 過ぎる be used alone in specific circumstances? Are there verbs which are either grammatically ...
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Kanbun reading of this expression

I was wondering if someone could help me with the kanbun reading of this text: 這箇是誰誰是我. (It is an expression used by Dôgen in Eihei kôroku 9, 55). Although I am unsure, I figured one possible ...
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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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What does 笑みがこぼれてくる mean and how is it different to 笑みがこぼれる

愛鳥の寝顔、見てるだけで思わず笑みがこぼれてくる 愛鳥の寝顔、見てるだけで思わず笑みがこぼれる My question is how is the 1st sentence different from the 2nd, and what nuance does the くる add.
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What are the ways for more than one verb to be presented in a sentence?

As far as I know: listing of verbs in te-form relative clause and complementary clause compound verb I'm sure there are many other ways.
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Which が is this?

しばらくその場を動かず無為に時間を過ごし、リヴェリアが怪訝な色を顔に映しだした頃。何かを察知したように、アイズが剣を抜いた。 Could someone tell me what が this is? Is it exhaustive listing? My translation would be: As if sensing something, Aizu is the one ...
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Best translation of おトク

So this is my first time ever making a post on a forum, so sorry if I break any rules or this has been posted somewhere else, but as the title says, I'm looking for some natural ways to say おトク・お得. I ...
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Is there a slang meaning to “ダニ~ナアア…”?

"ダニ" said with a hard "ダ" and soft "ニ" is a bug. But, isn't "ダニ" with a soft "ダ", hard "ニ", and trailing "ナアアア" a slang term? It means something like "he/she is a no good person who is inconsiderate ...
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Meaning of と思ったら (Colloquial)

Example 1: (After visiting long lost friend) やれやれ、 いきなり どこに連れていかれるかと思ったら。。。 Example 2: (Girl comes to boy's apartment to wake him up for school) Boy: なんでお前がここにいるんだ? Girl: ...
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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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Na-adjectives before は

Do na-adjectives need a な before a は? もっと きれいなは どうですか。 もっと きれいは どうですか。 Which is correct? Personally I think な is needed as the sentence is a shorter form of もっと きれいな ハンドバッグは どうですか。(replace ...
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連用形 of 「だ」 - difference between 「だっ」「で」「に」

Out of the conjugations of だ, the 連用形 is what is confusing me. I understand だ、だろ、な、なら fine, but I'm confused about だっ、で、に. I think my question might be a bit too broad and that's because I really ...
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Explanatory particle「の」 comes from 「ので」?

I just saw on Imabi.net : http://www.imabi.net/l42karanodenoda.htm That 「ので」 is actually the て form of the explanatory particle の with だ... It actually makes a lot of sense if it is true. I`ve ...
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What are the ways to say “endure austerity”?

How can we say "endure austerity" in both formal and informal situations? For example, how can we say: "The people of Greece are currently enduring austerities." "If you have to endure such ...
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What does ところ do here?

青年が皆の手で地面に取り押さえられ、縄でぐるぐる巻きにされているところだった。 Does ところ here take on the meaning of "in the midst of doing"? So this sentence would mean: "The boy was held down by everyone, and was being rolled up by ...
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Is the negative in ゆめ人に洩らし給えそ implicit?

ゆめ人に洩らし給えそ Never breathe a syllable of it to any one! (NEW斎藤和英大辞典) Is negative meaning here implied but not stated explicitly? ゆめ = 必ず, そ = ぞ as bound particle (it could be negative final ...
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Does the term 大和撫子 predate WWII, or was there an equivalent term for the ideal Japanese lady?

Does the term 「大和撫子」for describing the ideal Japanese lady predate WWII, or was there an equivalent term before that? These sites here and here indicate that the term was co-opted for propaganda ...
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Usage of Heisig radical “big”

I'm using RTK to learn the Kanji and yet am pretty happy with it. To review the Kanji I am using an Anki deck. My question is about the usage of Heisig's 大 radical for example in 器. In the book ...
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When did LOC adopt modified Hepburn?

If I look in Google Ngrams, I see that the transliteration "honbu", meaning HQ, basically didn't exist until 1964. But it didn't surpass "hombu" until 1976. I believe Modified Hepburn was introduced ...
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困っている usage / different meanings depending on context?

私は困っている。 I've seen the sentence translated as "I am in trouble", however depending on the context is it possible that it also could mean "I am troubled" or "I am worried"?
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Subject tracing

I am a translator from Japanese into Italian and I have translated a long text, it is the scrap of novel and not from the beginning, so it has been very difficult for me to understand. The following ...
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ない vs 無い: Negative ある vs adjective?

How would I distinguish ない as in the negative of ある and 無い the adjective? For example, if we have the sentence 食べ物がない is the ない there just the negative form of ある or is it specifically the ...
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How to parse long sentences

西尾自身は、『暦物語』のころからミステリーを書きたくなってきたと振り返っている[1]。 レトリックやダイアローグに凝った作品が多くなってきていたため、本シリーズはその辺りを抑えて書いているという[1]。 デビュー作『クビキリサイクル ...
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Is it common for non-European words to share similar pronunciations between Japanese and other languages in East Asia?

I saw a sign at the back entrance of a Japanese restaurant (in Gordon, Sydney, Australia) "Kashin 가신 Japanese restaurant". The word written in hangul, "가신", sounds similar to the Japanese word ...
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Is there any way to input hentaigana into text documents?

Having found some books that use hentaigana (e.g. the 古今琉歌集) alongside standard hiragana and kanji, I've been trying to find a way to input hentaigana characters into text files. I've found proposed ...
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How would you translate “新聞の民主性”?

I'm working on a paper about media science and in one of the Japanese papers the author talks about "新聞の民主性". I do know the general meaning of the word, but I struggle to put it into proper English or ...
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What does こっちの方 refer to here?

これは、叩いて返せばいいのか。 おう。ぶっ叩いて相手にぶち込んで、相手が落とせば勝ちだぜ。 なるほど。お前はこっちの方が良さそうだな…俺も、手加減無しでいこう。 My question is about what こっちの方 refers to here. It seems that they are playing a game where one has to ...
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とする・にする before a noun

「竜の歯を依り代とした人型はコルキス王の魔術と聞く。 その娘、王女メディアは稀代の魔女と謳われたそうだが?」 Does this mean: The human form who made the dragon tooth as a vessel or A human form which was a dragon tooth made vessel. How ...
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none of us is as smart as all of us

This proverb is attributed to an unknown Japanese author (http://thinkexist.com/quotation/none_of_us_are_as_smart_as_all_of/160488.html). However I could not find any mention of its actual origin. ...
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What is the name of paper to train how to write kanji?

I'm learning how to write hiragana, katakana and kanji. What is the name of paper that has little squares to write the Japanese characters? Where can I find it to print?
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What does がってもらって mean?

It's in a manga- the context in someone telling their friend to lie down. I looked it up in a couple of dictionaries but nothing made sense. It's at the end of a sentence with, like this: がってもらって..... ...
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Heart emoji in Japanese texts?

One of my friends was on HelloTalk for a few days and recently a female partner sent him a few messages with the heart emoji (three times within an hour) which kind of confuses him. Does this mean ...
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What does this symbol translate to in English? It is used in a musical context

The symbol is used to the left of a musical staff from an 1888 score of instrumental Japanese Koto music. It is placed next to the upper staff which also has lyrics underneath. Does anyone know what ...

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