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I don't think it is a Japanese proverb, but it is very reminiscent of T.S.Eliot's poem 'The Naming of Cats,' perhaps that's where this idea originally comes from? 'When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES. First of all, there's the name that the family use daily, Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James... But I tell you, a cat needs a name ...


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「[僕]{ぼく}の[人生]{じんせい}が[変]{か}わったのや、[明]{あか}るい[人]{ひと}になったのは、[全部彼]{ぜんぶかれ}のおかげなんだ!」 is grammatical and even sounds fairly natural. The only part that does not quite sound natural is 「明るい人」. We would rarely use 「人」 that way to refer to oneself, but again, it is still all grammatical. You could say 「明るくなった」. Am I using the right particles? Yes, you ...


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While you can't exactly number all the possible ways to express "yes" or "no", if you are are new to Japanese, then check out this delightful video. It will teach you several nuanced ways to say "no" in Japanese, which all seem eerily intended to prevent molestation on trains. Keeping with the uncomfortable video theme, watch this video and learn several ...



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