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I think that in some cases, ending a question in の is fine for male speakers. For example, I hear え~、そうなの? quite often from male speakers. I think, in general, we have that (all male speech) rhetorical questions are allowed to end in の, e.g. even if it is clear what the other person is doing, you may ask 何をしてるの? or 何してんの? What (the heck) are ...


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うち is mostly used by girls to refer to themselves, but this usage is only common in Kansai-ben and perhaps other regional dialects as well, and it is generally not considered to be part of standard Japanese. See http://detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/question_detail/q148192694 So to answer your question, yes if a guy says うち, he is probably most likely ...


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I think there are no much differences between そうだね, そうだな, そうですね and そうね. To tell the careful thing, そうですね is the polite form, and そうね sounds like (a little bit!) childish. I don't know no other versions except for dialects. By the way, そうですな is not wrong, but it sounds funny. Because if you say so, I feel like you are an elderly gentleman.


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わ can also have a non-feminine meaning of: 軽{かる}い詠嘆{えいたん}や驚{おどろ}きなどの気持{きも}ちを表{あらわ}す。 - Expresses mild feelings of admiration, surprise, etc. So the idea here is to express that lovely "oh!" feeling you get when your ears pop, as you can see by his smile. I can't honestly say how prevalent this is, or if you ought to use it.


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No. It does not have any feminine connotations.


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わくわく is not feminine at all, but a little childish. 楽しい or 楽しみ is a better expression to use in a formal situation.


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~じゃない is not particularly feminine in Standard/Tokyo Japanese, as long as the ない is relatively short (i.e. sticks to the moraic rhythm) and maintains its low pitch. I would say that the longer ない is drawn out, and the more rising pitch it is given, the more feminine it sounds.


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From John Hinds' Japanese: Descriptive Grammar, p.16: Nonpolite questions ending in の are frequently termed "feminine" or "childish" sounding, since women and children use this construction. There are, as far as I know, no statistics on this, so I must simply point out that males may also use this construction with impunity. [emphasis added] He gives ...


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The one, which implies envy or hope is often written いいなあ, or even いいなあ~ and is absolutely fine for girls. I would almost say, that (especially in the envy-usage) is more often used by girls than guys, but this is maybe not a problem of speech, but more a problem of displaying envy via speech. But there also is a manly いいな, but it has a different meaning.


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One of the things about Japanese is that gendered speech is pretty explicit, and if you are a male using feminine speech you're going to come off as gay or as a transvestite or something else in the gender bending stereotypes of Japanese culture. My general advice would not be to use explicitly feminine speech but rather to avoid using overtly masculine ...


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No. Many of my male friends in Osaka/Kansai use キモい, especially the emphatic キモッ!.


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な functions like ね. What is particularly feminine about そうね is primarily the omission of だ, not the use of ね, so just changing ね to な in そうね doesn't make it masculine. You'd need だ to make it sound more masculine. I'm not sure I understand why you think that そうですな is ungrammatical, so all I can say is that そうですな is in fact grammatical (and not odd either). ...


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None of them are neither masculine speech nor feminine speech.


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In the first place, な is not originally masculine or so. ね is a version of な when you talk to other people, in other words, when you talk to yourself, it's nothing for women to use it. It may sound rough only after you use な in talking to other people.


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Some words indeed have strong association with gender, but those are less and less heard from real, especially younger, people. 行こうか It doesn't sound particularly male or female, but do sound drier or more unemotional than other possible expressions, thus I can imagine male and female speaker would use this phrase in different situations. (If I were ...


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My advice is similar to ssb (do not "use explicitly feminine speech but rather to avoid using overtly masculine speech"): A couple of the years ago I was told that my Japanese was very polite - not in the sense of using keigo all the time, just polite, in a way that shows respect. I was naturally flattered but the answer was simply that as my Japanese got ...



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