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母音. The Japanese language has five vowels: a i u e o.
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An analogy that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated object
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助詞「へ」. Indicates motion towards (English "to").
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no longer in common use.
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指示語. Questions regarding those words or particles that function similarly to the set of English adjectives and pronouns including "that", "these", "this", and "those".
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identical both in pronunciation and in writing, but have different meanings.
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The difference between the は (topic) and が (subject) particles.
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relatively flexible. According to some theories, there is usually an "unmarked" word order, and other orders are achieved by "scrambling" the constituents into different positi…
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旧字体・新字体. Kyūjitai refers to the form of kanji that were in use prior to 1946, especially of those kanji that were later simplified. Shinjitai refers specifically to the simplified forms of certain cha…
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促音化. Gemination happens when a spoken consonant is pronounced for an audibly longer period of time than a short consonant. Gemination is distinct from stress and may appear independently of it. In Jap…
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助数詞. Often called 'classifiers' in linguistics.
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Names given to the perception of various visible wavelengths of photons, either reflected or transmitted
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美化語. Making words polite (美化 lit. "beautification") by adding the prefix 御 (お・ご) to a word.
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万葉仮名. An old system of writing that uses kanji purely for their phonetic values. Both katakana and hiragana are derived from man'y­ōgana.
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長音. Vowels held for twice as long as short vowels. Unlike in English, long vowels in Japanese are not diphthongs. Long vowels in hiragana are generally written an extra kana such as あいうえお; in katak…
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音楽. Language usage in the context of music. For questions about song lyrics, please use the tag "song-lyric".
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品詞. The primary lexical categories such as nouns, verbs, and particles.
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助詞「な」. Used with adjectives that behave grammatically like nouns, or with verbs to indicate "do" (after verb stem) or "don't" (after dictionary form).
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助詞「って」. The Japanese particle tte.
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接頭辞. A type of affix prepended to the beginning of a word to change its meaning.
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助詞「より」. Used in comparisons as a reference point ("compared to", "more than"). It can be also used to mean "from" (equivalent to から).
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モダリティ. The linguistic expression of the speaker’s psychological attitude towards the verbalized state of affairs or towards the utterance and the communication itself at the time of speech.
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イントネーション. Questions concerning the rising and falling pitch in spoken Japanese, not including pitch accent.
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For questions regarding the use of Input Method Editors (such as Anthy) when entering Japanese text into a computer.
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草書. Artistic writing usually done with a brush and ink.
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比較言語学. Japanese as compared to the other languages of the world, from a linguistics perspective.
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指小辞. A word suffix or inflection to indicate smallness or endearment.
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五段活用. Verbs like のむ and あるく, which conjugate by changing their last kana, e.g. のまない, のみます, のむ, のめば, のもう.
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常用漢字. A subset of (currently 2136) kanji approved by the Ministry of Education.