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文法. A collective term for syntax (the way sentences are put together) and morphology (forms of words, including the way new words are put together). Often used to describe function words such as part…
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使い分け. The differences between two or more words or phrases and how to select the best one for a given situation.
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翻訳. This site does not provide a translation service. However, questions about translation are welcome provided that they have some academic merit. For example, questions about translating uncommon w…
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言葉. Any question that does not deal specifically with grammar or pronunciation. Includes questions about prefixes, suffixes, compound words, loanwords, dialectal differences, pragmatic usage, etc. In …
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意味. The meaning of words or phrases within certain contexts, especially when it does not seem to match the standard definition.
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使い方. How to use certain words, phrases, particles, endings, constructions, and their variants.
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ニュアンス. Subtle differences between two seemingly interchangeable expressions.
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漢字. Chinese characters as used in Japanese writing as opposed to the two kana syllabaries and rōmaji Latin letters.
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助詞. Non-inflecting function words which follow words, phrases, or entire sentences.
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動詞. That class of words which describe events and states and can be inflected or conjugated to indicate relative time, as well as many other nuances.
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語源. The study of the origin of words and the historical development of their meanings.
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pronounced. For questions about which readings to use for particular kanji, use the "readings" tag instead.
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活用. The inflections of verbs. How the endings of verbs change to reflect grammatical factors such as tense and aspect.
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統語論. Rules governing construction of phrases and sentences in a language.
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表現. A set phrase used commonly in the Japanese language.
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読み. The reading of a kanji character or a word written in kanji characters refers to how it is “read” in terms of kana characters.
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成句. Phrases with fixed words used as a single unit, such as idioms. For questions about a particular idiom, please use the tag "idioms".
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丁寧さ. From social politeness ("please", "thank you", etc) to the technical Japanese grammatical concepts of honorifics and respectful and humble forms known as "keigo".
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俗語. Words, expressions, etc. considered very informal, usually used mostly by in-groups, such as young people, and easily affected by trends and fashions.
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テ形. A non-finite form of a verb or adjective primarily used to connect to a following predicate or subsidiary verb, with some secondary uses derived by ellipsis (e.g. of くれ or ください). In many cases it …
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定義. The precise meanings of Japanese words or phrases.
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歴史. The origins and changes over time of the features and characteristics of Japanese in its spoken and written forms.
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助詞「に」. The particle に (ni) represents motion towards something (English "to") and location (English "at" and "in"). Dative, locative and temporal case particle.
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同義語. Words which share a meaning in at least one of the senses of each.
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カタカナ. That form of the Japanese kana syllabary which is not cursive and is most commonly used for (but not restricted to) writing words borrowed from other languages.
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口語. Words, forms and expressions used only in non-formal spoken language.
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正書法. The standard way of writing the language.
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外来語. Words brought into Japanese from languages other than Chinese.
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助詞「は」. Indicates the topic of a sentence or shows contrast in the universe of discourse.
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文化. Where the linguistic aspects of Japanese culture and the cultural aspects of the Japanese language overlap.
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形容詞・形容動詞. Japanese doesn't technically have adjectives, but special types of nouns and verbs called na-adjectives and i-adjectives respectively have the same function.
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助詞「の」. Genitive case particle indicating possession, but can also link general nouns to more specific ones. の can also be a nominaliser.
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助数詞. Suffixes attached to numbers to indicate what is being counted. In linguistics, these are sometimes called 'classifiers'.
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語彙. Single words or set phrases that must be learned in order to communicate.
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方言. Language and vocabulary differences between specific regions of Japan.
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日本語能力試験. The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), a standardized test used to measure Japanese language skill.