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Meaning of 日本の風土

日本には日本の風土に合った教育も重要だ。 I read from jisho.org that the definition of 風土 are: natural features; topography; climate; spiritual features. While dictionary.goo.ne.jp described it as: 1 ...

asked by Amanda Zhang 9 votes
answered by broccoli forest 10 votes

The difference between ありきたり and 平凡?

Both of them are Na-adjectives and both mean "ordinary, common". Are there any differences? I saw a sentence: そんな平凡でありきたりなことじゃないのかも Why "平凡" and "ありきたり" are both used here?

word-choice word-usage  
asked by billzt 4 votes
answered by kimi Tanaka 4 votes

試験期間は今日を含めて約2週間後の月末 meaning

試験期間は今日を含めて約2週間後の月末。 期間: period; term; interval. 含めて ---> 含める: 1. to include (in a group or scope)​, 2. to instruct; to make one understand​, 3. to include (a nuance); to put in (an ...

asked by Amanda Zhang 3 votes
answered by naruto 3 votes

how to say pretend in the context of a sentence

How to say "pretend as if carrots tastes like chicken and eat it" 人参が鶏肉ふりをして食べて or would 人参が鶏肉まねをして食べて be better?

asked by Newbie 3 votes
answered by broccoli forest 6 votes

行ってこなかった meaning

筆記試験の重要性は今更説明するまでもないが、学校はこれまで、体育祭や合宿くらいなもので他学年との交流を深くは行ってこなかった。 It was a sentence from a light novel ようこそ実力至上主義の教室へ that I'm reading at this moment. The school is going to hold a special exam ...

asked by Amanda Zhang 3 votes
answered by naruto 4 votes

What's the difference between 家 and 宅?

happened to see these two kanjis while writing down some words, they had the same meaning !!! normally I heard うち as home but there but they got translated いえandたく as home-house as well !!! so I'm ...

meaning words japanese-to-english  
asked by Pink Cat 3 votes
answered by naruto 4 votes

XもVba YもV pattern

A girl is on a date with a hot guy in a flashy sports car とにかくザックは注目を集める。  車も目立てば、本人も目立つ。信号待ちで止まろうものなら道行く女性は皆振り返るし、中にはスマホのカメラを向ける人すらいる。 Why is も used twice here and not, for example, a は in ...

grammar meaning nuances phrases particle-も  
asked by Igor Skochinsky 3 votes
answered by naruto 4 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What do the shapes △ ◯ ╳ ◻ mean in Japanese? And are there variations in meaning, depending on whether or not the shape is filled?

I am interested in Japanese culture and the symbolism used in Japan, specifically I'd like to know what the △ triangle, ◯ circle, ╳ cross and ◻ square mean to a Japanese person. How are those shapes ...

translation words usage phonetics symbols  
asked by user17531 35 votes
answered by naruto 39 votes

だって (datte) meaning

What are the possible uses for だって?

asked by Mel 25 votes
answered by ジョン 20 votes

What do repeated 8s mean in internet slang?

I was watching a live video stream the other day. To my surprise, other viewers kept flooding the chat with the number eight! My screen kept filling up with messages like these: ...

asked by snailcar 31 votes
answered by snailcar 43 votes

How to say "also" or "too"

The sentence "I also ate in Tokyo" can mean three different things: (Aside from my friends who ate there), I also ate in Tokyo. (Aside from the other places where I tried local cuisines), I ...

grammar particles  
asked by Ken Gonzales 17 votes
answered by istrasci 18 votes

Saying something is like/not like something else

How does one say "this is like/similar to that" or "this is not like that" in Japanese in essence? An example sentence is "In this way, the English are like the Japanese" ; I have not been able to ...

grammar syntax  
asked by miikaelf 10 votes
answered by l'électeur 18 votes

When going somewhere, is there any difference between e (へ) and ni (に)?

Can you use へ and に interchangeably, as in: 北海道へ行く and 北海道に行く ? Are there any subtle differences in the use of these two?

grammar particles particle-に particle-へ  
asked by nevan king 64 votes
answered by Nate Glenn 62 votes

What's the difference between -ga and -o when they are used to designate a direct object?

During the past month I've been addicted to Japanese. I've listened to about 10 online tutorial video courses and read about as much printed lessons. I am determined to learn Japanese, but I am really ...

particles particle-は particle-を particle-が  
asked by Armen Tsirunyan 15 votes
answered by dainichi 12 votes

Can you answer these questions?

How do you say "you can do this or that"?

I'm having trouble figuring out how to suggest two different scenarios. The question on my homework was "What can you do with $300?" I am looking to say something along the lines of "You could buy A, ...

asked by Valentine 1 vote
answered by user3856370 0 votes

Beginner Grammar Question

First time poster on here, currently learning from the Japanese from Zero books. In Chapter 13 of the book there is the sentence ‘what time are you going to the airport?’, now it’s written two ...

asked by Pmckeown2 1 vote
answered by Pink Cat 0 votes
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