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のりまきみたいにくるまればふかふかふとんになるんだもん。

In a Japanese children's book I read: のりまきみたいに くるまれば ふかふか ふとんに なるんだもん。 For the sake of analysis, I looked up the kanjis (correct me if they're wrong): 海苔巻きみたいに包まればふかふか布団になるんだもん。 From the context, ...
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What is the meaning of this Japanese sentence?

The scene: A boy plays a ghita on the street to earn money then a bunch of yakuzas show up. They steal his ghita and say: Yakuza1: "わしらのしま で. 何 勝手しとんじゃい" (This is our turf. You think you can do ...
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When can を be replaced with に?

In these two sentences, I would've thought に would be used in place, but instead を is used? When is it appropriate to use either? A: 反対側【はんたいがわ】50メートルあたりを探【さが】して! Search around 50 metres on the ...
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Does anyone know what this says? [closed]

I've been looking for the meaning of the second kanji for an hour now. I have no idea what it means, and have looked on every website known to man.
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The meaning of 似つかわしくない

呼び出し場所は、昼休み中には似つかわしくない通学路。その途中にある休憩所だ。 似つかわしくない: inappropriate, unsuitable. I'm confused with the sentence, and I suspected 似つかわしくない might have another meaning. If I translated the sentence, it ...
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Does ~そう modify both verbs in a double-verb construction?

I heard the phrase: その男の子が車にひかれて死にそうだった。   When I head the V1てV2, I assumed that Verb 1 (ひかれて)had actually happened and that Verb 2 (死にそう) was a consequence. But someone pointed out to me that ...
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Connection between 〜い adjectives and 〜く verbs?

The following pairs of inflections got me thinking a little bit. 〜く verb plain/te, for example: 働く・働いて 〜い adjective plain/nai, for example: 甘い・甘くない Both of these suggest that there is perhaps some ...
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What does [で] mean in [前は花屋で]…?

隣にパン屋があります。前は花屋で、花屋の隣は魚屋です。 Is it simply used as a connector? Is it simply used to avoid making 2 sentences e.g."前は花屋です。花屋の隣は魚屋です。"? I previously thought this was only done for Na adjectives to ...
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Meaning of 両方じゃだめ

I've recently discovered some Duolingo stickers on my phone, and there is one I can't translate properly. This sticker has the text 両方じゃだめ with a shrugging Duo-owl under it. I think it means ...
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What is the meaning of 過ぎる in this sentence?

The verb 過ぎる shows up in the following sentence: 二年間の景気後退期を過ぎれば、この国の経済は最悪の状態を脱するかもしれません。 I think I understand the sentence but the problem is that I'm not sure what 過ぎる exactly means. It is in ...
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What does this mean in english from japanese? [closed]

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/498698227/jdm-japan-embroidered-micro-fleece?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=nissan+hat&ref=sr_gallery-1-...
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光の差さぬ暗い影 vaguely understanding this line

I started a light novel and I knew I would see more of formal writing and I have this part that I only understand a little. The subject is about shadows, which relates to supernatural beings (this ...
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What is the function of the と particle in this sentence?

The text on which I found the following sentence is here: http://watanoc.com/post-1608-gozira So... There's a part where it says: 『すごく面白い』とネットで評判です So my question is what does the と particle do in ...
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Why to use 思っていました instead of 思いました?

I found this sentence in this link: http://watanoc.com/post-1608-gozira So there's a part where it says:アメリカの映画だと思っていました but why to use the て-form instead of the ます-form? The meaning wouldn't be the ...
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Is there an idiom equivalent to / similar to “gut feeling”?

Is there an expression or metaphor similar to "gut feeling", as a metaphor for one's intuition or instinctive feeling about something?
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Can someone help me translate smth into japanese? [closed]

So I am following this Japanese illustrator on twitter and I would like to get some of her art tattooed on me. She does realy cool line art, but not specifivally for tattoos, so I don't even know if ...
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How to say: I want to be good at what I choose to do

How to say: I want to be good at what I choose to do? I know some of the individual words/expressions needed for the sentence: 1)want to be good at: 得意になりたい or 上手になりたい 2)choose to do something: ...
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Need help to extract images from Japanese [closed]

What is this? I need to create a logo with this character but my client doesn't know this!
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Meaning of 調整役 in the following sentence

Context: in the manga Rikudo, Riku is going to fight against the number 2 of the OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation), a Filipino boxer named Alan Sedenho. Alan has been offered by the ...
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Meaning of 何が悲しくて

当番委員のペアが決まった日なのよ?他のみんなはお祝いしてるのに、何が悲しくて、そんな、さびれ果てたとこへ行かなきゃならないの? What does 何が悲しくて mean here? It seems to mean "What's so sad that we have to go there?" but I feel like I'm missing something.
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Spelling out over the phone [duplicate]

If a native Japanese does not know how a kanji is pronounced and want to ask about its reading over the phone, how would he 'spell out' the kanji? Maybe this is why faxes are still popular in Japan, ...
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Meaning of 「どどめ色」

I came across this sentence: 「あんた ホントに どどめ色の青春を過ごしてるわね」 The context is that the addressee wanted to show the speaker a new move he learned by watching the same video over and over again. ...
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Why to use the て-form in questions? [duplicate]

Anybody around here knows why it is used the て-form in 覚えてないのかい instead of 覚えないのかい in the next sentence? 僕はさっきもう君にすっかり話したじゃないか。 それとも、覚えてないのかい? I've already seen this before in other question ...
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の replacing が in subordinate clauses

I've read in this article that の can replace が when used in a subordinate clause. For example, 耳が長いエルフ is the same as 耳の長いエルフ, evidently. However, this article doesn't describe any difference in ...
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Can anyone help me with this sentence? [closed]

行くよ。 人生で一番速く、走れる気がした。 How would you translate this sentence or what would be the correct translation for this sentence?
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Better to say 床屋 or 散髪屋?

Every time I walk by a barbershop (not a 美容院), I think of the words 散髪屋 and 床屋. Which word is correct, or sounds better, more interesting, for a non-native speaker to use in a conversation? And, ...
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Very short translation for a computer science document [closed]

I'm looking for a translation for the japanese comments in pages 9, 10 and 11 of the following PDF: https://esumii.github.io/min-caml/min-caml.pdf I do not need a translation for the numerated ...
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What does 倒れそうな僕を覗き込んだんだ mean? [closed]

I wanted to know the meaning of this phrase and if alone it makes sense??
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What does the いうの do in this sentence? [duplicate]

I have this sentence: 一体 何をしようというのですか? which I understand to mean: What in the world are you trying to do? However I cannot understand what というの means or functions as doing. From my own ...
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ます Verb Stem + another verb grammar meaning?

I was practicing writing and got corrected by a few native speakers. They all had a correction in common where they took the ます Verb Stem and then just added a different verb on the back. What ...
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80/20 rule expression

Is there a saying (ことわざ)or 4 character phrase (四字熟語) in Japanese for the 80-20 rule? i.e. it takes 20% of the effort to get 80% of the results but to get the last 20% of the results takes 80% of the ...
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Are Japanese stories usually written in past tense or present tense?

This is a question that I have been pondering for a while. As anyone who has read stories written in English can tell you, most stories are written in past tense. Why? Well, the main reason is that ...
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Differences in use between 水蒸気, 蒸気 and 湯気?

So from my dictionary 蒸気 means steam, and 水蒸気/湯気 both mean water vapor. What I would like to understand is when is 水蒸気 used over 湯気 ?
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Usage of よう without に particle

みなさん、こんにちは! So, I am a beginner. I have just started reading my first manga in Japanese, 鬼滅の刃, and I've encountered a sentence which I don't really understand the grammar for. Here it is: 丸腰{まるごし}​...
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What does ぐてっと mean?

I saw it in the following context: xxは、ぐてっと俺に体を預け、胸に顔を埋めてくる Based on the spelling, I wonder if it's similar to ぐでんぐでん, but I'm not sure about that. Based on context, I'm guessing it means ...
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How can I say “female soldier” in Japanese

I have trouble translating "female soldier" in Japanese: Is it 女戦士 or 女性戦士? Also is the particle の lacking between the two words?
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What is the role of の in 「怒りのキーブレード」?Why is it translated as “the keyblade's rage” and not “the keyblade of rage”?

This is in the context of a videogame. The complete quote is 「怒りのキーブレードは心を解き放つ」, which was translated into "The keyblade's rage releases those hearts". Why isn't it "The keyblade of rage releases ...
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What does ちらっ mean?

My Japanese friend sent me a picture of a cat peeking around a corner and the hiragana says either ちらっ or ちらつ. I’m guessing it means peek-a-boo from the context. What does it mean and is it chiratsu ...
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What is それ in それどころ pointing at in this sentence?

溺れる者は藁をも掴む。溺れる火口はレムにもすがる。 返って自分の首を絞めてしまう結果に終わりました。それどころか頼みの綱のレムにさえ破滅への道程を勧められ、それと知らずに「レム、お前頭いいな」などと頓珍漢な賛辞を送ってしまいます。 The context is that 火口 is being led to a trap(he's going to a place ...
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What does 勝ったな mean?

I’ve stumbled upon the phrase 勝ったな and it was translated there as “he will win” but what conjugation is that?
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What is the difference between 祖先 and 先祖?

From my dictionary, both mean ancestor so I am wondering about what is the difference between them. Is the difference in politeness ? For example [息子]{musuko} and [子息]{shisoku} both mean son, but the ...
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What is the grammar behind もなければ、なければ?

Lately, I'm reading Japanese light novels. For the following sentence, I can't get the meaning behind it. 解放感もなければ、次の職を探さなければという焦りもなかった。何を思えばよいのかが、よくわからなかった。 The character said that after leaving ...
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i can not understand this grammer point [closed]

v-てform  / v-ないform なくて / い-adj=> い=>くて / な-adj => な=>で + any sentence
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っといても after a verb

What does っといても mean after a verb, I've seen it several times. I'm guessing it's a slang form or a shortened form? I know that ても means "even if" (roughly), and I've seen って a lot so wasn't sure if it'...
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Why is there dakuten on the “ん” in this image? (ん゙)

Context: http://mangalifewin.takeshobo.co.jp/rensai/yo-jolife/yo-jo-008/21231/ Does "ん" really have a dakuten version?
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Question about ね particle

I've been doing some JLPT5 grammar practice , and I came across the following dialogue fragment: A:『勉強はどうですか』B:『そうですね。』. The reason I'm confused is I thought 『ね』 was employed as a way to seek ...
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Words with varied 音読み{おんよみ}

In watching this YouTube video, the last slide displays the following information, which provides examples of words that bear 呉音{ごおん}、漢音{かんおん}、and 唐宋音{とうそうおん} types of 音読み{おんよみ}. I was interested in ...
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Friendly users for new Kana learning iOS application [migrated]

I am looking for friendly users to give feedback for a new application to learn Hiragana and Katakana. Where can I find this kind of users best? I'm not sure I'm supposed to be placing such questions ...
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What does 本当たりえる mean

I am playing the eroge Tsui no Sora and have come across a passage containing this word: 当たり前だがノストラダムスの大予言なんて出来の悪い妄想だ。 まともに考えれば小学生にすらわかる事。 だがそんな事は重要じゃない。 [Nostradamus' prophecy is an ...
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「命令形 + と助詞」どんな意味?

アナと雪の女王2の「Into the Unknown・心のままに」の歌詞を翻訳していますが、次の文型が分かりません。分からない部分は この 🔴の間に... 1) 聞こえてる、でも無駄よ。目を覚ませ、🔴起きろと🔴 2) 未知の旅へ🔴踏み出せと🔴 「起きる」と「踏み出す」の意味は分かりますが、この「起きろ+と / 踏み出せ+と」という文型のニュアンスが理解できません。 皆さん、...

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