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Looking for the correct spelling of “tsundoku” in Japanese

I am not learning nor will I be learning Japanese any time soon so I’ll be glad if you could help me out here. I am a designer and I wanted to play with the correct Japanese spelling of this word “...
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What are the nuances between くれますか vsくれませんか in terms of requests?

I know there are more politer forms like itadaku but just focusing on the masu and masen aspects, which is politer? What are the nuances? Which is more forceful-sounding?
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How do you say 'sentence'.

I searched jisho and they gave me 句 and 文. Bun seems way too generic and has so many other meanings that I'm not sure people will understand it. So is 句, a one-worded syllabus which also seems to mean ...
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Use of かて as “even”

しゃあない。お前かて人間やで。 I get the meaning of the sentence, but I'm wondering, is there a nuance behind かて? For instance, between お前も人間やで。and お前とて and お前でさえ ?
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What is the difference between 清潔 and 清浄

According to one Japanese guy I know: 洗浄とは、きれいにすること。 清潔とは、きれいであること。 He also says that the correct adjective in the sentence below is 清潔 and 清浄 is incorrect. 山中では空気はとても 清浄だ / 清潔だ。 However, ...
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How to create a personal name with kanji

For personal names, is it right to use kanji to describe its meaning? For example: one of the meanings of the name Vincent is "defeat the evil". Instead of using Katakana for Vincent, is it the ...
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What's the best way to ask someone what their favorite Japanese band/artists/musical groups are? [on hold]

Hopefully this makes sense. Also looking for a way to say, "My favorite Japanese group is _______."
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Japanese idiom equivalent to “that ship has sailed”

What is the closest expression in Japanese that conveys a similar meaning to the English idiom "that ship has sailed", referring to an "missed opportunity" and "it's too late (to do anything about it)"...
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Sentence structure of 戦争で敵兵になぶりものにされて殺されたんだ

「うーん、君が納得する話が出来るかどうか。そうだね、例えば……」 「僕は両親の顔も知らない。戦争で敵兵になぶりものにされて殺されたんだ」 「それで、叔父に引き取られたんだけどさ。... In this hypothetical, the parents are killed in war but the bolded section is unintuitive to ...
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The basis for kanji frequency

What is the basis for kanji frequency? For example, 悠{ゆう} has the Frequency of 1921 in the kanji dictionary of Yomichan. What does it mean? Does it mean that in everyday conversation or in newspapers ...
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Expected sentence in article to use を but が is used instead

I'm reading this article and I have come across this sentence and I'm wondering why が is used instead of を. What's the reason am I missing here? 11日、豊洲市場がオープンして競りが始まりました。 My translation: ...
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Is 去年に grammatical?

I know the rules regarding when to use に with time expressions and when not to. Or at least, I thought I knew the rules. But I watched an ANN news item about Tsukiji market today, and at one point the ...
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Question about 単独

Does word 単独 has some figurative meaning close to something like "not ready"? I'm asking because it used in this sentence だがそれは、俺が“単独”だった場合だ。 But protagonist definitely isn't "solo", since he has ...
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How to interpret the “もの” in どうしたものでしょうか

I would like to ask how to interpret the "もの" or "もん" in the phrase "どうしたものでしょうか" or "どうしたもんか". Does it have any specific meaning or serve a grammatical function? I know the phrases have the same ...
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What is the difference between [何もありません]{なにもありません} and 何もあります?

何もありません and 何もあります both have the same meaning according to google translate. I have no trouble in understanding why 何もありません has the meaning of "nothing/everything" as one of my native languages has a ...
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始める vs 出す vs になる

Elementary grammar books cover the difference between '赤ちゃんは歩き始めた' and '赤ちゃんは歩き出した'. However, there seem to be one more grammatically correct way to say 'to begin doing something', namely Vstem+になる. I ...
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Who is doing the action in the second sentence?

I'm translating the following two sentences from a book written in first person. 女の子は動かない。 [悠然]{ゆう・ぜん}とナイフを構えたまま、 [身体]{≪からだ≫}の向きだけを変えてくる。 Is the person turning their body in the second ...
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Question about “ほう” in this context

Heres the sentence : 彼は自由なほうの手を伸ばして頭皮をさわり、痛みの源を突き止めようとした。 So I understand the sentence, I think, by context, as : "He reached up with his free arm and touched his scalp, trying to determine the ...
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心配する with implied object

My apologies to @Chocolate for continuing to nag about this question (or if I've misunderstood your comments). According to the link it is unnatural (ungrammatical?) to say: 1) 就職しないと心配する。 where ...
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Why does ―・appear on Japanese dictionary? [duplicate]

For example this definition of 臨む: 風景・場所などを目の前にする。向かい対する。面する。「海に―・んだ部屋」 Why does ―・appear instead of the word itself? What's the reason behind it, how do I call it and why that only exist in a ...
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What does “本人と似て” mean?

In this sentence I don't understand the beginning "どうせ 本人と似て軽薄でキラキラしただけの---" For me it's : Anyway, they look alike, brilliant and frivolous But I'm not sure. Could someone please help me ? And if ...
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What かってぇ means here? [duplicate]

かってぇ!? 剣じゃきかねーよ! It's from the video game, the character tried to attack a monster but didn't hurt it much. Is this かってぇ the same as かと? If so, why there's nothing before it?
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だろう in question context?

This is sentence: 「“見る”か。お前はいったい、どのような世界を“見て”いるのだろうな」 I'm not sure if this is really a question, but words like いったい and どのよう suggest that it probably is. So if this is really a question, then how ...
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The meaning of ~たことにする

I am currently learning ~たことにする but I am not so sure how to translate it. The example sentence is: 私が日本にいる間に、家族がドイツへ旅行に行ったなんて、きかなかったことにしたいなあ。
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How to say “weeaboo” in Japanese?

What's the best translation of "weeaboo" in Japanese? I would define a weeaboo as a (generally derogatory term for a) non-Japanese person who is highly interested in manga, anime, Japanese video ...
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Is my handwritting ok to read? (Hiragana) [on hold]

I'm from Brazil and I just started to learn japonese by myself. therefore, i want to make sure my handwriting is ok to read and if you have any tips so that i can improve my writting, i would love to ...
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How to use と with three or more nouns?

I just started learning Japanese and I recently learned something like: このかめらと、あのらじおをください。 (Please give me this camera and that radio.) Note that I have not learned Katakana yet so sorry for the ...
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Kanji and name of Poseidon [on hold]

I would like to know the name of Poseidon and the kanji in Japanese. Thank you
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What does this conversation from a novel mean?

「おまえ、よく命が続いとるなあ」 「これが生き甲斐でござる」 「とりあえず酒でも飲め。いや、呆れたもんだよ」店主が言った。 「奢ってくれるかい?」 「奢るとも」 “You, よく命が続いとるなあ” “This is what I live for.” “Anyway, let’s have a drink. いや、呆れたもんだよ” said the owner. ...
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What does オシャレ mean?

やっぱオシャレな雰囲気になるお声だなぁ〜 It seems the definition of おしゃれ is something like "stylish", but it doesn't seem right in this case. What does that mean?
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How do Japanese people group numbers? [duplicate]

Do Japanese people group numbers in 3 or 4? (100,000,000 vs 10,0000,0000)
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Another こと usage question

I'm trying to translate the sentence "Food is an easy topic for me to write about" to Japanese, but I'm struggling. Some thoughts / questions: (1) I know could say "Writing about food is easy":「...
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Is this と quotative or conditional?

調べた会社は「ルールがなくなると、就職する会社を探すための時間が長くなって、一生懸命勉強できなくなると心配する学生もいます。...」と話しています。 The investigating company says "If they get rid of the rules then the time to find a company who is hiring will get longer ...
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Kanji for みない in 調べてみない

詳{くわ}しく調{しら}べてみないと分{わ}かんないって In the sentence above, what is the kanji for みない?
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Particles equivalent to english 'about'

I am trying to learn how to say 'to talk/write/read about smth' in Japanese, since corrections natives make to my sentences seems not to be very consistent. For example, let us consider a phrase 'I ...
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What is 所があるじゃない in this context?

In this sentence (from a manga), what does 所があるじゃない stand for? I don't seem to understand the grammar behind it. それにしても鬼灯尹も結構可愛い所があるじゃないか。 (I mean, I know about 所が meaning however, 所がある meaning '...
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Why is あすぶ an “out-dated or obsolete” kana usage for 遊ぶ?

I saw this note on the jisho.org page for 遊ぶ: Other forms 遊ぶ 【あすぶ】 Notes あすぶ: Out-dated or obsolete kana usage. And I'm curious what this means - did it used to be read this way? Or do ...
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Meaning of 何も with なんてない sentence end

I need some help with translating the following sentence, to make sure that I understand all the nuisances with it and am translating accordingly. それなら何もとまどう必要なんてない。 If so there’s no need to worry ...
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sentence structure and extent of quotion in this statement

speaker「だから、お前が俺のことをよく見てくれてるって思ったらなんかちょっと嬉しくてさ」 girl 「……べ、別にあんたのことそんな風に見た覚えはないけど、そう見えたのよ」 speaker「ってとは、自分でも気付かぬうちに俺のことをよく見ていたってことになるな」 girl 「ば、ばっかじゃないの!? なんでそうなるのよ!?」 speaker 「...
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Why would a Japanese adult be embarrassed to use the word “friends”?

I am watching a current anime, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ( 転生したらスライムだった件 ). The protagonist, now a reincarnated slime in the isekai story, is making friends with a dragon. The specific ...
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Why is there sometimes a は used in conjugated, negative, formal i-adjectives?

A few times now, I have seen a negative i-adjective with a は in between the く and the ありません. I have seen it usually present when it is a response to a question. Like the example below. いいえ、車は赤くはありません。...
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Need help with framed print [on hold]

I was wondering if someone could tell me what this picture means. I don't know where else to ask. Thanks in advance. https://photos.app.goo.gl/QaV6ajkGfVFWa9py9
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Why で in 今日で最後にしたいです?

Referring to the clock that counts the time since the last nuclear test: 時計の数字を変えるのは、今日で最後にしたいです。 I want to make today the last day where I change the figure on the clock. I'm confused by the ...
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How do you translate 作ってみたら in 妹がチーズドックを作ってみたら兄がwwww?

It would seem to me the sentence says "little sister makes cheese dokku (whatever that food is) and .. big brother ... ? I can't understand 作ってみたら . Is みたら the tara conditional form of 見る? Is it ...
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How can I say ' I'M LOSING IT ' like smth is really funny [closed]

the expressions in english along the lines of ' I'M CRYING JANSJA' or '' OMG I'M LOSING IT'' is there an equivalent in japanese?
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What does mean (Go) for exmple Hikaru no Go [closed]

What does mean (Go) for exmple Hikaru no Go
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Where does アフレコ come from?

I looked for the meaning of アフレコ in Jisho.org and after the meaning (dubbing) it says "Abbreviation, Wasei, word made in Japan". So since the word apparently it doesnt come from a foreign language, ...
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When to use ところ / て+いるところ / た+ところ

In this sentence: 「もしもし、今、駅に向かって(_______)ところです。 あと5、6分でつきます。」 What should be the correct tense of the verb 歩く? Should I base my answer on the word 今 or the てform of 向かう? If there is 今 does that ...
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What is this sign? [closed]

A friend of mine has a tattoo like this (see imagem) What does It mean, please?
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ながら sentence sample clarification

Sample sentences from A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar page 270: A: ちょっと話がしたいんですが。 B: じゃ、コーヒーを飲みながら話しましょう。 C: じゃ、話しながらコーヒーを飲みましょう。 It states that B is an acceptable response to A ...

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