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The meaning of Yarashite Kudasai?

I'm planning a trip to Tokyo with my girlfriend, and I don't speak Japanese but my girlfriend is Japanese. I told her I want to walk around the city with her and talk to some girls on the street to ...
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I'm not sure how to understand “事業者の幹部” in this sentence

ある海外のカジノ事業者の幹部から聞いた言葉です。RGとは、Responsible Gambling、日本語にすれば「責任あるギャンブル」となります。(source) 事業者 implies an executive position so I don't understand the role of の幹部?
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How does “like” become an adjective?

好き is an adjective in Japanese but in English it would be a verb. Why does does it become an adjective instead of a verb?
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Is there a term for “the one that got away”?

I'm thinking of something like 失恋対象 or 失恋相手, except 1) I just made those up off the top of my head, and 2) on the off-chance they're real words, they don't really capture the essence of "the one that ...
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な directly after a noun (not a な-adjective)

While reading a grammar book, I read the following explanation of な な na, a masculine ne Both sexes use ne in both PL2 and PL3 speech, but male speakers often use na instead -- especially in ...
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What Should I Start learning After Hiragana and Katakana? [on hold]

Im 16 and I've Always wanted to learn Japanese, not to read a book or watch TV in Japanese, but to be able to experience their culture for myself the Food,People,Art,Traditions,Buildings,History, But ...
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Does anyone know how I can say [on hold]

Does anyone know how to say: “Now I am using a dictionary but I hope to Get better as soon as I am in Japan!” ?
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What I said the nuance of the phrase きっと青春が聞こえる?

In one of my favorite μ's songs, the title is きっと青春が聞こえる. My problem is with the 青春. I think the title means something like "I can surely hear the youth" but that sounds kind of strange. Is there ...
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How to interpret 「ニッポン死ね」 in the following context

In the manga Dead Tube, the presenter of a gossip video is talking about the adultery committed by a female politician called 山岡. He says that the woman was also the winner of the buzzwords contest (...
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Change keyboard shortcuts for Windows IME [migrated]

IME uses keyboard shortcuts like Shift/Ctrl/Alt + Caps Lock to switch kana modes. Is there a way to change this for a keyboard that lacks the Caps Lock key?
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The meaning of そんな気持ちはなくて in this context

Context: Girl B was in trouble and was also causing trouble. Girl A comes in and over a period of time fights with girl B trying to save her from her torubles and get her to stop. In the end girl A (あ)...
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What does ○○に透けた mean in this sentence?

Listening to a song, I heard these lyrics: はにかんだ声に透けた空はもうここにないのさ This whole sentence is just a bit odd, but especially so because I'm not sure how to handle に + 透ける. Would something like "...
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When to use するほうがいい instead of したほうがいい in order to mean “Should do”?

So, I was in hello talk writing about how eating ramen everyday might not be healthy: (I will number the sentences) 1 - ...だから、時々ラーメンを食べたほうがいいね Then, a native speaker corrected my sentence to: ...
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Can I say 日本語程度 as an alternative for 日本語実力?

Or perhaps even 日本語実力程度? Although that seems overkill and double emphasising.
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Is Kanōsei a word?

I used Google translate and used the following translation provided by Google for 'possibly' in a letter I wrote 可能性もある kanōsei mo aru Later I tried looking up the word in the dictionary, and ...
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What is the Japanese Homophonic Group?

Equivalent question: What Japanese letters won't equal 1? From: the homophonic group: a mathematical diversion → This is an exercise from Michael Artin's Algebra on, well, abstract algebra. In this ...
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ストレスをかんじますか。どうやって、ストレスをかいしょうしますか。 [on hold]

ストレスをかんじますか。どうやって、ストレスをかいしょうしますか。日本語でその質問に答えてください。
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Clarification about how 惚れた should be translated

There is sentence 「だがまあ、惚れた女を一途に見守っている男の邪魔をするのは無粋と言うものだ」 which I rougly translated as "However, as they say, it's rude to disturb a man who is earnestly watching over loved woman". But this ...
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Is there a defined cause for the recent rise in the popularity of gairaigo?

I was looking on the web for Japanese graphic design and found some pre-WWII material. Then I saw some more recent advertisement material. Comparing the two eras, I notice a difference that was beyond ...
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“Norikosu” vs. “Norisugosu”

I don't understand the difference between these two words. In my textbook they appear like "miss the stop" (norisugosu) and "pass my station" (norikosu), but they both sound like you don't go out the ...
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Difference between 出産 and お産

Based on the dictionary definitions listed on WWWJDIC (which I cannot link due to the design of the website), the two terms have similar definitions. I am wondering if there is any difference between ...
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What does ‘‪いてね‬’ mean?

What does ‪いてね‬ mean in ‘‪聴いてね‬’?
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is there a way to say “region-locked” in japanese?

i feel like there should be a way to say it when talking about things not being available in certain regions.
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When are foreign language based words written with kanjis?

I was reading the wikia of an anime and I found this, Red Riot Unbreakable 烈怒頼雄斗安無嶺過武瑠 (レッドライオットアンブレイカブル) (Reddo Raiotto Anbureikaburu) The name of a ...
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ともに after a unit of time?

I came across these lines in a song (0:59): 十日ともに 投げた賽は 赤く色づいた As far as I know, ともに means something like "together with," but "together with ten days" doesn't really make much sense. ...
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Is this sentence from anki correct? [duplicate]

私は帰国することに決めた This is the original sentence, but shouldn't it be: 私は帰国することを決めた or 私は帰国することが決めた?
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“I hate change”

How would you say "I hate change" in Japanese? I feel like 「私は変更を憎みます」 would just sound like a bad google translation.
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what is being said on this cat back pack? [on hold]

As title says what does it say?
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I don't understand a definition of one of the meanings of 途方?

From goo: 1 多くの方向。向かう方向。 「―を失へる敵どもを」〈太平記・一〇〉 I don't understand how 多くの方向 (that I think means "many directions") means the same thing that 向かう方向(that I think means "direction to follow")?
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What is the difference between ガラクタ and ゴミ?

I like to listen to NERU's Vocaloid songs, but I realized that several of his songs had two words translated the same way. Those are ガラクタ and ゴミ. I think ゴミ can be used to talk about taking garbage ...
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What is the meaning of 言葉にすれば消えちゃう関係なら [on hold]

I’m really bad at translating the sentences that have kanji so please can someone tell the meaning of 言葉にすれば消えちゃう関係なら because I didn’t understand it 😥
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I'm asking for pdfs of Japanese grammar for free [on hold]

Do any of you happen to have ebooks or PDFs that encompass all sides of Japanese grammar? Please do share.
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How would one translate or understand the word 死鬼 in English?

I'm reading a fictional book which deals with Japanese mythical/fantasy themes. One chapter describes dead people being resurrected through a complex operation in which their bodies were reworked and ...
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What is the meaning of っ on its own

Does it mean Tch or does it have another meaning ?? Like in here.
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Translate German name “Markus” to Japanese

I'm trying to translate my German name Markus to Japanese, which seems quite difficult. My first approach was just to transcribe it. Ma → ma → マ r → ru → ル ku → ku → ク s → su → ス giving ...
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「から」「ので」「ーんで」など

日本で大学に通っている留学生です。 基本的に普段友達と話す時は「から」、面接や先生へのメールなど敬語で話す時は「ので」を使っていますが、ある程度親しい目上の人(学校やバイト先の一個上の先輩など)と敬語で話す時に「ので」を使ってもおかしくないのでしょうか? 「から」は「ですます」形で使うと個人的には日本語的に正しくない感じがしますし、「ので」は書き言葉のような印象で、工夫したのが「んで」(例:...
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logical processing of this lyric

あなたのために綺麗になりたいと願う 好きな人の前では女の子でいたい For your sake, I want to become a girl that hopes to become pretty in front of the person i love Does that feel too convoluted to you, or am i parsing this wrong?...
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What is the difference between using を and に with the verb 注目する?

私たちは物価を注目しなかった。The price did not enter into our consideration. 誰も彼の見解に注目していないようだ。It seems that nobody takes any notice of his opinions.
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Is ものもある a grammar pattern?

From here: ウイルスが入らないようにするソフトの中には、このメールのウイルスを見つけることができないものもあります。 There is also a feature where you can't find these e-mail viruses in the software whose purpose is to make sure that there are no ...
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What is the function of を in this sentence? [duplicate]

彼は高齢を理由に社長を辞めたよ。 I found this example sentence in some core flashcards, and the translation says He gave up the company presidency due to age. Which makes sense to me, but I don't understand the ...
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Which is the verb belonging to the particle を?

recently I stumbled upon a sentence in Yukio Mishima's 憂国{ゆうこく} - "Patriotism". It is BTW part Japanese/English parallel text stories, so I basically know what it intends to say but I simply can't ...
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What is the correct pronunciation of 唯一

For the word (or composition of two words): 唯一, sometimes also written as: 唯一つ, Two possible pronunciations come to my mind: ゆいいつ [yuiitsu] -onyomi and ただ ひとつ [tada hitotsu] -kunyomi Which one is ...
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すき (“suki”) vs すきだ (“sukida”)

Background I am currently studying Japanese grammar at a beginner's level. Yes, I am familiar with Hiragana but I have not quite learnt Katakana yet. Obviously, I know Romaji and hardly much Kanji. ...
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would 「なんとか」 be an acceptable replacement for “something”?

like as an example: if i forgot the name of a song but i remembered part of it, so i said "zenryoku something" (i say something because i don't know what comes after zenryoku), would 「全力」なんとか be an ...
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How to use 来る in the sense of “is coming”

While reading a book on grammar, I read the following: Context: Shima and Hastushiba Electric's racing team manager Ono are relaxing at a bar after a test run at the track and discussing their ...
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trouble understanding usage of なければ in this case

I'm sorry if this is too specific or unclear, if it's a bad question i can delete it. I'm really unclear on how なければ is functioning here, and how と in this case is functioning after 子どもたち. (also i'm ...
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Is 言い出さなければな a suggestion?

For example: あのバカがこんなこと言い出さなければな I understood this as "that idiot suggested that / started talking". Am I right? There are 3 different translations of this line so I can't be too sure.
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I need to know the year on the vase that is in japanese language [closed]

I want to know what is written is this written in gold.
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What's the response to あなたにもっと早くしてなんて言われる覚えはないですよ。?

I found this conversation from a JLPT listening section. Here goes the question. あなたにもっと早くしてなんて言われる覚えはないですよ。 There are 3 choices. Pick one that is the proper response. 1 すみません。失言でした。 2 ...
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Difference between Xが原因で and Xで

Is there any difference in meaning/nuance between Xが原因で and Xで? For example in 8つの州で雨が原因で約800人が亡くなりました。 can I replace 雨が原因で with just 雨で? I'm guessing they wrote it the long way because they ...

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