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How 「えい」 should be pronounced in the words like 英語, 先生, etc?

P.S.: I heard that 「生」 (せい) in the word 先生 can be pronounced either as [sei] or as [see]. If it is so, is there any semantic difference between these variants?
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What is the difference between 変わる and 変化

As usual I'm studying for the JLPT and I found a word that has the same meaning as another one. According to the dictionary [変]{か}わる: to change; to be transformed [変化]{へんか} (する): (to) change ...
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Heuristics for identifying Japanese-origin words (和語)

Given a word and its reading, I'm interested in having it be automatically be identified as Japanese-origin (和語, but excluding 和製英語 and 和製漢語) or not. False negatives and positives aren't really a ...
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Is “げえしゃ” a valid pronunciation of “芸者”?

I've read on various web sites that in English, some people pronounce the word "geisha" as "geesha", and that it's a mispronunciation. For example, from Wikipedia: They almost exclusively ...
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Comparison of two Japanese Bible translations of Genesis 1:1

Japanese Contemporary Bible: まだ何もなかった時、神は天と地を造りました。 Shinkaiyaku Bible: はじめに神が天と地を創造された (The 2017 ed. of the Shinkaiyaku is not in the public domain, so the following is a screenshot from my ...
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使用して and 使って difference

what is the difference between these two terms.The actual use of them ? for eg. are トランジスタを使用して and トランジスタを使って same ?
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左に曲がる/右に曲がる v/s 左折/右折

That's it, essentially. What differentiates these two ways to indicate a turn? So far, I had only heard 左に曲がる/右に曲がる, but recently I heard 左折/右折 in the GPS of a car. At first I thought that the latter ...
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Is there a difference in connotation between 森林 and 森? [duplicate]

I've checked in a couple of dictionaries already, and they describe bot 森林 and 森 as "forest." Are there any major differences in meaning between these words?
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“筆順” sounds more scientific / formal than “書き順”?

I just read the word "筆順" in an article about linguistics. I'd never seen this word before. I've always said "書き順" for "stroke order". "書き順" is the natural way to say "stroke order" in daily ...