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For the grammar and variants of Japanese words and phrases considered to be mainly used in casual speech or conversation.

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Can polite and casual Japanese be combined?

What I mean is, is there any overlap? are you allowed to speak in a way that combines both forms of speech? like are there words that, even if using formal speech, are typical to use casual speech ...
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the logic behind “te” in “chotto matte te”

When someone says: chotto matte te, why does the te mean "... and I'll be back shortly". What's the logic behind it? Why aren't there special expressions such as chotto matte X, where X could mean "...
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Meaning of ちはース

Context: a boy shouts 「ちはース」 after seeing that a fan club for a boxer has only female members. He is happy to discover this since he is the kind of guy that always tries to flirt with pretty girls. I ...
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What is the meaning of putting a word in parentheses at the end of a statement [Internet Speech]?

I'm sorry, I can't think of a better way to title this question, but I took a screenshot of the short Twitter exchange showing what I mean: In case anything goes wrong with the image, here it is in ...
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Feminine speech: no だ before よ

Is it true that until recently women were expected to drop だ, ending a sentence with よ? For example: 今日、何曜日? 土曜日よ。 If it is true, was it thought to sound "gentler"? Why has this changed?
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What does the long “neeeeee” (ねー) mean when 2 friends are talking?

What does "neeeeee" (ねー) mean when 2 friends are talking? That is, one is talking, talking, talking and the other will occasionally reply "neeeeee" to him? Is this just the ordinary "so da ne" or does ...
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Couple of slangs I've heard when watching anime

In one of the animes I've watched recently (can't recall the title), I heard words like "チーズ" (not sure if this is how it's spelt in katakana since I only heard the word, but as for how it's ...
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When did 「ヤッホー」 become a popular greeting?

The etymology of the very casual greeting 「ヤッホー」 appears disputed and undecided. Various theories and hypotheses have been suggested. This site lists German, Hebrew, and 山伏 as possible sources. A lot ...
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Can “mata itsuka” be used in casual conversation?

Recently I came across this exchange: Person A: Ja ne. Person B: Mata aou. Person C: Ja ne. Mata itsuka. Real casual till that last line. I've been told that "itsuka" is a way to express uncertainty....
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いかなきゃ vs いかなきゃいけない

What is the difference between いかなきゃ(ikanakya) and いかなきゃいけない(ikanakya ikenai)? From what I read in a forum, ikanakya translates to 'I have to go'. The confusing thing is why does adding ikenai to ...
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How to denote particular kana sounds in Japanese?

In romaji, the ways that verbs inflect is fairly straightforward to indicate. For example, if you wanted to describe the process under which 五段動詞{ごだんどうし} change from 辞書形{じしょけい} to 可能形{かのうけい}. One ...
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Question ending with “no?” — can I use “n da?” instead, among friends?

I know what "no da" and "n da" are for. When I hear the question something like "nani wo shite iru no?" from a friend, I wonder: can the question "nani wo shite iru n da?" be used instead? Do they ...
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Verb(ますstem)にくい vs Verb(dictionary form)のは難しい

hoping for some clarification here. This is my example: これはめっちゃ粘って食べるのは難しい The reason I used 食べるのは難しい rather than 食べにくい is because my understanding is that にくい・やすい is used for psychological ...
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Is there a rough variant of 飲む{のむ}?

Just as there are so-called rough synonyms for 食べる{たべる}, namely, 食う{くう}, 食らう{くらう} and 食む{はむ}, to represent eating with different nuance, are there any known variants of 飲む{のむ} for drinking?
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what does なってしもう mean?

うち、あんたなしじゃあ生きていかれへん体になってしもうたんや。 My unsure translation: "House (うち), I become(なってしもう??) a body(体) who can't go on living(生きていかれへん) without you(あんたなし)". whats going on with the なってしもう? Is it a casual/...
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Extremely casual way to make requests to very close friends

How does one make a very casual "request" to a good friend. I know that the て form is used to make a request that is fairly casual, but it doesn't sound "casual enough". For example, 食べて, would ...
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Casual speech - できんでえ / てやんでえ

I've come across both できんでえ and ~てやんでえ today but I'm not sure what they mean or what their origin is. There's some information relating to ~てやんでえ online which seems to point to it being a question (&...
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Is it possible to the negative form of a verb + “n-janai” together to form a tag question?

For instance: ikenai → ikenai njanai? tabetakunai → tabetakunai njanai? tabetakute tamaranai → tabetakute tamaranai njanai? Note that I'm using njanai, not just janai to create a tag question. Is ...
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V + n-janai vs -ne vs -n-desu-ne

What's the difference between these 3 forms of a verb: 1) 勝てるんじゃない 2) 勝てるね 3) 勝てるんですね ?
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Omitting “da” in casual speech

How acceptable is it to omit "da" in casual speech in phrases such as -- chokoreto ga suki (da) yo -- boku wa daigakusei (da) And so on..... Do it also depend if it's a male or female talking?
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“de gozaru” in a casual speech [duplicate]

In a japanese anime I've heard lots of "de gozaru" in a casual speech. If I use it with my friends, will it sound ok?
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Finishing a sentence with て [duplicate]

来年、フルマラソンに挑戦しようと思って Next year, I'm thinking of trying to run in a (full) marathon. Hopefully an easy one for you all. I'm curious why this sentence ends in 'て' and not 'ている/ています'. My (uneducated) ...
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“Neee” instead of one's name or before his name — what does this mean?

When someone - my friend - says "neeee" to me, what does it mean? It's not when I say something and they respond "neeee" or "sou da yo neee". It's when "neee" is used either by itself, or instead of ...
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“What about X?”, one more meaning

In English I can say "what about X?" to mean "why did you mention X?", "what were you going to say about X?", "what does it have to do with X?" and so on. How can I ask the same thing in japanese? ...
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Interpretation of し at the end of an ambiguous twitter message

This image from the Hololive subreddit has me scratching my head. It seems to suggest that there was only one way of interpreting the tweet at the top of the image. I checked just to be sure but ...
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What does 上 mean here?

ずるいずりい、うちのほうが上やったのに上やったのに Taking 「やった」 as 関西弁の「だった」, does this basically mean: [Not fair! I was above you.. I was above you...] or does わたしは「X」のほうが上です。 have another meaning?
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Being addressed as “Anata” by a Japanese male friend [closed]

My Japanese male friend addressed me with “anata” while we were talking about casual things. That was the first time I have heard from him and usually, he addresses me by my name. I want to know why ...
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Trying to figure out how どんなとこ works [duplicate]

他にどんなとこがよかったの? The context is in S1E9 of Aggrestsuko in which Retsuko is asked about her new love. The official translation is "What else do you like about him?" but I am not sure how that is pulled ...
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Combining multiple verbs

I work in a hotel and I was asking a coworker if we are permitted to drink the coffee in a certain location near the desk. I am trying to be formal with this request. I asked "Are we allowed to take ...
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Is “ii yo” acceptable?

I've never heard someone say "ii yo". Is "ii yo" acceptable? And "ii zo"? In particular, in casual masculine speech.
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What does 「見ちゃいない」mean?

I came across this in a manga, and I still can't figure out what the ちゃいない means. Does any help please?
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~ちった meaning/grammar

「って、いい加減にしろー!」 「ありゃ、怒られちった」 What ~ちった means in this sentence ? Only translation i found is ちる (+ past form), but in this case phrase has no sense for me. Is it some casual suffix or what ? Thanks for ...
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Is 「出ちゃいけません」 short for 「出ちゃってはいけません」?

The sentence in question: 道の外側に出ちゃいけません! While it is obvious what it means, I am wondering how precisely it is constructed grammatically. The textbook way of expressing "must not do" using ...
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How to use expression「私なんか」?

To my knowledge the expression「私なんか」is approximately translated as "Oh, not me!" and used to sound humble. The questions are: Is it gender neutral? Are there other situations where it can ...
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Meaning of っていうことで

In an interview, a band member replied to a question about why they decided to release 2 songs at the same time. So she said that it was their manager who told them that the band was contacted to ...
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What does “deshyo” alone mean as a response?

When I tell someone something and in response I get only "deshyo?!" or "deshyo!", what does this imply? "I've told you so", "That must be so"?
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2 ways of saying “don't do” to my friend - difference?

I want to say to my friend "don't eat". What's the difference between these two: 1) tabenai de 食べないで and 2) taberu na 食べるな