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口語表現(話し言葉). Words, forms and expressions used only in non-formal spoken language.

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What are the implied differences in わたくし and わたし?

Although I believe わたし to be the more common reading of 私, I have heard many examples of わたくし being used as well (ex 黒澤ダイア ラブライブ). Does that mean わたくし is an informal version or more feminine version ...
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What's the difference between “biru hitotsu kudasai,” “biru ippon kudasai,” and “biru ippai kudasai?”

I'm a bit confused. The first sentence I learned was biru kudasai (ビールください). But then I watched this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox-YMeYZSvs And I found out there are so many variations. ...
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Colloquial contraction “出しゃ[あ]” [duplicate]

I encountered this sentence. なめんなよ。てめえみていな雑魚、おれが本気をだしゃあ… I believe the context is quite obvious: The speaker feels stronger than his enemy, the listener. From how I understand it, I’d translate ...
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What do the 「ああなる」and「気いします」mean?

The sentence below is said by a Kansai-spoken character but I'm not sure if thetwo phrases are related to the dialect. みんながああなる気{き}持{も}ちよう わかるような気{き}いします感{かん}動{どう}してまんね あいつら....
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Purpose of adj+kucha and noun+ja in this sentence

Though I think I've understood the gist of the following sentence, I struggle to interpret two of the used terms. こんなに小さくちゃ一人じゃ生きていけないわよね。 This small (cat) mustn't live alone. (?) What exactly ...
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Meaning of 盛り上げ in the following sentence

Context: a boxer and his trainer are waiting in the locker's room for a match to start. The president of a famous gym who is also the organizer of the match passes by and just waves at them without ...
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Meaning of ___はんは

In a manga about boxing, the protagonist is going to fight an american boxer. His trainer is telling him how he should train: 白人はんは"拳"を鍛えてるだろうがお前は"足"だ。 I don't understand what "…はんは" is. Is it a ...
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Is there a trend in Japanese similar to Pig Latin or Martian Chinese?

There are of course multiple individual slang expressions where you use Latin alphabet and numbers such as ww, W, ggrks, wktk, kwsk, etc. However, is there any specific system or argot made just for ...
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せいせいすらあ Meaning

This is from the manga Kaiji. A hated character is making his departure, and Kaiji thinks to himself, "消えろ!消えろ!。。。!” ”せいせいすらあ。。。。” The first part is pretty easy, basically like "Yeah, get outta here!"...
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Is 'うつさい' equivalent to 'うるさい' in this context? Why?

Is 'うつさい' equivalent to 'うるさい' in this context? Why? I can't find 'うつさい' in the dictionary and Google translate, so I tried inputting the Chinese version of the text(i.e '吵') into Google translate ...
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the colloquial meaning of 嫌なところ見られた

In a story, a hated character comes into the room. The narrator says 嫌{いや}なところ見{み}られた The literal translation doesn't make much sense, as I can't see what "bad place" she's talking about. I tried to ...
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褒めてねえぞ sounds defensive?

I'm trying to write "this is not a praise/compliment." I consulted my friend about it and he said I wrote "I'm not praising you!" Like I'm being defensive... what do you think?
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Can I use 「さぁ…さっぱり。」 to express that I don't understand at all?

The full form should probably be 「さぁ…さっぱりわからない」, but is it OK to omit the latter part in informal conversations and will that cause any confusion or will it sound strange? I suppose it should be OK ...
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Can the て-form be used as a た-form substitute?

I've been reading manga by myself for some time, and I've been noticing sentences where the て-form takes the role of a past tense marker (that is, the role of the た-form). At first I was letting it ...
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Question about using the past form verb 「まった」 in this sentence

It is a situation that a boxing fight will begin very soon. Suddenly, a trainer of a boxer thought that his man could be knocked out very easily. He then said the following sentence. Anyway, the ...
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Meaning of a sentence with Aが言うのもなんだけど and other considerations

Basically my question is what does the following line mean: A: あたしらが言うのもなんだけど……テストの相手があたしらで、テストになんの? Context: Persons A and B are testing the combat abilities of one of two groups of people. To ...
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Translation check そろそろキツい and だかんねえ

Context. Characters A and B have just gotten defeated by younger character C. And it has been about a year or so since they last met. A: 若い子の相手は、そろそろキツいわー B: 年だかんねえ、あたしたちも。 My problem in ...
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Is there a contracted/casual form of でないと?

でないと as in the conditional phrase. 例:これをやれ。でないと殺す。 例えば、じゃないと? Never heard of it though. If there is no such thing then is でないと even considered formal in the first place or just neutral if it doesn't ...
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Question about the verb 失う [duplicate]

I came across the sentence from a Manga which I think it would be Kansai-dialect form. なんや ようわからんうちに気をうしのうてしまったが... I think that it would be volitional form so I have looked it up and found that ...
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What is ねぇたぁ in 判らねぇたぁ?

俺は手加減してたぜ? それが判らねぇたぁ、 お前、割とぬるいねぇ。 Is it colloquial form of 判らなかった?
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Meaning of 感じる in sexual context

Context: a character of a manga is being interviewed in the extra section at the end of the manga. She receives a question about a chapter in which she had sex with another character after talking to ...
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How to make this more natural sounding?

I want to say "I was looking for happiness in things that held none" (in the context of consumerism), so I'm saying "幸せがない物に、幸せを探してたんだ。" Is there a better, more natural sounding way to say this?
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美しい - Uncommon in everyday conversation when describing people?

Recently, in a conversation with my Japanese tutor (a native Japanese speaker) I brought up the word 美しい in regards to praising people and its usage in day to day language. She mentioned to me that it ...
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Regarding ようか and the role of か in it

I'm new to learning Japanese and I was watching a Japanese TV drama and came across this sentence "ちょっと降りよっか。". And it translated as "Let's go down" I heard that よっか is the colloquial form of ようか. ...
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what does 病気なめんな! mean?

"dont something illness" is the kind of feeling i get from that.. cant find a verb to match to namena though.
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What is っしゃ here?

「……っしゃ! ずらかるぞ!! ……ん!?」 Is it a colloquial form of 「よっしゃ」?
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What is といやぁ here? [duplicate]

当然といやぁ当然なんだが…… I guess it's colloquial form of といえば?
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Male speech pronunciation changes for i-adjectives

i learn japanese from many sources including movie or anime. unfortunately japanese often pronounce it different from actual word that make me often failed to find the translation, for example すごい ...
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Use of 悪ィ over 悪い

それが良{い}いのか悪{わり}ィのか正{ただ}しいことなのか、少し考{かんが}える。 I interpret this clause from 僕のヒーローアカデミア as "As to whether that is a good thing or a bad thing or something correct, I will think about it a little." Why ...
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what is the meaning of the particles in the sentence: 言ったじゃねえかよ。

I especially don't understand the grouping of them. I know what the sentence means, but all of those words after 言った are a bit confusing to me. thank you!
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What does it mean when a Japanese called you 天然?

ok to make it short; my senpai called me tennen; I am forgetful person and I always do a lot of mistakes so I assume he means I am stupid based on its dictionary meaning but according to my other ...
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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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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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What does なきゃ mean in this situation? [duplicate]

Due to some circumstances a guy brings a girl to a hotel in order to loose some pursuers. In there they get swept away by the situation and end up doing some foreplay. The girl ends up fainting ...
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首 when fired from a job: etymology?

First question ever here. :D So, I hear a lot in media, when someone is fired from a job, normally they refer to 首 as being fired, or firing someone, and might sometimes make the gesture of getting ...
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What does 家建てる mean?

I cannot figure out what 「家建てた」 on this tweet means. 「エレクチオン」で家建てた僕の言語能力を舐めちゃいけませン。 Is it a typo for 「打ち立てた」? Or it is a word that Koike Kazuo coined? If so, what does it mean? I think "made a ...
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Japanese equivalent of “caught red handed”?

Is there a colloquial phrase in Japanese that would be the same as or similar in meaning to the English phrase "caught red handed"?
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use of すんな and ってもんがある

It's a male character saying thing this 抜け駆けすんなっ、まずは順序ってもんがあるだろ "Don't get a head start, first of all, there is a proper order of doing things" (?) Is すんな = the negative imperative するな? Is ...
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What does 〜 verb + てんの mean in this sentence ? [duplicate]

Source: http://raw.senmanga.com/Yotsubato!/83/5 I am reading Yotsuba (ch.83, pg.5) and I came across this sentence: [恵]{え}[那]{な}は疲れてんのかまだねてるよ いっつも早いのに As far as I know, てんの here is casual ...
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What does a w at the end of sentences signify? [duplicate]

Sometimes I see people attaching a w at the end of sentences (or multiple ws): なんか知らない間に人がめっちゃ増えてるw This is in an informal context, usually while chatting. And sometimes, just: wwwww What is ...
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「ので」のように、「のに」も略せますか?

「ので」が略せるように、接続助詞の「のに」も略せますか? 「ので」が「んで」か、「なんで」か、「なので」になれるなら、 「のに」も「んに」とか、「なんに」とか、「なのに」になれますか? これを思えば、そうですか? また、私の日本語がよくなかったら、すみません!
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Is 小判{こばん} understood as a slang term for coins or money in general?

I watched this video in which the story is supposed to be a folk tale but everybody speaks an exaggerated ギャル語 slang. The video has subtitles that explain all the ギャル語 words. The word 「[KBN]{ケービーエヌ}」 ...
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Omission of く in negative form of い-adjective

I learnt that the negative form of い-adjective is: remove the trailing い, then add くない. Example: 赤い→赤くない However, I've been watching Japanese livestream and following her twitter. Sometimes, she omit ...
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What is the meaning of this (義兄弟) combination? Are there any cultural connotations?

Quick one, I have heard a few interpretations of this and had some suggestions that there might be some cultural usage that isn't immediately obvious, hoping to get some clarity. Please forgive ...
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Meaning of チャラいわり

Context: some guys are beating up a high-school girl to extort money from her. Then she says(in a defiant tone I think): 今時かつあげ?チャラいわりにやるコトは古いのね I checked this question about チャラ, but I didn't ...
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What does やりすぎなほど mean on this page of Yotsubato!

I am on ch.82, pg.19 of Yotsubato! manga. Source: http://raw.senmanga.com/Yotsubato!/82/19 What does 「やりすぎなほど」mean here ? From what I know, 「ほど」 is used to express the extent of something and 「...
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How to say “Are you nuts?”

Can the following expression be used to express shock of person's actions or statements: 気が変になったか。 What are the equivalents to "Are you nuts?"
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What are the meaning of the sufix ちゃん in an adult man?

Hi one of my japanese friends calls my other friend with the suffix ちゃん but he is a man and is older than her so I dunno if this is a correct way to use this suffix between a woman (younger) and a man ...
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Is the term moai used in Japanese?

It is a group of people who get together monthly, to contribute and receive emotional assistance, advice, and financial support on a rotating basis. The term is called moai in Okinawa, but it may be a ...
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When へ is used as a response, to something someone has said, what does it mean?

I have heard the expression used, but can't find its correct spelling or usage.