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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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Past tense verb followed by って仕方ない [duplicate]

Girl A is complaining about her bleak future to girl B. Girl B replies: 泣いたって仕方ないじゃん。 I asked a similar question here about おもしろくって仕方ない where I was told that it was a more emphatic version of ...
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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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Use of さ as a filler

how often is さ used as a filler like our “like”? is it very common? for example, could i say 「私さスタバへさ行ったさ…」?
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Need help with translation/grammar 「なんの」

I try to read a Japanese book, but I have some troubles with the following phrases which is part of a break up conversation: 「俺はもう蕎麦屋には行かないから、千晶さんは安心して行っていいよ。近所に住んでるし、ばったり会うこともあるかもしれないけど、まあ、...
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What does the word 「こったい」mean?

The sentence said by a boy who looks like being angry because of something. なんでもねえやこっちのこったい! なんにしてもおれはでねえぞっ 一歩だってこの ひみつ練習場を... I have found that several Japanese forums told that「なんてこったい」 means "...
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What does てくんない ending on a verb mean?

丸尾君、ちょっと辞書かしてくんない? I think it means "maruo, won't you lend me your dictionary?" But I'm really confused about the verb ending on かす. A look at some other posts suggests that it might expand to ...
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Past tense of 楽しそう?

In the situation where I see someone doing something and having fun I might say 楽しそう. For example, I might be standing next to a roller coaster looking at it thinking that this looks like fun. So I ...
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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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Why is there a small ッ in 完ッ全?

I found this sentence on Jisho.org recently: どーすんの、このお店{みせ}!完{かん}ッ全{ぜん}に閑古鳥{かんこどり}が鳴{な}いちゃってるじゃない。 What happened to this place?! It's completely dead! I am baffled as to why there is a small ッ ...
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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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What does the word 「とくら」 mean?

Here is the context said by a boy who was training in boxing. 左ジャブで敵の体勢をくずし 突破口を見いだしたらば すかさず右ストレートを打つべし これ拳闘の攻撃における基本なり...とくら I have found some sites explaining that it is changed from と来る but I ...
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What does “とこの” mean here?

Sentence is: うん俺の嫌いな杉木さんとこの一人息子な Translation is: Yup. The only son of the Sugiki I hate. What does とこの do here?
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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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How to express “yes” casually in Japanese

Many textbooks list "ええ" as the casual form of "yes" or "はい", but I only seldom hear this expression. Is "ええ" really all that common, and if not, how do people typically give affirmative responses to ...
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Can もう一つ Be Used As a Question?

Hirigana: もう一{ひと}つ Translation: Another; One More Scenario: I'm drinking with a close friend and we've both finished our beers. I get up to go to the fridge, point to his empty bottle and say "もう一{...
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Usage of “~だぴょん”

A fair while ago someone said something like 嘘だぴょーん! in a comment. But what kind of a connotation and usage does ~だぴょん have? Can it be used in a kind of humorous sort of way? Edit: Realized it was ...
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I'm not sure what 言われちゃえ means

The sentence is 「なにこれ可愛い!」って言われちゃえ. I get the なにこれ可愛い part, but I'm not sure what 言われちゃえ means. It seems to be in the passive/imperative form? For context, here's where I found the sentence: https://...
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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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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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Is there a difference when using ~ものか/~もんか?

I was wondering if there's any difference in meaning when contracting this sentence-final. For example: ボーナスもくれない会社でもう働くものか。 ボーナスもくれない会社でもう働くもんか。
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What does the word 「しおって」 mean?

Here are the sentences including the word. では おまえたちがここへくるまでのいきさつをいちおう記録するから正直にのべるんだ。 まあ こんなところでよかろう まったくよくもくだらん まねばかりしおって I'm not sure if it is a colloquial form of 「しまう」.
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Trouble with もう二度と列車や車には乗らん

I've been trying to read a manga book and there's one bit that I can't get my head around. The sentence: もう二度{にど}と列車{れっしゃ}や車には乗{の}らん I'm fine with most of it but I'm confused about why the は ...
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How does the addition of のか to the end of a sentence affect the meaning?

I've always had trouble understanding か (question particle) in casual speech. I read that in casual situations, か can be used to give the sentence an exasperated or sarcastic tone. Like in: 負けっかよ! ...
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What does なのね at the end of a sentence mean?

A certain character in an anime series I watch would literally end each sentence with なのね. What does this imply? He was a pretty flamboyant character who was supposed to be Italian, if that offers any ...
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Addressing strangers in public

This is something I haven't seen commonly, since people react with strangers less often (at least compared to America or Great Britain). However, if you wanted to say "excuse me miss/sir", what would ...
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Casual usage of i-adjectives and ending particles

In Real casual japanese one may hear 明日のテストってこわ。。。 I am wondering, how often this level of 'casualness' happens. Can I add sentence ending particles, even though there is an い omitted (and です). ...
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What is なっとらんかった?

拍子抜けって言えば拍子抜けやなぁ。どこも大事にはなっとらんかったみたいやし....なんか踊らせてた感があるわ I don't understand what this part means. I tried looking it up but I can't find anything. Is it a single word? Thanks!
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Usage of ひゃっほーい?

I was reading a Japanese blog post and ひゃっほーい was the starter (sort of like the intro). I researched a bit and my current understanding is that ひゃっほーい expresses happiness, like saying "yay" or "wow" ...
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Is チョンボ commonly used to mean mistake (outside of conversations about 麻雀), even by people who don't play it?

I heard someone say チョンボを犯した in a situation where they could not possibly be talking about 麻雀. I don't know if he plays 麻雀 or not, but it made me wonder, how common is using チョンボ to mean mistake among ...
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Question about て- form verb ended with したる

It is a situation that 2 boys were going to fight. A: いくぜ やろう! B: こいっ ぶっころしたるっ I know that て- form verb followed by したる or してある indicating a completed action in preparation of something. In this ...
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Different ways to refer to oneself (2-in-1 question)

I have two questions about ways to refer to oneself in Japanese. Since they are so closely related I am posting both in the same thread but if anyone here strongly disagrees with this please let me ...
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Does Japanese use litotes?

Are litotes and similar understatement typically used in Japanese? The Japanese Wikipedia entry on litotes is no War and Peace, which makes me suspect they don't use them very often.
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What is this colloquial / dialect form? 〜たるけんね

I'm still playing Final Fantasy VI, and I came across this bit of dialogue: マリアの頭にオモリ 落としたるけんね。 I understand it up to 落とし. Orthros is going to drop the weight on her head! I can't make heads ...
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How would you define っプル?

I have a fuzzy understanding that っぷる is something like っぽい (-ish) or っぷり (manner, style). Could you offer a more clear definition? For example someone eating salad for dinner says: 貧乏っプルじゃないよ。...
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What does the word 「こい」mean?

I'm not sure if it is an adjective meaning strong, a noun meaning intention or neither. Here is the sentence I came across. 僕なんとしても選手になりたかったので申しこむと沼田さんが腕ずくでこいというから... Additional context: The ...
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What does 「て」 mean in 「読んでて」 (te-form + て)?

It's a sentence from Tae Kim's grammar guide: 崇君{たかしくん}は漫画{まんが}ばっかり読{よ}んでてさ。 かっこ悪{わる}い。 The 「て」 that appears after the te-form of 「読む」 and before 「さ」, what is it and what effect does it give? ...
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Trying to translate 遊ばにゃ損なってなもんだろうがおう!

I'm reading a manga and have run into a tricky phrase, so I am asking for help and some explanations: ...遊ばにゃ損なってなもんだろうがおう! 遊ばにゃ (or にや) - can't understand what the verb form is used here... 損なって - ...
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Questions about 「とは」and 「思わなんだ」 [duplicate]

Here is the sentence relating to the questions. こんなうすぎたねえ車の中で また おあいできるとは思わなんだぜ。 1) Why is the 「は」included with the particle 「と」? I think only 「と」would be enough to be used with the verb 「思う」. Or ...
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How to express action (in plays, and online)

So in most languages we can either put text in italics or between asterisks to indicate what the speaker is doing. For instance: Looking up It will be raining soon Or on the Internet: *chewing your ...
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What does じゃな mean?

In casual speech what does ja na mean? As in this example: 葉人をつかまえたんじゃな Googling for it only turns up results for じゃない。
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How do people Japan learn about onomatopoeic words and why does everyone agree on most of them?

Japanese has a great number of onomatopoeic words, which are essentially sound-like expressions for describing different things for weather conditions (べたべた, hot very humid sweat weather), over ...
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How to say “Ok, then I take X” after your first choice is not available

Imagine you are in a restaurant and you want to order food, you choose your dish but the waiter says that it is not available today. In English I would now probably say something like Ok, then I ...
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Enthusiastically accepting an offer or invitation

In English when somebody offers you something or invites you somewhere you can just say "yes" or you can answer more enthusiastically in a pretty standard colloquial manner like this: Would you like ...
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What is the etymology of モテる?

Where does モテ come from? モテる to be popular with opposite sex.
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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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Why do people say 'Iru?' alone?

I don't understand why they would say 'Iru?' alone. I thought you needed a longer sentence for a question.
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What does the word 「してやせんっ」 mean?

I have come across the word in a manga. It is said by a boy who was talking about the future plan of selling prizes awarded from playing Pachinko. Here is the sentence including the word: いつまでも ...
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Which is more colloquial for “I have a headache”?

Yesterday my (also non Japanese) friend had a headache and we had to buy medicine in Japanese. So I looked up how to say "headache" and add it to my vocabulary. I found the word 頭痛{ずつう} and I ...
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What is a typical Japanese term for “fake”, like in “Fake News”?

Besides obvious フェークニュース, is there a natural Japanese expression to express the idea of fake? On the same topic, how to say fake or shallow person? Is there an equivalent to plastic people in ...
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Is 行ってみい a dialect form of 行ってみよ?

The following dialogue is from Final Fantasy XII: さて……王宮に忍びこむ方法じゃがな。 まず5番倉庫に行ってみい。 あそこに扉が2つあるじゃろう? I bolded 行ってみい. I'm not sure what this is, and there's no dictionary entry for みい. My guess ...