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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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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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What is the meaning of バカにはええじゃないか?

I don't know how to interpret ばかにはええじゃねえか in the manga here. I believe ばかにはええじゃねえか = ばかにはいいじゃないか but I still can't make sense of this. As the picture suggests, the father says this as some sort of a ...
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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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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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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 is ...
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How does this meaning of 笑えないかな work?

In this Bump of Chicken song, the line 笑えないかな is used a number of times. For example: 全て受け止めて笑えないかな If only I could just accept everything and smile. 誰かに優しく出来ないかな 全て受け止めて笑えないかな If ...
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Translation of おい お茶

There is a tea brand known as おいお茶{ちゃ} sold near me. One question I had was that on the bottle, it says that it means "Tea, please!" I figured that would be a rather rude way to ask for tea. Is there ...
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Understanding わりかし

「バカっ。タダでもらえりゃなんでももらうのかおまえはっ」 Idiot! Will you take anything if you can get it for free? 「うん、わりかしもらう方だね。よっぽどいらない物以外はっ」 Yes, I tend towards the receiving side. Unless it's something I really don't ...
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Usage of ようにだそうだ

I saw this sentence reading some manga: 自分たちで処分するようにだそうだ I think in this context it means "I heard you guys are taking care of it yourselves". However I am surprised by the way だ follows after ように. ...
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Using な or ね when addressing a mixed-gender group?

I have the basic understanding that ね is generally more formal/feminine and な is generally more informal/masculine. I was told that you tend to use ね as an emphasis if you are a) a female yourself or ...
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What does the phrase 「はきゃあがって」 mean?

Here is a part of a conversation between two young guys: A: わすれやしませんが こんどばかりはいくらおじょうさまの命令でもゆるすわけにはいかねえっ B: へへっ かっこいいせりふをはきゃあがって.... I think はきゃあがって would come from 「吐ければ」which means 'If you express.....
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Sentence ending じょ

「この寒いのによく山へなんて行ったねェ。そんで、いたの?」 You went to places like the mountains often in these cold days, right? And, there was...? 「アハハー、いたじょいたじょーっ。」 Firstly, how should I understand そんで、いたの? Is it like ...
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How to say “at this rate”?

One of my friends has been making a real effort talking to me in Japanese every day. I wanted to say something like "If we continue at this rate I will be able to speak by Christmas". The dictionary ...
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Meaning of からはよ in this sentence

A character is trying to cross a checkpoint, but an official is asking for a pass. The character answers: 知らん! 急いでるからはよ通せ。 Using this this StackExchange question I came up with this translation: &...
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で at the beginning of a sentence

I hear native speakers using で or was it でー when speaking a lot at the beginning of a sentence. Judging by context, I think it translates to either "and" or "therefore" or "so" or "because of that", ...
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When speaking informally, do native Japanese speakers always remove い after て in present continuous tense across all conjugations?

Some examples below: 言っている > 言ってる 欲しがっています > 欲しがってます 見ていた > 見てた 行っていました > 行ってました I'm trying to sound as native as possible, so would like to know the more common way of speaking in the present ...
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Handwritten kana that looks like ヤダ, but I can't find ヤダ in a dictionary

studying Japanese for some months now I, began translating some Japanese sentences written on pictures or drawings. Unfortunately I came across a drawing with handwritten kana that I cannot clearly ...
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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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Questions about words 「きいてはいた」, 「見て見たい」, 「ってえ」and 「つらあ」

I found them in the following sentence. 女ってえのはざんこくな動物ときいてはいたが これほどまでとは思わなかったぜ どんな形相のオバチャンが演出してるのか つらあ見て見たいもんだね 1) For the verb 「きいてはいた」, is its definition same as 「きいた」or 'heard'? What is the ...
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Question about a sentence including the「す」with question mark at the end of a sentence

Here is the sentence I mentioned. ほう その良家のおじょうさまたちだけがなぜ 肉親もおらん少年院に入れるんす? そこのところをはっきりしてもらいたいもんだね I have 3 questions relating to it. Is it a short colloquial form of 「ですか?」? Does the word 「なぜ」, ...
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Preparing for a fight in Osaka (dialectal んやったなぁ)

Subject: ironic story; place: Osaka; time: pre-mordern; situation: a boy is threatened with a sword-fight. More threatened than really called for a duel, so he has time. The hero of the story says to ...
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Is the expression 「だってある」 common?

I just stumbled upon this sentence in a book. とはいうものの、電気やエルクトロニクスの基本を知る価値だってある。 I can get the gist of what the sentence is trying to say, but this is the first time I encountered the expression ...
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The -jai sentence ending particle

I'm not sure if I'm just imagining things or if I remembered things wrong, but is there some kind of colloquial dialect where sentences end in "-jai?"
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How to say “photobomb” in Japanese

Is there a word for "photobomb" in Japanese? In English, to photobomb someone is to spoil a photograph (of a person or thing) by unexpectedly appearing in the camera's field of view as the picture ...
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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 does the word 「ぽやっと」 mean?

It is in a dialogue said by an old man to a young man during their fighting. さあ ぽやっと見てねえで 打ってきなっ わしを力石と思って 力いっぱい打ちこんできなっ
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Meaning of ボロカスにされる

I'm reading a manga and came across the following lines (in it A is talking to someone else about a third party C): A: バカめが! A: Cにボロカスにされるがいいわ!! Most dictionaries I've looked at put ボロカス as a sort ...
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Relationship between どゆこと and どういうこと

I came across the expression "どゆこと" in the show "世界の日本人妻は見た!". For example, at 21:12 in an episode involving a Mongolian husband. The phrase is also mentioned in the Wikipedia article about the show: ...
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Please help me accurately figure out the kana or kanji for a colloquial phrase said in an anime?

(I can change the question if it's too vague. 😅) I'm trying to practice my listening comprehension by listening to anime and not fully paying attention to subtitles. For the most part I can ...
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Meaning of だまって置いてきちゃお

I'm reading a Shin Chan strip and he and his friends are discussing who is going to take care of the stray dog they found. One by one he asks his friends, and they all say they can't. Then, he says (...
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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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手を出す — how to use it?

I have learnt 手を出す from watching Anime. In the context it was 子供に手を出したりしないわよ (if I heard correctly) and it means that she wouldn't make a move on a child. Can I use this word without any sexual ...
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The correct word to say “somehow” in different situations?

I would like to know the correct (colloquial) word for "somehow". For example, I want to say "I've been feeling out of it somehow lately". Which will be something like "最近(なんだか?)ぼーっとしてる" Or I ...
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Meaning of 「逃げることないじゃん!」

My best guess at this point is that this means "you definitely can't escape". The English translation (which I've learned to take with a grain of salt) translates it as "Don't run off!" In context, ...
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What is the most common way to pronounce 運?

So 運 is spelled うん, but I seem to hear most of my friends pronounce it as あん. My friends and family are 20-60 years of age and come from mostly Tokyo and Ibaraki area. I am living in the US now and so ...
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伝聞を表さない、文末に来る「という」の働き

最近あるホラーゲームの実況を見ている時、一人の実況者がある段階をクリアした後、笑ってこう言っていました。 しかも、結構やっぱ、懐中電灯なくても全然暗くないっていう 前にも、一緒にプレイしている相手が何回か「懐中電灯がなくても暗くない」と意外そうに言っていたので、そちらに関連があると思いますが、この「という」の働きはわからないのです。「ということ」「らしい」「と言われる」を意味する文末の「...
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What しとっても means here?

陸ではのらくらしとっても水の中ではそりゃあ素早い I don't quite understand しとっても form here. I guess the whole sentence will be Even though they're slow on land, they're very quick in water. Is しとっても another form of ...
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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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Distinguishing between homophones in everyday speech

While trying to figure out the polite imperative form of 呼ぶ I figured the correct conjugation to be 呼んで下さい。I found instead that, colloquially, the imperative is 呼び出して下さい。 Am I correct in assuming that ...
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Potential form for godan verb: register's/dialectical differences?

According to all standard book and webpage I consulted, godan verb's potential form are produced by first changing to え (e) form, and then add in る (ru). But a native Japanese speaker (who is also ...
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わからない vs わかね in My Boss My Hero

I was watching My Boss My Hero, and I could have sworn he said わかね instead of わからない. Is this feasible? Is there some dialect that drops off ない for ね?
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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'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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What does ゆいって mean?

振り返ってみると、ゆいって今まで何の部活もやってこなかったもんねー。 I can't find the meaning in dictionaries..
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Meaning of noun + らっけかぁ~

This bolded sentence is from Persona 4, from a random stranger: 酔っ払い上司:ガハハ! 何だお前、噂の幽霊が怖いのかぁ!? 夜中、神社に立って魚を欲しがる白い着物の幽霊らっけかぁ~? そんなんガキが夜遊びする為の嘘っぱちに決まってんらろぉ~! (transcript with this ...
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What does the word 「おめっち」mean in this sentence?

It is said by one of supporter in a boxing match between Numata and Aoyama. The supporter said it after Numata had been down. しっかりしろい! おめっちからかわれているんだぜ青山によ I searched and found that おめっち means ...