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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 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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Usage of なんでやねん

Some years ago a former co-student from Oosaka taught me the expression なんでやねん. He said it is Oosaka slang and it could be used in all kinds of funny or awkward situations, meaning something along the ...
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Difficulty understanding なんないのも

ほめられるために、あんなに努力しなきゃなんないのも大変だね In order to win praise, unless you put in great effort like that, ????? The only way I can translate the end of the sentence is "not having hardship is difficult" i.e "...
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か after short forms

In the Genki textbook, it is said that "In the casual conversational use of short forms, question sentences do not end with the question particle か, but with rising intonation alone." Nonetheless, in ...
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Meaning of “さっきまで都会風ぶっこいてたんだよ”

Here's the context: A: 始めまして B: 始めまして C: 東京から[引]{ひ}っ[越]{こ}して来た子だよ B: 東京 どれくらい東京にいたの A: [幼稚園]【ようちえん】から4月までいました B: じゃ 私なんかよりも都会っ子だね C: よりって ひか姉[根]【ね】っこからの[田舎]【いなか】っ子じゃん ...
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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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Person I Like vs Person Who Likes Me

From what I understand 好きな人 refers to "the person I like". How do I express "the person who likes me"? Preferably the most naturally casual way. I want to use it in casual sentences like 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」, in ...
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“on the drive home” / “while I was driving home”?

How can I say "on the drive home"? I could come up with 帰り道に but this really doesn't give any information about the fact that I was driving. I am planning to use this phrase to say something "...
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Understanding 彼奴め and 〜やがる

I'm steadily learning the language, but sometimes I find these little things I can't really grasp. Today doing some reading for fun I found this particular sentence: 彼奴め調子にのってやがりますから、我らでこらしめてやりましょう ...
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What does するって mean?

I am trying to understand the role of するって and its meaning. Taking the phrase: 24じかんこうどう ともに するって こういうこと I can't give a meaning to it. Any help?
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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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meaning of ちゃった verb ending

I've seen many verbs that end with ちゃった and would like to know what that means. For example: リボンも切れちゃった。