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表現. A set phrase used commonly in the Japanese language.

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に越したことはない vs に越したことないじゃない

I would appreciate help with the following sentence (which is spoken by a rightfully angry girl). よしゅうふくしゅうをしておくにこしたことないじゃない! I know that にこしたことはない is an expression that means "there's nothing ...
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What does はなはなはな mean?

What does はなはなはな mean? People were clapping and the expression was used after the karaoke song was completed. This term was used as more of a chant after the person finished singing. This expression ...
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Equivalent to “How to” in guides and the like

What is an equivalent expression to "How to" that is used when searching/referring to guides, especially online?
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〜くて form of a verb

I ask here my question because I couldn't find anything on internet. My problem is about 〜くて form for a verb. I asked a Japanese friend what for example "会いたくて" means. She told me that there is a ...
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Is there any slang for 絞首刑?

In English it is quite common to use the expression "to get the chair" to refer to the death penalty. For example: He committed such a terrible crime, I hope he gets the chair. * The word 絞首刑, "...
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I need help on the meaning and translation of 絶賛不登校 [duplicate]

I came across this word in a manga that I'm translating. I understand that it has something to do with not attending school, but I can't for the life of me figure out what "絶賛" means when placed in ...
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Using そうです to respond to a sentence ending in a verb or adjective

I was recently reading through grammar notes in the Japanese textbook, "Shin Nihongo no Kiso I", and came across a statement which confused me a bit: In answering a question asked in a noun ...
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Is 悪いところを見つかった proper Japanese?

The weblio page for 見つかった uses this phrase as an example meaning "I've been caught." But as I understand it, 見つかる implies that the subject and not the object is the thing that is found. And so I would ...
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Expressing “huh” tag?

How would you express this type of tag? For example: Lovers, huh? That’s what you think they are? Would って work? 恋人って?そうと思う?
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What does やれ{HL}やれ{HL} “yare yare” mean?

I would like to know what the meaning of the expression やれ{HL}やれ{HL} Yare Yare is? I hear it often said in anime. some people said "that yare yare is another japanese onomatopoeia. Kind of like pera ...
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Can もうbe used to express frustration?

Can もうbe used in instances where a person may be frustrated? I heard the term uttered by itself only, but it seemed like the person may have been a little upset. I'm not sure of a specific meaning. ...
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What's this word I always hear in anime? “Oh no!” or “not good!” [closed]

Sometimes when a character ends up in a bad situation they'll say a word or phrase that sounds like "matsui!" or "natsui!" It's usually translated as "not good!" or "oh no!" I'm curious as to what the ...
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How would you say “the ___ family”?

So in English, we might talk about a family by saying (for example) "the Johnson family" or "the Johnsons." Is there an equivalent you use in Japanese? And would you use the same language when talking ...
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How to say “How long have you had this dream?”

Would どのくらい夢がありましたか。be correct? I don't really know. This is for a Japanese assignment I have at school.
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Why is 一日 used instead of 日 to ask how your day is?

I spoke with someone from Japan on Tandem and she said to me “今日はどんな一日でしたか?” and I’m wondering why 一日 was used since I thought that meant the first of the month?
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圧が強い what's the meaning?

What exactly means to describe someone saying "圧が強い" (atsu ga tsuyoi) . I know that's something related with "the person has a strong pressure" or "the pressure in that person is strong" but I was ...
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Difference between 付き合いが悪い and ノリが悪い

In a manga, a girl is reproaching her friend for not being very sociable since she became friend with a guy from the school cinema club: あんた あの映研のメガネとつるむようになってからつきあい悪いしノリも悪い I read on Kenkyusha ...
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Which is more common for “I miss you”: 会いたい or 寂しい?

When saying “I miss you” which of these is more frequently used? Do they have different nuances?
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What does 「ハイきた。」 mean?

Also seen as 「ハイきたぁ~!」. Maybe it's used among young people. It seems to express the idea that you have achieved your expectations, or something like that. I hope someone can explain it better. ...
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What's your problem? in Japanese

-どうしましたか。 -せきが出ます。 Apparently, this is a dialogue between a doctor and a patient. The doctor says, "What is the problem?" and the patient answers, "I have a cough." How could we naturally say "...
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Confusion about 大したこと(で)(は)ない

There are three variations on this phrase that I can find in Google, and I'm not sure whether all three are really used, or how frequently. But I am confused about the differences between them. ...
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Meaning and usage of ずっとそう思っていました。

Which translation is most apt for ずっとそう思っていました。? "I always thought so." "I have always thought that..." "It is always on my mind" "I am always thinking about" When and how is the phrase/expression ...
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Why does ~なんてもんじゃない / ~のなんのって mean とても?

Both the following two expressions from my text book 完全マスター聴解N1 are explained as とても(高い/人が多かった): 高いなんてもんじゃないよ 人が多かったのなんのって Could someone explain what they are based on/where they come from ...
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How can I say “With the passing of time…”

I am writing a text and I want to say: "With the passing of time, I have understood what he wanted to say". I have written: 時間がたつにつれて、彼が言いたかったことが分かってきました。 Is my sentence completely wrong?
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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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How does one say 'my compliments to the chef'?

What is the expression 'compliments to the chef' or 'give my compliments to the chef' in Japanese? Is there a suitable matching phrase, or something that expresses a similar message? (Please ...
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あいだ, ところ、しまった in a sentence

トイレに行っているあいだに電車が行ってしまった。 The choices were either あいだ or ところ but the answer is あいだ. Google translate it : The train went while I was in the bathroom. I thought it meant : I was about to go in ...
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Expressing that something is multiple things at the same time (e.g. “She is an artist and a poet”)

How does one express multiple states of equality? (Probably the wrong terminology.) For example, "She is an artist and a poet" in Japanese. I know です can be used to show equality. For example:「彼女{...
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正々堂々勝負して's meaning

In this anime trailer the protagonist say this sentence: 正々堂々勝負して、あ、みやがれってんだ! I can't figure out the meaning... Is maybe something like "Fight like a man!" or "Don't play rough!"? PS: here the ...
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袂を分かつ Can someone explain this expression?

I was reading a light novel and I looked up the meaning of 袂を分かつ, but I wonder, can someone explain this expression in more detail as to why it means break off relations with/part with someone? ...
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Is the sentence 「もう少し誠実に対応頂けませんか。」rude and unprofessional? What does it literally mean in English?

If you think a person has been irresponsible with his work (changing responses to inquiries without reason and not really researching for the answer) and you sent a message with the ending sentence 「...
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Saying “fill up”?

I work at an ice cream store that also is a gas station and we sell pints and half gallons of our ice cream in ice cream cases near the drink coolers too. How would I say “fill up” in the sense of ...
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What are some Japanese euphemisms for death and dying? [closed]

Could you list some euphemisms on death and dying used by Japanese people in everyday speech? I'm writing a paper on Japanese language euphemisms and would like to know more about expressions used by ...
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How to say “to” as in “2 to 3 puppies”, “100 to 120 cm”, “June 3rd to July 4th”, “2010-2015” in Japanese? [duplicate]

What is the correct way to say "to" as in, for example, "2 to 3 puppies", "100 to 120 cm", "from June 3rd to July 4th", "from 2010 to 2015" in Japanese? And does that way apply to spellings with the ...
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Asahi Dry Black beer can

What does ビアホール仕立ての黒 on Asahi Dry Black means? Specifically 仕立て(sewing?) and ビアホール(via hole?). I tried searching it on japanese web, but it's kinda assumed as common knowledge and never mentioned ...
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A word to express a feeling of sudden release from intense pressure that had been building up over time

I'm failing to express an emotion in Japanese that one feels after something emotionally unnerving that had been intensifying was then suddenly released, primarily due to being resolved by the subject....
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Special meaning of 手が挙がる

In an email about someone I introduced for a position at a company, one particular sentence was as follows: ○○様、残念ながら誰からも手が挙がらず、お見送りとさせてください。 While I am familiar with the fact that 手が上がる has ...
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More 'romantic'/better than すきです / だいすきです

This was mentioned in our class but for the life of me, I cannot recall the exact sentence. I only recall that it was even more 'romantic' or better than だいすきです since it means 'I love your everything',...
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What could 何も無かったり、有ったり mean?

I'm having a lot of trouble understanding what this means (bolded): どこに行くんですか? あ。。。森。。。ですか。。。 森の中、そこだけは 何も無かったり、有ったり 過去の遺物の集積場 「ここにやがてつまれるのかな?」 What does 何も無かったり、あったり mean? This is ...
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Sentence starting with て?

I was listening to this podcast on Himalaya (Link given below) and I came across this sentence which starts with て, I'm not sure why it starts with て, can anyone please explain this? Also I'm not sure ...
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What is the meaning of the slang ~じゃてえ?

I'd like to know what ~じゃてえ exactly means when located at the end of verbs and/or adjectives. Do young people use it rhetorically? The whole sentence is: なのにのう ズイブンじゃてえ
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が in the expression “耳が聞こえない”

I tried to translate this phrase literally and came up with "(My) ears can't hear". Since the expression means "(I'm) deaf", this makes sense. However, I can't really get it to work grammatically, ...
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What's the difference between どうして and どうやって?

I've read on Stack Exchange that どうやって can be used to mean "what did you do in order to x" どうやってお医者になったか? — What did you do in order to become a doctor? This definition makes a lot of sense to me,...
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Is it possible to express the difference between the English phrases “I don't want to do that” and “I don't want to have to do that”?

Is it possible to express the difference between the English phrases "I don't want to do that" and "I don't want to have to do that"? Where I don't want to do that can simply be それがしたくありません。 I don't ...
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What are valid responses to the expressions 「はじめまして」 and 「よろしくおねがいします」 used in introductions?

I came across a learn-Japanese book from the 1980s and wanted to know what you guys think. The book gave a general formula for introduction and here is how it goes: Someone says their name with any ...
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Is the で in という理由だけで a form of だ or the instrumental particle?

I'm trying to figure out how to say "Maybe it's just because ____, but..." in Japanese, but I'm not sure how to place 'just because' in its own clause that way. If I'm not mistaken, the expression '...
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What does ことがないように express?

I've come across this sentence quite a few months ago, but I never understood the meaning of "ことがないように", I've searched and found about ことのないように, but I think it has not the same meaning. This is the ...
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Is やなこった just 嫌な子, or does it mean something as a whole?

Another phrase from 犬夜叉 that is puzzling me is やなこった. Apparently it means something as there is a quite lot of results on the interwebz. They are not much of a help though. I saw it in a comic, where ...
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How do I say Every/Each “Noun”

So, the sentence I wanna build here is (talking about reading japanese books): Every/Each line you read, there are lots of new kanjis and words. The only pattern I remember that is a bit similar ...
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Please help with deciphering the meaning of this sentence

お見合いの相手は、理想を絵に描いたような男性だった。 First part is something like: since he/she was/is an omiai partner or since they met in omiai . I’m having difficulty in understanding the second. Explanation says: ...