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

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how to ask which size drink they want? [closed]

I was asking my friend but she was giving so many confusing answer. I wonder if I can get any help here. I want to ask my customer "what size of coffee you like to have?, Small, medium, or Large?" ...
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(Voice into text) Single phrase [closed]

I would like to ask you guys about a spelling of a single quote from anime ("Shaman King"). It's super short and according to the subtitles, it translates into "So tiny". I have tried using different ...
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Question concerning 〜やがる / Imperative in “Slang” [duplicate]

I've come across these expressions in all sorts of anime, manga and light novels and now I am wondering behind the "mechanics" of it... 「勝手に言ってろ」「ほざいてろ」「食らいやがれ」 In these cases the imperative is ...
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Can なになに be used to fill in an unknown word in an example? i.e. なになにともうします。

In English you teach someone how to say their name by saying: My name is ''blah blah'' or My name is ''whatever''. Your voice drops on the words blah blah and whatever to show that your name is not ...
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Meaning of これでもかという forms

Sorry to ask a vague question, but I hope someone could explain what these following expression amount to. これでもかって これでもかってほど これでもかってぐらいに I thought I would figure this out eventually but ...
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Can “genki desu ka” also mean “Am I well?”

I learnt that how are you is “genki” or “o genki des ka”, but there is no anata, so how do you know that that’s not “Am I well?”. In other words how do you distinguish 1., 2., and 3. person when no ...
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What is the origin of っこない?

There's a construction V+っこない which means something like "have no way of doing V". お前には分かりっこないでしょう。 There's no way you would understand. Is it known what this construction originates from? I ...
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What's up with the weird word order in 乞うご期待?

乞うご期待 is a set expression that means "Don't miss it!" What's up with the weird word order? If I interpret this to really mean ご期待を乞う, then I can't think of any other circumstance in Japanese where ...
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Which is more polite, ではまた or じゃまた?

Context: The terms are used when leaving chat sessions. Some people type deha/wamata and others, jya/jaomata. Which one is more polite?
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Different ways to ask help from strangers

1) Offering help to strangers in Japanese is te form shimashouka ( o tetsudaishimashouka- Shall I help you / Do you need any help ?) 2) What are the different ways to seek help ( one I know is eki no ...
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What is the Japanese equivalent of 'you're in my heart'?

According to this, the translation would be: あなたは わたしの こころに います。 That seems simple enough. However, the same source claims it's not in use, and recommends the following instead: いつも あなたのことを ...
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How best to respond to 「ご無沙汰しています」

I just received an email from a good friend in Japan, who has notably over the past few months been instrumental in connecting me to various people, for some research interviews I've been conducting. ...
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What is the word for “man cave”?

In English, the term is used for a special room where a man sets things up for his own personal use and enjoyment, his private space for entertainment and hobbies. The room is decorated and used by ...
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Is there an equivalent phrase for “(enjoyed it) as much as we did”?

When sending a thank you message to a friend that showed me and my family around in her country, I wrote something along the lines of We had as much fun as we did thanks to you. Later when I was ...
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Should I use 正解 or 当たり to mean correct in a testing situation?

I want to use the term(s) when indicating a correct answer to a TEST question. I am thinking that one term may be preferred in TESTING situations, over the other.
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Japanese equivalent for “get to do something”?

I'm looking for a natural way to express that you're happy or surprised about an action. In English, "I got to spend the whole day reading", or "I get to interview him tomorrow". Does something like ...
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What is the meaning of ケタ外れ in this situation..?

I have a sentence which says, 2030年、日本が迎えるのはケタ外れの「ひとりさま社会」。 The dictionary says the word means; incredible, extraordinary, exceptional or phenomenal, but it doesn't really make sense when ...
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What does はなはなはな mean in the Okinawan dialect?

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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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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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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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'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 to say “How long have you had this dream?”

Would it be correct to say: 「どのくらい夢がありましたか。」 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...