Questions tagged [kana]

かな. Covers both Japanese syllabaries, hiragana (ひらがな) and katakana (カタカナ).

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Translating this Japanese text to English, character identification [closed]

I am a non-Japanese speaker and have been attempting to translate the text in the image below by identifying each character. This is from a poster. I have identified all of the characters in the ...
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How in the heck does this colloquial japanese sentence make any sense grammatically?

I am aware that this is colloquial japanese, but the individual parts are jumbled haphazardly to where I can't figure out how this is supposed to follow even somewhat correct grammar. I got 2 ...
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Should you spell it 余り when a noun or suffix and あまり every time else?

Are there rules or guidelines on when and where to use the kanji spelling for this word? From my own observations, it seems like it is spelled 余り when used as a noun meaning remainder or leftovers: ...
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Meaning of [手ェ出] [duplicate]

Can't understand 手ェ出さないでよ part. If it was 手が出さない it would make sense. Maybe it is actually the same thing and both translates as "keep your hands on". But I can't find any evidence of this ...
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After a Katakana word then “tto” are both Hiragana or Katakana acceptable for the Sokuon?

I have seen examples of both quite often, even for the same exact sentence, examples: おなべの中からボワっと/おなべの中からボワッと。 This is a lyric from おどるポンポコリン(Odoru Ponpokorin)、A song for ちびまる子ちゃん(Chibi Maruko Chan) ...
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Does 防具による攻撃 mean “attacks with armor” or “attacks depending on armor”

This is a vhs promotional video about a videogame. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUhd8qoQl6E&t=4m55s さらにタクティクスオウガでは、ユニットの武器や防具による攻撃、魔法攻撃、各ユニットの特性を生かした攻撃など、バラエティーに富んだアクションをもフルアニメーションで構成。 My ...
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Is there a difference between the following two words for chopsticks ? Hashi and Otemoto [duplicate]

As a Japanese beginner I was familiar with the word Hashi for a while, today I learned that another word for chopsticks is Otemoto. This word is often written on chopstick wrappers. My guess is that ...
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Which 気力もつきかけている is appropriate here?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvBrve8BLog&t=2m57s sm21891947 - スーパーメトロイド(SFC) 店頭映像 | Super Metroid Promotional Preview The official english captions for this sentence gives: もう戦う気力も尽きかけている。= My ...
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How many meaning does 前進しか許されない! have?

Is this supposed to be an expression, an idiom or a saying or proverb or whatever, because I have seen this used a lot. There seem to be no entries for "前進しか許す" This video on youtube gives ...
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Is this heavily stylized text readible?

Watching ダーリン・イン・ザ・フランキッス, I noticed how heavily stylized the logo appeared to be in the opening (see picture below). Knowing what it's supposed to read, I was somehow able to make out every kana, but ...
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Is するということであります speaking in the past, or present?

This is from a commercial for Hermie Hopperhead: 長官:大変お待たせいたしました。 それでは、現時点で分かっている事実を発表いたします。 まず、名前はハーミーホッパーヘッド。 記者A:すいません。もう一度お願いいたします。 長官:ハーミーホッパーヘッド。全部カタカナです。 エ、これが、ある惑星から脱出するということであります。 ...
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Unknown string of kana “-始めようとしていたなかで-”?

The above image is screengrabbed from the intro to ロンドン精霊探偵団, a story set in 19th century London. This is a line from the prologue. It reads: その予感が 人々の中に芽生え始めようとしていたなかで きままに暮らす ひとりの少年がいた…… I have ...
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Why does “fu” changes to “pu” while it's not started with “h”?

Supposedly, if the consonant starts with "h", it changes to "p", right? But "fu" doesn't have an "h". Then why does "fu" change to "pu"?
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Can the phrase にまた_が戻ってくるんだ have multiple meanings?

This is script from a game where 2 characters are talking to each other. One says: 「賞金が出たら馬を買おう セボック村にまた馬が戻ってくるんだ 徴集兵のバイトなんかオサラバだぜ Here is the NTSC-U version: With a reward, I'll get a horse and ...
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Because I cannot find the root verb in any dictionary, what does をしめて回った mean in this sentence?

This is from a Manga, or so I heard. 中学時代に地元の学校をしめて回ったマキちゃん。 Maki-chan squeezed around a/some local school in the era/period during junior high school.
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What does this symbol “I” mean in a manga? What is its usage?

I saw in a manga ミIナト meaning minato a name but I don't know what the character between ミ and ナ means and the usage of it and theres another one too おまさてI and theres like 3 lines below it's written ...
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Is ぢゃ/ぢゅ/ぢょ used in modern kana usage?

Since ぢ in spellings was merged into じ in modern kana usage, じや/ぢや, じゆ/ぢゆ, and じよ/ぢよ were merged into じゃ, じゅ, and じょ. That made me wonder, what about ぢゃ/ぢゅ/ぢょ? They exist, and I found them present in ...
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What is the point of using 謂わば in this sentence?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv7ZYbhTLco&t=4m7s 関節と関節の間は謂わば関節である Google translate only gives the following: So-called joints are between joints
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Do Japanese use 順番、順番! as a command, like in the military?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jp6trk9Ljs&t=3m41s 何のためのくじ引きだと思ったんだ ? はい、はい!順番、順番!? はい、 A 組以外は、はい、 戻る ! Or did I misunderstand these sentences?
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Positioning of small kana in compound kana

When writing compound kana the small kana is slightly lower than centre. But is it slightly left of centre as well ? Take じゃあ Here we have 3 kana. Firstly, when writing, is the total width of the ...
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Does anybody know anything about astrology to figure out what 優先度 has to do with the following sentence?

https://cocoloni.jp/fortune/1362383/ 英国占星術で占う「あの人の今、あなたに対する優先度」【無料占い】 I think its trying to ask, "How important is this persons whereabouts in regards to your priority" or "His priority ...
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ことが as an infinitive?

若い時にいい友達『を』作ることはとても大事だ。 “It is very important to make friends when one is young.” “To make” is not a noun, it's an infinitive. It should be “making friends” no? I understand that it turns the verb ...
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Does this mean anything? 私たちはしておりません

This is an interview with Hiroshi Yamauchi. I can never understand even 1 sentence he says in any interviews he ever does. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcrvjSjWmPM&t=0m56s 32ビットを意識して、...
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Why is “Wikipedia” written as ウィキペディア instead of ワィキペディア?

The free online dictionary Wikipedia is called ウィキペディア in kana. Why is it not called ワィキペディア? Which string of kana provides a pronunciation closer to the English word?
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しれーっといてられるなと思います

「まぁ、よくも、こんな重大{じゅうだい}な事件{じけん}を視聴者{しちょうしゃ}に説明{せつめい}もせず、しれーっといてられるなと思{おも}います。」 How could they do that without explaining? To me, this might also mean: Well, how could they dare do that without ...
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What do “どゃでぇ” meaning?

Context:http://mangalifewin.takeshobo.co.jp/rensai/yo-jolife/yo-jo-009/21349/ I try search "どゃでぇ" in Google just get almost nothing.
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How to denote particular kana sounds in Japanese?

In romaji, the ways that verbs inflect is fairly straightforward to indicate. For example, if you wanted to describe the process under which 五段動詞{ごだんどうし} change from 辞書形{じしょけい} to 可能形{かのうけい}. One ...
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Why is there dakuten on the “ん” in this image? (ん゙)

Context: http://mangalifewin.takeshobo.co.jp/rensai/yo-jolife/yo-jo-008/21231/ Does "ん" really have a dakuten version?
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What are the most and least common kana in Japanese people's last name?

There are 104 kana in Japanese. Literally all of them can be used to spell people's last names. However, some are used more often than others. For example, "た", "だ", "とう", because 田 and 藤 are common ...
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In kanji 外, why is タ used instead of ソ? [closed]

Why is タ used instead of ソ in 外 despite it's read as ソト?
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What does 私はお願いしたいんですけど mean in this context?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4WlniHylrU&t=143s This is a part of a legendary speech made by the former president of Nintendo at SpaceWorld. From my understanding, he is talking about the ...
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Kanjied 出した vs kananed だした in -dasu/dashta pattern

雪が降り出した。 It started to snow (unexpectedly). In Maggie's article on this pattern "How to use V + 始める ( = hajimeru) / だす ( = dasu) / かける ( = kakeru)" she uses hiragana for this verb. In jisho.org ...
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Need help with the famous 11 second intercom audio from Mega Man Legends 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dJxBnRth-A&t=1m40s Need 日本語字幕 subtitles for this short 11 second announcement heard in the background. I've listened to this for over a decade, and could never ...
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How to create adjectives in Japanese?

Look at the following words: 意 Idea 圧 Pressure おとこ Man 女性 Woman 子 Child ヘア Hair 想い Thought Some of the above words are single kanjis, some kana, and some combination of kanji-kana. Is there a ...
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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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Can someone help me figure out what 考えを示しましたが is supposed to mean?

This entry is hard to find on the web. I've only found 2 entries: 1)【that以下】という考えを示す reveal one's idea that 2) 考えを示す to state one's opinion 立花氏は来週にもNHKに出向いて受信契約をする考えを示しましたが、「契約する義務はあるが、支払いは義務ではない」...
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Old Japanese vowels in kana

The modern Japanese vowels /e,o/ each represent two Old Japanese vowels, arbitrarily written e ë o ö in romaji. I assume that Japanese philologists don't all use romaji, so is there a convention for ...
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On-/Kun-yomi & Hiragana/Katakana

fellow Japanese lovers! I've been studying Japanese on my own for a few months, and have reached the point where I have a question that I can't find decisively asked or answered anywhere. I'm hoping ...
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Changing from “S” to “Z” sound in Katakana [duplicate]

The katakana form's ジ sound comes from two bases: from "sh," as in "sheep" AND from the "ch" sound in "cheese." When I am asked to identify the character, during study, that is producing the ジ sound,...
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ほうをかす lend a hou [closed]

I was watching another 45 second video, same theme as the last one about 'Illegal uploads', but ran into some trouble with the above. I will post the entire subtitles for context purposes. 違法だよ!あげるくん ...
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What constitutes a syllable?

For the sake of Haiku or in general, how are syllables counted in Japanese? Specifically, in the following cases, how are syllables counted? かあ, long vowels - two syllables? きゅ, addition of yō-on - ...
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さえなっている even becoming [closed]

I am having difficulty figuring out the meaning of this sentence. This is from a Pokémon commercial which is 30 seconds long. I am posting the full transcript and a translation I received just for ...
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Why is katakana considered its own character set while the Latin capital letters aren't?

Everyone has agreed upon that Japanese has three sets of characters - hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Yet the Latin alphabet is considered to be one character set, even though the capitals and ...
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What does ゆーか mean?

In sentence: 見ず知らず子供を助けるほど、お節介とゆーか、親切ってほどでもない。 I searched jsho, weblio and googled it and nothing. What does it mean? Is this some kind of abbreviation, or onomatopoeia?
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Are those kanas “しい” ? (text found on a banner)

Today I learnt that "bald tug of war championship" was a thing in Japan, and came across some weird kana that I can't figure out (in the top left corner, underlined in red) : Is it simply しい ? That's ...
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Why are some words (e.g., 処方箋) sometimes partially written with hiragana? [duplicate]

Some words with complex Kanji are sometimes written in a mixture of Hiragana and Kanji. For example 処方箋 (prescription) is often written as 処方せん in pharmacies. This is used by native speakers that have ...
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Why use the kanji 伸 for “no” instead of the hiragana の, and the kanji 手 for “te” instead of the hiragana て?

In an anime opening song, at 0:08, I read the following sentence: omokage no naka te wo nobasu no おもかげのなか 手を伸ばすの Please, can you tell me: for "no", why is the kanji 伸 used instead of the ...
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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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Unknown kana in a late C19th address cartouche

Given their visual form, I am uncertain about two kana (the 5th and 6th characters) in a late C19th cartouche. It names an artist's address: Asakusa-ku [... ...]suji chō gojūhachi banchi / gakō / ...
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This is a macron or a kana?

"来てXまった" What is the X in following image? Whole context :https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=manga&illust_id=69471473