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日本語学習. Improving your proficiency in the Japanese language.

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what's the difference

*I just started learning these and they really confused me whats the difference between (Douzo yoroshiku) and Hajimemashite.
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Learning japanese and confused on pronunciation of a word

So duolingo is what I'm using to help memorize and learn hiragana at the moment. However, when the ask me to write alcohol, sake, sometimes they say it as osake, is this still right or should I just ...
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What are some phrases or things I can say in English that someone who only knows Japanese can understand? Like "mhm" or "ok"?

Would it be considered rude if I start saying things like "ok", "uhm" or "mhm" when speaking to someone in Japan? Would they understand that I'm agreeing or listening to ...
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Trying to translate an SFX but the characters look confusing

I'm really bad at reading the characters when they're written in a different way, these three ones are the ones I think are in the highlight but I would like to be sure. m(_ _)m Someone kind enough to ...
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Is there anything wrong with the sentence "今午前七時間です"?

I'm reviewing the first section of Lingodeer by redoing all the tests. It wanted me to type out "It's 7 a.m. now." I typed this in and got it wrong. The correct answer was simply to remove 間,...
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Question about original meaning of primitives in Heisig method

Hello I'm currently learning Kanjis ( well I had already JPLT N4 level but I want to speed up my learning ) so I decided to learn meaning and writing of Kanjis through Heisig Method. I'm learning the ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence [closed]

can someone translate the below sentence and explain the meaning of "射精しきって" for me?I'm reading H manga and stuck at this sentence あっ!まだ射精しきってねえってのに... Please explain it easily for me to understand....
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Difficulty reading Kanji that is handwritten, any suggestions? [closed]

As I have continued to learn Japanese scripts, I have noticed that I have difficulty with reading Kanji that is a more quick freehand format. I usually figure it out through context, but I was ...
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じゃまた translates as 'see you later' , can anyone please explain 'jya' and it's meaning and uses? [duplicate]

I am very interested in finding out what じゃ means in different contexts. Is it a particle, adjective, marker? If you could provide different uses and/or examples or even refer me to somewhere I can ...
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Asking a question with a negative verb (見なかった?)

In Yotsubato Ch. 1, Fuuka asks Ena: 変な子みなかった? I understand this to mean "Have you seen a strange kid?" But I'm a bit hung up on the negative form of the verb here. Why not ask: 変な子みた? Is there ...
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What are these two characters marked red? い_める and いじめ_いよォ?

What are these two characters marked red? I'm trying to learn reading some kid books, some Bonobono font chars meaning though is a mystery for me.
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Reading kanjis Kunyomi or onyomi [duplicate]

I know use onyomi and kunyomi for kanjis but i confused for use other means of kanjis for example 日 this kanji means sun,day Kunyomi:ひ,び,か Onyomi:にち,じつ This example 昨日 means さくじつ why isn't use にち ...
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Na adjectivs or i adjectives

I know (i) adjectives end ai-ii-ui-oi I adjectives are close cousins to verbs and na adjectives are nouns and my question きらい is na adjective or i adjective I think i adjective because end ai please ...
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Is my hiragana/katakana handwriting good or understandable? [closed]

I just started learning Japanese a few days ago.. so far in the process, do you think that my writing is good or easy to read? I am trying to learn, on my own, the hiragana and katakana characters at ...
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Why does 生 change pronunciation. e.g. 生 = nama but 生きて= ikite [duplicate]

I am currently teaching myself japanese and I was listening to a japanese song and one of the words in that song was 生きて and as I am learning, I wanted to see what the first letter meant (or radical, ...
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ところ、よう and other words of many uses

This may be a bad question, since it's not very specific and I am very long winded. I've studied Japanese on and off 7 years, though my level is very low and I never had much immersion besides a year ...
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Can't find out what symbol this is

Any help? I've tried finding out what this is but I've hit a wall. :/
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この近くにレストランはありますか - Why Chikaku and why koko(DE)? [duplicate]

I've been trying to study japanese in small increments (an hour a day) for around 2-3 weeks now. I have a 2 questions regarding this sentence. From what I learned so far, DE is used instead of NI when ...
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マリーと日本語を勉強 / Studying with Marie. Is this right?

マリーと日本語を勉強 or マリーと一緒に日本語を勉強する ? I just started learning kanji, so i'm not sure which one would be the correct way to say this. I'm trying to write "Studying with Marie"
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Why is konichiwa spelled as こんにちは [duplicate]

こにちは also reads as konichiwa Why the extra ん
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ズボン pronunciation variation & explanation for

I've heard it pronounced both low_high and high_low. Can anyone explain the meaning/reason behind the variation? (ie. difference in nuance, formal/casual, regional dialect, etc.) Ideally, I'd like to ...
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How do the Japanese ask questions about language? [closed]

In Japanese class, when you are confused about vocab or grammar or sentence structure, you ask the professor in English. But if you live in Japan and are communicating with Japanese natives who barely ...
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What is the difference in pronunciation between [桃]{もも} and [腿]{もも}?

I am currently studying 日本語 and I am trying to understand the pronunciation difference between 桃 (peach) and 腿 (thigh). Both can be written as もも in kana and sound practically the same to me when my ...
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About ではない, のか and など

I found this on my favorite seiyuu's IG. She's talking about a book. もちろん未知なお話だけど、もしかしたらユリゴコロは誰でも胸の中に眠っているのではないのか、など共感出来る部分もあったり。 My understanding of the sentence above is despite the book is ...
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What's the meaning of なんや in the end of sentence?

Here's the full sentence. うちっちーの中にはグロスやらなんや What does なんや mean? Also, about particle "やら", does "グロスやら" means "lip gloss and things like that" or does it denote uncertainty about the gloss? Here's ...
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How to use the word ''Amari'' and "Juushi suru" in a sentence

Was wondering if someone here could help me know how to use the word AMARI in a sentence. And also, the word JUUSHI SURU which means "to emphasize". I couldnt find out when to use the word. ...
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How can one review hiragana or kanji in both a computer font and a brushed style? [closed]

Are there any flash cards, apps, or anything else that show at least two versions of each character side by side? (For example, a brush-stroke-like font and a common computer font.) I'm in the ...
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「見」+「も」+「する」 meaning? [duplicate]

I know there is a nuance difference between a regular verb and verb stem + は/も + する but i don't quite know what the nuance difference is. sentence in question: 言いながら、アクアは椅子に腰掛けこちらを見もせずに、...
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a strategy to learn Japanese [closed]

I want to start learning Japanese but i'm lost i don't know from where to begin, is there anybody knows a good strategy to use?
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Is There a Good Guide to Thinking in Japanese? [closed]

One of the struggles of learning a new language is learning to think in that language. For example, when someone asks me "where did I you go?" I translate the answer in my head to: Speaking of me, ...
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Optimisation of vocabulary learning

I have a question related to the creation of a rationalised list of vocabulary working in pairs with kanji learning. If one wants to learn Japanese, at some point there is no other choice than ...
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"This is a pen." and "I am a boy." -- What are the equivalent sentences for Jp learners?

http://ameblo.jp/uncle-joke-joke/entry-11613818795.html <-- This is a page making fun of "This is a pen." and "I am a boy." These sentences have achieved legendary status. For ...
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What is japanese? [closed]

I'm mostly a self-learner, i have never learned anything from taking courses or educational institutions. But instead, i have always managed to figure out "how to learn things" by either asking or ...
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If I want to learn to speak Japanese, is it vital I learn to write/read it too or can I just learn to speak it? [closed]

So I want to learn to speak Japanese, no deadline or anything that requires me to learn it, just want to know the world a bit better. The biggest issue I've had when it comes to trying to learn is ...
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Can I use a Chinese newspaper to learn kanji radicals and maybe some kanji?

Upon looking for ways on how to start learning kanji, I have found that many people recommend learning the radicals first. After exposing myself to the radicals, I plan on practicing by spotting them ...
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-んだ casual form

I learned that the short form for な-adjs and nouns is だ, but I also learned that usually you wouldn't end a sentence with だ (usually it is dropped). So when it comes to a sentence that ends with -んだ, ...
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How to express "Again?"

How would one state "Again?" like an expression of surprise? Do we still use また?
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Using -ndesu correctly?

Does this translate correctly? First, let me go to the washroom. まず、おてあらいにいきたいんです。
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Does 「私は緊張してです私の日本語学習ついて」 read properly?

I'm trying to say, "I'm nervous about learning Japanese" or "I'm nervous about my Japanese learning." Does 「私は緊張してです私の日本語学習ついて」 communicate that? If not, how should I communicate it?
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Does the ゛ have any use?

Does the ゛ have any meaning in the hiragana alphabet?
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Can I use only hiragana when writing words/sentences?

This might seem like a dumb repeated question but I need to confirm 100% so bear with me please. I started learning Hiragana and I can now write the vowels + the K things. I'm really good at ...
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Do non-native speakers of English find gairaigo more difficult to learn than native speakers of English?

I've occasionally heard people who aren't native speakers of English complain about gairaigo (words derived from European languages, not words derived from Chinese) being difficult to learn. ...
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Transitioning to Japanese kanji from Chinese [closed]

I can read Japanese kanji just fine (being able to read/write Chinese already). However, I can't seem to remember the pronunciation as the Chinese reading gets in the way. For example, my mind ...
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English as a second language, Japanese as a third language -learning it in english, or mother language? [closed]

This is a question particularly aimed for those, who speak English as a second language, and also mastered Japanese: When studying words & phrases, did you found it more efficient to study it ...
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How to ask to "correct me if I'm wrong"

I've been learning Japanese for a while but I'm truly investing my time recently into really learning Japanese. I have private lessons once a week and I'm trying to use Japanese as much as I can. I'm ...
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Learning, where to start? [closed]

No, i'm not gonna ask you for tutorials, websites, books. I've already started learning Japanese, i know a few words and can type them (well, the Japanese driver just puts the Japanese characters ...
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Grammar of 彼の日本語のレベルは私と同じくらいだ

I'm Jeroen, from the Netherlands and I'm currently learning Japanese. I'm using Anki, and it's a great tool, and I came across this sentence in the Japanese Core 2000 #1 set: 彼{かれ}の日本語{にほんご}のレベルは私{...
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trying to learn reading Japanese [closed]

I'm learning Japanese and currently I finished the hiragana and katakana charts. A friend of mine suggested me to start reading something simple to build a vocabulary , so I found a children's story ...
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Explanatory 「の」 particle being used twice in the same phrase

I was reading Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese on the explanatory 「の」 particle and was following it very well. I was able to understand the usage of the の particle in the end of sentences to add ...
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規則性の無い meaning and usage

In Influent, the language learning game, 規{き}則{そく}性{せい}の無{な}い is used to mean 'random'. In checking the term, I see that it does appear in usage, though the dictionary I use (jisho.org) does not list ...
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