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

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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? [on hold]

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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JLPT N4 - Actual required Vocabulary, Kanji and Grammar [migrated]

There are tons of study materials in book stores, in the Web and available as Apps, that claim to cater for the JLPT N4 test, but is there any reliable source for what is really required for N4 (or N3-...
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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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What does this sound effect mean?

Also can't find out the symbol...
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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 and sound practically the same to me when my tutor ...
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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 example, see : ...
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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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-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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Can you suggest a method for learning readings of names? [closed]

How would you learn Japanese proper nouns? Learning kanji is not enough because you don't know exactly what the pronunciation is in each case, and there are practically an impossible number of person ...
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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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Is it easier to learn Chinese after learning Japanese or vice versa? [closed]

For those who speak both Chinese and Japanese, would first learning Chinese make it easier to learn Japanese? I know that Japanese Kanji are derived from Chinese characters.
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Are there ways to write Japanese fast (like shortening the words)?

When the regular student is hearing a lecture he needs to write the lecturer's words very fast. So many of them are shortening the words (like smb.) and sentences but after the lecture they can still ...
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Should I start with Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji? [closed]

I want to start learning to read Japanese (I already know romaji) and I was wondering which writing system would be better to start with. Or should I start all at the same time?
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What are the benefits of learning radicals? [closed]

How useful is it to learn radicals? I have just started learning kanji and while I don't find too difficult so far (I only learned a dozen), I doubt things will go this easily with a couple thousands ...
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Are there words or phrases that are commonly mistyped by native speakers on the Internet?

Like how it is common to see their/there and "could/would/should of" instead of "could/would/should have" in English discussions.
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What is the basic knowledge before starting Japanese language lesson? [closed]

I am trying to learn Japanese from the start. I live in Penang, Malaysia. We have the Penang Japanese Language Society (PJLS) here but before I join, I would expect some basic course or level that I ...
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Can anybody tell me what this means?

I have an ornament, the picture, and I do not know what it means. I'm not even sure if it's Japanese but any help would be gladly taken.
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Do people who speak Chinese use kanji more when writing Japanese? [closed]

As Chinese was my first language, when learning how to read Japanese, I would sometimes get stuck on a sequence of kana, but then understand completely when the relevant kanji was substituted in its ...
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Can Sempai be used to address a student of the same year/age

I've been working on a script for a Visual Novel, in it one of the heroine's Sakura address's the main hero Talavaliau (Tala for short) as Sempai because she has a crush on him and can't bring herself ...
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What's better to start with first, hiragana or katakana? [closed]

I'm a beginner in learning Japanese and would like to know what's better to start with first, hiragana or katakana, and why?