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"とくてい" (or どくてい) meaning "doxxing"? (modern internet lingo)

In Yoru no Kurage wa Oyogenai, everyone is (in my eyes @.@) a bunch of zoomers/gen alpha with brainrot that are trying to become influencers, and use a bunch of unfamiliar new internet slang >.<....
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Confused about っていうのが and っていうのも

So far, my understanding is that these two expressions are a contracted form of というのは, whose common application is to explain the meaning of something. In a JLPT listening video, I heard this: M: ...
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Is it natural to use 謙譲語 after being addressed with 尊敬語? [duplicate]

Can someone please explain why the answer to the following question is a and not b? 今朝の新聞、お読みになりましたか? a. いいえ、 読んでいませんが b. いえ、お読みしませんでした Is weird to use 謙譲語 after someone has addressed you using 尊敬語?...
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What is being said here that means "it's frowned upon if you're a smoker [in the US]"

In Shinya Shokudou, S3EP08, a Japanese lady who currently works in New York (but is back home in Japan for a bit) asks the owner of a Shokudou for a cigarette as he's smoking. The owner says "...
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kamakaketa = having someone spill the beans?

In Episode 10 of "Kimi wa Houkago Insomnia", MC and love interest's older sister are talking. Older sister (as bait) says she heard love interest had confessed to MC, and MC responds all ...
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"ツール" meaning "nerd"/"obscure"? What is being said here?

In a recent video by The Anime Man (Joey), he talks with a host (ROLAND), and they get to talking about anime, and how it's less stigmatized and more mainstream now. Then Joey brings up the point that ...
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What does "B.D." mean here? (Birdie Wing)

In Birdie Wing, Eve is being led blindfolded to a golf match that she has to do to settle a mafia dispute. While being explained this absurd premise, she says something in Japanese which is translated ...
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Reading/Pronunciation of 呼吸 in the song 「デスペレート」"desperate"

My question is how to read these 呼吸 kanji in this line この呼吸も所詮退屈凌ぎ from this song. I looked it up and as far as I found out it should be read こきゅう but in the song all I hear is just いきい. Why is that ...
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Cannot understand this voice passage [closed]

I can't understand the first thing Rukawa Kaede says in this video. My ears hear どう something but I'm not sure https://youtu.be/O11z4aO7kYU Thank you very much
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What is being said here instead of 逮捕状 (taihojou [arrest warrant]) (from Yakuza Lost Judgement)?

During Yakuza Lost Judgement, detective Watanabe says the line "we even have a warrant", and the official japanese subtitles have the line written as "逮捕状も出てる". To my knowledge, ...
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A question about what seems to be れいせい & its usage

What is the context of the video below (from 1:18 to 1:26), especially the word 「れいせい」's meaning in it? https://youtu.be/ehSCmkVVjlg?t=78 (try using a VPN if you can't load the video) For the time ...
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Unable to hear "今" in "今の文章の和訳をお願いします"

At 2m39s of the first episode of Death Note, the sentence 今の文章の和訳をお願いします is uttered. The first word is given the reading "いま" by the subtitles, but I don't hear that being spoken? Instead ...
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Hearing the sentence "ねんね横髑髏二つ"

I'm a Japanese beginner who just started immersion listening. At 2m8s of this anime, the following line is spoken: ねんね横髑髏二つ? Omission of 横? I don't hear the word "横" (よこ) spoken in this ...
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Do native/fluent speakers filter out (and "reconstruct") some particles they hear?

When I started learning Japanese, one of the many things that I struggled with was registering the one-syllable particles that I heard when practicing listening. This was especially difficult for long ...
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Choukai discussing a business trip

I am practicing my choukai using this link. In the passage 6 of mondai 1 My understanding after reading the whole passage is that the lady is supposed to plan a trip. However, I did not understand the ...
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Time and duration problem from "Nihongo So-Matome N3 - Listening"

One of the questions from Nihongo So-Matome N3 - Listening: 男【おとこ】の人【ひと】と女【おんな】の人【ひと】が話し【はなし】ています。男【おとこ】の人【ひと】は、明日【あす】何時【なんじ】ごろ家【いえ】を出ます【でます】か。 女【おんな】:明日【あした】の飛行機【ひこうき】、何時【なんじ】? 男【おとこ】:えーと、16時半【じはん】...
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Why is the verb 教える in this form? [closed]

In the sentence "スーさんは高校に英語を教えに行きます" listen here Why is the verb to teach like this: "教え". Instead of "教えり"? I thought that because it is a Godan verb ending in る it gets changed to り. I know it does ...
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Decoding spoken word and understanding paraphrased subtitles [closed]

There are parts where the subtitle doesn't match the speaker's words verbatim. For example, in this segment, 中村選手 said something 〜気持ちになって、モチベーションは_____ The subtitle said something like ...
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What does "Denzen/Zenzen haitenai dame" mean on a telephone message recording?

I hear this message after dialing a phone number. I know that I cannot enter for some reason, but I don't know what the reason is. Is the message box full? Is the number not being used or misdialed? ...
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Does あとな時間 mean 'plus some more hours'?

50 second short interview. Since I am doing this myself and I'm not a native Japanese speaker, Japanese transcript may not be 100% accurate. Ocarina of Time Japanese Promo -Shigeru Miyamoto interview-...
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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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JLPT N1 listening question: Confused about sequence of events

There is a JLPT N1 listening practice question from a third-party website, and I believe its answer is incorrect, but want to make sure. The script is copied below. 農園で男の人が農業体験の参加者に話しています。...
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deciphering a phrase that sounds like "enakatasu" [closed]

I'm having trouble deciphering the phrase marked with ??? in the following sentence: It sounds like enakatasu In the transcript, this phrase is written as 「へなく+」 Is this correct? If so, how do you ...
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What does the warrior in the red armor, Hirotaro, say in the Last Samurai movie?

In the movie Last Samurai, Hirotaro has only one line in the whole movie. I tried some years ago to understand and "decipher" his words, but I couldn't and I blamed it on my lack of knowledge. Now ...
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Can't understand what they're saying (listening)

https://vocaroo.com/i/s1KAqThhtwgd They're playing cat's cradle loudly and this exchange happens, but I can't understand what's being said after "少女らよ、もう少々静かにしてもらえまいか。"
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What is pimsleur saying (shtain desnoga)?

Listening to the first Pimsleur Japanese audiobook and I'm having a hard time recognizing the words its saying. It says to say "I want to go shopping" and then in Japanese says something that sounds ...
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Difficulty of comprehension of Japanese in a video and identification of dialect

I came across the following video when doing research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlkoq4WZrTE&t=358s&authuser=1 At first I could not comprehend at all what was being said, but after ...
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How do Japanese understand "non-standard" words without looking at kanji?

This question seems so "obvious" that there might be a duplicate but could not find any. Anyway, while I try to think how to better rephrase the title, let me explain briefly what I mean. I'll give ...
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Translation of "technically speaking" / What is this villain saying?

This is a fan-made Japanese version of an English song on a children's show, LazyTown. I'm trying to find out what the (second) villain was saying (second line) at 0:03. The English translation of the ...
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What is にゃんちゅう saying here?

In this NHK video, あいちゃん seem to be demonstrating some cooking skills, while a cat named にゃんちゅう seems to be praising her by her side. I understand most of what he says, but there are 3 places (bolded ...
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How do I find the right meaning of homonyms 同音異義語 via audio?

Japanese has a lot of homonyms and sometimes one has more than 10 meanings. When I heard the following sentences on the phone or a radio. How do I deal with it? はしのはしですか? きのう、かきをたべたけどあまりおいしくなかった ...
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What is the last word being spoken in this audio clip/sentence?

I'm translating an anime episode, and it's pretty much done, save this part and another line. I've tried asking a few people, I've been on reddit, I'vve listened to it one way too many times, but it's ...
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What is this character saying? [Video/Listening]

In this video clip the girl says something as she attacks the oncoming monsters. I cannot even make sense of what she's trying to say other than "嘘" at the end. So I'm guessing it's along the ...
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What do words/expressions 段差{だんさ} and 理解知{りかいし}れない mean in this context?

I was listening to a Japanese podcast (安住紳一郎{あずみしんいちろう}の日曜天国{にちようてんごく}) the other day, and there was this sentence (here's a link to an audio clip in case I made a mistake: http://vocaroo.com/i/...
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What does Mr. Driller say when he picks up an oxygen tank?

I think many people remember the Japanese game series, Mr. Driller. There was an arcade machine and several console games, and they were pretty popular. The idea was to drill through coloured blocks, ...
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Understanding「汲ませて」 and 「にっぷん」, assuming that is what was said

I have a question regarding what is being said in this video. First of all, what is being said? The following is what I perceived. ...水{みず}を汲{く}ませて、しっかりとにっぷんしてから、撃{う}ちます。 In particular, I am ...
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Beginner miscomprehension of spoken Japanese - finding wrong word boundaries

As a beginner of Japanese, I very often I don't understand or completely misunderstand spoken Japanese - even if I know every word in the sentence, and may have recognized it in different context. ...
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What does 「どっか」 mean?

In this clip at 19:50, it sounds like he is saying, "Nante na! Kore dokka no kiza na yatsu ga itteta serifu" ("This is just something a ____ pretentious guy said"). Is it indeed 「どっか」 ? What does that ...
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"Kekkosema wa"?

First post on JLSE. Sorry if this doesn't belong here... Sometimes on the train platforms in Tokyo or on Japanese television, I hear a phrase that sounds like "kekk-sema-wa." I'm still early in my ...
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About a line in a TV drama which is hard to understand

In the 2nd episode of "Tokyo Love Story", from 26:55 to 27:00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNW0VEvfIbU#t=26m50s 「いやだね、この?」 What is the word/phrase after 「この」?
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