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ニュアンス. Subtle differences between two seemingly interchangeable expressions.

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左に曲がる/右に曲がる v/s 左折/右折

That's it, essentially. What differentiates these two ways to indicate a turn? So far, I had only heard 左に曲がる/右に曲がる, but recently I heard 左折/右折 in the GPS of a car. At first I thought that the latter ...
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Meaning of だけはわからない

それでも彼には、自分のことだけはわからない。 I'm translating the above sentence from Japanese to English, and I'm having issues with understanding what だけはわからない means. Why does だけ come before は? says that だけは means 'at ...
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Why do I need to use のに instead of ので?

食べてばかりいるので、なんで太いじゃないだろう?? I was told for this sentence I should use のに instead of ので. Why is のに better here? It seems like it changes the meaning from “so/since” to “even though”. I wanted to say “...
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What is the difference between ある日 and ある日のこと?

For example: ある日のこと、たろうは、また海へ出て。 As I understand ある日 means "one day". What does the のこと do to it? Possibly related? What is the こと in sentences such as あなたのことが好きだ? and What is “koto” used for?
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Is there a difference between 「目を覚ます」 and 「目覚める」

I just recently learned these phrases were a thing and I can't find the difference anywhere online. Is there a difference between 「目を覚ます」 and 「目覚める」 ? Any help would be appreciated!
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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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Difference between 〜がち and 〜つい?

If both can express habits like things you tend to do, what is the difference between their uses? examples: イケメン*が通るとつい見ちゃう。 昔の話をしていると話がついつい長くなる。 Why was つい used here? Would 〜がち also make ...
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Casual ways to ask meaning?

I know 〜はどう言う意味ですか? but how might you ask this question in a casual setting among friends?
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Difference between だけに and だけあって [duplicate]

Once again, while doing exercises, I came across a sentence that bugged me: 直子は7歳のときに家出したが、聡明な_____、見つかることなく10日間もひとりで生きていた。 A. だけあって、B. だけに、C. だけ、D. だけは The solution to the exercise was A, ...
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Why the specific spelling “一つひとつ”?

I'm reading a book and the author keeps using the spelling "一つひとつ" for "one-by-one". I found this a bit curious: The word itself is just a doubled 一つ, so why not spell both parts the same? Does ...
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Clarification of objects using questions

When I want to ask whether or not something I have is what I think it is, I can't figure out exactly what to say. これは梅じゃないの? (Rising intonation) Is this not a plum? これは梅じゃないね。(Falling ...
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Usage of にしてみれば

どうか自分の幻想でありますように...幻想など決して認めないダーズリ氏にしてみれば、こんな願いを持つのは生まれてはじめてだった。 Please let it be my imagination... For Mr Dursley who didn't hold with things like imagination, this was the first time in his life ...
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Is there a Japanese word for the game “horseshoes?”

I'm guessing this will come across as two questions, but their interrelation is important... Is there a specific word for the game where you toss a horseshoe at a peg (in English just called ...
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What's the difference between 初心者, 入門者 and 初級者

I see 初級 Written mostly in books which mean beginner or elementary level, the other two were written on the same page for a drawing course i fould online as "入門者向け" and "初心者向け", but i don't see any ...
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努める and 努むる nuance differences

What is the difference in nuance between 完成に努{つと}めるand 完成に努{つとむ}むる? I heard 努むる{つとむむる} and it threw me as I had never heard it before.
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Is this phrase a grammatically correct translation?

I'm trying to translate the following English into Japanese: "The only thing more troubling than the silence were the whispers that followed." What I've come up with is: 沈黙{ちんもく}より悩{なや}ましいのは継{つ}...
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Difference between the words kakemono and kakejiku

Does anyone reading this site know of any nuance(s) differentiating these two words? Numerous online sites say that kakejiku is more commonly used, but I have found no information about whether the ...
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Why are Japanese translated subtitles non-conversational?

I guess this question brushes along the lines of why "real Japanese" can't be learnt from drama/アニメ. I was watching the Dark Knight (2008) with Japanese subtitles and I noticed that the translations ...
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Meaning of かわいい When Used By Kids Towards Adults

Okay, I'm fairly advanced in my Japanese studies after having lived and taught in Japan for almost a year. However, one thing that continues to boggle me is the possibly most common word of all: かわいい。 ...
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What's the meaning and nuance of ばっかり in this sentence?

A girl is worried and upset because she believes she is more excited and happy about the relationship with her boyfriend than he is. So she says: わたしばっかり浮かれてる気がする…… I think the sentence means ...
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What's the difference between 役割 and 役回り?

Weblio gives both the meaning of role or part (duty is there too as a less used meaning), so I assume the difference is on the nuances. In addition, 役割 seems to be much more used by Japanese natives ...
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Different nuances of そっか and なるほど?

I’ve learned that both mean something like “I see” or “I understand” but are they interchangeable? Is there any difference?
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What's the difference between 反面 and 一方?

I understand that they both present two opposite sides of a situation or of something. However, even if in some cases they can be interchangeable, there are other where they cannot. Can somebody ...
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と vs. のを / ことを when used with 信じる

Take the following sentences: いつか願いが叶うと信じている。 いつか願いが叶うのを信じている。/ いつか願いが叶うことを信じている。 I know what they mean, but I don't know if there is a practical difference between the two versions. Are there ...
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How is the passive form used with を?

I encountered this sentence in my textbook: いつか、日本人政治家の中にも世界で尊敬され、名前を知られるような人物が現れるようになるには、まず日本国民一人一人の意識を変えるべきなのだろう。 In all cases of passive form that I learned so far, I only ever seen it used ...
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Politeness / Respectfulness / Humility / Formality

The wikipedia article "Honorific speech in Japanese" states that Japanese has grammatical functions to express several different emotions. Not only politeness but also respectfulness, humility and ...
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How to determine 大都市 vs 都市

As I understand 都市 [toshi] means [city]. And therefore it could be any city, which is not town. In Russia town means over 12K population. 100-250K pouplation = big town. 250-500K pupulation = small ...
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te form negative vs negative form (HW: やっていない, why not やらなかった or やっていなかった)

I've been studying Japanese here in Tokyo from scratch for a good 2 months now. I've been struggling with daily conversation but I try to improve each day by studying. Lately, I am trying to ...
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~te + oku vs plain masu form

Good evenings folks, Currently I'm here in Tokyo learning Japanese for about 2 months now from scratch, and our sensei is teaching us N4 level grammar structures already. My question is, what's the ...
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Differences between 'prepare' words. 整う、備える、設ける

What are the nuances between each? For general use in most cases can they be substituted for 準備します?
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What does というように mean?

I've been seeing this structure a lot lately, and I feel like it takes on different meanings depending on how it's used. Basically I understand it as: Quotative と + いう(to say, define etc.) + ように (...
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Negative adjective 恐怖せず [duplicate]

恐怖せず I think it means “fearless”, but I don’t know the particle sezu. Is this old-fashioned?
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What does 気楽 mean when attached to ビール or お酒?

I first found this here: https://www.ettoh.jp/ 楽酒=気楽なお酒 Does this mean the drink is easy to drink? Or that it's meant to be drunk in a carefree setting? One example I was taught for 気楽 is in ...
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「呆れる」とはどういう意味ですか?

呆れるとはどういう意味か今一つわからないのです。goo辞書で調べると、「あまりに意外なことに驚く」というのが出てきますが、今まで見てきた例を考え合わせてみると、やはり納得がいかないところが残っています。特に、「呆れる」には必ず「驚き」の要素が入っていますか?「ショック」「衝撃」と同じくらい、爆発的な印象がありますか? そして、三つの例について聞かせてください。 ①「...
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Head-internal relative clauses

I am trying to figure out head-internal relative clauses. A paper I looked at presented two versions of the same sentence, one with the head word (りんご) outside the relative clause: [皿の上にあった]...
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What is the difference between 端, 縁 and 先っちょ?

I struggle to visualise the differences between 端, 縁 and 先っちょ after reading many examples and definitions online: The approximate english translations are very similar: 端: end, tip, point margin (...
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Function of と when used with 続く

I don't understand the function of と when used with と続きます From this sentence in my textbook: 世界で一番インスタントラーメンをたくさん食べる国は中国で451.7億食、その次はインドネシアの137.0億食、日本の51.0億食、アメリカの43.2億食、ベトナムの39.1億食、韓国の33....
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placement of さえ

I came across this statement involving さえ. 私はAKB48が全然分からない。一番有名な人さえ名前がわからない。 My question is: Is there a general rule as to where you can place さえ? What about: 一番有名な人の名前さえ分からない。What is the meaning ...
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How to say “Developer” In Japanese?

I want to know how to say Developer in Japanese. By Developer, Specifically a web Developer, Programmer or Coder. When I googled it initially, I got: デベロッパー And then I found a Kanji: 開発者 I ...
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Differences between “even if”/“no matter (how much)” structures: としても, ところで, ~ようが/と

I've encountered several forms that mean both "even if" (might be used for example with たとえ), and "no matter (how much)" (used with どんなに, いくら, etc). ~ても ~としても ~ところで ~ようが/と The only difference ...
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Question about おきます [duplicate]

In the following sentences, what is the use of 'おきます'? And what is the difference in nuance if the sentences end without 'おきます'? 実家にいるうちに、母の料理をたくさん食べておきます。 お金があるうちに、ほしいものを買っておきます。
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How do you say “some”, “many”, “a few”, and “few” when refering to people?

So, of course, I know words like 多い, たくさん, 少ない, 少し, and 何+[counter]+か to express "many", "few", "a few", and "some" in most contexts. However, I have absolutely no idea what are the Japanese ...
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おはよう written as おはよ?

Playing through the intro of Let's Go Pikachu, I came across what looks to me like the greeting おはよう, but written instead as おはよ. Is this a known alternate spelling, or perhaps a simplification aimed ...
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What is the difference between 反日 and 日本たたき?

I apologize in advance if I cause offence with this question, but I am curious about these two terms. 反日 can be translated as “anti-Japan(ese)”. I have seen one example of this term being used to ...
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What is the difference between 考え、アイデア、発想 and 着想

These are all translated as "idea" in English. But I don't understand which context I should use each one in. If I had to guess: 考え means an imagining of a solution or an understanding of something,...
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What does “水着勿体ないんでよかったら今度のお休み” mean here?

水着勿体ないんでよかったら今度のお休み Context: this girl sent this guy a picture of her in her swimsuit while she lay in bed because she just bought it and thought it was cute and just found out that her vacation ...
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Help translating English idioms

Can someone use 涙ぐむ in a way to say "could bring a man to tears" or something along those lines? Wanting to translate some English phrases or sayings into Japanese in a way that could be either ...
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Meaning of ですかね in a response

I feel like this is a basic question, one whose meaning I don't think I fully understand. I'm watching a サンドウィッチマン コント on YouTube where 伊達さん is asked "How many women have you been out with before?" ...
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Usage of ところ to represent time with に and で

I am trying to understand the grammar of using ところ with に and で when using ところ to represent the time that actions have happened. These are (ungrammatical) sentences I made up: 1) ...
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Shigeru Miyamoto interview

I always have difficulty understanding 宮本 茂. His Japanese is like the hardest to understand. I can watch whole anime's with no problem, and read through lots of text in video games and manuals, but ...