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Why isn't the verb "to have" common in Japanese and how do people phrase things without using it?

In any previous language I have studied (mostly European languages), the verb "to have" is always one of the top 5 most common verbs alongside others like to be, to go, to come, etc. In Japanese, this ...
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"At the end of the day..." と同意の日本語表現はありますか?

例えば、"At the end of the day, what do you work for?" と日本語で言いたい場合、下記の空白はどんな表現で埋めますか? "______、何のために働くのでしょうか?" 「結局」だと思うのですが、違いますか。
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What is the best way to say "online now" in Japanese?

I'm trying to figure out what is the best way to say "my friends are online now" or "I'm online right now". So far, I have considered: ネットでいます。 オンラインです。 For instance: 私は今ネットでいます。...
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What is the exact differnce in nuance between させてもらう and させていただきます and させていただきたい

My understand of させてもらう is akin to "I'll take the liberty of doing x". It's not an actual request or asking for permission. However this doesn't seem to be true for させていただきます? Which seems ...
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How would i ask to record in a place, in japan, politely [closed]

Im going to be going to Japan and documenting my experiences in a vlog, is there any polite way to ask if im allowed to record. examples i can mostly think of are restaurants and stores. im aware of ...
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What is the word for a shop that sells small electronic parts (such as LEDs, resistors, transistors, breadboards, etc.)?

I want to find stores in Tokyo that sell articles mentioned in the title.
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How do you say "To count" or "That doesn't count" as in "(not) a true experience"

I've come across ふくむ and かぞえる, but to my understanding, that's used for counting sequences and quantities. How would you say "That doesn't count" in the following contexts. A- Have you ever ...
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How do you ask for "the bill" at a restaurant?

This is probably a bit of a silly question, but what do you say in Japanese when you're asking for the bill in a restaurant? Or is it unusual to say anything at all? When I was in Japan I could never ...
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How do you say “My car is not big. But, it’s not small either”?

I am having trouble finding out if I’m correct on this. The statement I would like to translate is, My car is not big, but it’s not small either. With the knowledge I have, it would be ...
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How do you say 'My father and I share the same birthday'?

I am a total beginner in Japanese. If I were to translate it with the knowledge I have, it would be: わたし の おとうさん と わたし の たんじょうび は [insert Japanese word for 'share'] です. The setting would be as if I ...
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あかんと言うには大阪からですか? to ask "Is the word 'akan' from Osaka?"

あかんと言うには大阪からですか? How would I ask in Japanese "Is the word 'akan' from Osaka?"
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How to say 'X, let alone Y' in Japanese?

How to say X, let alone Y in Japanese? For example, how would one translate: I don't know hiragana, let alone kanji. He couldn't boil water, let alone prepare a dinner for eight. I haven't enough ...
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Equivalent of "Born to X, Forced to Y" snowclone

I'm looking for an equivalent to phrases such as "Born to fish, forced to save the world" (for use in a social media bio or etc., so usage of internet slang is fine), but I'm doubtful that ...
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"sounds familiar" or "it rings a bell" phrases but a Japanese version

Was practicing some conversations when I came across those two phrases. How would you answer something like: ゲーム会社「カプコン」の名作「ヴァンパイア」シリーズを知っていますか。 with the Japanese equivalent of "it sounds ...
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Phrase for "whatever comes to mind" or "whatever I feel like"

I had a friend, also learning Japanese, presenting "words of the day" (日の言葉). I asked him (and you are free to tear this sentence apart): どこから日の言葉出るの? "Where do the words of the day ...
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How to say "unless...?" in the context of "but what if"

In the context of the phrase "Just kidding... unless...?", how would the word "unless" be translated? Here, "unless" has sort of a connotation of "what if...?" as well as "unless you want to?"
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Translating the phrase "Says the guy who..." into Japanese

I got curious thinking about this. Is there any phrase that conveys the same idea/feeling as the English phrase "says the guy who [...]!" For example: "You should stop watching TV all ...
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How do you describe something as "family-friendly"?

Google gives me 家族向け, but it seems like its used to describe things like vehicles, properties and tourist spots that are "for families (with 3-4+ members)", rather than media such as video ...
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What do you say when you want to reject a gift without offending anyone?

If you are offered something that you don't want, what do you say to reject it politely?
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How do you say "If only things were different"?

Context: Bob is angry that event X happened today. A series of unfortunate events throughout his life led up to this crappy day, and thus he thinks to himself, "if only things were different"...
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Expressing a mild preference

I'm wondering how to express a very mild preference towards an option when being offered several choices in a conversation (e.g. when arranging a meeting time with a colleague). I am familiar with the ...
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Asking a business contact to make a request on my behalf?

I am helping to plan an event featuring the work of a Japanese artist. I'm speaking to his representative, and would like to ask the question, Can you ask (name) if he would be willing to write a ...
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Japanese equivalent of "Mmmm" as in "Mmmm I like that!" or "Mmmm, delicious"

What's the Japanese equivalent of "Mmmm" as in "Mmmm I like that!" or "Mmmm, delicious"? "Mmmm" used as a tone of appreciation or approbation, NOT of ...
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Is はじめまして only suitable for the first contact?

When I'm contacting a colleague for the first time and we're communicating online, I can use はじめまして as part of my greeting. Likewise, if I'm meeting someone for the first time and it is an in-person ...
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Question about supposedly a Japanese proverb

I came across to this sentence: The Japanese say you have three faces. The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family. The third face, ...
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What is the Japanese wording for unsheathing a sword (katana) for about half an inch with your thumb?

I know that "tsuba" is the handguard that you use to push katana out of its scabbard and "nuke to" means to draw a sword I think. I'm curious how would you say/write down "...
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Is there a ことわざ similar to "water under the bridge" and "let bygones be bygones"?

Earlier today in a comment I tried to explain to a community member that they should put whatever happened in the past behind them. I used "water behind the bridge" and "let bygones be ...
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How to ask "What is your opinion on X thing/X person?"

As the title says. How do you ask for someone's opinion on something in Japanese? My Japanese tutor says than an easy way to do this can be 「Xはどうですか?」 thus saying "How about X," but I ...
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Is there another term for "in fact", "actually"?

I feel like I am blanking on a very common conjunction word. よく聞く言葉みたいな気がしますが、どうしても思い出せないんです。I am looking for a word that means "in fact", "actually", as in: You can call me by my ...
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How to say that something is like nothing or not comparable to other?

How can I say that something is not comparable, or "nothing" in comparison to the other? For example, in case of two rivals in a battle: Comparing to my power level, your power level is ...
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How do I say 'As to why I chose this topic...'

I have a highschool Japanese oral exam coming up in which we discuss a topic of my choosing, along with an accompanying image that relates to said topic. I have already memorised responses to many ...
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How would say something like "I hate to break it to you, but..." in Japanese?

"I hate to break it to you, but..." or "Sorry, but..." For example: "Sorry, but I don't like cake" or "I hate to break it to you, but I didn't like your performance&...
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How do you say "the audio says..."

Because I suspect 音声は〇〇と言う is wrong.
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My notebook is almost full

So I was trying to ask for a new notebook at my office, I wanted to say that my notebook is almost full, so I need a new one. I ended up saying 私のノートはページがあまり残っていませんので、新しいノートをお願いします。 But I don't know ...
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How to ask someone if it is okay to do something?

I often find myself wanting to ask if I can do something ie. "Is it okay if I ask you a question?" or "Can I switch seats with you?" Along those lines. I'm not sure if this is ...
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ないと attached to a verb

I know that 頑張らないと would mean "I have to work hard" (as if I am forced to work hard). What if I see someone (my friend) working hard and I am motivated to work hard too. In this case, would 頑張らないと or ...
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Is there a Japanese word for "Easter holidays"?

I was wondering if there is a Japanese word for "Easter holidays"? While I am aware that most of Japan does not celebrate Easter, I was surprised to find a word for Easter (復活祭, fukkatsusai). My guess ...
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What is the difference between the words 状態 and 状況?

Actually, I want to write an email to a person asking about her current situation in life, understanding by "situation" if she got married, if she changed companies, if she's happy, etc. I remember ...
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Correct way to say "I only see you as a friend"

How does one say "I only see you as a friend" in Japanese? Literal translation would give 友達だけとして見ます, but the 見ます part seems awfully wrong.
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How do I apologize for my bad Japanese?

I am writing a short letter in Japanese. I will doubtless make many mistakes. What is a nice way to acknowledge this to the recipient? I apologise for using the forum incorrectly. With the help of ...
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Losing concentration

During some kind of repetitive task which doesn't involve thinking, I lost my concentration and forgot what I was doing. When I told someone about this I said 途中でぼけてしまった but I wonder if that is the ...
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How to say "trying to get someone to look at something"

What is a good way to express the idea of "trying to get someone to look at something", for example "She's trying to get me to look at her". I tried typing this into Google Translate and got this: ...
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What does しゅごい mean?

I'm reading a manga and I can't for the life of me figure out what this phrase is supposed to mean; I've never seen it before.
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How would you ask "What makes your mouth water?" in Japanese?

I want to ask "What makes your mouth water?" in Japanese, but I'm not quite sure what is the right way. I was thinking of saying: あなたは何でよだれが出る?
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How to say "turn around!" in Japanese?

How do you order someone to turn around in a direct and forceful manner, like the way a police officer or soldier would say? Thank you.
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Japanese idiom for "don’t get your meat where you get your bread"?

There is an idiomatic expression in Portuguese: Onde se ganha o pão não se come a carne Literally, it would translate to "where one earns their bread one does not eat the meat" and it relates to a ...
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How to message or mail to teacher for making a appointment? [closed]

I need to send a message to my teacher for asking an appointment. But I don't know how to. He is gonna check my homework tomorrow and he wants a message. > 先生こんにちは。 作文をチェックのために7日に予約したいです。 ...
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How to ask if a connection/relationship exists between two things

I would like to ask if there is a connection or relationship between two different parts. For example, would this be an appropriate way of asking "Is there any connection between the two compilations/...
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How can I say "even today" or "even now"?

I would like to say "even today" or "even now". I want to talk about Japanese culture and customs. Would it be something like: 今日まで日本の中でたくさんしゅうかんで、文化があります。 I want it so say something like "even ...
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How can I express sentences like "How long is ..." or "How old is ... " or "How convenient is ..." etc.?

I want to know if there's a grammar structure that can be used when you want to know the extent of an adjective. E.g. 会長は若いね >> How young is he? この映画はとっても長いよ! >> How long is it? たきくんは遅れてしまいました。 >> ...

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