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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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How to express that I'm still learning Japanese?

Sometimes I get to talk with Japanese users on social media sites and one thing that I say to them quite a lot is: "Please forgive my Japanese, I'm still learning" or "it's not very good". I just ...
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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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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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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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How to say - Fine, don't listen to me

I have been wondering about this for quite some time. Let's say you are having an argument with someone. Perhaps it goes something like this, A: If we do things your way, we are going to have ...
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How do you say "That, or" in a nice way

In English you say, e.g. This restaurant seems to be very popular. That, or everybody just wants to use the toilets, which seem to be free. The thing is, I already complete the sentence, and then ...
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Expressing hope for other people to do/be/have something

I'm wondering if there is a specific construction, or certain constructions, to express the hope, wish, or desire that other people do/be/have etc something; i.e. the subjunctive (even though I haven'...
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Other than はじめまして, what can we say in our introduction?

Other than はじめまして, what else can we say at the beginning of our introduction when meeting someone for the first time? Also, what else do we need to say when introducing ourselves other than our name ...
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How to say "plunge into (studies)"?

Please, could you help me to translate the phrase in bold in the following sentence? I have plunged into my studies.
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Distinction between "not everyone" and "no-one"

I recently learnt that だれも means "everyone" with an affirmative verb and "no-one" with a negative verb. So, the literal translation of the Japanese "No-one is here" would be "Everyone is not here". ...
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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 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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How to say "When is the last bus to X"

I was just wondering how to properly ask when the last bus to somewhere is. Could you say (using Tokyo, for example) When is the last bus to Tokyo? 東京 に 終バス は 何時ですか Tōkyō ni shū basu wa nanji ...
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How to say "one" as in "anybody in general."

In English, it is not uncommon to come across a sentence such as "One's outlook on life depends on one's personal experience." In this case, "one" is referring to people in general. So the above ...
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Which is the most correct Kanji Compound equivalent to 'aji mumpung' or 'being opportunist'? (オポチュニスト、便乗主義者、日和見主義者、御都合主義者 and 利己主義者)

Context: I read an article here and stumbled over an interesting kanji compound, i.e.: 便乗主義者 - or オポチュニスト (according to this) Meaning: しばしば倫理に反する手段で、可能性のある利益の状況で目前の利益を取るさま. In Bahasa Indonesia, we ...
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Seemingly Inconsistent Particle Usage with the Verb 手伝う

When it is not specified what the helper did... 私はとても忙しいので、彼を手伝うことができない。 When both action and person being helped are specified... 彼女は私に仕事を手伝うように頼んだ。 When it is not specified whom the helper ...
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Natural way to ask what project/work someone has been doing lately

What is a natural way or ways to ask about what project(s) or work someone is doing lately at a job? In English I'd say: So what project have you been working on lately? So what have you been working ...
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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 an equivalent phrase for "(enjoyed it) as much as we did"?

When sending a thank you message to a friend that showed me and my family around in her country, I wrote something along the lines of We had as much fun as we did thanks to you. Later when I was ...
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Fast Food Conversation - Any Practical Guides?

I looked up for fast food conversation but I could not find anything very practical. While most guide always emphasize on how to order, I never found it prepares one to understand what a fast food ...
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前 or 後 when placing an event in temporal reference to "now"

Consider this phrase:  今は(event)二十分前です。 Deconstruction of the above phrase yields: Now is twenty minutes before (event). (Q1) Can I reconstruct the statement using 後 in this manner?:  今は後で(event)...
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How to politely and indirectly tell someone they forgot to do something?

Let's say someone who's above me, like a teacher or a boss, forgot to do something. How would I notify them without being rude? I only know the basic "~するのを忘れました"(though I'm not even sure if that's ...
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Can "yee ka ka desu ka" mean "how are you?"

I was learning Japanese a few years ago and a phrase I picked up (I think from the Pimsleur program) was "Yee ka ka desu ka" (or maybe the "Yee" was written as "ii" to pronounce as a short form of "ee"...
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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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How to say "to cause a problem" in japanese?

I wonder if there usual/fixed phrase to say "to cause a problem"? I find self-made 問題を起こす to be inappropriate/unnatural in some way...
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How to say "being under threat"

How would you naturally say that something is "under threat"? For example: The delivery is under threat The contract is under threat The agreed deadline is under threat There are verbs ...
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How do you write "Lesson (number X)"?

For example, Lesson 19. Would it be: 1) 授業19 2) 十九番目の授業 Would I use 学課, instead of 授業? I'm a complete beginner, as well, I am literally starting from scratch, on my own. Regards.
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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 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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What's the ultra-polite way to invite someone to do something?

While reading What's the polite way to invite someone to do something?, I noticed that many of the comments/answers talk about how things are polite enough for an online chat service. Well, I'm ...
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"Automatic Doors Don't Open For Him"

I remember hearing this idiom which meant someone was so lowly, they were not even considered a person. I don't know the source, but remember it was referred to as a 'common Japanese idiom'. ...
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How do I say "put my foot down"?

I want to say that I have had enough, put my foot down. It's time to put my foot down, do not start again. I am putting my foot down, on the unannounced visits. It is time to put my foot down, with ...
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How do you say "a light read"?

What is a good way to say that a book is a light read? By that I mean writing that is basically created for entertainment, doesn't contain much drama and isn't particularly thought-provoking. ...
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How do I say ''Idle animation'' in Japanese?

I want to know how to say the term ''idle animation'' in Japanese. It's what a character from a videogame does when standing still for too long. Ex: Sonic. I have seen people in twitter use ''...
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What verb should I use for "match"? E.g. Please match the answers

I'm writing some instructions on a worksheet, and I want to translate the English instructions into Japanese. I'm trying to say something along the lines of Please match the genre in English to ...
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What to say to in-law when their spouse has passed away

What would one say to their mother/father/brother/sister-in-law when their spouse has passed away? 「ご愁傷様でございます」「心からお悔やみ申し上げます」, which are the phrases one typically uses to convey their condolences, ...
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What is the Japanese proverb for "even a thief is right three times out of ten"?

Even a thief is right three times out of ten. I ran into this quote in a book about Taiichi Ohno, the creator of Toyota's philosophy. Does anyone know a phrase that corresponds with this translation?
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Standard phrases to use in presentation speech

I'm going to speak a short foreword in a conference attended by Japanese guests, so I'm looking for standard phrases (as usually there are) to connect the sentences. I tried to translate them ...
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How would you say “especially if~” in japanese?

For example, what would be a natural way of expressing a sentence like the following: I like to go on walks, especially if it’s raining.
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How to say "Tough guy"

I'm looking for slang that means something like "tough guy" in a complimentary way. If someone did something awesome like fight off a robber or save someone, to the point where women envy him and men ...
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something goes well/poorly/etc

How can we say something "goes" as in goes a certain way? I know you can say 上手く行くor順調に行くto say something goes well, but does "行く" also work if we're talking about things going poorly or just the way ...
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How to say unpredictable in Japanese

I'd like to say "I like anime because its unpredictable". I found out through searching online that ありきたり translates to predictable, however I'm not sure if this is correct. My entire sentence: ...
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How do you say 'around', as in "Walk around Lake Burley Griffin"

I have looked into it, but I can't find the answer. When I say 'around', I mean walking along the perimeter of the lake and returning to the same place we started at. Google Translate says that it is ...
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How would you reply to 'よかったら'?

I always assumed you would reply to a phrase containing よかったら with はい or いい but is that correct? If so, which sounds more natural? For example, if someone were to say "よかったら、英語を教えて欲しい" to you, how ...
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How to ask a "would/could you ever" question?

Let's say you want to ask a sort of reverse hypothetical question, in which you don't construct a scenario, but rather you define the result, and ask the listener if they can imagine any scenario that ...
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Phrases indicating time in the future

I was taught to use 未来 and 将来 to reference the future but after actually interacting with native speakers I've noticed that these words are not often used. I'd like to know how to express the ...
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Enthusiastically accepting an offer or invitation

In English when somebody offers you something or invites you somewhere you can just say "yes" or you can answer more enthusiastically in a pretty standard colloquial manner like this: Would you like ...
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How would you say "Music I Like"? (Using Nouns In Relative-Clauses)

Given that Japanese uses a noun to express that something is liked, how would you use it in relative clause? I was trying to write "Touhou Music I Like" in Japanese for a YouTube playlist, but ...
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Is there a Japanese equivalent to English's "'Can I go to the bathroom' vs. 'May I go to the bathroom'"? [closed]

Is there a Japanese equivalent to English's 'Can I go to the bathroom' vs. 'May I go to the bathroom'? You know, a disagreement over whether to use a phrase that feels correct(and I'd argue is correct)...
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