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Which sequences of kanji and/or kana form accepted ways to write a given word, particle, or other speech sound.

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Are they the same: コショウ vs コショー

The question is are these two pronounced the same. If they are how would one know how to spell them. This applies to any case of ウ vs 一.
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Where does ドンピシャ come from?

The fact that ドンピシャ (meaning "right on, fitting to a T") is written in katakana makes me wonder if it comes from a foreign phrase, but I can't figure out which one (out of the European languages I ...
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What are the common practices for writing Korean names?

Some manga made by Korean writers and illustrators write their names entirely with kanji (especially without any clue as to how to pronounce them), while credits in anime write Korean staffers' names ...
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Ocha in Hiragana [duplicate]

I'm pretty early into learning Japanese. I've started learning hiragana, when writing "ocha" in hiragana I've noticed it comes up as おちゃ now I know お is "o" and normally ち is "chi" while ゃ is ya. Now ...
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Possible misspeling of 音葉? [closed]

I encountered follwoing sentence という音葉は胸にしまっておく。 And I think that 葉 is probably just misspelling, i.e. は entered twice instead of once. But I'm not sure. Can someone help?
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気をっけて - Why the small っ? [closed]

I'm currently viewing a bunch of tweets about Typhoon Jebi in Kansai, and I'm seeing a lot of people writing 気を[っ]{L}けて specifically with a small っ. Is this just some type of stylization? If so, ...
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Translate German name “Markus” to Japanese

I'm trying to translate my German name Markus to Japanese, which seems quite difficult. My first approach was just to transcribe it. Ma → ma → マ r → ru → ル ku → ku → ク s → su → ス giving ...
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Making a sign one column vertically. Don't know anything about Japanese

I'm helping a friend making a vertical neon sign for an installation with the word hikikomori. As I don't know anything about Japanese I just googled the translation, but can't understand how to order ...
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Why is it 二ヶ月 and not 二か月? [duplicate]

I was studying kanji, and this word came up. I know the romaji is nikagetsu, meaning two months, so I was a little confused as to why it has a little "ケ". Do you know if this is correct, and if it is,...
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what does “甘えるって” mean?

甘 is sweet right? 甘えるって is to be sweet or does it mean something completely different?
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What’s the correct Hiragana/Kanji for ‘nokuseni’

I don’t know how to write or pronounce it but I was watching a Japanese movie and one person goes ‘nokuseni’ which I think roughly translates to ‘even though’? Or something negative? I know it’s vague ...
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Etymology of ゴミ

I'm curious why is ゴミ commonly spelled in Katakana. What word is it derived from, if any?
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Why is こおり spelt with an お rather than an う?

I thought that syllables with an "お" sound get lengthened by an "う" rather than another "お". I've seen this question asked on hinative, which mentions 遠い(とおい), 大きい (おおきい), 多い (おおい), 通り (とおり/どおり) and ...
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Need help on pronunciation

Words like 「滅入る」and 「翻る」I just cant understand. When I look at the spelling for えいる and がえる, it just doesn't match with what I hear. with えいる I hear "eh-E-ru", but since い extends え (I think it does) ...
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What is the difference between spellings of 組み付ける? [duplicate]

I'm reading some technical documents and have come across two spellings: 組み付ける and 組付ける Both are used in nearly identical situations and both seem to mean "assemble" as a directive. Is there a ...
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Hiragana - Long vowel e (ei or ee)

I am wondering about the long vowel e, and whether it is -ee or -ei. Let's use hē as an example, is hē written as へい or へえ?
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What is the difference between 有る【ある】 and ある?

I found these example sentences plus their translations from WaniKani by Tofugu, but I got confused by the differences between 有る【ある】 and ある. マヨネーズなら、まだ少し有ります。 We still have a little mayonnaise. ...
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Why is Qantas spelt カンタス?

At first I thought that Japanese people pronouncing Qantas as カンタス was an urban legend (the start of "カンタス" matches a vulgar four letter word in English), but I've since found out that it's real, with ...
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Choosing hiragana over simple kanji?

everyone. Just today I was remembering an old videogame, 星を見る人. "Problem" is, if you look at all official images and such, they write the title as 星をみるひと. Now, I've been searching about possible ...
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Correct spelling of 'mono no aware' [closed]

Could someone tell me if the phrase 'mono no aware' should be written in a certain way for example hiragana/kanji and if so why? Could you please show me the correct way it should look? Thanks
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How to write long sound to emphasize words?

For example, I want to emphasize the word しらない by saying shiiiiiranai, しいいいらない seems a little bit weird to me. How do you write this in japanese character, can we also write this in the form of kanji?
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Long O — when is it OU and when OO?

I am learning hiragana and I've encountered a minor problem. The thing is that my book did mention how to deal with a long "O": just by adding another "O" or "U". However it doesn't explain in which ...
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How should I begin learning the letters and what they sound like? [closed]

I am new to Japanese and started learning only like 3 days ago , I was told I should start with the radicals (human,legs,ten,etc.) but how should I start to actually learn how to pronounce and read ...
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有り難う vs 有難う — Is this the same word?

Do both these words mean "thank you"? If both mean thank you why are they spelled differently? Is one more formal than the other?
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Can you write the japanese name Hideyoshi as 秀代志

I know the name has common spellings like 秀吉 or 英義 but when I type ひでよし on my laptop I once got 秀代志 as an option as well. Would it work? And why/why not?
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Why is もっと pronounced “motto” but written “motsuto”?

Word もっと is pronuncing as motto means more. But when writing It is mo(も) tsu(っ) to(と). Why is that ? I'm new to Japanese language. Please tell me there are other commonly used words like this ? ...
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Why is the topic marker wa spelled ha? [duplicate]

I would like to know why the topic marker wa is spelled は instead of わ。 Also, is this the only misspelled particle in Japanese (or anything resembling a particle or other figure of speech component), ...
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Is there a I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! example in Japanese?

I read this article http://www.gate.net/~labooks/wholeword.html and I actually read a Chinese version, 研表究明,汉字的序顺并不定一能影阅响读,比如当你看完这句话后,才发这现里的字全是都乱的。 So I am thinking is there a Japanese version of ...
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Does anyone know what ちゃる means?

I have found this sentence わしがすべて焼き尽くしちゃる. I know that 焼き尽く would imply burning something until exhaustion but I don't know what ちゃる is. By chance, is ちゃる just an alternate form of ちまう like ちゃう?
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Why is という in ボソニックという食べ物 (for example) written in ひらがな rather than と言う?

Why is という in ボソニックという食べ物 (for example) written in ひらがな rather than と言う? In my understanding, ボソニックという食べ物 means "a food called Bosonic".
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What's the correct transliteration of ~“yao mae”?

I've heard a martial arts Sensei use a phrase that sounds to my English ears like "yow may", I think in context (at the end of a teaching, when it was time to practice he would clap his hands and then ...
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Is there a difference between ご飯 and 御飯?

I know they both mean rice but is there a difference between the two? Perhaps one is more specific or am I typing them wrong? Also, can ごはん be used to write rice or is one of the other versions more ...
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Are there some cases where みたす could be spelled as 充たす? 「充{み}たす」という書き方はどんな場合で使えるか?

Since 充 can be used to spell 充{あ}てる it can have the meaning of "to match". Therefore, the only place where I think 充たす fits is to say something like ある条件を充たす. Nevertheless, according to the 漢字漢和辞典 I ...
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“絶対について来ないでね。” as “Absolutely don't come/follow”

Overheard the phrase which sounded like "絶対について来ないでね。". I believe it means 'absolutely don't come/follow'. The speaker was actually hinting to follow her. I'm just curious if my translation makes ...
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ぐわん: Is this a word? Drunken speech in manga

I'm reading a manga and am completely stuck on what is being said in the following line of text: まわる = まる = circle ぐわんぐわん = ぐん?  ほわほわする = ほほする = cheeks I've attached the page with the text ...
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Dictionary definition of multiple words with identical pronunciation but different kanji

Recently I've been using the スーパー大辞林 Japanese dictionary, because it is built-in to all my Apple devices. But I frequently find words where there is a single entry in the dictionary, but 2 or 3 ...
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How can one stop “去年【きょねん】教職【きょうしょく】” from looking like a weird 4 kanji compound?

In writing, sometimes you get the illusion of a 4-character compound: Xさんは去年教職を退【しりぞ】いた。 This bothers some non-natives. To correct the "problem", can I always just place a comma between the kanjis ...
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Why would the Japanese transliteration from Greek Χριστος be spelled as ハリストス instead of キリストス?

Although it's not as common as キリスト, ハリストス is seen in the name of Japan's Orthodox Church. But why ハリストス if the pronounce of the Greek Χριστος is khristós (with a clear kri sound)? There is キリストス too, ...
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The Kanji for ありがとうございます

有難う御座います is one Kanji spelling. However, I thought, 'is ございます here an auxilliary verb, and thus are the Kanji incorrect?' Should the proper spelling be 有難うございます?
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Is 甘じている a typo? (example sentence)

会社では外様の地位に甘じている。  He is reconciled to 「being outside of [not belonging to] the mainstream faction at the company. (Source: dictionary.goo.ne.jp) I wasn't able to find 甘じる or 甘ずる verb in ...
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How common is the practice of writing わたし in kana and わたくし in kanji?

I've heard that some people only write わたし in kana and only use the Kanji 私 when the intended reading is わたくし. How common is this practice? Is it old-fashioned? If I used it myself as a foreigner, ...
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Kanji or kana in お待ちください

It's considered proper (though often ignored) to write ください in 待ってください and 下さい in 赤いのを下さい, i.e. Kanji as a main verb and kana as an auxilliary. But a thought came into my mind: in お待ちください, is it an ...
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Why is やっぱり (yappari) spelled the way it is? [duplicate]

I started learning Japanese very recently. The spelling of やっぱり (yappari) seems odd to me. The second letter in やっぱり is tsu in hiragana (っ) which is not pronounced. Why?
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Why is the sound “cha” spelled as ちゃ rather than ちぁ?

I was wondering why is the sound "cha" spelled with a ゃ rather than a ぁ. きゃ, for example, is "kya"; so shouldn't ちゃ be more like... "chya"? The same goes for しゃ. I suppose "sha" and "cha" kind of ...
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Are there words still containing を either officially or colloquially?

I used to work in a Japanese restaurant where the owner and his wife always wrote 「かつを」 rather than 「かつお」. I thought this was kind of cool, so I looked it up. The only information I could find was ...
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Spellings of あなた(がた)

The usual spelling would be hiragana for the first part and kanji for the second, but the spellings 貴女(方)(if the addressee is female) and 貴男(方)(if the addressee is male) are also in use. On to my ...
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What is the difference between spellings しまう、仕舞う、終う、了う?

What is the difference of meanings between the spellings しまう、仕舞{しま}う、終{しま}う、了{しま}う? Or at least, between the first two? (They are marked as common.) If there is a source about such nuances, I'll ...
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Difference between んい and に

I noticed that the word 単位 is written as たんい in hiragana, not たに. Is there a difference in the way んい and に are pronounced? If so, does the same principle go for んあ and な, んえ and ね, etc.?
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Heard that “master of something” is pronounced as 'shokaneen'—could you help me find the right term?

I attended a talk at SXSW and the chef Paul Qui had a great quote but I don't know how to spell the work in English (and Japanese) and could use some help. Here is the quote, with the best attempt at ...
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Clarification on 人の夢は終わらねェ

Good evening! Is 人の夢は終わらねェ the correct spelling for "A man's dream never dies", or is it with a language twist, like someone very specific would spell or say it like that? I know that the way it's ...