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Questions tagged [spoken-language]

音声言語(話し言葉). Language that i​s more typical of speech than writing, including contractions, omissions, and other verbal mechanisms characteristic of speech.

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の and のです. What’s their semantic purpose and meaning?

So, I've reached a spoken language topic and encountered difficulties with understanding those particles that are used in spoken language. Particularly with の. My book says that, for example, の ...
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「んだって」と「って」どう違いますか。

例えば「彼が結婚してるんだって」と「彼が結婚してるって」どう違いますか。
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Translating “you” as 君 when giving a definition

I am trying to define the word "deceive". In English, I would say something like this (regardless of whether or not it is a good definition): To deceive someone means that you lie to someone, and ...
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understanding what sounds like 「だけどお値段はもっていません。」

西友 CM 盛ってます編 懐中電灯盛り。 The flashlight style. 角ハンガー盛り。 The corner hanger style. 延長コード盛り。 The extension cord style. ジャポニカ学習帳盛り。 ...
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Use of の + how to construct a phrase without it

First, this is my very first post here, and I am a complete newbie when it comes to the Japanese language. I have, however, been very interested in the Japanese language and culture: I have been doing ...
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Difference between “foot” and “leg” in spoken Japanese [duplicate]

After going on a long run, if you want to say, "My feet are sore", I would imagine that in Japanese you would say 「足が痛い」. If you want to say, "My legs are sore", I imagine that would be 「脚が痛い」. How ...
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Adverb Word Choice

I was writing the following message to an exchange friend and I struggled to find adverbs to pair with the verb 遊ぶ, and now I'm wondering a broader question about adverbs in general: 兄はカリフォるニアから来ました。...
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Thank you speech for schools and city officials [closed]

I have to give speeches for a group of 5th grade students and their parents that thanks the schools and cities for hosting us and showing us around. since i am the only parent that somewhat knows ...
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手に入る how to know proper reading

I have noticed that 手に入る can be read in two ways: te ni hairu or te ni iru Jisho accepts only the first option But most (phonetic) keyboards allow to write it using the second form and I have an ...
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Reading/speaking of 「市場」, which one can I use kun'yomi or on'yomi? [duplicate]

I came across the word [市場], which means market. In google translate the reading is 'Ichiba' but when I played the sound it gave me the sound 'shinjyou'. I am aware that there are two readings for a ...
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How do I address a young lady properly in person?

In real life, if I were to meet a stranger who is a young woman around my age in Japan, how would I--a man--call her without knowing her name? For instance, how should I say, "Excuse me, miss, you're ...
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Translation of ~てどうか

I recently had a major error on my translation for an agency, and am still confused. The wider context is that this person doesn't like dealing (being seen) by staff when borrowing money, so prefers ...
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Help me understand spoken Japanese

I don't understand this whatsoever: やれやれ だから言わんこっちゃない especially the bolded part. What real words does that come from? Context is that the main character got a cold from staying outside all ...
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what is grammar pattern for やさしくった

I watched a series. There is a scene, while subtitle text is written as 優しく言ってあげた I heard something like やさしくったあげた。 so I did some search to check if this usage exist in real world. In google I found ...
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“What about X?”, one more meaning

In English I can say "what about X?" to mean "why did you mention X?", "what were you going to say about X?", "what does it have to do with X?" and so on. How can I ask the same thing in japanese? ...
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Using Japanese with my child

I have been learning/using Japanese for the past 16 years and now that I have become a mother to my 3 month old son, I would like to bring him up exposed to both English and Japanese. I haven't had ...
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How to use the emotional って?

That comes from Ranma 1/2. Ranma asked Akane to wake up him up, and she did that by throwing water on him. He then said: 何しやがるんだ! What the hell are ya doing! When she left, he then thought out ...
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What happened to original, pre-Kanji, Japanese words?

Some of the most common words in Japanese seem to have their origin in Chinese: 会議、日本、世界、先生、。。。 The evidence for this is, as far as I know, the fact that these words are written with characters, ...
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Why だからよ is considered “girly talk” and だからね is not?

So I was talking to a friend when he told me, as the title says, that: だからよ is "girly talk" but だからね is correct for instance: 昨日は楽しい、お酒を飲んだからね (according to him, totally ok and natural) ...
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Can't understand this spoken sentence

I can't quite tell what the person is trying to say here: 今日は酒____悪いなー! Something about the sake is bad but what? It almost sounds like he is saying ぐせ悪い but I can't find a word that would match ...
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What's the difference between って and って言ってた

I'm guessing it's a matter of direct vs. indirect? 兄は「1分だけ、くださいね」って My older brother said "Just a minute, please" 兄は1分だけと言ってた。 My older brother said just a minute.
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Any common, noteworthy changes in speech when a 日本人 is totally wasted?

Now, I've never met a Japanese person who's gotten hammered, much less creepily observed their speaking patterns. Thus, I must ask: are there any common or noteworthy changes in how people speak while ...
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How to say “I told him that XXX”? [duplicate]

I have a question regarding the word "tell/told" I want to say "I told him that XXX" After some research, this is what I came up with. 彼に「XXX」を伝えた。 彼に「XXX」を言った。 I was wondering if they both ...
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Proper way to say “it looks good”

Let's say you're at the barber shop and he's using his mirror to show you how your hair looks like after he's done cutting it, what would be the appropriate and natural way to say "It looks good (...
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When へ is used as a response, to something someone has said, what does it mean?

I have heard the expression used, but can't find its correct spelling or usage.
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Is んですから/ので/… grammatically correct?

I've been told by my teachers not to use んです and から/ので together, but I encounter them sometimes, both by sight and by ear. When I try to use it myself, it's always marked wrong. For example, I am ...
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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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Speech impediment - slurred speech

Is there a name for a speech impediment like this where, for lack of a better description, it sounds like you're talking after you've bitten your tongue? 「いだだきまあず」 → いただきます 「ごぢぞうざまでぢだあ」 → ごちそうさまでした ...
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かっこいくない vs かっこよくない

I'm confused about this because i've read both, which one is correct? thanks
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Why deshou in casual speech?

I often see "deshou" instead of "darou" in text where only plain, casual verbs are being used, that is, a converstation between friends, for example. Why is that? Why not darou?
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Term for “maybe” when answering a question in conversation

If someone asks you a question, for example: 明日、一緒に行く? What is a natural way to say "maybe"? I am familiar with various ways to express uncertainty: 多分 だろう かもしれない However I think none of ...
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What is the Japanese word that sounds like English word “Nonsense” and what is its meaning?

I just heard a Japanese man say what sounded like "Nonsense" said with American accent immediately followed by Japanese "ka ne". Assuming he didn't throw a single American English word in his speech ...
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Is “うん” really used to mean “You're welcome” by children?

In a book about Japanese manners for children (written in Japanese) there is a section which has basic "言葉のマナー", and two versions of several phrases: normal and more polite. It says that in response ...
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Difference in ambiguity between written and spoken Japanese?

Beginner here. I understand that Japanese has a large number of homophones, and that kanji help readers distinguish between them. Of course, kanji are not available in spoken Japanese. On the other ...
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Meaning of phrase “Hai do do?”

When we were in Japan in July I kept hearing shopkeepers say something like "hai dodo" when I went in or even passed by the shop. I never asked anyone there, but am curious as to the meaning. ...
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How to speak about causing pain

tl;dr How do I say "You're hurting him"? Suppose I'm teaching a child how to care for a small pet. If the child holds the pet wrong, I can say "Stop that. You're hurting it". In English, this has two ...
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Meaning of そんだけ in this context

丸尾 is assertively ensuring that his teacher remembers his name. The teacher replies: そんだけ売りこめば忘れたくても忘れないよ。 If you sell yourself (arrogantly?) I won't forget even if I wanted to. Im guessing that ...
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What does なんだろうけどな mean here?

「ムラサメ様のことを疑っているわけではなくて、慣れない生活ですから、体調を崩すこともあると思っただけです」」 「何もないならいいんです。それでは失礼します」 「あ、はい」 「いい子、なんだろうけどなぁ。俺を心配してくれてるんだから」 What does the なんだろうけどな mean in the above exchange? I think I ...
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If I want to learn to speak Japanese, is it vital I learn to write/read it too or can I just learn to speak it? [closed]

So I want to learn to speak Japanese, no deadline or anything that requires me to learn it, just want to know the world a bit better. The biggest issue I've had when it comes to trying to learn is ...
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Please help me master particles [closed]

What would be your recommendation to dominate the japanese particles? I'm tired of my sentences and my speaking being destroyed by the fault of a little stupid particle. I'm studying the minna no ...
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Meaning of ついて when issued as a command?

I was watching a video of people in Japan getting yelled at and stopped by police, and several times I'd hear them yell「ついて!」. I was unsure of the meaning, and after looking it up I couldn't figure ...
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What does あの子、あんなんだしさ mean?

Would you please tell me what あの子、あんなんだしさ means? and then she said あの子を理解してあげられる人なんて たぶんごく僅かだと思うのよ。。。 The person who said this phrase is a mother talking with her son's friend about her son. Thank ...
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Is “da” used often in the casual speech?

Is "da" used often in the casual speech? Or is it often omitted whenever it's possible? For example: 1) Genki (da)? 2) Suki (da)? 3) Ke wa atsui (da) ne?
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Role of の in this sentence

「カッコイイのやってみたいと思ってます」 What's meaning of の here? How I understand: (I think) I wanna try to do something cool? (I'm not sure about カッコイイの) Thanks for your answer
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Learning Japanese from a female can create bad habits on my form of speak as a male? [closed]

I'm learning Japanese mainly with books and other "neutral" sources, but I have a female friend who is helping me with that too. My main concern is if the fact that she being a women can makes me ...
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What does そういうことだよ mean here?

「これからね。パパと映画を観にいくの!そのあとね、カフェでフルーツパフェ食べるんだよ!」 言ったあぁ〜。言ってしまったぁ〜。 「そうか〜。それはよかったね〜」 その子のお父さんがそう言いました。 「◯◯ちゃんは、どこに行ってたの?」 音ちゃんが聞いています。全然空気を読んでない。 「お腹まだ治らないから病院に行ってきたんだよ」 ...
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What does やっぱり mean in [そこまでなんだって、思っちゃうもん……やっぱり]

「もうみーくん、またそういうこと言って」 「駄目ですか?」 「ううん、それも嬉しい、ドキドキする」 「そこまでなんだって、思っちゃうもん……やっぱり」 I'm a bit confused as to what this やっぱり is doing in the sentence above.
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What is meant by 包容力見せてる here?

「やん、宇奈月ちゃんったら。彼氏くんの方が攻め攻めかと思ってたら、しっかり包容力見せてるじゃん」 「なんだかんだで、年下の男の子に好きにさせてあげてるって感じだったよね」 Context: A girl was talking to her boyfriend and these two girls were listening in on their conversation. ...
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What is the difference between「ブームメント」 and「ムーブメント」and do they share the same connotation as “movement” in English?

少し前まで潜り屋と揶揄されていた探索者達は独自のブームメントを巻き起こしているのである。 My question is to help me understand what 「ブームメント」 and「ムーブメント」 mean in Japanese using the example above. ブームメント gives the impression of something much ...
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The meaning of どちらが割に合うんだかな

「そんな顔をするな。これで何かあったら、さすがに寝覚めが悪いだろう? それにワシはお前が嬢ちゃんくらいのひよっこの頃から面倒見てるんだからな。恩人の頼みは聞くもんだ」 「連れ戻してきたら、ご馳走するぞ。今朝いい肉が入ってな」 「ったく、銀貨5枚とどちらが割に合うんだかな」 他の探索者は面倒ごとに関わるまいと散会している。断れる雰囲気ではなさそうだ。 My ...