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Can a Japanese word combine both on'yomi and kun'yomi characters?

I would like to know whether a Japanese word combining at least two kanji can combine both on'yomi and kun'yomi characters, within the same word. Thanks.
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Is there a general/default word for “to wear”?

I've been introduced to 着る (for things you put on like a shirt) and 履く (for things you put on like pants) in class, but is there a general way to just say something like wear clothes? Or must the "...
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What is the Japanese word or phrase for “to post on the internet”?

How do you say "to post something on the internet"? Are there different words for different kinds of posts, for example: a blog entry a comment a piece of information, like a translation or a recipe ...
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What would be the most apt word in kanji, for “Animal world”?

Okay, that may sound a little confusing, and no, not looking for the name of a zoo or theme park here XD Essentially, simply put, I'm writing a novel, and for that, building a world around it. Yes, ...
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Describing aptronyms (names that fit their owner)

I thought of this after seeing a news article about 星出{ほしで}彰彦{あきひこ}, who is an astronaut. Aptronym is a term for a name (often the surname) that fits a person's occupation or personality. A classic ...
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What is the Japanese word (noun) that means “the bittersweetness of a brief, fading moment of transcendent beauty.”?

The article written by Emily Anthes, appearing in the New Yorker, May 12 issue under the title, “The Glossary of Happiness” wraps up with the following paragraph: Lomas (a lecturer in applied ...
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How to say “to know how to do something”

Is there a generic formula to express "to know how to do something"? I know how to ask a question in the second person "How do you do something?", e.g. How do you write "Yasuda" in kanji? 「やすだ」...
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Does 同級生 mean “classmate” instead of “batchmate” despite the meanings of the individual kanji?

I was looking for the word "batchmate" (entered the same year as you/in the same school grade, i.e. in between 先輩 and 後輩), and found some answers (1,2) on this site that gives 同級生 as a ...
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What would be a correct term to describe a “cheesy” line?

I'm looking for either an adjective or a noun, that describes lines like 僕は死ぬまであなたのことを忘れない! 僕は永遠に君のことを愛してる! 僕はずっとここで待ってる! Yeah, you know, these over-melodramatic lines in dramas with sad violin ...
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How can I ask about a person's specialty?

I'm learning Japanese from a book, and it says that "specialty" is ご[専門]{せんもん}, but Japanese speakers can't seem to understand me if I use this word. How can I correctly write 「ご専門は何ですか。」 ("What's ...
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Difference between おかあさん and ははおや

What is the difference between these two terms for the word «mother»? おかあさん ははおや Is there a difference in politeness/register in addressing someone, our some other form of difference between these ...
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What does it mean to end a sentence with ひとつだけ?

I came across a sentence that ends with ひとつだけ in a book and searching on jisho gave me zero results (https://jisho.org/search/ひとつだけ); nor did searching for the individual parsing of what I remember ...
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Is the term moai used in Japanese?

It is a group of people who get together monthly, to contribute and receive emotional assistance, advice, and financial support on a rotating basis. The term is called moai in Okinawa, but it may be a ...