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Is there a slang equivalent to “It's on!” [closed]

Basically looking for the slangy equivalent to "oh, it's ON!" or "it's on now!" Assuming there is one. I realize that not all slang is universal. ;)
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Parsing the sentence 書く人物の顔が頭に入っていないと効果はない

This sentence is from Death Note, specifically on how to use it. This sentence is written in-universe using English. It states, “This note will not take effect unless the writer has the person’s ...
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What is the difference between 適切、適当 and 適宜?

As the title says, I've been having some trouble with recognizing the difference between 適切、適当 and 適宜 as in dictionaries they are all translated to "appropriate, suitable". According to this site 適当{...
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can a clause ending in ば be translated to “when”?

My question stems from item 4 and 5 in this picture, which is taken from a textbook of advanced Japanese reading. These two items fell into the normal present tense in English. In English, it would be ...
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What does the word 「しのう」 mean in this sentence? [duplicate]

It is said by an old man who looks like wanting to teach boxing to a young man. 青山くんよ ふたりきりの人目につかんところにいこう 折り入ってひみつに伝授したいこともあるしのう I'm not sure if it is related to the word 死ぬ in volitional form ...
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Difference between “じゃない” and “ない”

I would like to ask what is the difference between "じゃない" and "ない"? I know that "ない" is an i-adjective (info from dictionary). But we have a sentence for example: 近くも遠くもないです。 Can we say: ...
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What does “hennaiatsu” actually mean?

I don't know how it is written, but it was subtitled as "she's weird". For context: It was thought by one character after seeing another essentially tell others to go away so she could sleep in class. ...
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Why are certain terms sometimes written in hiragana and sometimes in katakana? [duplicate]

I was typing something up and when I went to type apple in Japanese, the Microsoft IME on the computer I was using defaulted to リンゴ in katakana. But from what I remember seeing online and out in the ...
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Passive referring to one's own actions

for example 優美な笑顔を向けられ、そう答えるしかなかった。 寝たきりだった体を起こした時のような鈍い痛みが全身に走っていて、それは彼女と森で出会った頃よりも強く感じられた。 In these cases, the first person narrator is describing his own actions. In what circumstances ...
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Use of か Particle [duplicate]

I've been reading a book and I'm puzzled about the use of か in this passage. This sentence describes someone trying to turn off an alarm clock. ベッドの中からスッと伸びた手が、行く手を遮るかのように置かれている。 Can someone explain ...
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What does this sentence mean?

5千円からお預かりいたします。3千円のおつりでございます。 I don't understand the use of 預かる here. Jisho says it means "to look after" "to keep in custody" so I can understand a sentence like これを預かっていただけませんか and ...
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fragmented statement and いつの世も

Speaker talking about a painting with a goddess and an owl 「ミネルヴァの梟は夜に飛ぶ──と記したのはヘーゲルでしたか。知恵の女神の聖鳥である梟もまた知恵の象徴」 「そんな梟が夜に飛び立ったのを人が知るのは、夜が明けて朝になってから。いつの世も人は起こったことしか知ることができないのです」 「...
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Meaning of こった in Xと、こったのもあった

From the story 愛の鍵 by 星新ー: ある人のは「チューリップが咲いた。」と言えば開いたし「しっかりしなくちゃあ。」と言うのもあった。なかには「王さまの耳はロバの耳。」などと、こったのもあった。 One person's phrase to open the lock was to say "The tulips have bloomed". There was also ...
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Do words differing only in the voicedness of consonants act as functionally homophonous?

In Japanese, there are some sound differences that clearly distinguish words from one another, such as falling on a different 行 or 段 on the 五十音 ([傘]{かさ} vs. [風]{かぜ} or [友]{とも} vs その); while other ...
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What semantic role does ⺉/刀(sword/cut) tend to have in Kanji?

判 Has the phonetic component 半, but why the semantic component knife? 刊 has the phonetic component 干, but why the semantic component knife? 剛 has the phonetic part 岡, but why the semantic ...
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Why are Japanese fonts different to Chinese?

I’ve noticed that Japanese and Chinese writing tends to use different fonts. Japanese fonts tend use wider lines and more curves. Chinese fonts tend to use narrow angular lines and there are ...
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How did スマート (from 'smart' in English) shift to mean 'slim, trim' and 'stylish'?

I first learned of this loanword on /r/FalseFriends. Wiktionary: Etymology From English smart. Adjectival noun スマート (-na inflection, rōmaji sumāto) slim, trim, slender ...
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Difference between だろう and かな

What is the Difference between だろう and かな and how to use them
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What does 今日という日 mean?

I'm trying to translate a song lyric that says 今日という日は 過去 前例のない 僕たちの誓い日和だよ And I get a dictionary result at Jisho for 今日という日 as something like every day; all day but that doesn't make any sense ...
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あわせて at the beginning of a sentence

The context of the question is the lyrics of a song 『小さな手のひら』by Chara. The very first two verses of the song begins with, あわせて あんな風にちゃんと 抱いて 抱いて 抱いてちょうだい I am confused on the significance of ...
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Dictionary form to ask if someone wants something

I can't find much about it but I found an example to illustrate it: 温めますか Do you want it heated? weblio I don't understand how the dictionary form can have the meaning 'to want' and what is ...
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What's the difference between these two names?

オタ オター I want a name translated but not sure which to pick, what sounds the best and what's the difference between them? The name which I'm trying to translate is "Oter".
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Can 風が強く also refer to disruptive behavior rather than a strong wind?

Im reading a comic and two guys are basically being noisy af, and messing around. Their friend walks in and says 君たち...今朝は風が強かったな. I just assumed at first hes talking about the weather, but im ...
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What are the differences between 真ん中, 中心 and 中央?

Could someone please explain the differences in usage and meaning? It would be nice with some example sentences as well.
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喪中 dialogue in incense commercial

I have trouble understanding this commercial. (This page also provides Japanese subtitles) The woman has received a lot of 喪中はがき lately and so is worried about お香典. This part I understand but what ...
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掘り下げなかったであろう in this sentence

A line early on in a game review, それら is regarding some philosophical elements それらについて深く語られることが無かったのは少し残念ですが、敢えて掘り下げなかったであろうことは、この作品のまとまりを踏まえれば英断と言わざるを得ないでしょう。 It's a bit of a shame that ...
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how can I use japanese pronouns if I am beginner in the language japanese? [duplicate]

hello everyone I am very beginner in japanese just I have 2 day learning japanese then I am not expert in this language yet I saw in Wikipedia this japanese pronouns: watashi わたし watakushi わたくし ...
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大恋愛の末に結ばれるわけではないから、アバタもエクボということはありえなかった。先行するのは条件である。 [closed]

Could somebody please help me decipher the phrase above which I came across while reading 逃がした魚は大きかった。It’s about two people in relationship. I understand that the first sentence means something like “...
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Real meaning of やがて

In many pages the meaning of やがて is "in the proper time", sometimes it's "eventually"… I'd like to know all the meanings.
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What does Ukiyo (浮世) mean?

I'm not very familiar with this specific term, but do know intermediate Japanese. "Floating world" seems to be a direct translation of the two characters: 浮 for "floating" and 世 for "world". However, ...
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how to join negative sentence in japanese

Can I use soshite to join negative sentences in japanese? e.g. I am not a girl and he is not a boy. 私は女の子ではありません そして 彼は男の子ではありません。
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How to express the subjunctive mood in Japanese

I recently learned the Vばよかった construction, which roughly means "it would be better had I done V". This got me curious about how to construct a sentence in subjunctive mood in Japanese, or even if it ...
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Usage of the particle に

Is this sentence correct? 土曜日'に'何じから何じまで働きますか I am not sure if I can use the particle に like that. The book asks me to use なんじから なんじまで along with the verb 働きます and the day 土曜日 to form a sentence....
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Can you use 好き about someone else's feelings?

I'm aware that one can't normally talk directly about others' feelings in Japanese i.e.: 母はすしを食べたい * 母が寒い * should be something like 母はすしを食べたがっています 母が寒そうだ Does this apply to 好き? 「...
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Can you slightly switch up the word order of this sentence? [duplicate]

This is what I've been taught: これ は わたし の 本 です。 = This is my book. And I was just wondering whether you can change the word order to say: この 本 は わたし の です。 ...
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When I go to Japan to study abroad, can I write my name in kanji?

I am planning to study abroad in Japan in two years through my college for a year at a Japanese speaking university. I also have goals/aspirations to one day work/live in Japan. Is it weird/acceptable ...
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Meaning of こう言っちゃ何ですけど [duplicate]

I kind of get when it's supposed to be used, but I'd like a clear explanation on what it really means. こう言っちゃ何ですけど。
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これまでだって似たようなものだった in this sentence

speaker was captured and is in midst of being interrogated. 動けない私を、延々と嬲り者にするつもりなのだろう。 ゾッとしない考えだが……よくよく思い返してみれば、これまでだって似たようなものだった。 ...ば, seems like more of the same things they've ...
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How can one say “Where are you from from”?

In America, if one is a visible minority, even if one is born/raised in America the following conversation might happen: A: Where are you from? B: New York A: No, where are you from from? ...
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Why is のに being used here?

彼女が大変興奮していたのに気づかなかったのか。 And what if I say 彼女が大変興奮して気づかなかったのか。?
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どうも vs vs ありがとう vs ありがとうございます [duplicate]

I am currently learning Japanese. I have learnt the writing systems, pronunciation, words and phrases. Apparently, there are a few words phrases you should use for Thank you, such as どうも, ありがとう or ...
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X (affirmative) より仕方がない and alternatives

I know that the usage of 仕方がない has been discussed here, but I had an additional question. If you say: X (affirmative) より仕方がない The translation as I understand it is that you have no other choice ...
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あなたはそれでよいのです what/how does the でよい bit here work?

Context: Jobs are being appointed and one of the minions is given a simple job of wrecking some place. The minion exclaims how simple it is (not the smartest cookie) and then the job giver (the ...
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Why is “でしょう” the norm in weather forecasts?

In weather forecasts on the radio or on TV, I frequently notice the announcers suddenly starting to add "でしょう" to almost all their sentences. Now I know this is used to indicate uncertainty, which ...
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Is “爿” a 略字--if so, how is it pronounced/written normally?

If not. . .part of how I help myself learn is to translate things that interest me--comics and art and song lyrics now and then. While reading, I ran into this dialogue, starting with "爿に"--and I've ...
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What しとっても means here?

陸ではのらくらしとっても水の中ではそりゃあ素早い I don't quite understand しとっても form here. I guess the whole sentence will be Even though they're slow on land, they're very quick in water. Is しとっても another form of ...
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How to express that somebody apologized on behalf of somebody else

To help describe my issue, let's imagine following situation: A foreigner comes to Japan. He is in the company of a native Japanese person. Suppose they are friends. During the day, the foreigner ...
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Meaning of 鳥さえ in the song ウィンターワンダーランド

In this song, the lyrics go「青い鳥さえいつもさえずり。」 I'm not sure what さえ means in this context. Is this the particle さえ or does it mean somthing else? Can anyone help me out? Thanks!
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How to say “person A is in a particular place” in japanese

I was going through my Japanese language course book and it had sentences like: さとうさんはじむしょです さとうさんはロビーです (lobby) But it seems like "Satou is an office" and "Satou is a lobby" because I have ...
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Other uses of 五分 and understanding にする

Struggling to understand a sentence in the military manga 'Ibuki' I'm currently reading. Some top military brass are discussing China's military capabilities and how quickly Japan could deploy to the ...

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