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Kanji size and proportions

When I'm practicing writting kanji, the proportions between each of the strokes always seem to be a little off. Are there known exercises to help with this? At the moment, I'm only trying to "copy" it ...
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~ば vs ~ていれば in counterfactual conditionals

In l'électeur's answer here, he claims (with such confidence that he bolds the belief) that the correct way to say the English sentence "If I had turned right back then, I wonder what would have ...
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okay to use 男/女 as opposed to 男/女の人 to refer to yourself?

A friend of mine is practicing Japanese and created the sentence 私は女の人ではありません。私も男の人ではありません intending to say "I am not a woman, I am also not a man" I offered to improve the sentence as 私は男でも女でもありません, ...
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Are there many occurances of elongated syllables throughout the language?

I've been studying Japanese through Duolingo and I wouldn't say I've progressed very far. I've learned some of the basics of Hiragana and it's beginning to transition into Kanji. While learning ...
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How someone tell me the translation of this sentence? [on hold]

Parker は優しいから, 思わず好きが出してまいそうになる. でも, 飲み込む またね.
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Clarification of -たら context [duplicate]

I read the following sentence on the BBC Japanese site: 「そうしたら温かいものに触れて、直感的に下を見たら、小さな赤ちゃんの頭と両腕が見えた」 Until now I understood the -たら form only to mean "if", but the 見たら in this sentence indicates that ...
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What are the stereotypical qualities of a gaijin trying to speak/write Japanese to a Japanese person?

There are plenty of stereotypical qualities of a Japanese speaking person trying to speak English, so, would I be correct in assuming the reverse is also the case, and if so, what would the most ...
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What do all the different たすける's mean?

Today I noticed during practicing kanji that lately I've been going through a lot of kanji that all mean help / save / assist : 助ける 扶ける 救ける 援ける 輔ける and I found two more that I had yet to learn (...
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How can I write things like “Does this dictionary use a different database from Jisho.org's?”

Sorry if that question is too specific. I don't know if I'm allowed to ask it. I don't know how to say that part: use a different database from Jisho.org's? I tried to write like this: ...
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Using 言う and ても to mean “even if you say”

I was trying to say something similar to "even if you tell me to not look, I will look", so my initial guess was something along those lines: 「見ないで」と言っても見る。 I was under the impression that Xて-form + ...
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Understanding of 働かせ in the sentence below

I came across the following sentence: 4000万円までは借金を膨らませて働かせ、5000万円になると自殺するのでそれ以上の借金はさせない How 働かせ is understood in this context? It looks like an imperative form of 働かす, but the imperative form over ...
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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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Differences in Japanese language between the elderly and the youth? [on hold]

I can't find a topic on this before so I hope it hasn't been posted. I am interested in the differences in language and expressions between different generations in Japan. Evolution of the Japanese ...
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Understanding やっぱり [duplicate]

Please, can someone explain in any sentence how to use やっぱり, everything would be helpful!
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How to wear clothes? [duplicate]

There are several Japanese verbs for 'to wear', depending on the kind of clothes. What if one wears several? What is 'wear' if 'I wear a shirt, pants, glasses and a hat'? Does one of かぶる, 着る, 履く and ...
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The particle へ in 山へ面している

tl;dr: Should へ be replaced with に here? I was reading Imabi and found the following example: 小屋は山へ面している。 As far as I know, へ is used with motion verbs especially when transition from one (...
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What is the meaning of カックン in the following sentence?

Context: before a boxing match begins, a boxer named Kamishiro says this referring to his opponent: 勘だけど あのカックン野郎… 刺せるヤツだ What is the meaning of カックン? The opponent was a thug in the past and he ...
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How can I find the website to learn Japanese grammar? [on hold]

I'm a beginner in Japanese. I just study Japanese for 4 months. I have a problem with Japanese Grammar. It's so difficult and hard. I learn Japanese by myself. So I wanna find some website to learn ...
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Can a 2nd generation Google Translation be useful? [on hold]

I am reading an English Translation of the web novel, 転生したらスライムだった件 (Tensei Shitara Suraimu Datta Ken, or That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime). The protagonist is experimenting with a new skill it ...
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How do ask someone what something was like [on hold]

So for example I wanted to ask my friend how the film (eiga) was in Japanese. How would i ask him. I'm not asking him if he liked it (eiga ga suki desu ka?) I'm asking him how what he thought of the ...
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Use of 当たる in this sentence

Character A and B (A's coach) discuss C (A's opponent), who is known for having an amazing defense. Then C joins in and positively talks with B about A's potential. Then C drops this line: ...
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Adverb modifying ありたい

So I know that when an i-adjective like 速い becomes an adverb to modify a verb you have to change the い to く, like 速く走る (to run quickly). I'm having trouble understanding the grammar in 強くありたい. I ...
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what does「デカいヤマをあてること」mean?

As someone with little to no knowledge on japanese, I've cracked my brain as to unfurl this passage's meaning. Here's the full sentence: 夢は「デカいヤマをあてること」 夢は roughly being "What's your dream?" or ...
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Can someone translate this please? [on hold]

Full-size image This was engraved on a bracelet.
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What does (name) でした mean? [duplicate]

During one of Yui's concerts I heard her say, ありがとうございました。Yuiでした。 https://clyp.it/0lsklv1i What does it mean here? I only know りんごでした = it was an apple. So it doesn't make sense for her to be ...
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Why using です in katakana?

This question might sound stupid but it got me thinking for some hours. A friend bought me this gel pen from a Japanese store in my country, and it is written in the pen: かわいいデス instead of かわいいです ...
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さむいのはきらい vs さむいがきらい

I always thought that with construcions I like/I hate I should use noun +が + adjective +です, for example: ねこがすきです。 But lately I have heard in some japanese podcast above sentence with that のは ...
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Understanding 絵に描いたように

そんな絵に描いたように満ち足りたダーズリー家にも、たった一つ秘密があった。 In the Dursley family, who were the very picture of contentment, there was just one secret. My translation of そんな絵に描いたように満ち足りた is purely a guess based on Jisho'...
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What does he say to his teacher?

I watched the animated version of Erased on Netflix and now there is a live action version. I noticed in both a phrase being used but I can’t work out what it is. https://www.netflix.com/title/...
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What does this symbol mean? [on hold]

The image might be rotated. Maybe related to Christianity. Maybe a makers mark. Could also be chinese. I already tried google reverse image search and combed though some of the most relevant symbol ...
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whats the difference between て言ってた vs ように言われた

I have learned recently that ように can be used for advice, command, ask and so on. my question is, there is a difference between て言ってた and ように言われた? for example, there is a difference between these two ...
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Understanding ある

This may be an easy question for the all of you. I saw somewhere a form of ある which was written as あるな and had the same meaning. I've only heard the form あります and that's it. What does あるな then mean?
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Can someone please help me translate this Tatto in english [on hold]

Can someone please help me translate this question in english.
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How is とかいた being used in this sentence?

I'm continuing my quest to translate an episode of Terrace House for study purposes.. Naturally I have questions.. This question in particular is in regards to a phrase I got stuck on the tail-end of....
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What is the difference between ではありません and 〜くない

I am not sure when ではありません and 〜くない are used. I was given the sentence この赤いかばんは大きいではありません (as in "this red bag is not big") and I am not sure why この赤いかばんは大きくないです was not used. Could anyone explain? ...
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Understanding ように

How does ように in this sentence work? 忘れた物を取りに帰るように As far as I understand, ように goes after 帰る make the sentence means " I take what is lost in order to go back " but It would make more sense if it ...
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difference of 湿らす vs 潤す

湿らす and 潤す. Both of them have the same meaning? what's the difference between them? Thanks, Or
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What is the difference between 中国人, 華人, 漢人, and 唐人?

I looked at the dictionary definitions of 中国人, 華人, 漢人, and 唐人, and it appears that all of them mean "Chinese person". Questions: What is the difference between them? Why are there so many ways of ...
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Utilising というのは

I am trying to write an ambiguous/evasive sentence. The sentence is: [PERSON A],もしかして,あの人は一緒に,というのは,[PERSON B]ー To the effect of "Person A, is it possible, that you and that person, that is to say, ...
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What's the function of に here?

So I have these two line in the book i'm reading, and i'm having a problem understanding the second one: (And for the context, the main character is endlessly walking though a dark and silent ruin, ...
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What is the difference between ~たい and ~ことを望む?

I have been trying to translate some English sentences into Japanese. I have been asking people on OKWAVE to translate these sentences. I am happy to say that the results have been mostly satisfactory....
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Meaning of 有難 with missing ending

Context: the manager of a boxing gym is arguing with a strong but problematic boy (問題児, he is arrogant and often violently beats other trainees) named Kamishiro and his trainer-sister that train in ...
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「だが」は単なる「が」に言い換えることができますか

このリンクにある「ちょっと〇〇するだけのつもりが、つい〇〇してしまった」の「つもりが」は実際は「つもりだが」の意味になっていると思えるんですけど、これは例外なのですか。それともどんな名詞の後ろにでも「だが」ではなく単に「が」が来られるということですか。 よろしくお願いします。
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Difference between 尽くす and きれる

I know both 尽くす and きれる mean to do something fully/completely eg(these are my own examples) 色々やり尽くす。(I have tried all the methods or I have exhausted all the methods.) generally I have heard of ...
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Can みたい refer to a clause in the past?

I was thinking the other day that one of the differences between みたい and そう (meaning "it seems") is that the first can be bound to a sentence in the past while the second forces the verb of the ...
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Using のうちに to construct an adverb

For the full text see here. The fourth line from the bottom of the linked text is: イヤリングをつけ終わると、無意識のうちに、ドアの耳に口をよせた。 When he'd finished attaching the earring he unconsciously put his mouth to the ...
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Is there any clear distinction in Japanese for the words 拉致 and 誘拐?

I'm writing an essay about the North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens. In English literature I found that the concepts "abduction" and "kidnapping" are used interchangeably. I'm not familiar ...
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What is different between Polite style and plain style? [closed]

Polite style and plain style are 2 styles of speech in Japanese. I wonder what is different between these grammars. Can you help me?
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What is this grammar meaning and some of the examples: があります/ いま? [closed]

I am referring Minna no Nihongo 10. This grammar: があります/ いま is really difficult to understand. Can you explain its meaning and give me some example sentences?
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Using まで together with a negative connotation 帰らないつもりです in a sentence

I am referring Minna no Nihongo 2, Chapter 31 Mondai section. The sentence pair is: Q:夏休みに国へかえりますか。 A:いいえ、クリスマスまで帰らないつもりです。 It would be great if you can tell me why the answer is 帰らないつもりです ...

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