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What does 歩けというの mean in this song?

In the song Cry by Garnidelia there're two lines that go: ひとり どこへ 歩{ある}けというの The second line is what I don't get. I've tried looking up というの but didn't see anything about it at the end of a ...
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How to use the pattern に行く to express several purposes

I was reviewing the stem + に行く like for example: うちへ食べに行く. But, how about expressing several purposes like: I'm going home to eat and take a shower. I'm not really sure how to add several ...
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How do I ask someone for specific pictures? [on hold]

I want to ask someone in japanese if they can take photos of their hair so I could have reference for a haircut. What would be the way to ask for this?
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What does と言わんばかりの mean here?

I checked out the other と言わんばかり stuff here, but I don't understand this still. The translation I have is: "Wide step, and slower steps than at competitions. Both are movements that push you to the ...
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How to say “and here I thought”

How would I say "and here I thought you didn't understand sarcasm"? I was also wondering if there is any difference between using 皮肉 and 風刺 for meaning sarcasm.
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What does 「1歳遅らせる」 mean?

Context: 5月の素案で示した「70代での発症を10年間で1歳遅らせる」という初めての数値目標は参考値に格下げし、患者の精神的負担にならないよう配慮した。 Source: https://www.sankei.com/life/news/190618/lif1906180018-n1.html I understand the sentence in bold as, ...
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What does 「あの日のお前に 戻れるはずさ」 mean?

I am trying to translate lyrics of 「涙をふいて」a song by 三好鉄生 for fun. This might be a silly question but I wanted to confirm its meaning. I understand the line as あの日のお前に 戻れるはずさ You might (should ...
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place+にて background

I was listening to the Final Fantasy X soundtrack the other day, specifically the famous track To Zanarkand which has the Japanese title of ザナルカンドにて and I realized I don't have a clue what function ...
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Koto ga arimasu vs. Koto wa arimasen [duplicate]

こんにちは! I'm having some trouble understanding why は is used in the following response, instead of が. If someone could please help, I'd really appreciate it. おさけ を のんだ こと が あります か / O sake o nonda ...
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What does center middle dot in pronunciation transcription might mean

I know only 2 sources (websited) where I can see how to pronounce Japanese words. These sites are OJAD and WaDoku. I like everyting, but in WaDoku transcription they put middle dot, which I do not ...
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Does this sentence sound natural? [on hold]

I am trying to translate the following sentence into Japanse: I am so tired :( I dont want to get up. I sill sleep some more. Don't disturb me... This is what I came up with so far: しんどいT ...
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What does 顔を合わせさえすれば mean?

I'm reading a book and I've come across something i couldn't understand. The sentence is long so I'll only give the section before the comma. It reads 「二人以上の人が顔を合わせさえすれば」. After looking the phrase 「...
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How to determine 大都市 vs 都市

As I understand 都市 [toshi] means [city]. And therefore it could be any city, which is not town. In Russia town means over 12K population. 100-250K pouplation = big town. 250-500K pupulation = small ...
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Meaning of “足生やす”

I was wondering if the above is some kind of expression or set phrase? I saw this in in a novel actually where the speaker was remarking about his opponent in battle who was summoning hundreds of ...
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What does のは mean in this case? [duplicate]

聞こえてくるのは、虫の音だけだ。 の is a nominal? Why? Where is the verb after は? How to translate?
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What's the origin of the title 親王?

As far as I know, prior to the adoption of the title "Emperor" in ancient China by Shihuangdi (who claimed to be the first 皇帝 (huangdi), from the titles of 8 ancient godly beings), 王 was the sole ...
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Why is this sentence ungrammatical? 「お寺が公園のとなりです。」

I wrote this sentence (meaning "The temple is next to the park") in my Japanese course and my teacher said it's wrong, because I was supposed to use a は instead of a が. My understanding is that there ...
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Should も be used twice here, or is it an error

This is a conversation in my Japanese book: John: I like Brad Pitt. Mary: I like Brad Pitt too. Mary's response is translated as ... 私もBrad Pittもすきです。 Is this correct? I feel like the second ...
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“But”, “but also”, “yet”, and “and yet” when listing things?

How do I express the these ideas in Japanese while listing things? For example, how should these sentences be translated into Japanese while carrying the same tone? He has a scary face but a heart ...
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Determine the correct reading of a word made up from kanjis

Supposed I know some kanjis and their reading, and come across a word I don't know yet that's made up from these kanjis, how do I determine the correct reading? Example: 大好き - daisuki 大きい - ookii ...
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How to parse 「場合でも」

I was standing at a urinal recently as tried to read the note on the top surface. It was as follows:  人がいない場合でも水が流れることがあります Based (mostly) on the words and context I would expect this to mean ...
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What does これでも mean?

Context is: 見りゃわかんだろ これでも必死で走って来たんだよ! Translation I have: Can't you tell?! We ran our asses off here! How does これでも come into play? Internet says it means "even though things may appear this way" ...
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Ways to specify “intra-” or “extra-” usage of 北・南・東・西

I Was trying to describe that a certain castle was located south of Kyoto, I would expect the phrase to be: 「伏見桃山城が京都の南にある。」 I was then thinking, how would I say that it is in Kyoto, but the ...
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Has anyone come across the word 畸端?

I've started reading my first Japanese book and the word 畸端検査官 keeps popping up. I know 検査官 means inspector, but I can't find a reference anywhere to 畸端. Can anyone help?
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How to approach Japanese Graded Readers? [migrated]

I am an absolute beginner. Only level 2 on Wanikani and I've gone through a couple of chapters in Genki. I would like to read something in Japanese and Japanese Graded Readers are famously good ...
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What constitutes a syllable?

For the sake of Haiku or in general, how are syllables counted in Japanese? Specifically, in the following cases, how are syllables counted? かあ, long vowels - two syllables? きゅ, addition of yō-on - ...
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What does “とこの” mean here?

Sentence is: うん俺の嫌いな杉木さんとこの一人息子な Translation is: Yup. The only son of the Sugiki I hate. What does とこの do here?
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Multiple Kun Reading

According to a dictionary website that I use, the character 終 has multiple kun readings. Is there any reason for this? Are there other kanji characters that have a similar case? Do their definitions ...
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すっごいレンジの音がしてるのが気になる。What does the second の mean in this sentence?

すっごいレンジの音がしてるのが気になる。 What does the second の mean in this sentence?
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te form negative vs negative form (HW: やっていない, why not やらなかった or やっていなかった)

I've been studying Japanese here in Tokyo from scratch for a good 2 months now. I've been struggling with daily conversation but I try to improve each day by studying. Lately, I am trying to ...
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「捨ててしまう」Why are there two て’s used here?

The full sentence was : 「捨ててしまうのはもったいないと思って」 I think to throw away (something) is a waste But why are there two て’s? Why is it not 捨てしまう?
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Verb (とどめる) and its meaning in these sentences

I was looking for the meaning of the verb (とどめる) and how it differs from (とめる). I understood that (とどめる) means (to stop "potentially" from moving). But how does that meaning relate to the following ...
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~te + oku vs plain masu form

Good evenings folks, Currently I'm here in Tokyo learning Japanese for about 2 months now from scratch, and our sensei is teaching us N4 level grammar structures already. My question is, what's the ...
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What does the Judo instructor say for assembling students at the beginning or the end of a Judo lesson?

The instructors are not Japanese speakers. I'm not sure I heard correctly. Is it "お ... (something) "? Also, sometime the instructors require us to have meditation or contemplation for what we've ...
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How are で and いう being used in this context?

There are a few things that I don't understand about the highlighted text in the image below. The biggest question I have is what でいう is doing after 人間 (is it some sort of construction or are they ...
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What does 強いとこキタ-------— mean?

a friend just sent me this message but I can't understand, especially that last one character, can someone help me plz 強いとこキタ----------
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What is meant by それはそれで面白い in this sentence

To provide some additional context, Girl 1 and Boy 1 are thought to be dating by lots of people (they are very close to one another, but they are not officially dating at least). 烈 wanted to make Girl ...
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Can someone please translate what it on here? [closed]

We would like to know what is written here.
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Meaning of によって/により

I’ve come across this phrase によって/により quite often and I’ve researched and found these meanings: by Person (この本は君によって書かれた?); due to/ because of; by means of (The teacher checked their knowledge by the ...
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What does 嵐にしやがれ mean?

I recently stumbled accross the japanese tv show 嵐にしやがれ and have been wondering what its title means. 「しやがれ」doesn't appear in any dictionary I use, but I found some rather unreliable online sources ...
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What does からって mean?

Sentence is: 世界に出たからってファイナルまで残んなきゃ稼げねーし I mostly understand the meaning "We can't make money unless we make it to the finals in the world championships" but what does the からって do here?
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Recommendations on Japanese grammar books/linguistic books [on hold]

As stated in the title. I understand that resource questions are regarded as off-topic. I checked the resource list but there were no books covering my request so I am trying my luck here. I will be ...
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Using 於ける and 中

I'm having some trouble seeing when it would be more appropriate to use one over the other. Could someone explain any difference in nuance, and perhaps put things into context with some examples? ...
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かなえてくれる what does it mean [closed]

Recently I listened to the song doraemon and found a word I just can't search in the dictionary though it's shown on the lyrics translation but I think it's not detailed enough .it goes like this ...
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Japanese Character Recognition [closed]

I'm using a few Japanese symbols as graphic design elements but I want to make sure what they mean before using them. I've tried using OCRs online without any success. The best so far was to use this ...
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Nuance of sentence when とも言えないが is used

I have the following sentence, where I get the main meaning. 大学生とはいえ、あまりアルコールに強くない僕としては、ビール一杯の「やけざけ」(とも言えないが)で大分ハイな気分だったのだ。 "(Though) I am a student, I can't take much alcohol because I get high ...
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Can the particle “no” の be used at the beginning of the sentence?

In the sentence Watashi no hon. Can the owner be omitted? No hon.
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What does 断っといたから mean?

I'm trying to read manga and came across this sentence. How is "から" used here? It does definitely not mean "because", as you can see from the picture, the character is explaining his action, he does ...
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Why is に marking time and not で?

As i have learned, the に particle is marking the target of the verb. And it make sense for most cases i have seen except for time. How exactly can time be the target of any verb? wouldn't it make more ...
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Was Warned that … (correct word choice / use of passive?)

I am trying to write out a short speech to say after my companies morning exercises, and I have chosen the very exciting topic of ... the weather! Anyway I wish to convey this meaning in my ...

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