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What does “知るべき” mean in the end of this sentence?

Read this on an fb page. "君はもっと自分の 声の凄さを知るべきさ..." Does it mean "Like I need to know more in how great your voice is."? Or "Like you need to know more in how great your voice is."" Am I right in ...
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How do you say “only to find out” in Japanese

I’m trying to connect two sentences with the phrase “only to find out” / “only to discover”
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How do you say “the” in japanese?

I kept seeing the word sono その but apperently it means "this". does anyone know what "the" is?
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What is the correct reading of 水気?

From researching about the word 水気 in Jisho, I found that it has two different readings: すいき and みずけ. Unfortunately, the information on the site did not really help me in differentiating on what the ...
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Are 变 and 変 the same?

Is there a difference between 变 and 変 or are they different versions of the same thing i.e. traditional/simplified?
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Is 悪いところを見つかった proper Japanese?

The weblio page for 見つかった uses this phrase as an example meaning "I've been caught." But as I understand it, 見つかる implies that the subject and not the object is the thing that is found. And so I would ...
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Help understanding 反故にしてついてきて、なんて言うの? 身勝手すぎるでしょ

I'm struggling to correctly understand the meaning of the sentence in bold below. To explain the context: Person 2 originally promised to go together with Person 1 into battle. However, Person 2 has ...
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Are there different ways to say nice to meet you in Japanese?

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu is a commonly used phrase when meeting someone for the first time. Is there a more suitable phrase that would more accurately convey nice to meet you? Could I say oaide kite ...
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Please help me accurately figure out the kana or kanji for a colloquial phrase said in an anime?

(I can change the question if it's too vague. 😅) I'm trying to practice my listening comprehension by listening to anime and not fully paying attention to subtitles. For the most part I can ...
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Passive voice + ようにする

I came across with this problem: 彼女はその場を離れようとしなかった。 母親に手を引かれるようにしても、 何故かパイプ椅子から立ち上がろうとしなかった。? what would be the meaning of "ようにする"? My dictionary says: "ようにする. try to, make sure to" so with that ...
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Do I have to use nan, ka, or both to ask a question?

I'm going through Genki, and for questions, it gives the example, りゅうがくせいです (I am an international student) can be turned into a question by adding ka to the end. りゅうがくせいですか (Are you an ...
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Translation struggles - Kuroshio Current being mentioned in a patriotic song

I'm trying to make sense of an old Japanese patriotic song 五・一五事件 昭和維新行進曲 陸軍の歌, and there's a line that contains a reference to the Kuroshio Current. The event this song was written about (the so-...
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How is に being used in おージャンボにもとーちゃんいたのか?

Slight disclaimer but I have come across some typos in this print of Yotsuba, the manga that this sentence is from. The sentence in question is おージャンボにもとーちゃんいたのか! The following sentence is ...
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The kanji for suika and kabocha

I was able to translate as west melon and south melon. The melon part makes sense, but why were directions used? I saw the sui (water) kanji for watermelon, but it is no longer used.
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Please help me translate this sentence [明よせっないスキャットが] [closed]

I am reading a manga and I can't understand the sentence [明よせっないスキャットが]. So basically, here's the deal. Some people talking about the music. And one girl said: それに2曲目の金延幸子! よく知ってたわね~ 金延幸子! ...
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Te-form and かつ and も?

I'm reading a light novel and am stuck on a sentence. One big problem is this phrase: 優{やさ}しくて、かつ人間{にんげん}も I know that ーくて is used to connect things, and my understanding of かつ is that it's a ...
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その建物は茶色だ Can the da be eliminated? [duplicate]

その建物は茶色だ What is the purpose of だ? Would です be more polite? Can the だ be eliminated?
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Extremely casual way to make requests to very close friends

How does one make a very casual "request" to a good friend. I know that the て form is used to make a request that is fairly casual, but it doesn't sound "casual enough". For example, 食べて, would ...
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ください/くれる and its various conjugations

When asking someone else to do a favour, one would append ください or くれる. For example, 手伝ってください or 手伝ってくれる to either mean "please help me" in the former case and "can you help me" in the latter case. ...
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What sports are popular in Japan?

こんにちは, みなさん! I was just wondering if this sentence structure is correct when asking 'what (thing) is popular in (place)?' The example I've chosen is 'what sports are popular in Japan?' My attempts:...
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What is the difference between 型 and 形?

What is the difference between 型 and 形? I was taught that 型 means something like "form" and 形 means shape/form、and I wonder, are they interchangeable? Does 型 only come after a word or phrase?
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Use of ni or wa for “ I always eat with my older brother on monday”

In my textbooks solution it says getsuyoubi ha itsumo ani to isshoni tabemasu I thought it would be getsuyoubi ni Thank you in advance
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What is the meaning of the word “イケた”?

The word wasn't in any sentence, the person simply said that one word in the speech bubble. Here's the context situation if it's any help: Guy: //kisses girl Guy: お (Oh) Guy: イケた Girl: ?! (...
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What does “私としてた” mean here?

Found this in a book where a student was being scolded for playing a prank on the teacher with his car. The teacher was panting so the dialogue was broken up. Not sure if that's why I'm confused. ...
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What does “目的化して久しい” mean in this dialogue?

I found this in a fantasy manga. I separated them by text bubbles. 既に手段が目的化して久しい お互い魔力供給をしたいが為に 毎日真面目にクエストに勤しむ そんな毎日を送っている It's the first line I'm confused with here. Is he saying "...
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The different ways to write “fox” [duplicate]

When writing "fox", what is the difference between these two ways? 狐 or キツネ
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Is 「っしょ」possibly a colloquial sentence ending particle?

In this chapter of Chainsawman I saw this 「いいっしょ」 and am confused by what it means. Are there any other particles like this? I don't see this on any lists online. Thanks!
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What are these two characters marked red? い_める and いじめ_いよォ?

What are these two characters marked red? I'm trying to learn reading some kid books, some Bonobono font chars meaning though is a mystery for me.
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Why is しない used instead of じゃない?

So I have the following two sentences from the Yotsuba manage chapter 15. うまいか?変な味しないか? I have seen some typos with the manga on the site I'm reading it at, but I don't think this is one. I'm ...
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Is it even sensible to translate non-English/Chinese vocabularies into Japanese?

I suppose the average Japanese does not know another alphabetical language other than English, so even I if I managed to use katakana to match the pronunciation perfectly it would not be understood. ...
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Can the term kaiwa no heya be used to mean an actual location/room to chat in?

I know that the term chattorumu is used for online chats. What term would be used to denote an actual room for this activity? A room to chat in.
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time expression + 置く [duplicate]

I've found this example sentence for 置く in my textbook: 三日置いて治った。(She recovered after three days). I've looked this usage up but really couldn't find anything relevant. Could you clarify how and ...
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What is the difference between ある日 and ある日のこと?

For example: ある日のこと、たろうは、また海へ出て。 As I understand ある日 means "one day". What does the のこと do to it? Possibly related? What is the こと in sentences such as あなたのことが好きだ? and What is “koto” used for?
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What does “また朝までコース” mean?

It's a small hashtag on twitter. https://twitter.com/hashtag/また朝までコース Does the コース here always refer to a meal? A plan of action? Are they saying they're gonna party till morning?
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Does the size of a 町 determine if it is pronounced machi or chou?

北谷町 and 下町 The first one is pronounced Chatanchou and the second is Shitamachi. The second term is within an area of the the first one. Is a machi smaller than a chou? In the past was the term ノ・の ...
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Is there a difference between tomo and tomodachi?

I was able to translate the terms as friend. Is there any difference in meaning between the 2 terms?
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What is the meaning of 着て行く? [duplicate]

I came upon these questions in my textbook. Here is the dialogue: 私は学校にせいふくを着て行きますが、何を着て行きますか。Now, I might assume 着て行く is close to 着ている as it still makes sense using the latter, but why is this verb ...
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Which Japanese Particle should go here, (ni) or (wa)?

わたしの いえ_ へやが みっつ あります。 Essentially what I'm trying to say here is, "There are three rooms in my house"... What should go after ie (house)?
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Do Kanji characters ever have different pronunciations in Kansaiben?

Do Kanji characters ever have different pronunciations when Kansaiben is used?
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What does 帰れん mean?

from the youtube channel 釣れるまで帰れん is it won't go back or can't go back if translated or neither?
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Looking to understand a fantasy name

This is related to Beyblade, regarding a team exclusive to a game that didn't get translated to English. Each blader has their own holy beast to command and I'm not getting the name of one of them. ...
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Confusing use of あくまでも

I have a lot of trouble sorting out the different use of あくまでも. According to goo, the definition is: 1 物事を最後までやりとおすさま。徹底的に。 2 どこまでも。全く。 So something like: Doing something until the very end. ...
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Can a supermarket be considered a yaoya if it sells vegetables in addition to other things?

Can a supermarket be considered a yaoya if it sells vegetables in addition to other things?
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Which is the correct phrase to say saving money?

I like to tell that I am saving money to buy Mac Book . So two sentence come to my mind , which one is more suitable to use .. 僕はMACBOOKを買うためにお金を貯金しています。 僕はMACBOOKを買うためにお金を節約しています。
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What are the special coins and notes used that honor the Olympics and the new Emperor called?

I understand that some new Olympic and Imperial coins/notes are being introduced into general circulation. I just want to know what these special Olympic and new Emperor coin/notes would be called.
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Japanese equivalent of a brain fart

Is there a Japanese equivalent term(s) to describe a brain fart/absentmindedness? I noticed the term karahenji in Jisho.
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Saying “some” as in “What are some examples of this?”

How would you express “some” when you’re asking for a list of things or examples of something? My gut is to just say whatever I’m talking about, like: 好きな鳥は何ですか? meaning “What are some birds you ...
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What does “苦しいのか気持ちいのかわからん” mean?

Found it on twitter. https://twitter.com/sarukiwa/status/1157194758961299457/video/1 My literal interpretation comes to "I don't know what feels good or bad." Why would the fish be saying that? What ...
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Does this sound natural “I want to work long in Japan and make a lot of Japanese friends”

I want to work long in Japan and make a lot of Japanese friends. 日本で長く働き、たくさんの日本人の友達を作りたい。 日本で長く働き、多くの日本人と友達になりたいです。 日本で長く働き、日本人の友達をたくさん作りたいです。
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How would I indicate yelling when writing Japanese? [duplicate]

In English typing in capital letters is considered yelling. How would I indicate yelling when writing in Japanese?

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