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What does this line mean?

So this line is from a song. Its とうとう たらりたらりら たらりあがりいららりどう ちりやたらりたらりら たらりあがりららりどう Okay so this line is written in the booklet itself, because of that this line is part of the lyrics ...
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Help with かっていうと

I have read some post about the meaning of かっていうと and i understand it should be read as 2 separate particles i.e. か+っていうと However, I can't seem to understand what the this phrase means in the below ...
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新完全マスターN3 drill explanation

The following sentence is marked as wrong: 私は夜遅く帰る代わりに朝早く起きて勉強しています。 However, as I understand it, it can be translated as "On the one hand I come back home late, but on the other hand, I wake up ...
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Can native Japanese speakers pick up a distinctive accent in people whose first language contains contour tones?

First of all, I am an American, and my native language is American English. My home language or first language, on the other hand, is a contour tonal language, with multiple tones, probably 4 or 5, ...
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Why is the “NO” pronounced but not written in 山手, 井上 , 木下? [duplicate]

The names are read Yamanote, Inoue and Kinoshita. Where is the NO written? Is NO the only pronunciation that is used but omitted when writing names? Does it only happen when NO is used? Apparently, ...
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What does the “きゃ” in “していきゃがらなかった” stand for?

I read this phrase in a visual novel: "こいつが出かける前に、きっちり支度をしていきゃがらなかったからじゃねぇかっ!?" I don't get what the "きゃ" means in this context. If it's short for "ikeba", I can't make sense of "がらなかった" ("didn't ...
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Word for pulling a punch in karate

During karate training my (English) karate teacher uses a word that sounds like "son dame". He says that this describes the action of stopping your punch just before making contact with the opponent. ...
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Meaning of 誰かの代わりに

このアニメは、戦争の中で育った女の子が、誰かの代わりに手紙を書く仕事をして、愛や人の気持ちを知る話です。 This anime is a story about a girl who grew up during the war who works on writing letters 誰かの代わりに and experiences love and people's feelings. I'...
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Placing a space after the first word of a sentence

I was watching a dorama and I realized that in only one minute there was some sentences in which there was a "western-sized" space in the beginning of the sentences (by the way you can do that by ...
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When do you use the particles “ga” or “wo” for certain adjectives? [duplicate]

I understand the differences between using "ga" and "wo" for action verbs and static verbs, but what about for adjectives? For example, typically you would say Xが怖い, but I see several cases where it's ...
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Can someone help me figure out what 考えを示しましたが is supposed to mean?

This entry is hard to find on the web. I've only found 2 entries: 1)【that以下】という考えを示す reveal one's idea that 2) 考えを示す to state one's opinion 立花氏は来週にもNHKに出向いて受信契約をする考えを示しましたが、「契約する義務はあるが、支払いは義務ではない」...
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Reading kanjis Kunyomi or onyomi [duplicate]

I know use onyomi and kunyomi for kanjis but i confused for use other means of kanjis for example 日 this kanji means sun,day Kunyomi:ひ,び,か Onyomi:にち,じつ This example 昨日 means さくじつ why isn't use にち ...
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Does this saying make sense? (Kurayami kara Hikari or 暗闇 から光)

I'm trying to convey the message "Light from Darkness" or "Light out of Darkness" so I came up with the saying "Kurayami kara Hikari" or "暗闇 から光". Or is this too simple and it should be "暗闇からの光"? I'm ...
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Any help recognising a handwritten kanji?

I've recently gotten into translating fancomics for a manga, although I'm still a beginner at Japanese. Naturally, I don't really know my kanji and I have to rely on a lot of looking up radical and ...
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How to order an individiual item instead of a set?

I say 「セット」 when I order a set, and I say 「これだけ」 when I just want to order an individual item. Is there any common way to order an individual item instead of a set?
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What phrase or yojijukugo can I use for Pyrrhic Victory?

Is there any word or phrase I can use for Pyrrhic Victory, or perhaps empty victory, or both? The first being a case where one wins but suffers such huge damage in some other way that it's victory in ...
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Expressing “huh” tag?

How would you express this type of tag? For example: Lovers, huh? That’s what you think they are? Would って work? 恋人って?そうと思う?
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What is the Japanese word for a 3D character artist/modeller?

If I were looking for a Japanese manga artist, I would use the Japanese characters for the word "mangaka." I need the Japanese word and characters for a word that means "3D character artist" or "3D ...
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Ask for a facility visit to another Japanese company

I'm in the process of asking another company if they would be so kind to let us visit their facility. Some kind of tour of the company. They already accepted us going there, but we would like to ask ...
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Trouble understanding 着ていったら

I am having trouble understanding 着ていったら in the following sentence: 明日の夕食会にはどんな服を着ていったら良いですか。 I understand how ~たら is normally used, its more combination with ていっ that seems to be throwing me off. ...
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Usage of ★●■▲◆▼ shapes in different combinations

I'm aware that "●▲■" is a famous drawing from a Zen Buddhist priest by the name of Gibon Sengai. This drawing can be interpreted in different ways but the most common is that the circle represents ...
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What does で mean when ordering food/drinks?

In a TV show, I heard the following exchange: Man: 生ビール Izakaya owner: 大?中? Man: 大で I thought で was used to talk about location, so I'm a bit confused. What does で mean in this case?
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と in the first sentence + た in the second sentence

I already learned how と functions. It is used when we’re talking about natural things .When something happens another thing always happens too. I sometimes see と sentence like this one 街灯じゃ暗いと ...
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What does 「ちんちんかいかい」 mean?

Context: Bottom right panel. はーいちんちんかいかい I think it's a made up word because I could not find it's meaning when I searched for it online. It seems like an onomatopoeia. The only thing that comes ...
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How is 「外野が無理に殻をこじ開けて」 related to 「自身の闇」 in this sentence?

Context: I am talking about the panel on the left in the middle section of the page. The main character (highscooler) and his sensei go to see the main character's sister who has shut herself in a ...
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What does the te-form + motion verb mean in 広がってきています?

I came across the word 広がってきています. The sentence is 日本では脱プラスチックの取り組みが広がってきています. I believe this is the verb 広がる, to spread, in its て-form plus the continuous form of 来る. Is that right? So, if this ...
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How to say a noun can be an adjective in japanese

My orgional thought for this came from trying to say: various kinds of woman can be beatiful. I got; いろいろな女 は きれいでいられます. As my best guess. I realize rareru or eru can be used for verbs but i dont ...
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Using a question phrase (~か, ~のか) as an adverb

I'm guessing this MUST have been asked here before, but I can't find anything on it. If there's a relevant link please let me know. An example of this is: 髪ときたら 、夕べはふさふさと豊かだったのに、けさはまだシャワーを浴びていないのか、...
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こんなものか、こんなところか at the end of sentences

I often heard this at the end of sentences or just standalone by themselves, with a questioning tone. One example:纏めると、とりあえずこんな所か… I have no problem understanding it in the larger context, but I have ...
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Verb Classification of あげる (to give)

I've been doing some housecleaning for the sake of correct grammatical conjugation, which includes classifying verbs. Jisho.org's top result doesn't have あげる as meaning 'to give' (granted it's ...
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How to address / refer to a specific kanji in speech

Original Question When talking about kanjis or trying to explain a certain kanji, how do Japanese people usually refer to that specific kanji in speech without having to write anything or point to ...
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Is て います always used for the present?

I'm so confused. Every book teaches that ます is used for the future, but also for the present. e.g. 肉を食べません 1. I don't eat meat 2. I'm not going to eat meat. But now I think that it has to be ...
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How do you use ってこと

I heard in a podcast ってことは、たったままでねるってこと I think it means something like "So that means you can sleep while standing?" but I'm not sure what the ってこと is doing here. The first one I get it's ...
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あるか確認 vs あるかを確認

I understand that both have almost the same meaning. But I was pointed out. Is this a preference issue, or is one prioritized? i.e 「リンゴマークがあるか確認します。」 「リンゴマークがあるかを確認します。」
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Potential verb form and を [duplicate]

I saw “私は日本語を話せます。” in an online lesson. Is it grammatically correct?
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What is the meaning of かつ here?

Hello I am wondering about かつ. I got this sentence below. For context I put the line before the one I am asking about. でも 金で解決できるならそうすべきだ。 何より その道のプロに任せた方が美しいし合理的かつ経済も回る。 Does かつ mean "and" here ...
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What does 気持がある mean?

I know sometimes 気持 can be used to express a good feeling or sensation, but what about other feelings ? By the way, the sentence i found was 彼女に成功して欲しいっていう気持ちもあるけど、正直、帰って欲しくない I think it's something ...
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Car warning sign [closed]

In this image shows a warning sign that i just dont understand
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What is the general way to say something like “in your room?” without a verb?

For example, 部屋にいました would be "was in your room", but is it possible to say just "in your room" without the verb? Something like 部屋に? Or 部屋で?
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Saying い adjectives without pronouncing the い

As the title above, why do japanese locals remove theいfrom the いadjective when speaking. For example, I have heard words like 早、やば、高 being used when speaking. Is this only used amongst friends (very ...
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What is the etymology of the term “特定厨”? [duplicate]

For those of you who have never heard of the term “特定厨”, please allow me to explain. According to Weblio, there are two definitions: person who identifies someone's private information (esp. ...
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Why are the verbs connected with てhere? 連れて帰って

I understand that you need to use て to connect two verbs but all the example I have seen are like 起きて、コーヒーを飲んだ . There's always a more "complete" sentence for the action that follows the first verb. ...
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Could anyone tell me about how to use か at the end of the news article I see it a lot and get confused about it all the time

I get confused about it all the time Please explain how to use and how to translate it Thank you for your explanation
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Why is の所 used after ドア in this sentence?

Here is my sentence, ドアの所にかさを立てておきます. I've seen this の所 usage where it didn't quite make sense in other readings as well. This specific reading is from the tango n4 book and they have the english ...
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Explanation of 「雪も降ってきて」

What does it mean to have も plus the て form and きて?A translation gives me “Now that it’s snowing...” so does するもしてきて mean “Now that it’s X...”? Or is there another meaning to it?
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つけ用 in Udon preparation recipe

I have the following text on some Sanuki Udon I brought home with me ;) This is the part for ざるうどん: 水洗いした麺をざるに盛り、あらかじめ用意したつけ用つゆに、生姜、ねぎ、ごまなどお好みの薬味を添えてお召し上がりください。 So, つゆ is the sauce or soup, ...
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Craving for food?

In this picture below (I snipped it from the digital copy I bought online, 兄の嫁と暮らしています) there is this phrase "もう口がアイスになっちゃった". An obvious reading is that she's really craving for ice cream. However, ...
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Best practice height/character count for text in tategaki format

On a web page, what is the maximum good practice height (in pixels) for text written in tategaki format? A height of about 500px looks good to me, which is about 40 characters. Are there heights ...
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i-Adjective before a Noun, here with a “な”

Source: Lecture notes: Japanese grammar, basic course, University of Duisburg, Germany, Ch. 13, page 5 https://www.japanisch-grund-und-intensivkurs.de/grammar/sem1/lesson13/...
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What is the use of で in this sentence?

I have the following sentence, ケータイが大きな音で鳴っています. This sentence is translated to meaning, "The cell phone is ringing loudly." I'm a bit confused as to why で used here? I thought で was the "event" ...

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