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Conjugation explanation for [待てれていてた]

I came across this phrase 誰か待ってれていてた and the translation given was "I was waiting for someone" However, i am a little confused at the conjugation used on 待つ. Any advice on what conjugation rules ...
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強がる usage and meaning

~がる is used to describe third person's feeling but today I found this word "強がる私" I don't know why 強がる is used with first person like 私. Is it because the speaker speaks in other point of view ?
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Email signature detection - what are some common phrases to sign off emails?

I am a developer on Speaking Email, an app that reads out email in any language. I am working on our email signature detector and I'm looking for some examples of Japanese phrases that would be ...
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Did the Japanese have a concept of “Asia” apart from the Eurocentric definition?

Japan had contact with China, India and the Mongols, among others. Is there a term they used for Asia (in the sense of "land mass where China is" or such) before "アジア"?
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Whats the name of this izakaya? [closed]

everyone I was in an awsome izakaya in Osaka but wasnt able to figure out the name of it and stuff like it is private owned or of a chain. Below is a picture of its front (google translate etc. cant ...
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Is 人孔 from English?

I was discussing with a friend about the word 人孔, and I know I read (or was told) that it's taken from the English "manhole", literally juxtaposing the kanji for "man" with that for "hole", since for ...
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Do native speakers learn consonant and vowel length easily, or is it difficult?

Just want to ask if this is normal or I am just fighting the wrong way. かっこいい say this word has the final 2 い which shall take 2 length of the i sound. I am struggling to keep trying to speak with 2 ...
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Help identifying blurry kanji

I am currently trying to learning Japanese by reading manga. So far so good, but this kanji is too blurry for me to figure out. Anyone know what this could be? I'm 98% sure the first character means '...
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In which way should I study vocabulary? [closed]

For the last 5 months I have been studying vocabulary with the software called anki. Since i have already seen most common use kanji with the help of both anki and Remembering The Kanji by james ...
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grammar of この前の誕生日プレゼントにもらった彼女の絵

彼女は小学3年生の時に日本に引っ越してきて、それがたまたま私達のクラスだった。 私達と出会うまで楽器の経験がなかったのが、信じられないほどヴィオラを巧みに操っている。 しかも、父が有名な画家で絵をたしなむ。 この前の誕生日プレゼントにもらった彼女の絵は、とても素晴らしくて宝物になった。 i'm not sure if ...彼女の絵 is saying "her ...
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What is this Kanji? I can’t find it anywhere?

I’ve been searching radicals on Jisho and other places but I can’t find a kanji to match this one.
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Kanji translation polite word [closed]

Sorry my friends my job is it shifting time it depened works sometimes my work in the night however I love anime and video games lot my is hobby volleyball game more going outside walking shopping ...
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What does the idiom 上の空 mean?

I’ve seen this phrase used like this 「上の空で聞きました。」I take that to mean something like “I listened with my head in the clouds” or “... absentmindedly.” But then I came across 「幸せは上の空です。」I don’t ...
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What is the difference between 技能 and 技術 in terms of 業務内容

I have a form for a medical check-up that asks what category best describes the 業務内容 of your occupation. One of the choices is 技術・研究 and another is 生産・技能. A monolingual dictionary is of no help ...
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Figuring out what 「言わないまでも」means in this sentence

「犯人とはいわないまでも何があったのか尋問できるのはお姉ちゃんだけだ!」 Does this pattern have the same meaning as the one explained here: とまではいかないまでも meaning? I think it is different from the explanation linkend above. The linked ...
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Why is に used in these sentences?

Does the particle に indicate direction in these sentences or why is it used here? Would someone be so kind to explain? わたしはかみにえがく。 I draw on paper. せんせいにしつもんをしている。 I ask the teacher a ...
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Do native speakers ever create/improvise onomatopoeia?

Since Japanese is incredibly rich in onomatopoeic expressions which are commonly understood by most adults, I am wondering if adults ever make up new onomatopoeia on the fly, or if they always use ...
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Loaned female first names

Are Japanese first names Erika, Emiri, Marie etc. loaned from gai(koku)jin languages?
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(Voice into text) Single phrase [closed]

I would like to ask you guys about a spelling of a single quote from anime ("Shaman King"). It's super short and according to the subtitles, it translates into "So tiny". I have tried using different ...
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What would 箆深い (のぶかい) mean?

While 深い (ふかい) means "profound; deep; dense", 箆 (へら, の), as a noun, means "spatula; arrow shaft" in japanese and, originally, "fine-toothed comb" in chinese. This word is used adverbially in this ...
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What is the difference between 刹那主義 and 快楽主義?

The dictionary says that 刹那主義 means "principle of living only for the moment" and 快楽主義 means "hedonism/epicureanism", but I also found entries that say epicureanism for the former. I don't think they ...
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How does this passive sentence work?

I'm confused with this sentence. 顔はやや仰向きがち に、天の栄光をながめやる 目が、深くやすらか にみひらかれて いた。 I would like to understand how it's constructed. I think 目 is the passive subject of みひらかれて いた as が is its particle, ...
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Difference between conjunctive forms: ~ます stem and ~て form

What's the difference between: 朝起きたら、まず顔を洗い、コーヒーを飲み、新聞を読みます。(ます-form) and 朝起きたら、まず顔を洗って、コーヒーを飲んで、新聞を読みます。(て-form) Both have the same meaning, but can I use this conjunctive ます stem with a ...
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Could anyone translate this sentence for me [closed]

彼氏が仕事で大変な時にできること Could anyone translate this sentence for me please
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on-yomi and kun-yomi readings for the one compound?

Are there examples of kanji compounds that have recognised on-yomi and kun-yomi readings for the one compound? Does the meaning vary depending on which reading is chosen?
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Meaning of きゆる〜ん [closed]

I was reading a manga and having trouble finding out what きゆる〜ん signified
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Trouble understanding one specific lyric in a song

I was trying to translate the lyrics of a kids' song for my sister who sent it to me, but I have trouble understanding one part of the lyrics: 「課長 すてきです その一言 ピュアなまでに鈍感」 「社長 すばらしい そのアイディア ...
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で in 前回で in this sentence

安定のシリーズ四作目。前回で微妙だった部分をすぐに修正してきたのはさすが about a the 4th game of a series feels very unintuitive to me, compared to 前回の微妙だった部分 for instance
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Sentence ending でな

レモン・キャンディーじゃよ。マグルの食べる甘いものじゃが、わしゃ、これが好きでな。 A lemon sweet. It's a sweet thing that muggles eat. I like this ??? I understand the concept of role language for portraying different kinds of character. ...
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Does 々 have a kanji grade level?

々 doesn't seem to be a real kanji, but at what grade is it taught? I'm trying to work out the maximum grade level for 四字熟語【よじじゅくご】, so I'm wondering how to classify something like 興味津々【きょうみしんしん】 with ...
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What are the most and least common kana in Japanese people's last name?

There are 104 kana in Japanese. Literally all of them can be used to spell people's last names. However, some are used more often than others. For example, "た", "だ", "とう", because 田 and 藤 are common ...
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田 pronounced as “た” or “だ” in people's surname?

Is 田 usually pronounced as "た" or "だ" in Japanese people's last name? Or is it pretty much 50/50?
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What is the meaning of おちょくっとる? [duplicate]

This sentence here: "なっ… お前おちょくっとるのか!? I didn't understand おちょくっとる, is it a form of the verb おちょくる? What is the meaning in this sentence? Thanks.
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Can I omit the second noun in どのかばんが森さんのかばんですか?

I know in the sentence pattern: Noun の Noun, you can omit the second noun if the context clearly tells what or whom you’re referring to. そのかばんが森さんのかばんです。 becomes そのかばんが森さんのです。 Can I do the same ...
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Question about the use of 察す

I was reading a light novel, and this sentence came up, is と here working as quotation with 察して? and what can the verb in this situation mean? むしろ追いかけられていると察して、逃げ足を速めるに違いない。
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Historical naming conventions of Japanese first names? Modern interpretation of first names?

My understanding is that the kanji in Japanese women's first names are most likely to have a 訓読み reading, then a 名乗り reading, and least frequently an 音読み reading. Historically, they were likely to end ...
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Hanko Translation [closed]

I am looking for a translation for the Hanko posted below. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank You
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思いついた plural or singular?

It's not the full sentence but i heard this : 方法を思いついた And i was wondering if it means that the person came up with a method alone or it could be a few people who have
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How do I say “people like me”

It's for a daily affirmation. I don't mean people that behave like me which is what I keep getting when I search for a translation; I mean "people like me as a person". Do I just use 好き?
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Nuances of「すらさえも」?

I came across this 「すらさえも」construction in the following sentence: 「子供を誘拐したロリコン野郎からすらさえもバカにされ続けた」 I've learned that they mean (mostly) the same, but haven't come across them in immediate succession;...
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Construction behind 「やり」in this sentence

「それはわしがやりおまえが追いつめられたのでわしの攻撃と同じ事!」 I am having trouble with the「やり」in this sentence. I believe that it is a verb and possibly takes the same tense as 「追いつめられた」(similar to verbs linked via the "て-form"...
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How to describe a strong smell of smoke

I'm writing a letter to my friend, and want to same something like: "While writing this letter, the air is grey and smells strongly of smoke" (discussing forest fires near my town). I'm stuck on ...
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Meaning of "煩悩は使えば使うほど増えていく”

What does 煩悩は使えば使うほど増えていく mean? My understanding is "The more we give in to our earthly desires, the more they increase." However, I'm confused by the use of the verb 使う. Does anyone have any ...
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Meaning and origin of 「退がる」

I was reading a manga and a character said: 今宵はここまでだ 下がって良いぞ After they noticed that the person they were talking to didn't move, they said: おい 余は退がれと 言ったのだ That's why I'm guessing 退がる ...
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Question about ほど in this sentence

I wasn't able to find any explanation of 「ほど」 in these constructions... 「そんなテメーに盾突かれるほど頭に来る事はない」 In any case I would like to ask whether I am getting the general meaning right. Besides that I ...
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Could anyone explain this 置く置かない to me please

I found the sentence けんかして嫁が出ていきました。 けんかの原因は、家に下宿人を置く置かないの件です And I have a doubt about using of 置く置かない How should it be translated ? and How to use it I have never seen this grammar using ...
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鋭い牙が meaning in human nature

落ち着いて見えても、鋭い牙が内包されていることに変わりはない。 It was a sentence in a light novel (ようこそ実力至上主義の教室へ) that I've been reading, and I have an impression that it should be some kind of idiomatic words. 鋭い (from Jisho....
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A little help with the usage of 「……わけだよ」

I came across the following sentence in my dictionary : 下手なわけだよ,習い始めたばかりなんだから Because of the absence of context, I imagined one by myself. Suppose I ‘m cooking unskillfully and a friend who sees ...

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