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口語表現(話し言葉). Words, forms and expressions used only in non-formal spoken language.

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When can 「お前」be endearing?

In modern Japanese「お前」is generally considered to be disrespectful or condescending. But sometimes in colloquial speech it's used between friends or even lovers in a way that conveys they are being ...
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What does なあって mean here?

I'm trying to figure out what is the significance of なあって in the following sentence: そのままからかいやすい西片でいてほしいなあって It feels like it is there for emphasis or something but I just don't get where it comes ...
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What did my friend mean? (Fukuoka Dialect)

I was talking to my friend at school today and I said her chicken she bought looked good. She replied with 「美味しいよとたい!」or 「美味しいよとだい!」possibly 「美味しいよ取ったい」or something along those lines. We live in ...
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Understanding 付け忘れんな(ぁ)

This is from a subs2srs anki deck that I'm studying. (Edit: Audio on soundcloud ) The original transcription and translation is: 付け忘れんな # Don't forget to record it. But it sounds to me like: ...
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あっちゃいけない - Grammatical origin

あっちゃいけない I can find multiple example sentences for this but no explanation : そのための売買市場がなぜあっちゃいけないんだろうね? 私だけが特別であっちゃいけないんです そしてその権力者に仕える指導者たちもまた権力を振りかざすのがたまらなく好きだ43いいか、おまえたちは、そうであっちゃいけない! The meaning ...
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does なんだこれは specifically have a bad connotation?

I heard this and wasn't sure if it had a negative meaning or not. Does the phrase always indicate irritation or not necessarily? I'm a bit confused since some people say it's just an informal tone ...
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What does 何ちょっと mean in this sentence? [duplicate]

The following lines come from a manga I'm reading. The male lead is a high schooler who uses a lot of truncated colloquial forms. He says the following lines, ruminating on an event where he should ...
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「リキっちまって」What is っちまって suposed to mean here?

The sentence: 悪い、拳 当たったよな リキっちまって… In Oshi No Ko anime there's a scene where a guy punches the MC with force, despite it being supposed to be an act. I know that リキ here refers to the force/power, but ...
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Colloquial language in front of high status person

When speaking to teachers, to boss works, to strangers and high status person we have to use the honorific language, like です and ます, 謙譲語 and 尊敬語. On the other hand, with friends and family members it'...
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I don’t understand the meaning of “冗談 通じんじゃん” in below sentence

The whole sentence is: “笑える! コタってつまんない男だと思ってたけど案外 冗談 通じんじゃん。” I checked on the internet and found “冗談が通じる” which means He or she gets the joke. But in the sentence “冗談 通じんじゃん”. the word “じゃん” is ...
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The Quintessential Quintuplets & Higurashi - What does it mean to repeat a word? Does たのしいたのしい means fun-filled?

1 - Higurashi / Umineko When They Cry Minor spoilers for Higurashi season 1 and NSFW / violent content: See 1:41 here when Sonozaki wants to go to the 'fun-filled' underground torture chamber. I ...
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What does たく mean when used by itself at the beginning of a sentence?

In the Video Game, Persona 4 Golden, Dojima says the following after recieving a phone call: たく…誰だ、こんな時に。 Now, I know this roughly translates to "Who is it at this time?" but what does たく ...
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Disabled people and formal bending body language (such as bowing or sitting) [closed]

This question is not about written Japanese language, but about Japanese language spoken with the body (which, I think, is also relevant because when people use this bodily language in Japan they also ...
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Is「お元気ですか」an honorific speech and can it be used between lovers?

The question is raised from the famous movie Love Letter (ラブレター), where Hiroko cried to her dead boyfriend Itsuki and said 「お元気ですか?あたしは元気です。」. But I'm taught that the「です」's after sentences and 「お」's ...
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What does the と at the end, following a complete sentence and comma mean?

What is purpose of the と at the end of this sentence? And why is there a comma before it? 少ししたらぽっかり目が覚めちゃって、気付いたら佳織ちゃんとひとつベッドの上だった、と For context this was the previous sentence. 忍び込んだはいいけど、...
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Using わかったもんじゃない

The online dictionary Jisho says that this is a colloquial expression, but offers no examples of its use; and I can't find examples elsewhere online. I used it in a sentence intending to say, "We ...
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Does だ in 予定だ add emphasis?

I thought <noun>+だ at the end of a casual sentence adds emphasis (unlike the constructions where だ is needed for grammatical reasons such んだ, だから, だけど). So when I want to simply share some ...
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休ん and 違うん . I don't get if this is a verb form, conjugation, a contraction or some grammar that I still don't know

I found these phrases reading and didn't get if they were a verb form, conjugation or what, I neither could find them on a dictionary. I assume they are colloquial forms of speaking and this is the ...
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Why is the verb 変えれない instead of 変えられない

the only two reasons I can think of are politeness(he is talking to himself) or because it might be confused with the passive(because it's potential)
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What do よって and りゃあ mean in this sentence?

Here is the sentence. It's from a show called midnight diner, its right at the beginning. It's like an intro that plays at the beginning of every episode. I kinda get the gist of what it says but ...
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What is the meaning of って, っけ and んでした in this phrase “完のゲームって、どうなったんでしたっけ”

Context: I found this phrase in the comment section while I was seeing a video regarding the new switch version of Oregairu Zoku. Questions: I grasped the meaning of this phrase, that should be ...
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Understanding a usage of ってこと

From the first episode of Death Note: フッ… 楽に死なせたり苦しませて死なせたり できるってことか I know the quoted part (up to and including って) means something like: "one can let them die easily or let them suffer and ...
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Does ちょっと(笑)have some kind of meaning when said at end of a sentence?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOuP6jppdJs&t=3m21s だけど 戦闘で使うのは バンギラスとか (Tyranitar) ちょっと(笑) There are so many sites that list the endless meanings of ちょっと. My guess out of 100 other theories is ...
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Masculine/ Dominant voice in Japanese:

I am an early 30s male with upper intermediate – advanced Japanese and I had some questions about the masculine voice. I do not use the common feminine words (かしら、statement〜なの、using my name in third ...
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誰にも優しくしてるよね、誰にも優しくしてあげてるよね、誰にも優しくしてくれてるよね

In a recent conversation with someone who is in the same loosely connected group as me, I tried to tell them that they have been a crucial member in the group. We are comfortably on ため口 terms. I tried ...
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Meaning of いーじゃん

I am reading 海街 Diary, and I have come across the dialogue below. For context: The older sister of the female protagonist calls her, and then has a go at her because her phone was switched off and she ...
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What does the phrase 「かかってこんかい」 mean?

It is said by a boss before a battle begun in a video game. Does the こんかい mean 'now' in this phrase? Does it share the same meaning with 「かかってこい」(bring it on)?
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What does ってのない mean?

I was talking to a Japanese person and I asked her if she liked fanfiction. She said: んー天の弱とか? これ!ってのない (笑). I suppose she meant Like Ten no Jaku? This! I don't think this is it LoL. But I don't ...
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What is the meaning of ハリ倒したらァ!

ヤキ入れて追放に決まってんだろ!ハリ倒したらァ! What is the meaning of 「ハリ倒したらァ」 here? As far as I am aware 「~らぁ」 can be a change from 「~るわ」 holding a meaning similar to 「~るよ」 as in this question: What does 「ことにならあね」 mean? ...
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Are すっど and すっがら contractions of すると and するから?

I encountered these words in トロ子’s speech in a game 洞窟物語 / Cave Story. …あたしがスーと仲良くすっどキングが機嫌悪くすっがら。 I am not really sure what the words すっど and すっがら are supposed to mean. I guess they are ...
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Why is「こい」used at the end of this sentence?

In Dragon Ball volume 9, one character plans to kill another, and they say 天国か地獄、好きなほうにいってこい Which I take to mean something like "Heaven or hell, go to whichever you like" I think いってこい ...
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「もっと早く仕掛けられた」「言ってることが陸上選手だ」

灰二:惜しかったな。 神童:中盤で様子を見すぎました。もっと早く仕掛けられた。僕はスプリントで勝負できるタイプじゃないということがよく分かりましたよ。 灰二:言ってることが陸上選手だ。 These two sentences both feel incomplete, leaving things out in ways unfamiliar to me. I understand ...
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What is うれション a portmanteau of?

I recently came across the phrase うれション, referring to when a dog accidentally urinates out of excitement. Fairly obviously the first part is derived from 嬉しい, but what else comes together to form ...
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How to parse わかってるって 例のニセモノがやったに決まってんだ

Shoudn't there be a nominalizer after やった? I think it's just a casual contracion, but have not seen it before. Moreover, I have seen 決まっているだろう, or contracted to 決まってんだろう before, but in this particular ...
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What is せんな a contraction of?

In a Manga a character says: 神域{しんいき}とはまたゾッとせんな I guess it is a contraction of しない because of the phrase ゾッとしない - pretty disgusting. But (1) I am not completely sure and (2) how does the contraction ...
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How should I understand って in 「っていねえし」?

When I first heard 「っていねえし」 or similar phrases used as an expression of surprise when the speaker finds their intended audience is not there any more or doesn't exist to begin with, I thought it was 「...
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What does the word 「よいな」 mean in this sentence?

It was said by an old man to a boy named 'X', for example, that he would be waiting for him at a kind of vehicle. わしは天の箱舟で待っておる。 じゅんびがすんだら お前も来い。 よいな Xよ! If it means 'good', I think it looks not ...
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What does the phrase 「ああなんだべか」mean? [duplicate]

I came across this phrase from a video game. After having a discussion, a boy named ナムジン left from the place and a guy who still remained there with others said this sentence. はあ ナムジンさま どうして ああなんだべか…...
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What is the non-slurred version for 叫んどんねん? 叫んでおらない?

I have trouble understanding 叫んどんねん in this panel. I thought it must be 叫んでおらない but I don't think it makes sense in this context.
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What is the meaning of ならあね in なるようにならあね! [duplicate]

How should the sentence ending in 「なるようにならあね!」 be interpreted? Is it a slurred ならない? If that is the case it seems like an unusual choice to write the write the line like this. For reference, here is a ...
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"I think It's totally fine"

I just encountered this phrase in this video: 全然いいとおもいます。 As far as I know 全然 is usually used with negatives but can be used in positives, too, in colloquial speech. However, this got me thinking: ...
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What is that「かオイ」sentence ending?

I found few instances of「プール行くかオイ」in the manga I'm reading like this one below. It seems to means「プール行こう」but I don't understand the purpose of「かオイ」sentence ending. I thought at first that this オイ is ...
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What is the たれ in 「もう一本止めたれ」?

In the sentence: "もう一本止めたれ" (spoken) Is the たれ just the "command form" of the たり grammar?
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Making sense of「どこか、吉田さんはそういう交際経験とかその先の経験とか...なんだか、勝手に無いように思ってしまってた」

The below line came from the recent chapter of hige wo soru manga. Yoshida told Sayu about how he met his ex girlfriend who suddenly joined his workplace. His ex was his high school sempai. Sayu had a ...
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What does the word 「ならんとな」mean in this sentence?

It is said by an adult man to a young man. おれっちのみたこと あの子も かなーりの盗賊のうでを持っていそうだったぜ。 まあ あの子に負けねぇおとこにはならんとな。 In my understanding, the word 「ならんとな」 consists of 「ならない」, which means 'not become', and ...
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What does the word 「いっこめ」mean? [duplicate]

I came across the word from the sentences. いっこめはサービスだポ。もっていくポ。 Does it possible come from a combination of 「一個」, which means a piece or an object, and 「め」, which means somewhat or quite?
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What is the difference between 「でがす」 and 「です」?

Here is the sentence I came across the word 「でがす」. とりあえず これはアッシからのおみやげでがす。 受け取っておくんなせえ。 I'm not sure if it is an archaic form of the copula「です」. Is there any nuance between them?
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what's the meaning of だもん

Yamato and Takeo are discussing why their friend Suna is acting strange lately and Yamato suggests that Suna may be lonely. I heard this expression a lot lately and was wondering what it could mean.
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confusion about い in なんでい

This is a sentence from a manga (the first chapter of Slam Dunk on page 9) ["バスケット部がなんでいバスケット部が!"] seems like it translates to something like "basketball team... why the basketball team!...
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What does the word 「かまっちって」mean?

Here is the sentence which includes the word. あたし エラフィタの近くにいる かまっちって 魔物がときどき落とすよるのとばりが どーっしても必要なの! In my understanding, it comes from 構う{かまう} which mean to concern about. However, I cannot find the ...
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