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回{まわ}り as a counter for 12 years?

It is a measurement of time based on the zodiac cycle. There are 12 zodiacs and each year the zodiac changes to the next. Every 12 years the zodiac repeats; two people have the same zodiac sign if ...
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Is ニュー・ハーフ considered a derogatory/offensive term in Japan for a transsexual individual?

ニューハーフ is an obsolete word that was used mainly in the 80's when no one knew the terms like trans or LGBT. If you used it today, I suppose most people would interpret it as a joke first before ...
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When speaking openly with a group of people, is it okay to speak casually with some and formally with others?

In such a situation, it's basically okay to use casual language with your friends, but if your boss is listening, you probably don't want to say anything too dirty or slangy (of course, the same is ...
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What sibling terms do twins use towards each other?

Yes, even if the age difference between twins is just a few minutes, the one who is born first will be the 姉/兄, and the other will be the 妹/弟. However, since they are of the same age, they rarely call ...
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When can 「お前」be endearing?

First of all, the term お前 itself never suddenly inverts to become a word inherently filled with positive endearment. It's simply that it's not polite, and that the absence of politeness sometimes ...
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When can 「お前」be endearing?

First I assume you are a male non-native speaker of Japanese. Females can use お前, but in reality it happens rarely (or at least it boils down to personality and not to situations. I guess there are ...
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When speaking openly with a group of people, is it okay to speak casually with some and formally with others?

I agree with @naruto. The general rule is that you continue using the language appropriate for each (so you use tameguchi to your buddies but keigo to your boss). Additionally, there is a special rule ...
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How to tell someone to call you by a certain name, but they're free to use whatever suffix they please?

No Japanese native will interpret (名前)と呼んでください as an instruction to leave honorifics off of your name. They will absolutely add honorifics to your name if you're conversing in Japanese, until there is ...
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回{まわ}り as a counter for 12 years?

In addition to TGPNG's correct answer, I would like to add that I have only ever heard the counter ‑回り (to measure years) used for people's ages. This is probably because the Chinese zodiac is in ...
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回{まわ}り as a counter for 12 years?

Echoing another comment: the Chinese equivalent to 一回り would be 一轮, which refers to two people of the same zodiac but 12 years apart. 二回り would then be 12x2=24 years of age difference.
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readings of north, south, east, west?

とうざいなんぼく is the correct reading of those characters when they are put together in that order. The second one being Chinese, it is natural to read it in all on’yomi. Besides, 東南 and 西北 are both ...
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啓発本 (keihatsu-bon) = self-help book = a common word? Any insight on this?

啓発本, or more fully 自己啓発本 ('self-englightening books') , is a collective name for books that deal with successful career, positive thinking, time management, being happy, or those kinds of things. You ...
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How should I read 帖合・書店印 and what is it?

帖 and 帳 are interchangeable kanji when they refer to notebook/journal/logbook. For example, 手帳 and 手帖 refer to exactly the same thing. For a certain historical reason, 帳 is more common almost ...
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What is 上寿し and how is it pronounced?

It is another way to write 上寿司 (high-grade sushi), pronounced じょうずし or less commonly じょうすし. Grades can be two (並寿司, 上寿司) or three (並寿司, 上寿司, 特上寿司). Some shops may have the 松, 竹, and 梅 grades instead. ...
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Any reason "Naniwa musume" is used to refer to a girl in modern times (as opposed to "Oosaka musme")?

Old prefecture names are still popular as nicknames. Naniwa is nationally known as a nickname for Osaka, just as Edo is still commonly used as the alternative name for Tokyo. Nicknames for residents ...
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readings of north, south, east, west?

In such compounds, I would rather expect that on'yomi would be used, not kun'yomi. 西 has 2 widely used on'yomi readings: さい and せい. 東西南北 happens to be pre-existing Sino-Japanese word, included in ...
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What exactly is "夢" and why is it used so much?

The song and music video clearly present a false idea of love by the narrator, but why "dream" here? I assume "dream" here refers to the idea of what their relationship will become ...
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