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What is the informal equivalent of いいえ

いえ is definitely used informally for いいえ, though it's not super casual. More casual options include いや, ううん, or 違う. That being said, you don't necessarily need a word that means 'no'; you can reply to ...
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On the usage of the prefixes お/ご in the plain form of female speech

Whether to use お/ご, choosing between the plain/polite distinction (だ vs です), and so-called male/female speech are three distinct concepts, while they are loosely related. While it's true that those ...
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Forms of address for multiple older brothers

Since there is no real universal rule regarding how to distinguish two big brothers or sisters in form of address, each family might have their own way, but one common pattern is [nickname] + 兄【にい】/姉【...
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Forms of address for multiple older brothers

like "Joshua" to "お兄さん". How about 「ジョシュア兄さん」? E.g. [太郎]{たろう}[兄]{にい}さん [次郎]{じろう}[兄]{にい}さん [花子]{はなこ}[姉]{ねえ}さん モモコ[姉]{ねえ}さん
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敬語 in Informal Situation

Generally speaking, this typically happens (almost unconsciously) when the speaker wants their statement to sound more formal, important, official, serious, dignified, and so on. For example, when: ...
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why does "ru" turn into "n" at times?

This is not a conjugation: this is an abbreviation or contraction that happens due to the sounds involved and the biomechanics of the shape of the mouth when articulating these sounds. This is similar ...
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What is the meaning of 唱えるか

Here's the actual conversation. アツコ:クチュル・カテラ・フラーラ! (A furious monster appears) アツコ:なにこれ、さっきの呪文なんだったの? スーシィ:「馬鹿め、悔しかったら私を食べな」って意味。 アツコ:はぁ? スーシィ:アルクトゥルスの森にしかいない、伝説のコカトリス。羽には猛毒があると言われている。...
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Shortened Greeting?

This is simply こんにちは + a highly reduced です. (EDIT: I claimed this isn't common in real life speech, but I'll defer to l'électeur's experience and remove that claim.)
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How often is 略字 (handwriting simplification) used?

Well, there are many types of 略字. https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%95%A5%E5%AD%97 Short answer: it might be used on blackboard. Generally speaking, I don't think primary school teachers use them, and ...
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Is ending a sentence with the plain form grammatically correct?

Of course a sentence like 鳥は飛ぶ ("Birds fly.") is 100% grammatically correct. It's 100% standard, too; no slang/dialect is concerned. I'm not an expert, but you never need a professor nor a ...
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How to use expression「私なんか」?

1.Yes, it's a gender-neutral expression. When used by a man, you can change the first person to mean the same thing, as in "俺なんか" or "僕なんか". 2.Depending on the sentence that ...
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What translator is best for learning how to say a phrase or sentence in modern, conversational Japanese?

The simple answer is that if you want to learn natural spoken Japanese, you need to focus more on authentic source materials like movies, podcasts, TV series, social media posts, or native-speaker-...
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When did 「ヤッホー」 become a popular greeting?

The word itself has been widely recognized for a long time as "something you shout in the mountains". Even novels written in the 1950's have examples of ヤッホー. In town, it may be used very ...
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Can I use verb as noun in a informal way? Informal Japanese

The informal version of "彼女はいつ来ますか?" is "彼女はいつ来るの?" "のか?" is a literary style, and it almost never happens in ordinary conversations in the real world. BE + -ING (eg &...
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does なんだこれは specifically have a bad connotation?

なんだこれは is not necessarily negative, but it does indicate the speaker is surprised or amazed, like "What the heck is this?". For one thing, だ is not really a common copula in ordinary ...
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does なんだこれは specifically have a bad connotation?

The word order conveys some meaning. Normally you would say: それはなんですか? By putting なんだ at the beginning it conveys the idea of surprise (either good or bad). Not being polite-speech also comes up as ...
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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 similar vein to this answer, the difference is the following. I guess the subtlety comes from the general ambiguity of being nice. 優しくしてるじゃん refers to something noticeable. The listener must be ...
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Can I use verb as noun in a informal way? Informal Japanese

I'd say 彼女はいつ来るの? Just adding の right after the base form of verb works. This rule can be applied to other verbs like 戻る, 帰る, and so on. However, Japanese don't use 彼女, 彼 or 私たち so often. I actually ...
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Using から with short/informal writing

だから = だ (casual copula) + から (because) だから is basically the casual form of ですから. You can't use です with a verb in ます form, so ですから wouldn't work in the formal version and だから wouldn't work in the ...
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When did 「ヤッホー」 become a popular greeting?

No one says yahoo in Japan. Some decades (around 100-70) ago, Yahoo was used for making echo or voice call someone in the distance at mountain site. Yahoo is recognized as a calling in laud voice for ...
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