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Are there ways to write Japanese fast (like shortening the words)?

行書 & 草書 (semi-cursive and cursive writings) 行書【ぎょうしょ】 (semi-cursive script) is similar to English 'handwriting' style, and this is the most orthodox way of writing Japanese sentences fast. This ...
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Is there anything wrong with the sentence "今午前七時間です"?

Adding 間 turns a fixed point in time into a period of time. "It's 7 o'clock" is a fixed time so it would just be 七時. You would add 間 if you wanted to say that you'd been doing something for ...
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Does the ゛ have any use?

I'm not 100% sure what you're asking here, but ゛ when used by itself actually has a number of different usages. Generally, ゛ (Dakuten) are not written separately. For example, "か" "ka" becomes "が" "...
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Can I use a Chinese newspaper to learn kanji radicals and maybe some kanji?

It is not a good idea to learn Japanese Kanji reading Chinese newspapers. Of course, a majority of Chinese characters used both in China and Japan have same or similar meanings, however, the grammar ...
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Are there words or phrases that are commonly mistyped by native speakers on the Internet?

Due to the way kanji are typed (i.e. using an IME which presents you with candidates from a dictionary), and the fact that Japanese kana usage is by-and-large phonemic (i.e. you write it how you say ...
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How to ask to "correct me if I'm wrong"

If you like to be nicer, these sentences can be what you are looking for, I think. もしおかしな[日本語]{にほんご}に[聞]{き}こえたら、[自然]{しぜん}な[言]{い}い[方]{かた}を[教]{おし}えてもらえると[嬉]{うれ}しいです。   もし[不自然]{ふしぜん}な日本語に聞こえたら、...
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Explanatory 「の」 particle being used twice in the same phrase

じゃない as "isn't it?" is rather special because it can be appended to practically anything and still be grammatically correct. Also, the two locations of の are serving different purposes. 同じなの is giving ...
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Do non-native speakers of English find gairaigo more difficult to learn than native speakers of English?

I can definitely say I have seen a trend among people with 漢字圏 backgrounds to avoid カタカナ loanwords in favor of 漢字, where there is an equivalent (regardless of how unnatural it might sound). In those ...
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trying to learn reading Japanese

If you're reading online then I suggest installing the Rikaichan plugin to your browser. Hovering over the words gives you the meaning and the conjugation of the verbs etc. The real problem is that ...
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What are these two characters marked red? い_める and いじめ_いよォ?

「いぢめる?」 「いじめないよォ」 Note, the word is いじめる and is normally never spelled いぢめる. It seems spelling it that way is a quirk of this character. (Normally じ and ぢ would be pronounced the same (ji), but ...
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English as a second language, Japanese as a third language -learning it in english, or mother language?

Well, I wouldn't say that I have mastered it, but I have come a long way learning Japanese almost exclusively through English material. My first language is Swedish, but English is mandatory in ...
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Can I use only hiragana when writing words/sentences?

First of all, I'd get a handle on learning the two sets of kana before even starting with kanji. Now for your actual question: Yes, it is 100% okay to write something entirely in hiragana. The use of ...
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Is There a Good Guide to Thinking in Japanese?

You don't 'learn to think in Japanese'. No, you 'learn Japanese', then you 'think in it'. Sorry if that sounds condescending, but what I mean is that you will think in Japanese once you've learned to ...
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About ではない, のか and など

ではないのか is one phrase. It means "wonder","suspect". もしかしたら~ではないのか means "I wonder that maybe ~."
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How do the Japanese ask questions about language?

English Since the question seems asking for Japanese translation, I know that pure translation is a violation of the rules of this site, but I dare to answer the question because I would like to tell ...
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ズボン pronunciation variation & explanation for

ズボン is one of the words that is pronounced differently depending on the speaker. Typically it's pronounced as ズボン【HLL】, but elder people tend to prefer ズボン【LHL】. Both pronunciations are widely ...
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How to express "Again?"

Another slangy version. またかよ!
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How to ask to "correct me if I'm wrong"

I am not a native speaker, but that's how I would say it : もし日本語の間違{まちが}いを見{み}つけたら、直{なお}してください。
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Learning, where to start?

You should first learn hiragana and then slowly learn kanji and katakana. There's no romaji in Japanese and katakana is only used for foreign words so it's not as important as hiragana and kanji.
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Optimisation of vocabulary learning

I've long been wanting to create a list of kanji (say, all jōyō kanji) ordered by weight, where the weight is determined by the frequency of the kanji itself and by the weight of all those kanji in ...
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Is my hiragana/katakana handwriting good or understandable?

Only real issue is that your ク looks a bit like カ, everything else is legible.
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Na adjectivs or i adjectives

Judging by its form, きらい could be an i-adjective, but it's actually a na-adjective. This is in analogy to すき, so you can view them as a pair. But more importantly, things like these can be figured ...
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What are these two characters marked red? い_める and いじめ_いよォ?

To actually answer the question, the characters are な (na) and ぢ (pronounced ji, but di in certain romanisations). To address the meaning of what's being said, I understand that there is a slight ...
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Question about original meaning of primitives in Heisig method

As dROOOze has already mentioned, and as Heisig has mentioned himself, the primitive's meanings are made up, in part or in full. I suggest you read the preface. The basic alphabet of the ...
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Trying to translate an SFX but the characters look confusing

It's もわっ…. It's a mimetic word that describes smoke, moisture, smell or something similar started to fill the atmosphere. This person seems to be sweating, so it may be describing the smelly moisture ...
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