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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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How to express "Again?"

Another slangy version. またかよ!
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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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Asking a question with a negative verb (見なかった?)

When you say 変な子見なかった?, you hope that he saw the kid or you think he probably saw the kid. 小学生の女の子来ませんでしたか? Did an elementary school girl come here? When you say this, the situation will be like ...
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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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Is Duolingo's pronunciation decent or good?

In short: Duolingo's Japanese pronunciation quality is not perfect. Most Japanese people would sense that it's not a native speaker here and there. Now that said it's not so bad that one would have ...
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Using -ndesu correctly?

It is literary translated as "まず、お手洗いに行かせて(ください)" and "まず、お手洗いにいきたいんです" is translated as "First, I want to go to the washroom". However it is probably understood as "まず、お手洗いに行かせて(ください)" when you said ...
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Does 「私は緊張してです私の日本語学習ついて」 read properly?

As other people mentioned in the comments, your grammar is off in that sentence. I would phrase it like this: 私は日本語を勉強することについて不安に思っています。 Side note: Even in English, I think the sentence "I'm ...
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Does the ゛ have any use?

゛ changes like this: h → b, k → g, s → z、t → d. ゜ changes only h → p.
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Pronunciation of 家

家 is read and pronounced as いえ - i-e (yi-eh) or うち - u-chi. In comparison, うち sounds to me more informal, psychological, and subjective than いえ, which sounds formal, pysical and objective, like home ...
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"This is a pen." and "I am a boy." -- What are the equivalent sentences for Jp learners?

The following may be one: わたし は げんき です。 Or perhaps the whole phrase: はじめまして。わたしはnameです。どうぞよろしくおねがいします。
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What is japanese?

I'd suggest reading the introduction of Tae Kim' Guide to Japanese.: http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar/introduction
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If I want to learn to speak Japanese, is it vital I learn to write/read it too or can I just learn to speak it?

For your goals, I don't think reading and writing is necessary. You can use Romaji (Latin letters) to remember the pronunciation and use your ears for the rest. However, if you ever want to use any ...
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Can I use a Chinese newspaper to learn kanji radicals and maybe some kanji?

I think you shouldn't learn Japanese Kanji by Chinese texts. There are some difference between Japanese kanji and Chinese kanji. For example, Japanese kanji has Kun-readings as you say, and some ...
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a strategy to learn Japanese

Start learning hiragana and katakana.
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Is There a Good Guide to Thinking in Japanese?

Learning a language involves a lot of memorization, not just of words but entire expressions. The dictionary may tell you the translations of individual words, but rarely the most appropriate ...
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