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Is there a term for Japanese characters as a whole?

Unfortunately no word exactly represents only the union of kanji, hiragana and katakana. 漢字: kanji 仮名: kana; hiragana & katakana 字/文字: kanji, kana, punctuation, other written symbols 和字/和文: (...
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What's the 日本語 equivalent of saying "That's none of your business"?

In my feeling and personal experience "it's none of your business" is just one of those sentences you don't hear that often in Japan most likely because it's quite direct and (kind of) offensive. And ...
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Japanese term for weight gained in a loving relationship?

Perhaps you're looking for 幸せ太り (pronounced as しあわせぶとり due to rendaku). This word is not particularly positive nor negative/derogatory. Gaining weight itself is not a desirable thing, but some people ...
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Can "yee ka ka desu ka" mean "how are you?"

I think you're referring to いかがですか ikaga desu ka which is the polite version of どうですか dou desu ka How are things? It can be used to ask "How are you?" in a polite way, but only with ...
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"Strike while the iron is hot" - Japanese equivalent

There is an exact Japanese equivalent to "Strike while the iron is hot," that is "鉄は熱いうちに打て." I don't know whether this proverb had existed before we knew English version, or is just a translation of "...
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Question about supposedly a Japanese proverb

It's actually an observation of the Japanese people written by a Jesuit missionary: "[The Japanese people] are so crafty in their hearts that nobody can understand them. Whence it is said that ...
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How to say "See you soon" when meeting up with someone

a simple way to say "See you soon" when the context is that you are talking to your friend remotely (via phone/messaging) and you plan to meet up with them in the very near future (1 or 2 hours). In ...
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How to say "One day at a time" in romaji

I think a simple one is 一日一歩{いちにちいっぽ} which in romaji is ichinichi ippo. This literally means "one day one step" and it bears the meaning of "one day at the time" in English. There is as well another ...
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How do you write "translation mine" in Japanese for academic writing?

引用文の終わりに、括弧に入れて (訳は筆者による) ←recommended または、(筆者訳) ← recommended (拙訳) (私訳) のように書くとよいと思います。
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How to express the phrase "overrated" or "over-..."

If you just want to say "overrated," 「過大評価」 is the word for it. この役者は過大評価されている。 The antonym is 「過小評価」. 「高評価すぎる」 sounds a bit strange but would be fine it it were 「高く評価されすぎる」. I think 高評価 is used ...
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How to say to "persuade into doing something"?

I would suggest 言いくるめる, which is like 説得する/説き伏せる, but implies the action is beneficial not to the target but to the subject. It does have the negative connotation like 騙す, but it's not as strong/evil/...
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How to say "You are lying!"

Another is: うそつけ (嘘{うそ}吐{つ}け)! - Liar! Comes from 嘘{うそ}をつく, to lie From comments: うそつき (嘘{うそ}吐{つ}き) - Liar; Someone who lies
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"One time wonder"

She probably said [三日坊主]{みっかぼうず}. 三日坊主 literally means "three-day monk". It's a proverb/saying used to describe someone who can't stick to anything for a long time, or the act/situation of giving up ...
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How to say "You are lying!"

嘘だよ is likely to mean "I am joking." One way to say "you are lying" is to use an interrogative form: 嘘だろ!? / 冗談だろ!? Isn't that a joke? マジかよ!? Really!? Examples above are very ...
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Can 全部 be used like 「全部の月は忙しいですか?」

Using [全部]{ぜんぶ} in your context might make sense, but it is not idiomatic. If you want to ask someone if he will be busy for a month, you could use [一ヶ月]{いっカげつ}の[間]{あいだ}ずっと[忙]{いそが}しいですか? (...
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How do you say "Are you sure?"

In this scenario what would the Japanese equivalent be to asking "Are you sure?" or "Is something bothering you?"? I would say: 「ホントに?」 (Are you sure? / Really?) 「ホントに大丈夫?」 (Are you sure you're ...
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Is there a term for Japanese characters as a whole?

What is a native word or phrase for the union of kanji, katakana and hiragana? 表記{ひょうき}文字{もじ} is a close word for your request. I said "close" not "exact", because 表記{ひょうき}文字{もじ} includes not only ...
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What's the 日本語 equivalent of saying "That's none of your business"?

In my feeling and personal experience "it's none of your business" is just one of those sentences you don't hear that often in Japan most likely because it's quite direct and (kind of) offensive. And ...
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how to say "does not make sense"?

I think the closest approximation is 訳【わけ】が分からない (lit. reason is not understandable). 日本語の数え方は訳が分からない。 This is an informal expression, and depending on the context, this can be used to express ...
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How to say "100% virus free"?

ウイルス等が検出されませんでした sounds more like "No virus were detected", which is different from "Virus-free". The first thing I'd like to mention is that most sophisticated Japanese e-commerce sites do not say ...
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Proper term for "study"

Study can be translated as either of the followings. 勉強【べんきょう】: Refers to learning how to take (good) photos. 研究【けんきゅう】: Refers to more academic study/research, seeking to discover new facts. As a ...
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My Teacher just had a baby, how do I congratulate her

I'll give a few simple common phrases... [赤]{あか}ちゃんのおたんじょう、おめでとうございます。 かわいい or げんきな [赤]{あか}ちゃんのおたんじょう、おめでとうございます。 ご[出産]{しゅっさん}、おめでとうございます。 かわいい[女]{おんな}の[子]{こ}のおたんじょう、おめでとうございます。(← when the baby is a ...
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Politely asking to stay at someone's home? お邪魔させてもらう、泊めてもらう、or 滞在させてもらう?

All of them are syntactically correct, but they are semantically strange as explained below. Depending on the situation, もらう may not be polite enough. いただく will be even more polite. In the second one, ...
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