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How do Japanese speakers transition from polite to plain form amongst friends?

In my experience, the nature of the relationship and the nature of the communication are both important for knowing when/how to use the plain form and to knowing what the use of plain form signals. ...
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What is じゃねぇか? What is its original form?

This doesn't only happen with じゃない > じゃねえ, but generally /ai/ > /ee/, like きたない > きたねえ やばい > やべえ (食{た}べたい = ) 食{く}いたい > 食いてえ As in the other answer, this is extremely informal and in the wrong ...
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Saying い adjectives without pronouncing the い

It's uttered as a colloquial, casual and exclamatory phrase. It's typically used in response to a situation/stimulation that strikes you suddenly. っ is often added after the stem. 高っ! (Wow,) it'...
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How to hear the difference between て and で, た and だ, か and が, etc.?

Because Chinese doesn't have voiced consonants. In Chinese, voiced /b/d/g/ are just variants of their voiceless counterparts. So you can't hear the difference between voiced sounds and voiceless ...
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Are the Japanese and Korean spoken languages somehow related?

I'm a native Japanese speaker, and I have experienced this, too. Depending on the weather condition, it's possible to listen to Korean AM radio in Japan. When the noise is very strong, I sometimes ...
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What is じゃねぇか? What is its original form?

じゃねぇか is just a colloquial form of the tag question じゃないか.
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Meaning of だけども / ですけども

けど is the short form of けれども, which could be written け(れ)ど(も), because all of けれども, けれど, けども, けど are used. けども is what, in my experience, is often used in a half formal, half informal setting. It is ...
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What do Japanese say when they call their pet cats/dogs?

We call our pets by their (nick)names most of the time. [ The pet's name (+ chan to show extra affection)]、 こっちおいで。([...], kocchi oide.) You can replace the name with generic terms like 猫ちゃん(neko-...
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What is this て-form at the end of a sentence: 「まったく可愛くねー起こし方しやがって!」

まったく可愛くねー 起こし方しやがって! In colloquial speech, the te-form of a verb at the end of a sentence can express 非難 (reproach/criticism/condemnation) or 不満 (complaint/dissatisfaction). Examples: 「太郎ったら、...
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Small あ after は?

The phrase 「鬼【おに】は外【そと】、福【ふく】は内【うち】」 is said during the 豆まき mamemaki performed as part of 節分 Setsubun. It is often recited rhythmically [●]{オ}[●]{ニ}[●]{ワ}[●]{ー}[●]{ソ}[●]{ト}○○[●]{フ}[●]{ク}[●]{ワ}[●]{...
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What is the meaning of バカにはええじゃないか?

I think it might be "バカにはやいじゃないか", where "はええ" is a twisted pronunciation of "はやい". And the sentence means "(You came back) very early, didn't you"
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Are there placeholders in spoken Japanese?

Symbol-specific readings such as まるまる or ばつばつ don't work in speech, but other readings (なんとか, なになに, だれだれ, ほにゃらら, ピー) do work in speech to intentionally hide the actual name or to explain some grammar ...
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Does “Tekken” sound like “iron sword” to someone unfamiliar with the franchise?

There is no difference in pitch accent between 鉄拳 and 鉄剣, so it purely depends on which word is more familiar to laypeople. Neither is particularly common in daily life, but IMO 鉄拳 is a little bit ...
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How do Japanese speakers transition from polite to plain form amongst friends?

Shifting from polite speech to casual speech is usually a gradual and implicit process when a mature adult makes friends with someone. Depending on the situation, it may take months or even years to ...
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Meaning of だけども / ですけども

けれども is a contradictory conjugation expressing something along the lines of "but" or "however." The ど/ども part in this expression is the part that expresses the contradiction. By a means of shortening ...
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Is it common to shorten 感じがする to 感じ?

感じ(だ) is more colloquial than 感じがする, but I would say they're also slightly different. 感じだ doesn't necessarily have something to do with feelings, e.g. そんな感じ(だ) (It's) something like that Likewise ...
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What does やっぱり mean in [そこまでなんだって、思っちゃうもん……やっぱり]

やっぱり has several meanings, such as: やっぱり、思った通りだ。 -- It is so, just as I thought/expected/suspected. -> That's exactly what I thought. / I knew it. やっぱり、こっちにします。 -- On second thought, / I ...
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Is "da" used often in the casual speech?

It is difficult to give a precise answer to this question. In cases where the speaker has a choice between "da" and just ending the sentence, both have their own nuances. Omission may be more "...
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Spoken Japanese, words ending with わ used as the topic

I'm not sure why you are worrying about this, but there is nothing wrong with saying wa twice in succession. It's not unnatural at all. When the topic ends with わ, we simply say 毛皮は kegawa-wa, 川は kawa-...
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Is Japanese in danger of being subsumed by English?

Things like this have happened all over the world. In the past, English speakers were so in love with cultures of other countries that they imported countless words into the English vocabulary. Now, ...
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What does the 'あ' do in this sentence 「そいつあけっこうだね」?

The 'あ' is a kind of intornation of 'は' in Edo, where is now called as Tokyo. It sounds a little old fashioned and very frank situation. Often, I hear it in Rakugo.
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Counters for graphs in oral presentations?

Use 「3つのグラフ」 or 「3枚【まい】のグラフ」. Whichever is OK, but maybe the latter will sound just a little bit more formal.
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What does the word 「こいや」 mean?

It's not a word on its own, but a combination of 来い (imperative "come") and や (see #3 in this dictionary entry). As l'électeur pointed out in the comments, it can be understood as a "tough guy's ...
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Beginner miscomprehension of spoken Japanese - finding wrong word boundaries

snailboat has already provided an excellent response, but I'd like to share an online resource that's pretty useful when trying to figure out the pitch accents of any given text. Just stick your ...
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