Tags

A tag is a keyword or label that categorizes your question with other, similar questions. Using the right tags makes it easier for others to find and answer your question.

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外来語. Words brought into Japanese from languages other than Chinese.
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助詞「を」. Case particle indicating the direct object of a verb or the course of a motion verb.
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歴史. The origins and changes over time of the features and characteristics of Japanese in its spoken and written forms.
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Topics related to finding a phrase that fits a given context or meaning.
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副詞. Words that typically modify 用言 (words that inflect and function as predicators, such as verbs and adjectives). However, 副詞 also modify other constituents, including other adverbs, nouns (under li…
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構文解析. Questions about understanding how a phrase / sentence / utterance is put together, what its components are.
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文化. Where the linguistic aspects of Japanese culture and the cultural aspects of the Japanese language overlap.
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助詞「で」. A sentential particle that can indicate the location of an event, or a means, material, cause or necessity.
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時制. Questions relating to that property of verbs which allows them to refer to events in the past, present, or future.
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ひらがな. The cursive form of the syllabary used mostly for (but not restricted to) the grammatical features of written Japanese including verb endings and particles, and for native words written without …
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慣用句・ことわざ. Phrases with fixed words used as a single unit, typically with a meaning beyond what is obvious from its constituent parts.
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歌詞. Lyrics of Japanese songs.
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疑問文. Concerning the asking of questions in the Japanese language as opposed to making plain statements. Includes the various words and particles used in questions.
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助数詞. Suffixes attached to numbers to indicate what is being counted. In linguistics, these are sometimes called 'classifiers'. The combination of a number plus a classifier forms a type of 'quantifi…
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否定. Questions regarding the various words, particles, inflections, and constructions employed to negate a word or sentence from its positive form.
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類義語・同義語. Words which share a meaning in at least one of the senses of each.
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受動態. Verb forms with the affix -(r)are-. Besides the passive meaning, this morpheme also has spontaneous, honorific, and potential meanings.
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連体修飾節(関係節). A type of subordinate clause which modifies a noun phrase.
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方言. Language and vocabulary differences between specific regions of Japan.
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日本語能力試験. The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), a standardized test used to measure Japanese language skill.
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読解. Help with reading passages in Japanese and understanding their meaning.
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音声言語(話し言葉). Language that i​s more typical of speech than writing, including contractions, omissions, and other verbal mechanisms characteristic of speech.
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敬語. Honorific speech in Japanese.
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数字. The various spoken and written forms of words and characters covering digits, numbers, numerals, including derived forms such as ordinals.
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接尾辞. Endings which can be added to the end of a word and change its meaning or function in some way. Often divided into inflectional (屈折的) and derivational (派生的), although it's not always clear which …
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かな. Covers both Japanese syllabaries, hiragana (ひらがな) and katakana (カタカナ).
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形容詞. A class of words that behaves mostly like verbs (but uses different grammatical endings) and is used to describe properties of nouns.
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条件表現. Also known as if-then constructions. In Japanese conditionals are expressed with one of と, ~(れ)ば, ~たら, なら(ば).
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文語(古文). The classical literary form of the language based on Early Middle Japanese.
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Affixes, particles and conjugations applied to words to mark respect.
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縮約. The omission of sounds or letters from words. Contractions can be characteristic of dialects or modes of speech. A frequently observed contraction may become a new word in a language.
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名詞. A part of speech typically denoting a person, thing, place or idea.
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助詞「も」. Used with nouns and phrases to indicate "also".
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コピュラ. Words such as だ・です or constructions such as である which link a noun or adjective to a subject. Similar to English 'be'.
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Which sequences of kanji and/or kana form accepted ways to write a given word, particle, or other speech sound.
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補助動詞. Verbs such as いる, おく, ある, いく, くる, and しまう, which can follow the 〜て form of a verb with special grammaticalized meanings. Not to be confused with 助動詞(じょどうし) "auxiliary verbs", which are inflect…