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複合動詞. A compound functioning as a single verb.
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助詞「って」. The Japanese particle tte.
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使用域(位相). A variety of a language used for a particular purpose or in a particular social setting.
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接頭辞. A type of affix prepended to the beginning of a word to change its meaning.
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学術的文章. Questions about academic writing in Japanese.
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メール. Questions about writing or understanding email.
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送り仮名. Kana written after a kanji to complete the full reading of the word.
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従属節. Clauses subordinate in form and unaffected by main clause phenomena such as topicalization.
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書道. Artistic writing usually done with a brush and ink.
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動物. Japanese vocabulary for animals.
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当て字. Kanji assigned to words based on their sound rather than their meaning.
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連濁. A phonological phenomenon in Japanese by which the first consonant of the second component of a compound word often becomes voiced (k→g, s→z, t→d and h→b).
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複数. Words or grammatical constructs that express multiplicity.
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詩歌. Japanese poetry, including haiku and tanka
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助詞「まで」. An adverbial particle indicating "to; till; as far as", or by extension indicating emphasis ("even").
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品詞. The primary lexical categories such as nouns, verbs, and particles. In linguistics, often referred to as 'lexical class' or 'word class'.
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筆順. The sequence and direction of individual strokes of kanji.
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「に」と「で」. How to distinguish between the particles に and で.
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女言葉. Words, phrases, or techniques that may be used predominantly by girls and women, or carry connotations of femininity.
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助詞「でも」. Sometimes considered a single particle and listed as 係助詞 or 副助詞 in most dictionaries. This is derived from, but not the same as, the combination of either copular で or case particle で plus も.
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所有. Possessive constructions with ある 'be/exist', いる 'be/exist', する 'do', and the lexical verbs 持つ 'hold/have' and 所有する 'possess'. These are sometimes divided by linguists into alienable and inalienab…
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書き言葉. Words and language generally used in writing rather than speech.
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上代日本語. A historical stage of Japanese which has the oldest attestation in documents currently known. Typically seen in 万葉集 (Man'yōshū; late 8c).
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文学. Japanese language as used in literature.
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長音. Vowels held for twice as long as short vowels. Unlike in English, long vowels in Japanese are not diphthongs. Long vowels in hiragana are generally written an extra kana such as あいうえお; in katak…
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指示語. Questions regarding those words or particles that function similarly to the set of English adjectives and pronouns including "that", "these", "this", and "those".
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罵り言葉. Words that potentially offend Japanese speakers in any situation. Including epithets, slurs, profanity, expletives, or obscene words.
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促音化. Gemination happens when a spoken consonant is pronounced for an audibly longer period of time than a short consonant. Gemination is distinct from stress and may appear independently of it. In Jap…
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和製英語. Japanese words composed entirely of English components, but which have no meaning (or an entirely different meaning) in English.
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助詞「へ」. Indicates motion towards (English "to").
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音読み. A Sino-Japanese reading of kanji. Usually divided into 呉音 "Wu sound", 漢音 "Han sound", 唐音 "Tang sound", and 慣用音; the first three for readings imported from the corresponding Chinese dynasties, the…
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Cultural or emotional association beyond a word's or phrase's literal meaning.