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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助詞「な」. Used with adjectives that behave grammatically like nouns, or with verbs to indicate "do" (after verb stem) or "don't" (after dictionary form).
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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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従属節. Clauses subordinate in form and unaffected by main clause phenomena such as topicalization.
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仮名遣い. usage of kana, は vs. わ, 書く vs. かく etc.
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メール. Questions about writing or understanding email.
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学術的文章. Questions about academic writing in Japanese.
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書道. Artistic writing usually done with a brush and ink.
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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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文学. Japanese language as used in literature.
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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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動物. Japanese vocabulary for animals.
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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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当て字. Kanji assigned to words based on their sound rather than their meaning.
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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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詩歌. Japanese poetry, including haiku and tanka
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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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筆順. The sequence and direction of individual strokes of kanji.
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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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書き言葉. Words and language generally used in writing rather than speech.
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疑問詞. Questions involving the "question" words, such as なに・なぜ・どこ・どうして・いつ・だれ・どれ・どんな.
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複数. Words or grammatical constructs that express multiplicity.
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For the grammar and variants of Japanese words and phrases considered to be mainly used in casual speech or conversation.
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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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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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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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二人称代名詞. Second-person pronouns like あなた, きみ, and おまえ (cf. English "you").
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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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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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「に」と「で」. How to distinguish between the particles に and で.
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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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助詞「より」. Used in comparisons as a reference point ("compared to", "more than"). It can be also used to mean "from" (equivalent to から).
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助詞「へ」. Indicates motion towards (English "to").
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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.