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92 votes
4 answers
167k views

What are the differences between じ and ぢ, and ず and づ?

79 votes
5 answers
154k views

When to use ください (kudasai) or お願いします (onegaishimasu) in requests?

69 votes
4 answers
131k views

How to choose between "よん" (yon) vs "し" (shi) for "四" (4) and "しち" (shichi) vs "なな" (nana) for "七" (7)?

68 votes
1 answer
39k views

Why are the particles "は" (ha⇒wa), "へ" (he⇒e), and "を" (wo⇒o) not spelled phonetically?

68 votes
2 answers
16k views

Why does Japanese have two kinds of adjectives? (-i adjectives and -na adjectives)

57 votes
5 answers
142k views

What exactly is "なの" (nano)?

56 votes
1 answer
57k views

What are the rules regarding "mute vowels" ("u" after "s" and "i" after "sh")?

53 votes
5 answers
68k views

Usage of すみません (sumimasen) versus ごめんなさい (gomen'nasai)

46 votes
4 answers
67k views

What does the little っ (tsu) signify when at the end of a word?

35 votes
2 answers
9k views

Where does "もしもし" (moshimoshi) for answering the telephone come from?

33 votes
3 answers
40k views

The many ways to say "and" in Japanese

31 votes
1 answer
18k views

What exactly is a "taru adjective"

26 votes
5 answers
6k views

Are there any old loanwords from Korean, especially any not written in katakana?

26 votes
3 answers
11k views

What's the difference between "家" (ya), "屋" (ya), and "や" (ya) as used in the names of shops/stores/restaurants?

25 votes
2 answers
17k views

Does the particle "を" (wo) have a special use when at the end of a sentence?

24 votes
4 answers
16k views

Is Japanese really an agglutinative language?

23 votes
4 answers
52k views

What's the difference between ようこそ and いらっしゃいませ?

23 votes
6 answers
21k views

Can somebody explain the various words and combinations thereof used for thanking?

23 votes
2 answers
42k views

Words/characters for fast food meal sizes: 並, 大, 特

22 votes
4 answers
41k views

What's the difference between "さけ" (sake) and "しゃけ" (shake)?

21 votes
4 answers
8k views

Since Japanese already had several words for rice why was "ライス" (raisu) borrowed from English?

20 votes
6 answers
70k views

What's the difference between "gohan" and "meshi"?

20 votes
4 answers
8k views

Are there cases when two or more particles will occur next to each other without intervening lexical words?

20 votes
4 answers
9k views

When Chinese personal names are written in Japanese in kanji is there always an obvious reading?

18 votes
3 answers
6k views

Does "敬語" (keigo) just mean "politeness" or is it a technical term specifically relating to Japanese grammar?

18 votes
1 answer
3k views

Why "社会の窓" (shakai no mado)?

18 votes
2 answers
4k views

Are bookshelves in alphabetical (kana) order in Japanese bookshops and libraries?

18 votes
2 answers
16k views

How to use へ (-e), に (-ni), まで (made) and の方 (no-hō) with destination and direction?

17 votes
2 answers
2k views

In which dialects have the sounds "ゐ" (wi) and "ゑ" (we) been preserved, and are their kana still occasionally seen?

17 votes
5 answers
18k views

Is すごい slang or just informal?