267 Answered Questions for the topic Japanese
Which Japanese name sounds cooler/better, Kuro or Mizu?
Possibles meanings to ~た方
In phrase なかなか持った方じゃないかWhat are all the possible meanings that it could have?Is a praising phrase? Or a bullying one?
What are some good study methods for Kanji?
Studying Japanese Kanji can be difficult at times, so what are some various effective study methods?
Which perspective is the most reasonable about Harry Truman and why?
1) Harry Truman’s decision to use atomic warfare against the Japanese during WWII was not justified. 2) Harry Truman’s decision to use atomic warfare against the Japanese during WWII was... more
Which statements describe the aristocrats of the Heian period? Choose three correct answers.
Which statements describe the aristocrats of the Heian period? Choose three correct answers.They lived in Heian-kyo.They lived all over Japan.They were mostly farmers.They built the culture of... more
What is the best way to improve my speaking and listening skills?
I've been learning by myself for a few years now with an app or online resource but I want to be fluent in speaking Japanese. What would be the best way to improve my speaking and listening skills?
Using と to connect adjectives
For connecting sentences with adjectives, it seems the te-form of the adjective has to be used, but can と be used as well?これは大きいときれいです。これは大きくてきいれいです。Are both of these correct?Does it make a... more
Describe the theory of "no one in charge" in Japan. Support your description with examples/evidence.
～してみるは分かりません a te-miru I do not understand
しかし、退院してみると、all of the translations say when/after I left the hospitalif is てーform みる why is it not some variation of try, however when I tried to leave the hospital,
How important is learning how to write Japanese? Can't I just learn how to read the English pronounciations?
Some reasons why I teach the writing systems of hiragana and katakana in the first days of my Japanese lessons.
What is the Japanese word for a 3D character artist/modeller?
If I were looking for a Japanese manga artist, I would use the Japanese characters for the word "mangaka." I need the Japanese word and characters for a word that means "3D character artist" or "3D... more
Seven Sages of Japan?
What religious order and where in Japan would there be the Seven Sages temple? Were there 8 sages not seven?
What does 逃げっこなしにしよう mean?
So, I was reading a children's story and came across this sentence: 「いいか、この最後のローソクが消えたら、本当のお化けが出るかもしれん。だが、どんなお化けが出ようと、お互いに逃げっこなしにしよう」 What I'm having trouble understanding and dictionaries... more
How to list numbers of things?
Where do you place the counter in Japanese when you want to specify how many of something there are, especially if you're listing multiple things? I believe the counter usually goes after the... more
What is the significance of a large く character in literary texts?
I am currently reading an early story by Tanizaki Junichiro in Japanese. I have come across both the hiragana く and ぐ written twice the size they usually are, taking up the same amount of space on... more
Reading (and usage) of 他: when is it 【た】, when is it 【ほか】?
他 is one of these common words that still to this day confuses me... My general assumption is that: * used as a prefix, it should always be read 【た】, e.g.: 他人【たにん】 * when treated as a... more
What is the こと in sentences such as あなたのことが好きだ?
*There were a lot of great answers here. I gave the checkmark to ento's answer because I felt it most completely explained all aspects of this use of こと. But many of the other answers are... more
What's the difference between でしょうか and ですか at the end of a question?
I am having a little trouble understanding the nuance of でしょうか in comparison to ですか. People say it makes it more hesitant and polite, but that doesn't explain the nuance enough for me. Why would... more
How do ことになる and ようになる differ? (When ことになる cannot = "It has been decided that")?
I understand that ことになる has the meaning "It has been decided that" and can be used to point to a ritual or habit of a society like taking off your shoes. However, I don't get what it means when it... more
にしても and としても, is there a difference?
にしても and としても...Don't they both have a meaning of "even if"? Is there any subtle difference between these two forms?
How do I say "He already went to do X for me", implying he is still in the process of X, not finished?
The other day at some festival a few japanese friends asked me something to the effect of アイスを買ってくるけど、行く？ But I had already asked a friend, who had not yet returned, to get some for me. So I... more
Differences among -たら、なら、-んだったら、-えば, etc?
Japanese language has a lot of patterns for "if" clauses. What are the differences among the following patterns and how do we choose to use one over the others?: - 行くと - 行ったら - 行くなら - 行けば -... more
Origin of ~なければ ならない?
The expression ~なければ ならない if I learned correctly means "must not not do ..." as in: 日本語を勉強しなければなりません。 You must not not learn Japanese. (i.e. you need to learn Japanese) However, taken on face... more
What is the nuance when は directly follows a verb in plain form?
It seems like this is a remnant of (or reference to) older forms of Japanese. Is that all there is to it, or does it have special meaning? Examples from... more