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「質問が一つある」

As English speakers do not have the difference between polite and non-polite form, they may wonder what differences they are. Here are a ...
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May 31, 2011 22:45 Japanese_language 「です」 「ます」 honorifics
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[tips] 近所の猫たちがコヨーテに食われちゃうことは当然です。

近所の猫たちがコヨーテに食われちゃうことは当然です。(a) This sentence sounds like cats should [must? have to?] be eaten. (Obligations) 近所の猫たちがコヨーテに食われちゃうことはごく当...
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May 31, 2011 15:09 Japanese_language 「ごく」
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大意は取れる。 / 大意は取れると思う。

If you read a composition by a non-native speaker and think that the substance is clear enough, though it has many minor mistakes, you wi...
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May 30, 2011 20:22 Japanese_language 「思う」 主語
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可能性は少なくない vs. 可能性は高い

I came across an expression, 可能性は少なくない, in today’s Asahi newspaper. It means that the possibility of ... is not small. It is a kind of do...
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May 30, 2011 11:59 Japanese_language 二重否定 「少ない」 「小さい」
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「彼は嬉しい」「猫は怒った。」

The following mistake in Japanese is not often seen on Lang-8, so you can read this as refresher training. Personal pronouns below can...
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May 29, 2011 16:58 Japanese_language 形容詞 動詞 「のだ」
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Over half of the CEOs in Japan are optimistic about the future.

According to Nikkei’s front page today, over half of the CEOs among the major enterprises of Japan are optimistic about their sales resul...
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May 29, 2011 09:36 地震 earthquake business
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The number of murders is decreasing year by year.

The number of murder cases (attempted included) is decreasing year by year in Japan. The reason is not clear. The attached graph shows t...
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May 28, 2011 20:51 judicature 司法
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English speakers, help me, please. About a Word, “Really”

“実際は” is one of the phrases that I am always troubled with how to say in English. When (Even if?) I read dictionaries and corpuses, I can...
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May 28, 2011 10:29 English_language 「は」 助詞 「really」
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Is 私はほんとに忙しいでした。 wrong?

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I've been really busy. 私はほんとうに忙しかった。 How would you make it into です/ます style? If you write 私...
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May 27, 2011 12:59 Japanese_language 「です」 「ます」
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Japanese media signify a strong sense of vigilance against South Korea.

NHK and today’s Nikkei reported relatively extensively that South Korea would sell their military aircrafts to Indonesia. I guess that ma...
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May 27, 2011 12:46 politics international
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Newspapers in Japan are full of the angry voices of foreign media.

Every day, the mass media and LDP (the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, which occupied the government for almost 54 years) denounces th...
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May 27, 2011 10:41 原発 politics
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美しいだ is wrong. 美しいです is vulgar.

As you know, i-adjectives are not followed by だ. I said once that 美しいです also sounds to me a bit strange, though it is considered correct ...
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May 26, 2011 19:36 Japanese_language adjective 形容詞 「です」
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You may find fake bagels on store shelves soon.

According to the press, a milling company began selling new flour of bagels for business use which does not require one to boil the dough...
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May 26, 2011 13:25 food
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For the first time, more than half people become against nuclear generation in Japan.

Even after the Fukushima incident this time, more than half people in Japan supported nuclear power generation. However, they gradually d...
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May 26, 2011 12:45 原発
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The Difference Between が and は (は can include が)

I know many learners of Japanese have trouble using が and は correctly and, what’s more, I guess, you have heard of many useless “solution...
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May 25, 2011 13:07 Japanese_language 助詞 主語 「は」
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The Difference Between 自分の and 私の

This post is for advanced learners of Japanese. I will explain the difference between 自分の and 私の. 自分の語学力はかなり高いと思っていたのに,テストの結果は悪かった。 (a...
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May 25, 2011 11:06 Japanese_language 自分
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Schoolchildren working while travelling.

Schoolchildren promoted their hometown, Aizu which is in Fukushima prefecture, on the streets in downtown Tokyo using their handmade book...
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May 24, 2011 19:59 原発
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The Difference Between 実際,来た。/ 実際は来た。

You did not think that a man would come out. However, he came out. In Japanese, except for “しかし”, “だが”, “でも”, and other contradictory c...
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May 24, 2011 13:02 Japanese_language 助詞 conjunctions
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What is the third biggest company damaged by the earthquake?

Many companies suffered huge losses due to the earthquake and tsunami. Here is a part (not all) of extraordinary losses that companies in...
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May 23, 2011 14:54 地震 earthquake
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明報, a major newspaper in Hong Kong, is stupid.

According to the Asahi newspaper (online), Ming Pao Daily News, 明報, reported an interview with a captain whose fishing boat caused extrem...
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May 23, 2011 11:39 China