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Why is “あなたと私だけが知っているよね?” odd?

あなたと私だけが知っているよね? (a) あなたと私だけが知っているのよね? (b) What is the difference? I think (a) is odd, while (b) is natural. The only difference is “の”...
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Aug 28, 2011 17:14 Japanese_language 「の」 助詞
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Marriages between Japanese and Korean People

Recently, I have read several stories in newspapers about marriage between Japanese and Korean people. It seems that there are (still) ma...
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Aug 27, 2011 16:21
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ヒマワリからはみだしている種が見える

I came across an expression in Japanese on lang-8. ヒマワリからはみだしている種が見えるほど拡大された写真 It means, in my translation, “(This is) a photo that was...
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Aug 27, 2011 10:39 Japanese_language 受動態
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A police car (minipato) by my house is giving a loud cry.

Some days ago, I read a story about a town in the UK, where cars illegally parked had filled in many streets since the local police had s...
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Aug 27, 2011 10:01
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起きれなくなる or 起きられなくなる?

If you want to say to your friend, “(If you stay up late) You will be unable to wake up”, between the following, which do you think is na...
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Aug 26, 2011 22:29 Japanese_language 自発 助詞 「れる/られる」
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彼氏にケーキを食べさせます / 食べるようにさせます / 食べるようにします

Through this activity, children become interested in recycling and can understand the unique Japanese expression “Mottainai”. こうした活動によって...
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Aug 21, 2011 10:28 Japanese_language 「使役」
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What does “告白したいのですが、できませんでした。” mean?

I came across an interesting example. “In a PV, Miku wants to confess to Saito, but is unable to.” There are, at least, two possibili...
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Aug 20, 2011 10:54 Japanese_language 時制 過去形
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「中国で空母が豪華ホテルに改装中。」 is a special usage of Japanese.

Recently, I wrote on lang-8 that the Japanese mass media occasionally uses strange Japanese in headlines in the news, but I was not able ...
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Aug 20, 2011 09:53 Japanese_language
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厳しいそうなので / 厳しそうなので

I came across an interesting example. a. 彼は厳しいそうなので b. 彼は厳しそうなので The only difference is “い”, but both have quite different meanings....
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Aug 12, 2011 18:38 Japanese_language 「そう」
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At what time do you use electricity most at home?

Without an air conditioner, I cannot sleep. I woke up at 2 a.m. Now, I am using an air conditioner, though I did not use it during the da...
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Aug 11, 2011 04:48
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Still Варя́г?

The Chinese and Japanese press reported that an aircraft carrier, Varyag, left port at Dalian. Some Japanese press call it ワリャーグ and othe...
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Aug 10, 2011 10:07
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パンダが出てくる。/ 出てきた。

There was a panda that appeared in an anime, “らんま1/2”. The anime is an old work. When your friend and you have ever watched it, and are t...
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Aug 9, 2011 23:43 Japanese_language 時制
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London Riots and Tokyo

There are riots continuing in London. I think many conservative people in Japan will use the affair to say that if Japan accepts immigran...
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Aug 9, 2011 19:25
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It’s hot today. Solar cells are working.

According to the power company in the Tohoku region, today, an unexpected blackout may happen. It’s hot today. See also: http://lang-8....
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Aug 8, 2011 09:13
satoshi

China is rather interesting.

There are independent candidates in China who stand for members of local assemblies without a recommendation or support from the Communis...
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Aug 7, 2011 21:29 China
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China has Changed

Once, 周恩來, Zhou Enlai, the first premier of China, built a monument in northeast China to commemorate Japanese immigrants who lost their ...
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Aug 7, 2011 12:36 China
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The Man who Demands Upon Others What He Himself Cannot Demand

Xinhua News Agency, the Chinese state medium, is strongly criticizing the US government because* Chinese property will decline in value. ...
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Aug 7, 2011 08:16
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There is no limit to inferiority.

Officials of the US government are criticizing Standard & Poor’s. However, the US could be worse. Japan was once rated, though it was...
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Aug 6, 2011 15:08
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Which are governments for the people?

Nosaka Akiyuki (野坂昭如), the writer of “火垂るの墓” (Grave of the Fireflies) and other works, said a dull-witted thing in today’s Nikkei. “The v...
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Aug 6, 2011 11:32
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Taiwanese people will feel they have been abandoned.

US Vice-President Joe Biden will visit China and is expected to promise that the US will not sell new fighters to Taiwan. I think many Ta...
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Aug 6, 2011 10:21