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  1. H

    Imperial verbs/sentences

    I’ve noticed that when you ask someone to do something, you usually add ‘kudasai’ or ‘onegaishimasu’ at the end of the sentence. However, this seems a bit to formal for some situations, and I’ve heard people omit them in their sentences. So what might be a more casual way of asking someone to do...
  2. L

    Help!!

    Does anyone Know the answer to this? So.. what's the difference between say か v. カ ん v. ン め v. メ し v. シ よ v. ヨ あ v. ア From what I can tell they all make the same noises (unless there's slight differences I'm not catching) so what the difference, how do you know when to use one instead of...
  3. K

    What Does This Phrase Mean?

    I found this picture online, and for some reason it's very appealing to me. Can anyone translate the symbols and their meaning? Much appreciated :) Pin by Shaoni on \\bad heart// | Pinterest | Ulzzang girl, Girls life and Photography
  4. Tijana

    Japanese kanji for dojo

    Hey guys! I have been training aikido for quite some time now and this month I finally got my sensei to upgrade our website. I will be an administrator and I will be responsible pretty much for anything on the web page from context too gallery. However, one thing caught my eye here and that is...
  5. I

    How do you use "must" or "have to" in Japanese?

    I am very unsure on how to use "must" or "have to". What is the sentence structure? I also have been trying to figure out how to say: "You (must/have to) wear a collared shirt and also (must/have to) wear long pants." I'd appreciate the help. Thank you!
  6. Andrew Mize

    Understanding the Passive Form

    I would like to start this thread to help people and myself better understand the use of the passive form in Japanese since we do not grammatically recognize the passive form in English. So post away any questions, interesting passive form usages with meanings, idioms w/ passive form, etc. To...
  7. Andrew Mize

    Japanese language question

    What does りゅうぐうじょう mean? The sentence is 貝がらやさんご、しんじゅが、キラキラひかる りゅうぐうじょう に ついたのです。
  8. Andrew Mize

    Translation help

    I was wondering if 上はwould be the best way to say 'as long as' in the following sentence: "I will be happy as long as he is happy dating somebody"
  9. N

    Help Words for this/that and how do I use them in a sentence?

    this is a pretty self explanatory question
  10. N

    Help How do I read kanji?

    I know about radicals and stuff and how they all create components to Kanji but whenever i try to take apart a Kanji radical by radical, I find that the meaning of the kanji is not remotely similar to the meanings of the individual radicals.
  11. Annabyss

    Occupational mishap

    Would it be difficult for someone to work at a hospital, lab, or factory in Japan even if they were "fluent" in japanese? I am a high school student currently studying Japanese and am interested in the medical field and Robotic engineering. The robotics industry is very prominent in Japan so I'd...
  12. A

    JLPT N3 study material suggestions

    Hi everyone! I am motivated to learn Japanese language mainly because I am a soon-to-be-a-fresh engineering graduate who wishes to work there. I talked to one of the agency there who told me that I must have N4 or N3 level cert. I am aiming towards N3 level, however I have no idea where to start...
  13. N

    Father

    Hi. I'm looking to get a tattoo of the Japanese word for "father". It's important to point out, that the meaning of the tattoo is that I myself am a father (to a little girl) and it's not a reference to my father. I would prefer to have a single kanji, but of course the most important thing...
  14. NShinkin

    What Is the Easiest Method to Memorize Chinese Characters?

    Can you agree that the best way to memorize Chinese characters is learning Chinese character decomposition? Have a look, how Chinese character decomposition makes everything simple and understandable: Decomposition of the Chinese character 会 huì ‘can’ rén man 云 yún cloud 二 èr...
  15. A

    Genki II to Sou Matome N3

    Hello, I would like to ask if anyone's had experience with going straight to Nihongo sou matome N3 after finishing Genki II. Is it too big a step? I want to take the N3 exam in December and I don't really want to go to Nihongo sou matome N2, as the books are quite expensive and I think Genki II...
  16. C

    when to use te iru vs desu and other verb forms?

    Hi there. first post on jref! I've been self-teaching myself slowly for about a year and so far so good. The only area that's really confused me is when to use te iru, desu or a form of the verb. I understand for the most part how to use te iru, but It seems like there's many instances where...
  17. Locosoto18

    ~Japanese Study Group~

    Hey everyone! I'm looking for people who want to start a study group together via Skype. It's been hard for me to find any existing "group" where people just practice Japanese and help out each other whilst studying. How does this work? This group will function like a class without a teacher. We...
  18. Aki Moritani

    Services Discount code for section 2 of my Japanese Language Course

    Hi Everyone, Just to let you know, I have released section 2 of my Japanese language course. You can get a 50% discount here (in August only). Japanese conversation for English speakers 2 | Udemy Thanks! Aki
  19. ayumeneko

    Study techniques for Japanese?

    Hello! Recently I've been having some troubles studying Japanese and I'd like to hear what are your study methods/techniques for Japanese. I'm not talking about books, apps or websites, I'm talking about what you actually do when studying. For example Do you copy everything from the...
  20. Alucina

    Difference between Godan and Ichidan verbs?

    I'm aware of verbs classified as u verbs and ru verbs with the two exceptions. I've also read that all u verbs are godan verbs, and all ru verbs are Ichidan verbs. But I was unlucky trying to find a more profound explanation of what godan and ichidan are? Thanks for your help.
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