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There's still more to know about ne, after all

The basic meaning of ね is to show or require agreement. In the pattern X[sentence]ね, X is a statement that both the speaker and the hearer assume to be true. But there are some other uses.

ピンもと:The Japan Times

Life gets more beautiful when you know how to use 'kirei'

Today, we will introduce various meanings and ways to use the na-adjective きれいな. Its basic meaning is beautiful, pretty or good-looking, which can be used for people or things.

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The greatest of all Japanese particles is ne, isn't it

Today, we will introduce the proper use of ね, an end-of-sentence particle that shows the feeling of a speaker. ね, which attaches to the end of a sentence, is frequently used in spoken Japanese.

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Divining the difference between 'tama ni' and 'tamatama'

Today we will introduce the proper use of two adverbs, たまに and たまたま, that sound similar but have rather different meanings.

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Ramming home the point with dokoro ka

Today we will introduce the meaning and usage of the particle of emphasis どころか and its related expressions. The pattern X(noun)どころかY(noun) is often used in a negative sentence to emphasize the negation of X by denying Y, which is easier/smaller/weaker/simpler than X.

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Just say 'no' to top off informal questions, answers and requests in Japanese

Today we will introduce some proper uses of the sentence-ending particle の, which is used in informal conversation.

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Don't miss an opportunity when kikkake comes knocking

Today we will introduce the meaning and use of the noun きっかけ. This word identifies a clue, trigger, motivation or cause to start something.

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ii-yo

Today, we will introduce the meanings and usage of the adjective いい (good). Its pitch-accent is high-low, so the pitch of the first い descends to the second い sharply, whether the sentence-end intonation is rising or falling.

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Express yo-self with this one essential particle

Today, we will introduce よ, a particle which is added to the end of a sentence to show a speaker’s intention.

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Coming to terms with 'kuru'

Today, we will introduce the various meanings and ways to use the auxiliary verb ~てくる. くる is originally the verb meaning “to come,” and the pattern X (verb in te-form) +くる expresses this with an action(X), as in もってくる (to come bringing [something]) or つれてくる (to come with a person).