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むかつく / mukatsuku : pissed off and feel sick to your stomach?

Japanese often says “むかつく! / mukatsuku!” when they got irritated.  むかつく is a very casual word to describe a feeling of irritation, anger, being annoyed.  This word is used by both of men and women, boys and girls, and used regardless of generations.   Examples of むかつく / mukatsuku あいつマジでむかつく! I’m really pissed of at […]

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usage and examples of 差支えなければ / sashitsukaenakereba

差支えなければ / sashitsukae-nakereba : make a request in a polite way

How to make a request in a polite way in Japanese?  I talked a little bit about this in the article “Make a request in a polite way : 恐れ入りますが and 頂けますでしょうか” but today I write about another useful phrase.  That is “差支えなければ / sashitsukae-nakereba”.   As well as 恐れ入りますが / osoreirimasuga, 差支えなければ / sashitsukae-nakereba […]

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と や とか など / to and ya and toka and nado

Usage and difference of to and ya and nado(と and や and など)

When we list up items in a series we use “と / to” or “や / ya” or “とか / toka”. Let’s look at examples.   今日はマルイと三越で買い物をする予定です。 “I’m going shopping at Marui and Mitsukoshi today.” *Marui and Mitsukoshi are Japanese famous department stores especially in Kanto region.   今日はマルイや三越で買い物をする予定です。 “I’m going shopping at Marui and […]

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