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Grammar detail: かな

かな  I wonder if ...
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かな
means
I wonder (if) ~; perhaps it would be better to ~
Sometimes considered a male equivalent of かしら  I wonder if ..., the sentence ending particle かな is used to express uncertainty rhetorically.
かのじょ
彼女
はなし
ほんとう
本当

Is her story true?
ふくろう
いて
より
さかば
酒場
かな line from poem, haiku etc.
Oh the bar, it opens after the owl hoots
かな is a casual form; a more polite form would be でしょうか.
かな is usually thought of as the combination of the question marker か and the sentence ending particle な. It originally descended from the archaic word かな written with kanji as 哉, better known in modern Japanese from the expression (Bravo).
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Kanji used in this grammar

サイ    exclamation; what!   
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ゼン   virtuous   よ virtous, good   
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ヒ   かれ he   
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ジョ   ニョ   ニョウ   woman; female   おんな woman   め woman   
ワ   はな to talk   はなし talking   
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ホン   book   もと origin   
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トウ   あてる    あたる to hit   
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キョウ   ふくろう owl   
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メイ   な to chirp, to twitter   な to sound, to ring   ならす to make ring   
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カイ   あ to (be) open   あける    ひら to open (something)   ひらける to open out (eg view)   
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シュ   さけ    さか- sake   
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ジョウ   ば place   
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