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どうやら [どうやら] (douyara)
    Meaning: it seems, apparently, somehow
    Example: it seems he doesn't know
    JLPT Level: 1
    Category: grammar
    Author: dc

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ex #1279   急いだので、どうやら間に合った。 
I rushed, and somehow made it on time.  
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(dc)
ex #1339   どうやら、彼は知らないらしい。 
It seems he doesn't know.  
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(dc)
ex #3095   どうやらあの人が判らないらしい。 
It appears that he cannot identify that man there.  
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(bamboo4)
ex #3925   「あら ごめんなさい。どうやら間違え電話をしてしまったようだね。」 
"Oh, I'm sorry. I guess I have the wrong number."  
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ex #3926   どうやら、そのみすぼらしいアパートは空き家のようだ。 
Apparently the shabby flat is vacant.  
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(Miki)
ex #3927   どうやらおっしゃるとおりだと思います。 
I almost think you're right.  
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(Miki)
ex #3928   どうやらひどい風邪にかかったようだ。 
I seem to have caught a bad cold.  
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(Miki)
ex #3929   どうやら誤解があるようだ。 
There appears to be a misunderstanding.  
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(Miki)
ex #3930   どうやら私はバスの中で財布を盗まれたらしい。 
The chances are that I had my wallet stolen on the bus.  
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(Miki)
ex #3931   どうやら食べ過ぎたみたいだ。 
I'm afraid I've eaten too much.  
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ex #3932   どうやら明日は雨のようだ。 
I'm afraid it will rain tomorrow.  
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(Miki)
ex #3933   天気はどうやら、回復しそうだ。 
It would seem that the weather is improving.  
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(Miki)
ex #3934   危機をどうやら脱したようだ。 
We seem to have escaped form danger.  
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(Miki)
ex #7014   一個のクッキーを食おうとしたんだが、どうやら全部食われちゃった。  
I only meant to eat one cookie, but I seem to have eaten the lot.  
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MikiAs for the first example, J should be どうやら彼_は_分からないらしい。
彼が分からないらしい would be, it seems she doesn't know who he is.
 
bamboo4どうやら彼が分からないらしい means someone (who remains unidentified but not the speaker) cannot discern him.

どうやら彼は分からないらしい means "he" is not able to discern something (not dicclosed) as observed by the speaker.

 
bamboo4Accordingly, 彼が分からないらしい should be changed to 彼は知らないらしい.


 
yookosoIs the 'somehow' meaning similar to nantoka (なんとか)? If so, there is no entry for that currently... 
MikiYes, it seems to be so.
ex#, 3933 and 3934 どうやら can be replaced by なんとか.
 
Nick#
I would say "どうやら、あの人は判らないらしい。"

#
I would say "どうやら、私はバスの中で財布を盗まれたようだ。"

The other examples are OK.
 
Miki# どうやら、(あの人は he)あの人が(that man there)判らないらしい。
# Both …らしい。 and …ようだ。 are fine.
 
Nick#
彼はどうやら、あの人が誰なのか見分けがつかないようだ。
 
Nick〜らしい (I hear that... / Someone says that...)
〜ようだ (It seems that...)
These are not interchangeable.
 
PetraPerhaps I don't understand. This is what I think from these two phrases:

どうやら、私はバスの中で財布を盗まれたようだ。
It looks like I had my wallet stolen on the bus somehow. (The person has noticed their wallet is missing all on their own.)

どうやら、私はバスの中で財布を盗まれたらしい
I heard/It seems that I had my wallet stolen on the bus somehow.
(They don't remember what happened on the bus, but someone has told them later they saw the wallet being stolen. Or maybe someone has told them their wallet was stolen before they noticed it themselves. However, I don't think I would have the nerve to tell someone I saw their wallet being stolen yet didn't say it at the time it was happening...)

Please correct me if I'm wrong.
 
jmadsenPlease note that どうやら
is used with -らしい, -みたい, -そうだ, etc.

To use どうやら by itself is, in the words of my wife, "strange"

 
SynonymousMay I ask why one would add どうやら to a sentence instead of just relying solely on -らしい etc.? Does どうやら act as an intensifier? 

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