表現. A set phrase used commonly in the Japanese language.

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How to say “to do one's hair”?

As in "I wake up, do my hair, have breakfast". Is there a verb for this? I'm guessing you can't just use 髪をする.
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rationale of するんじゃない as informal negative imperative

I know verb-んじゃない can be used in colloquial speech as a negative imperative (e.g. するんじゃない) in lieu of verb-な (するな), but why exactly does it function that way? That is, what is the rationale/etymology ...
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Can 寂しい be used to describe an insufficiency?

In the sentence: もしにおいを説明するのに、「いい香り」と「臭い」しか言葉がなかったら寂しい。 I'm confused by the use of 寂しい. My interpretation of the general meaning of the sentence is: Even if you explain/describe a smell, ...
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How does one say 'my compliments to the chef'?

What is the expression 'compliments to the chef' or 'give my compliments to the chef' in Japanese? Is their a suitable matching phrase, or something that expresses a similar message? (Please ...
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How can 関係 be used when there is only one subject?

In my textbook there is a clause that I don't really understand: なぜ占い好きと関係があるというと、、、 So my understanding takes me this far: It's a question asking why 占い好き something It's asking why something ...
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Natural way to talk about food served in a restaurant

I'm looking for some good ways to express whether food or other consumables are served at a restaurant. Here is some ideas I have: この辺のレストランではラーメンを出してない (or "〜が出てない"?) この辺のレストランではラーメンを扱ってない ...
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meaning in context of 矛先 and 逃げ切る

I'm writing my thesis on the newly perceived generation of さとり世代. My Japanese reading is fairly good but I have this one article that I cannot crack. My question is regarding the meaning of a word in ...
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what is the meaning of 悪ぃ

I have come across this a few times when reading: 悪ぃ(わりぃ). I have seen it used as an expression and as an adj. from the context it looks like it carries a meaning of "sorry" or "my bad". is this a ...
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Hello, there is a certain phrase that I've been trying to translate but because of a few expressions I am stuck (this is a multi-part question)

Here is the phrase: メーラーの設定によってクリックのみでは正しく開けない場合があります The expressions that have me stuck are: みで - I'm not sure what this expression could be... is it some kind of modifier possibly or is it ...
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“Supposedly” in Japanese

How do you express in Japanese that something is generally claimed to have a certain property without positioning yourself to clearly as to the veracity of the claim? For example, how would you ...
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How would you say “the ___ family”?

So in English, we might talk about a family by saying (for example) "the Johnson family" or "the Johnsons." Is there an equivalent you use in Japanese? And would you use the same language when talking ...
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How do people Japan learn about onomatopoeic words and why does everyone agree on most of them?

Japanese has a great number of onomatopoeic words, which are essentially sound-like expressions for describing different things for weather conditions (べたべた, hot very humid sweat weather), over ...
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Which native speakers would be familiar with the expression [竜頭]{りゅうとう}[蛇尾]{だび}?

Background: The expression 竜頭蛇尾, which is literally "dragon's head, snake's tail", seems to imply that the front is more impressive than the back. [EDIT] It seems usage is typically time-like, eg an ...
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sou ka na and sou ka

Is "sou ka na" roughly equal to "so ka" being "is that so?" and the difference is that "sou ka na" conveys more emotions?
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Using 胸が苦しい when talking about love

What can it mean when someone is talking about love and they use this phrase? Example:  恋愛感情。  俺があの人に対して抱いている気持ちは、それなのだろうか。  綺麗だと思うし、ずっと見ていたい。今日のあの出来事を、忘れたくない。思い出すと胸が苦しくなった。  ...
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Expression for “lose track of time”

Jim is at home, and it is currently 9:00. He has plans to meet up with a friend later, and has to leave at 9:30 to be on time for it. He decides that, during the half-hour of waiting, he'd get out his ...
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What does this expression mean “てがこんでるね”? [closed]

I've heard this expression a lot but I don't understand what it means. I didn't find an answer on Google.
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このとおりよ as an expression

In a manga I'm reading a boy accidentally broke a friends toy, after which he says in an apologetic fashion : あなたの言う事何でも聞くよ! このとーりよ! I understand the first part, but the second part which ...
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Meaning of kaomoji: ヨロ(`・ω・´)スク!

I’ve encountered this kaomoji: ヨロ(`・ω・´)スク! quite a few times already: However, I’m stumped as to what it could mean. I have noticed the half-width katakana「ヨロ」and「スク」, but am unclear on ...
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What is the origin of 付いてる meaning “to be lucky”?

Where does that come from? Was "to be attached" the only original meaning?
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What does …なくはない mean?

Initial searching in Japanese-Japanese dictionaries seem to suggest that it's along the lines of "has a bit of ..., so saying otherwise would be wrong", "more so than not", and is a synonym to ...
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Is 子宮が疼く commonly used for wanting a child?

This is a quote from a Japanese woman (the English translation is her own) saying that she would like to have a kid. Finally I met my sweet sweet niece!!!!!!!! I...I...I want a baby, too lol ...
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Obscure religious expression

菩提心をおこすこと、かならず慮知心をもちいる。 It's something about enlightenment and Buddha thing, but I can't find any English equivalent to 慮知心, not to mention the whole expression. "Enlightenment through empathy"?
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Meaning of とっぴょうしもねぇ

Maruko stops a friend who is passing by and asks him if he ever receives year-end presents at his house. He replies: 「なんだよ急に、とっぴょうしもねぇこときく奴だなァ」 I am completely stuck on nearly all of this ...
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ば ほど with 2 different verbs; 気持ちの持ちよう

作業と思わなければ動けなくなるほど切迫していたが、とにもかくにも精神的なダメージは負わなくなった。 だが、これだけは気持ちの持ちようなどでは耐えられない。 She is pressured by the fact that the more she does not think about this as a job, the more she becomes unable to ...
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門前払いを受けている expression

「ふむ。どうやら宴もたけなわというところだな。こんなところで門前払いを受けている場合ではないぞ、セイバー」 I know the expression: 門前払いを喰わせる=To slam the door in one's face But I can't find anything on this. I think it means something like:...
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Meaning of 不人気街道一直線

不人気街道一直線 I found this expression on few Japanese sites (social mostly, so it seems like some slang?), but what does it mean? I guess it means 'unpopular', but that's not enough for me if I see so ...
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Origin of Natsume Soseki's Translation of “I love you”

Recently, while playing through Persona 4, I've learned that apparently Natsume Soseki translated the English phrase of "I love you" into 月が綺麗ですね。 and I, wondering if there was a source for this,...
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Rain on your parade [closed]

How can I say something like "I hate to rain on your parade, but..." In Japanese? If there is no equivalent then kindly teach me how to say "Sorry to disappoint you, but..." Thanks!!!
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How do I express “I like to watch you work” in a professional manner [closed]

How can I say something like "I enjoy watching you work" in Japanese? I want to say this to an artist. He has so much focus, enthusiasm, and skill. I feel in awe of him when I see him working. I ...
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What are the best ways to convey the idea of getting to a destination?

To express to get to or to reach a destination I see a few options: 到達{とうたつ}する 達{たっ}する 到着{とうちゃく}する 届{とど}く And variations. I have found 到達する as having clear examples with physical destinations (e....
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Etymology of 鼻の下を伸ばす / 「鼻の下を伸ばす」の語源

English Today I've came across the expression 鼻の下を伸ばす/ 鼻の下が長い and had to look up its meaning. Other web dictionaries have different meanings, like to be soft on women, to be spooney, and similar ...
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How do I translate 「コロッと転がってたりする」 to english?

I've encountered the following sentence in a game: 時には後ろを振り返ると案外役に立つ事がコロッと転がってたりするもんだ。 First, I'd like to understand why the "to" in コロッと isn't in katakana like the rest of the word, why the ...
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Do you also say 「もしもし」 on Skype?

Is 「もしもし」 only used when you cannot see the person you're talking with (I once heard that it's somewhat akin to "Anyone there?", which wouldn't make much sense if you could see your conversation ...
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What does やれ{HL}やれ{HL} “yare yare” mean?

I would like to know what the meaning of the expression やれ{HL}やれ{HL} Yare Yare is? I hear it often said in anime. some people said "that yare yare is another japanese onomatopoeia. Kind of like ...
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「〜したことがある」 vs 「〜したことがあった」

One of the first patterns a learner of the Japanese language will come across is: 〜したことがある (I) have 〜 before. わたしは中国を3回訪れたことがあります I have visited China three times before. However, ...
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Meaning and usage of 運のツキ

何さ、いやな人たちだね。こんな家に生まれてきたのが運のツキだよ。 What!? I'm an unpleasant person am I? To be born in a house such as this ... Bit confused by the part in bold. 運 means "luck" and ツキ can also mean "luck". So is ...
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why does 手段を選ばない = will do anything?

why does 手段を選ばない = will do anything?
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Help understanding 腸捻転エビ固めモミ手返し

The following sentence is baffling me: 頭が腸捻転エビ固めモミ手返しを喰ったようで「明日にでも実家に帰らせて頂きマス」とか「私の前世は『枯野の宿』だった」とか口走りかねない。 I think I understand the ending (but please let me know if anything is mistranslated): ...
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Word play: “Easy peasy” analog

We have: Easy peasy + lemon squeezy (+ additional rhymes) I've come across this expression: らくしょう + かいしょう + ??しょう Where I was unable to clearly identify the third element, but it sounds ...
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Different usages of 出てくれる

出る literally means to leave or to go out. In a conversation I heard it being used in "ちょっと手が離さないから、出てくれる" a request to check the door after the bell rang. Without knowing the context I would ...
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What is the common perception of 藪医者? Or how to tackle with amiguity here?

In a spoken story (action in late-Edo, early-Meiji period) there was a passage describing someone's life situation (a street peddler selling dubious medicines) using the following words: ...
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柄にもない and its connotations

I came across 柄にもない once while reading and since the immediate look-up didn't feel like a full explanation of the phrase, I've been motivated to try and understand it connotations better. In a quick ...
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Can かまってちゃん be used for males?

This word is used to describe someone who bothers or even annoys other people in order to get attention. The most common translation to English is drama queen, and the Japanese version sounds ...
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Expression for a bad photograph

What are the most common (informal) expressions for a badly taken photo? My first guess was 悪い写真, but searching for that in google finds only scary pictures, so I don't think that it's what I'm ...
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What is the meaning of the expression “コツがいったり”?

I found the expression "コツがいったり" in a tourism advertisement for the 金閣寺 in 京都: シャッター押すのをやめて じっと、まぶたに焼きつけています。 しっかり見る。しっかり感動する。 簡単にみえても、案外、コツがいったりするんです。 From what I can see via web searches,...
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Is this a good way to politely refuse to publish an “abstract” option via e-mail? / 丁寧にメールで要旨原稿を掲載することを断る

背景 数ヶ月前、私は地方の学会で学術発表をしました。先日審査の結果を知らされました。結局、通常通りに掲載されることにはならず、要旨としての掲載となるとのことでした。私が掲載を希望するかどうかを尋ねられましたが、私自身は他の研究に集中したいため、要旨原稿の掲載を断るつもりです。 質問 以下の日本語はメールの要旨を書くチャンスを断る表現として、相応しいですか: ○○先生 ...
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Is the way I'm writing this correct, and is there a better way of writing it?

What I'm trying to say: "If I don't take a break from studying now, I'll probably forget everything I've learned." What I'm saying: 「私は今勉強するのを休まなければ、私が学んだすべてのものを忘れるだろう。」
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What's the meaning of 「そのさま」? [duplicate]

Recently, I looked up the definition of 「流暢{りゅうちょう}」 in a monolinguistic Japanese dictionary, and the definition is as follows: 言葉が滑らかに出てよどみないこと。また、そのさま。 What is the meaning of そのさま in this ...
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Nuance of 君のこと in 君のこと知りたい [closed]

this is kind of an embarrassing thing for me to post here, but hopefully I'll come to find out it's not an issue at all! So recently I've become close with a Japanese friend because we've gotten along ...