The meaning of words or phrases within certain contexts, especially when it does not seem to match the standard definition.

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Does しとこう mean what I think it means in casual speech?

Dear fellow lovers of Japanese language, I've come across this dialogue in a visual novel: …って、もうじき七時か。秘密の話はこのヘンにしとこう。いつ人がやってくるか判らないし、朝になったら学生らしく振舞わないとな The implied meaning is unambiguous ...
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Scope of negation in 「カラオケはいちばんお金を使いません。」

I came across this sentence in みんなの日本語 I. カラオケは いちばん お金を 使いません。 I now understand this sentence means: Karaoke is the cheapest activity. (or Karaoke is the activity that spends least money). ...
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What is the meaning of らと?

I was reading this news article today: 阿部サダヲが4年ぶりの主演ドラマで水原希子、山口智子らと共演 In the heading and again in the text is 「山口智子らと共演」 My question is what is the meaning of the らと between Yamaguchi Tomoko and ...
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あたり at the end of the sentence

Dear fellow lovers of the Japanese language, please bear with my possibly foolish question. I've come across this sentence in a visual novel (Fate/Stay Night): ...
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“A Hen in the Wind”?

I just watched the 1948 film "A Hen in the Wind," directed and co-written by Yasujiro Ozu. I'm guessing the title is a reference to a Japanese proverb or traditional metaphor. Does anyone recognize ...
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Is おふくろ related to ふく?

Since おふくろ is one way to address one's own mother, I was wondering whether the 「ふく」 part is related to the word meaning 'clothes' or not. And if not, what is the origin of おふくろ?
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What is the difference between すみませんが and すみません?

I'm still a beginner with japanese. Here is the example that I foud: すみませんが、さとうをとってください I'm not completely sure about the meaning of が in this sentence, since the teacher told me you can both use it ...
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人気があります - How does あります work in this context [closed]

It seems that the phrase 人気があります means "to be very popular". However, if あります means "there is no", then how come the phrase has such a meaning? Thanks.
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「のだろう、」 mid-sentence

私は自分では淋しくも何ともないから、彼女と私とでは、一般的にいう「不幸」という点で、どっこいどっこいのような気がするのだが、彼女は自分のほうが私よりも「ちょっと幸せ」だと感じているのだろう、結婚には失敗したけれど、子供が三人いる。これが彼女が私よりも幸せだと思う最大の理由だと推理したのである。 What is the meaning of のだろう here and how does ...
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What is the meaning of やるやない?

あなたも なかなか やるやないの〜 Um... is this supposed to be a form of [positive verb] [negative verb] chaining together? What does it mean?
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Difference between 生まれてくる and 生まれる

What is the difference between 生まれてくる and 生まれる? I looked up くる in 大辞林 and found the following: ある事態が出現し,またある現象が現れる意を表す。 「生まれてくる子供のために」 「なくした本が出てきた」 But this still doesn't help me understand ...
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Meaning of いくら and って in this sentence

The speaker just stated that her father is too sure of himself. いくらママが死んじゃって いないからってさ! (there is a space in the manga as well) チャンピオンなのを利用していろんな女の人と遊びまくってんのよ! He uses his title to have ...
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がわ/そば difference and use

I've been following the Genki textbook up until now and I learnt to use そば to talk about things that are near something else. I recently bought a JLPT N5 textbook, as it's my intention to try and ...
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Meaning of 家族ポイントを消費

What is the meaning of 家族ポイント and 家族ポイントを消費? Examples: 家族ポイントを消費して行くオプションもありましたが、年の初めから無理をすることもなかろうと看病モード。 かなりの家族ポイントを消費しつつ、札幌歴史ゲーム友の会の例会に久々に参加しました。 ...
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What is meant/implied by “じゃないんだからね”?

I noticed today, while playing Grisaia no Kajitsu (English version, since my Japanese is really bad), that when I click on a menu option while using Michiru's voice to voice the menus, she ends her ...
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Nuance of “クソ” within “クソコラグランプリ”

I understand all of the words other than "クソ" in the phrase "クソコラグランプリ". "コラ" means photomontage, photoshop or the like (from "collage"?). "グランプリ" transliterates as "grand prix", which roughly means ...
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What's the meaning of と in 「『・・・・・・』っていう文章だと良かった」?

Can someone explain what と means in this sentence: 『・・・・・・』っていう文章だと良かった
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usage of ていた in 俺の一撃は、彼のもう一本の剣にギリギリで弾かれていた

I see this kind of thing occasionally, and by that I mean the usage of ていた forms: 俺の一撃は、彼のもう一本の剣にギリギリで弾かれていた in narrative where the た form: 俺の一撃は、彼のもう一本の剣にギリギリで弾かれた would have meant the ...
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Meaning of 挨拶 in a visit

This sentence is from Kanji in Context Workbook 1. お嬢さんが近々結婚すると言って、隣の人が挨拶に来た。 I get that basically it means that my neighbour came to visit me and announced that his/her daughter was getting ...
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The usage of 侮れなかった

This question is a mix between the usage of 侮れない and the usage of なかった instead of ない in the sentence 意外と、うちのカノジョも侮れなかった The usage of 侮れない like in the example below seems to refer to one who you ...
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What does とでも mean?

[name]とでも呼んでくれたら嬉しい What does とでも means here? I know what means と and でも separately but why it is used here together?
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what does とつて in the context of エサとつてくる mean? [closed]

I want to break the sentence エサとつてくる into different parts. It is translated as "I'm going to get some food" エサ means bait or food(relating to animals). くる means come or will come. but I'm ...
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usage of から at the end of the first sentence with the second part in the next

My question is on how to properly interpret utterances like the below. あれに正面から挑むのは中々に手間よ。どうするの? 下手な小細工が通じる相手じゃないからなあ。正面から挑むだけだよ Occasionally I'll see someone end the sentence with からな・からね ...
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What does として mean in 「ペットとしてしいくするのはかんたんです。」?

I'm reading a JLPT N5 graded text (to practice reading with kanjis) and I understand all of it except for the following sentence: ペットとしてしいくするのはかんたんです。 I don't understand the として in that ...
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What does “タイプを分けるとパッション” mean?

So, I was playing the Japanese version of Akinator (cf. English version), which basically entails playing a sort of 20 Questions-like game - the basic idea is that you pick a real or fictional ...
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“Infinity” as a tattoo [closed]

I know this is really "Mainstream", but let's say I would like to have the word "infinity" as a tatto. (edit) 4. Which one would be the right ? And what exactly does each of them mean ?
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What is different between 分かります and 分かりました。

What is different between 分かります and 分かりました。
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Meaning of “普段ならまだしも、さすがに今は少しばかり状況が違う”

Context: 「って、ヴェル!?」 思い切り、まるで飛び付くように抱きついてくるヴェル。 「み、みんな見てますけれどもっ」 普段ならまだしも、さすがに今は少しばかり状況が違う。俺の叫びで気がついたのか、ヴェルは周囲をそっと見回した。 The two possible definitions that I think could match this ...
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Usage of からな at the end of a sentence

どうした、反撃はしないのか? そう言うならさせてくれ! 冗談を言うな。お前は隙を見せると的確に狙ってくるからな さすがにずっと相手をしてるだけあってよく分かってるなあ。隙は見せてくれそうにないか。しかたない As we all know many a time in the Japanese language things are left out ...
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what is this usage of けど?

Very often I'll see a whole sentence said/written but then another sentence with けど at the end that is related to the previous sentence. e.g. ...
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こっち、そっち、あっち、どっち

Could you tell me when to use こっち、そっち、あっち、どっち? I don't understand when to use them. Thank you in advance!
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Specifying Objects in Japanese

How do you say and write 'this is' and 'that is' in Japanese? Expanding on this, how would you say and write 'these are' and 'those are'? Around this topic, are there any male and female words in ...
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real meaning of 子供に話を聞かせてあげました

I've just found sentence: 子供に話を聞かせてあげました。and its translation: I read children the story. Does this sentence seem natural to a native Japanese speaker? To me it sounds like it has more weight to it ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase ”男の顔になったな”

The question in the title is just one of the various ones that I don't quite get. They all use the phrase such and such+ 顔になった + sentence ending particles Literally it sounds weird to me but ...
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“Kekkosema wa”?

First post on JLSE. Sorry if this doesn't belong here... Sometimes on the train platforms in Tokyo or on Japanese television, I hear a phrase that sounds like "kekk-sema-wa." I'm still early in my ...
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Song translation with two possibilities - “One more time, one more chance” by Masayoshi Yamazaki

Translating the song "One more time, one more chance" by Masayoshi Yamazaki from the movie "5cm per Second" gave me two lines that seem unclear: くいちがう時はいつも 僕が先に折れたね わがままな性格が なおさら愛しくさせた In the ...
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Clarification of a sentence from a video game, 「~為」

As far as I understand, it generally says that the Area server did not respond in a certain amount of time. Can anyone give me some insight as to how accurate my understanding of this message from ...
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What does the name Chacha (チャチャ) mean?

I always wondered about the meaning of this name in Japanese, but couldn't find much on Google. Can someone tell me what it means? UPDATE: 茶々{ちゃちゃ} was a concubine to Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the ...
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Meaning of どんだけお人好しなんですかって話ですよね

context(all same guy talking to himself while someone else is listening): 「銀行が住宅ローンの営業に熱心な理由ってわかります?」 「憧れの持ち家を手に入れた大切なお客さんの喜ぶ笑顔が見たいから…?」 「そんなわけねーです!」 ...
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Understanding 「女神を信じてここまで来たのだろう」

Context: The group is going to be attacked and one of the people is worried whether they will lose the fight or not and then the leader says what's below. 「祈りを持って戦うのだ。正しき者が負けるわけがない。女神を信じてここまで来たのだろう」 ...
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Is “クリスマスの休みだよ!” an appropriate expression?

Is クリスマスの休みだよ! an appropriate expression? For instance, as a Facebook post or what have you? The main part I'm wondering about is よ. My understanding is that よ usually implies that you're ...
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新しい 机 を 買って もらいました。“They bought me a new desk” or “I bought and received a new desk”?

Ok, so I was studying some Japanese phrases when this showed up: 新しい 机 を 買って もらいました。 The translation provided in the source material is: "They bought me a new desk" What I don't understand, however, ...
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Usage and meanings of 十分

In English, "to have enough" has several different meanings. One of them is "to be fed up": If you have an argument and want to express that you're fed up and about to walk out of the room and you can ...
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What does this mean 先月 何日 会社を やすみましたか。

I come across the following sentence: 先月 何日 会社を やすみましたか。 I am confused about that this is actually asking. Is it asking: How many days of holidays did the company have last month? Which date did ...
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How to understand the meaning of 愛{いと}しさ

I know that from adjective we can make adjectival noun like: 高{たか}い -> 高さ - means high and hight. But how to understand/translate the word 愛しさ? I heard it in one of C-ute songs.
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Meaning of という when it doesn't mean 'call', 'be called', or 'say'

I'm having a little trouble parsing the usage of 「という」 when it it has meanings other than to call, to be called or to say. I often see sentences like 「いざという時, ということだ」 and 「これという問題はない」. The dictionary ...
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What does までもが mean in this sentence, and もが in general

I am still reading the 十二国記 novel 月の影 影の海. At the end of the first part, after a rather harrowing day, Yoko is riding a leopard-like magical creature, flying through the night sky, when they are ...
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Meaning of ~と言われればそれまでだが、…

I have found this sentence: 好みの問題と言われればそれまでだが、私はこの店の内装はなんとなく好きになれない。 To my poor understanding it sounds similar to: 好みの問題と言われても、私はこの店の内装はなんとなく好きになれない。 If it is completely different and I ...
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Explaining phrase お客様各位【きゃく.さま.かく.い】

The expression お客様各位 means dear customer. The first part, お客様, means customer, or guest. That is easy to understand for me. But the meaning and usage of second part, ~各位 is not very clear to me.
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Differentiating honorific passive and potential conjugations of 出る

Given the following sentence structure, I am wondering how one differentiates the usage of 出る in the following. 明日のパーティーに出られますか? The usage of the partial に and the られる suggests a honorific ...