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Difficulty understanding なんないのも

ほめられるために、あんなに努力しなきゃなんないのも大変だね In order to win praise, unless you put in great effort like that, ????? The only way I can translate the end of the sentence is "not having hardship is difficult" ...
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What is the purpose of 中 in ダウンロード中?

When I am downloading something, this comes up. I guess it would mean that the download is in progress or something but it seems a little unexpected to have that there. Is it something that you'd say ...
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身にまとう related question

I didn't find 身にまとう in Japanese-English dictionary, but I understood from a Japanese dictionary that it can mean "wear" or "acquire knowledge" I'm wondering if this part means what I think it means: ...
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What's the meaning of 乃?

Google Translator gives me no result.
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What does さあ (saa) mean?

I have seen this term used a lot in many different ways. 「さあ、忘れましょうその未来が」 saa, wasuremashou sono mirai ga — in this sense, I assume it means "come". But I have also seen it used as 「でもさあ」 demo saa — ...
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Identification of ライヤ: 来夜、来耶、来也 and its meaning

I do not know what is the correct word for ライヤ in the song 雷火ライヤ from Stella Glow, nor its meaning. There are 2 sources that give the title of the song: 雷火{らいか}来耶{ライヤ} 雷火{らいか}来夜{ライヤ} ...
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What is the image/feeling/concept behind 面白半分に◯◯する?

In a phrase like: 面白{おもしろ}半分に見る or 面白半分に言う What is the concept behind the 半分 and why is it connected with the verb using に? Is it like "all things have two parts/aspects": serious (真剣半分?) ...
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What does 将 mean?

I know that this words means "Leader", but I need help thinking of a keyword that helps me decipher words containing the Kanji 将. Take this word for example 未成年. To me, individually, these Kanji ...
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What does 捜す refer to here?

沢庵 {たくあん} 「花御堂にかざる花を、一人で摘むのはたいへんだ、わしも手伝おうよ」 お通 {つう} 「そんな、裸のままで、見ッともない」 沢庵 「人間は元来、裸のものさ、かまわん」 お通 「いやですよ、尾いて来ては!」 ...
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What does 便りの空だのみ mean?

お通{おつう} is grieving for 又八{またはち}(武蔵{たけぞう} is his friend) who left for war a year ago: ...
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trouble with comprehension: 最大公約数的な and くらいにまで

Following is an excerpt from 「涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱」. My questions concern the last sentence. 世界の物理法則がよく出来ていることに関心しつつ自嘲しつつ、いつしか俺はテレビのUFO特番や霊特集を熱心に観なくなっていた。 ...
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why is でのこと used?

I have two questions regarding the opening lines of a short story called 真夜中の王女(midnight princess) ある王国でのこと。 うつくしい王女が十五歳でなくなって、そのなきがらをおさめたひつぎが、教会にはこびこまれた。 Is the use of でのこと just to give the ...
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Is 日 “hi” or “ni”? [duplicate]

日 is at the start of "Nihon" (Japan) making me think it means "Ni" but 日 means Day which is written in romaji as "hi" and pronounced "hi". If 日 has multiple meanings how am I supposed to read it?
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Clarification on 僕は落ちるのが怖い

I have seen 僕は落ちるのが怖い translated as "I am afraid to fall". Could it also be used to mean "I am afraid to fail".
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What does 撓{た}める mean in these 2 sentences?

1) 又八{またはち}は、壁の陰に立って、刀を振りかぶり、彼らの首が入口から三寸と出たら、ばさりと斬ッて落そうと、撓{た}めきッている。 2) 武蔵{たけぞう}は黒樫の木剣を横に撓{た}めて待っていた、そして典馬{てんま}の脚もとを目がけて、半身を投げ出すように烈しく払った。 {宮本武蔵(1935年–1939年、朝日新聞連載、吉川英治)} What dictionary ...
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Meaning of そのままにする

I came across a sentence I don't understand. The essay it's from has a feminist theme about the roles of women in Japan. It's the second sentence below: それは尊敬すべき努力ですが、主婦はすべてそうするべきだというのには、賛成できません。 ...
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The different nuances of wanting to go to do something

I have been wondering about the different nuances each of the following sentences carries. Maybe I am trying to interpret too much into these, but I am really curious about the slight difference it ...
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Meaning of “すわりがいい”?

In a book about introductory Mandarin Chinese written in Japanese, one of the first sections lists some special characteristics of Mandarin not familiar to Japanese speakers (e.g. usually only one ...
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Exact meaning of 教科書をトピックに選ぶ

The following sentence is from a formal conversation. The student is talking to a teacher. 実は日本語のクラスでプロジェクトワークをしていまして、私は日本の歴史の教科書をトピックに選びました。 Can someone explain to me the exact meaning of ...
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What does “僕が来る前からこーだったんですが?” mean?

Well, the title says it. The sentence is from a manga, where a boy lives together with his very lazy aunt, so the boy has to take care of laundry, cleaning, dishes, cooking etc. while she's drinking ...
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What does the nakaguro (・) between these two words mean?

The first sentence on the Mac OS X article on the Japanese version of Wikipedia reads: Mac OS X(マック オーエス テン)は、アップルが[開発]{かいはつ}・[販売]{はんばい}する、Macintoshコンピュータ[用]{よう}の[現行]{げんこう}オペレーティングシステム (OS) である。 ...
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What is the meaning of そう君と二人 in the sentence below?

My question is what そう君と二人 means in this sentence: そう君と二人で冷たい月に手を伸ばして (Sō kimi to futari de tsumetai tsuki ni te wo nobashite) I know that tsumetai tsuki ni te wo nobashite means something among the ...
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Looking for meaning of 入道雲

I'm currently reading a Japanese book on clouds, and am hoping someone can shed some light on the exact meaning of a cloud type called 入道雲。The English translation would be Cumulonimbus, but I'm hoping ...
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Usage (correctness) of だと after verbs

I've noticed だと showing up after verbs for a while now in various forms of media, such as blogs, anime, regular TV shows & also when speaking to Japanese people. However, I was originally told ...
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What's the meaning of とこに?

I pretty much couldn't find this とこに in my dictionary so I was wondering what it means. Here's the context: あんなとこにタオル落ちてる Also, is あんな a slang for あのな? Edit. I forgot, my translation would be: ...
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What does 斜め mean here?

朱実{あけみ}は、からかって、雉子{きじ}のような迅{はし}こい足で、先に山道を降りかけたが、急に顔いろを変えて、立ちすくんだ。中腹の林を斜めに、のそのそと大股に歩いて来る男があった。{宮本武蔵(1935年–1939年、朝日新聞連載、吉川英治)} Does 斜め refer to him walking up the hill, or walking diagonally uphill ...
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Adjectives functioning both as イ- and ナ-adjective

This question has made me think about the class of adjectives, which can function both as イ- and as ナ-adjective, e.g. 大きい 大きな 小さい 小さな 真っ白い 真っ白な (etc.) 細かい 細かな 暖かい 暖かな 四角い 四角な (etc.) 柔らかい ...
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Use of ご and にね

In the following sentence, how are にね and ご used in that first clause. I'm baffled. They seem to have no meaning. で、そんなご身分にね、一年も経てばいよいよ引け目を感じますよ。
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What does お察しいたします mean?

What does お察しいたします mean? The context (manga) is that a family's son is about to die; I think the speaker is trying to express condolences. However, the dictionary meaning seems to be "I make a ...
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Is this word slang? アメテ

I can't find a definition for this word アメテ. Aside from sounding like an amateur, the word didn't make sense in the context. In the context, a character was flipping out. The entire sentence he ...
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What is the difference between 物事 and 事?

・時々ばかな事を話す ・時々ばかな物事を話す I know the correct sentence is the former one, but both 事 and 物事 seem like "thing(s)". Why is the latter incorrect? What is the difference?
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What does 鉢の木帯 mean?

――野武士か? とは、すぐ思ったことだったが、意外にもそれはまだやっと十三、四歳にしかなるまいと思われる小娘であって襤褸てはいるが金襴らしい幅のせまい鉢の木帯をしめ、袂のまるい着物を着ているのである。――そしてその小娘もまた此方の人影をいぶかるものの如く、死骸と死骸との間から、迅こい猫のような眸を、じっと、射向けているのであった。{宮本武蔵(1935年–1939年、朝日新聞連載、吉川英治)} ...
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What may be the difference in the usage of 自尊心, 誇り and 自慢?

I read a paragraph and it contains the word 自尊心. I want to know the meaning of 自尊心. Dictionary says 自尊心 = pride. Is it the same with 誇り? or 自慢? What may be the differences in the usage of these ...
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What do 「し」and「あった」mean in this sentence?

I'm a beginner Japanese student using Yu-Gi-Oh subtitles translations with the original in Japanese. I don't understand explanations in Japanese mostly, or it takes me a long (believe me, long) time ...
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What does ちがいます。 mean?

I saw this translated in the first episode of FLCL as "It's wrong.", but checking the translation, I get "Different." Could someone clear this up?
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Using すみません instead of ありがとう

Can すみません always be used in place of ありがとう? What's the difference? When using すみません to express thanks, what other words are used with it? Could you show me some examples?
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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?
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What is the meaning of the sentence “すごかないわよ”?

Does すご refer to すごく or すごい? Dictionaries have no entries on すごかない. I understand that わよ are sentence ending particles though.
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Context of “何様のつもりか”

I came across someone referring to the phrase "何様のつもりか" in the middle of an English-language discussion: if I were [person X], I would be shouting "何様のつもりか" (although I am not, and so I can't) ...
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What is the meaning of どうじゃい

I would like to know the definition of this phrase.
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Meaning of sentence

I have some trouble understanding this sentence: AとかけましてBと解きます。その心はC。
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ってば and もう: not sure how to use these in a sentence

I'm not sure how to use ってば and もう in a sentence. やだってばもう! ^from 明日、ママがいない first episode at the beginning (if you watched it) How can I use ってば and もう in a sentence?
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What does じゃな mean?

In casual speech what does ja na mean? As in this example: 葉人をつかまえたんじゃな Googling for it only turns up results for じゃない。
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What does the とは mean in this phrase?

I'm pretty new to Japanese and I have a question. So I know this is supposed to be something like "he differs from his former self" but I can't really make sense of what とは is supposed to mean in ...
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Why use 分 in this question?

I have come across the following sentence : そのダンボールゴミに出す分ですか? I understand it means something like "Are you throwing out this cardbox?". But what does 分 mean in this context and why is it at ...
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What does イケメン mean?

I am in a Japanese 101 class. We are supposed to translate the following sentence: 日本ぶんかの先生は、イケメンですが、ぜんぜんやさしくないですから、あまり好きじゃありません。 I am having trouble with that word イケメン. So far, I have: The ...
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V-ている方が meaning

遠坂はしゃがみ込んで、倒れた女生徒を介抱している。 その横顔は真剣そのものだ。 額に汗を浮かばせながら、女生徒の安否を気遣う。 …なんだろう。 その、見ている方が痛みを覚えるほどの真剣な顔を、俺は。 つい最近、すごく間近で見た覚えが--- Tohsaka squats down and start to look after the collapsed ...
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いる or ある for things attached to living beings

I have been searching the Internet for an answer to this question for while now, but to no avail. If I walk into a room and there's a person there among my friends that I don't know, in English could ...
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X+これを久しゅう meaning

In sentences like here. What does it mean? Which of the dictionary meanings of 久しい do I apply here? 幽谷先生が感歎これを久しゅうしたのも無理ではない。 と、私は慨嘆これを久しゅうしたことであった。 etc. (there are many more in the link)