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

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How accurately can 使い be translated as “angel”?

On jisho.org, 使い is translated with words such as "errand", and the same holds true on translate.google.com. Neither site is offering "angel" as a suggestion. Yet in Matthew 1:20, the phrase: ...
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Can a cathedral be referred to as a 寺?

I was listening to a song Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame in Japanese (the intro, The Bells of Notre Dame or ノートルダムの鐘), and I noticed that they referred to the cathedral as a 「てら」. I thought that was ...
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Buddhist facilities

I am working on Japanese texts describing Buddhist temples in South-East Asia and there is quite a number of words I can't really translate in English. Here is a list with my tentative translations (I ...
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Meaning of 高2くらいまで

I stumbled on 高2くらいまで and i don't know what means this all together...
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What does いっぺんシメる mean exactly?

I'm reading "Fruits Basket" volume 3. In this scene, Kyo is annoyed by some comments his classmates make, and says: いっぺんシメんぞ、おまえら。 I assume that this is some kind of a threat, like "I'll get you ...
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では vs でも, vs じゃ what is the difference?

Kind of a japanese newb here. I've googled this a bit and haven't seen anything except demo vs temo comparisons. I understood that these words all kind of mean "but, well, so, anyways"....am I way ...
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Meaning of 「この調子で頑張って」

Context I wrote and submitted text in Japanese to be corrected, and received a correction from an acquaintance followed by 「この調子で頑張って」. Question I understand 調子【ちょうし】 to be something like ...
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About an ambiguous line in 「東京日和」, a song by Komatsu Miho

The line sings: わざと訛って あなたが喋るから ヘンで笑えた 上達してないね 今も I am not sure about the (implied) subject of 「上達してない」. If 'you' were DELIBERATELY speaking with an accent, I guess 「上達してない」 ...
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しゅうと/シュート - The great equalizer

I was watching the movie Mr. Baseball the other day. Several times during the movie they talk about しゅうと which they describe as "the great equalizer". (Could possibly be しゅうとう, but their dialog does ...
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Can 国体 refer to “prefectural” as well as “national”?

If 国体 is used in conjunction with a prefecture name like 山口国体, does that mean "The National Athletic Meet that is being held in Yamaguchi", or the "The Yamaguchi Prefectural Athletic Meet"? The only ...
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Japanese コ上 meaning in English

I've perused many sites and have found "コ上," but if I hit translate, I get "co-on," a term I am not familiar with. Is this a Japanese term with no English equivalent? I'm attempting to read a manga ...
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Can you help me to understand how という is used?

I recently came across the following sentence: 他人が悪い事をしているからといって自分もそうしてよいということにはならない。 I understand the sentence. It means that if other people do bad things and you also do bad things, it ...
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How does しばらく work with ていない?

私たちはしばらく肉を食べていない。 We have eaten no meat for several days. I don't get how you get the meaning of "have not eaten for several days" from "しばらく肉を食べていない." I can only see it being "we will not ...
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いい versus よい? When do you use which?

What is the difference between いい and よい? I notice that usually, いい is most commonly used, but sometimes, I get it wrong and よい is the correct answer. What is the situation to use each and what is ...
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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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電話する and 電話をかける [duplicate]

From what I have seen, they are both used to say " to call someone" by phone, but I was wondering if there was a difference between the two. Is one more formal? Is there a nuance in meaning? Are ...
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Meaning of もう一度やり直す?

もう一度やり直した In this sentence, what is the minimum number of times やる was done, two or three times? At first, I thought it was three times because もう一度 means to do something again, and if you were ...
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The usage of ので etc to leave sentences “hanging”

This is a question I've wanted to ask Japanese natives for a while but have never gotten the chance. In Japanese there are many more "sentences" that end unfinished(at least if we are comparing to ...
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The proper use of ご確認ください [closed]

I often see in Japanese business letters ご確認ください。what and how do I use this phrase?
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How is 置く used here?

A dialogue between a monk and a shogun (fiction), fragment for context: Shogun: 「生きておれば死を望み、死に果てれば生を望む……全く、御坊に言われるまでもない。 人の心の働きというのは本当に勝手なものよ。どこまでも満足せぬように出来ておる」 Monk: ...
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The meaning of そうなる in this context

Does そうなる have a meaning besides "become so" when used in this sorta context? Speaker A:あなた、それに興味ある? Speaker B: うん...まあ、そうなるかな It looks to me like it doesn't mean "become so", but something ...
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What's the meaning of ぴっと。

Here is the sentence : 1年たったらここんとこをピッとおせばレーダーに反応がでるとおもうわ! I didn't find any information about ぴっと in the dictionaries I searched in...
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[六月目]{むつきめ} meaning? [closed]

I have been learning Nihongo for 1 month and I am confused with that word. Please help me!!
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A quick question about funny sexuality-related words

In the manga Dragon Ball, a girl is captured and frightened to be sexually harassed. It turns out the sexual torture is simply a blown kiss. She then says: ...
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Dictionary form of verb followed by に

I've recently begun noticing that occasionally I'll see a dictionary form of the verb followed by the particle に, for example: 1.)まだ学校へ行くには早い時間です。 It's still too early to go to school. I've been ...
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Difference between また明日 and では明日?

I understand what 明日{あした} means. And I understand また明日 means "see you tomorrow". But I recently heard では明日, and I do not understand what it means/the difference between また明日. また明日 translates to "In ...
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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 ...
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行く when comparing age

I can't understand the use of "行っていた" in following line from the book "死者の学園祭" by 赤川次郎: 手塚校長は父の旧友という事だったが、年齢は父より大分行っていた。 I assume it means the principal is older, but I can't tell from the ...
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Help understanding this pun

Okay, this is gonna be a strange question. The character just says out of the blue (in order to lighten the mood) : ハナクソの秘密をそっと話{はな}くそう!! [with dots above the seconds は、な、く and そ] Is it just a ...
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Meaning of おん after a name [closed]

I was talking with a Japanese girl by message and she asked me how to read my name, which is Andrea (Spanish female name). I told her it's アンドレア but that some friends call me あんちゃん because it's ...
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Detail on the usage of 婚儀 to refer to a spousal relationship?

I was looking up 婚儀 on ejje to understand the differences between it and 結婚式 when I found a third definition for it which confused me 3) union, spousal relationship, matrimony, wedlock, marriage ...
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What is the meaning of 一点で?

I saw [一点]{いってん}で used a handful of times in examples like [一点]{いってん}で[撃ち抜く]{うちぬく} or [一点]{いってん}で[討つ]{うつ} and while I know what the word itself means, I don't understand how it's being used with these ...
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What distinguishes 人情 from 人性?

I think I have a sort of loose understanding of how the words differ and what they mean, but I'm really not too sure. I've checked out weblio and goo and ALC to look around a bit first. Can anyone ...
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Meaning of 銀星4型 in this sentence

The sentence is from dragon ball, the speaker is driving his car, chasing some other guys. He just said "これじゃとてもおいつかん!" たしかやつらのより新型の銀星{ぎんせい}4型のカプセルがあっただろ! I didn't find info on 銀星 in the ...
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usage of 情けない反応

「あの天使が居ないのが気になるわけ?」 「え、な、なにを」 「顔に気持ちがすぐ出る男って仕事できないらしいわよ」 「情けない反応ねぇ まぁ、天使がいないだけ空気がいいんだけど」 Context: He notices that she (the angel) hasn't showed up for dinner and and she notices that he's ...
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Meaning 「~と思う」 at the end of a sentence

Mostly on the news I always hear 「~と思う」 very often at the end of a sentence, so i started to wonder, Does it has other meaning besides of "I think"?
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Meaning of 何によらず

I was reading a Japanese sentence of which part read 生真面目な性格で、何によらず人の注目を引くことが苦手だった。 but could not work out the meaning of 何によらず. I thought that perhaps the よらず is the negative of よる but that ...
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Question about の

I am having an hard time understanding the difference between のですね and ですね and the difference between のですよね and ですよね. For example, what is the difference between 簡単ですね and 簡単なのですね? Or the difference ...
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Meaning of する verb in 「その少女は小さい口元をしている」

I was looking up in the dictionary, and came across a sentence like this: その少女は小さい口元をしている。 From what I understand, している means "is doing" or "does". So the girl "does" her little mouth? Then I ...
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(をする) and (がする). Meanings and Uses

What does (をする) and (がする). Sometime ago I read on site something I dont remember, but I got confused because the use of 勉強がする, but I just knew the existence of 勉強をする. So actually Im pretty confused. ...
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が and けど at end of a sentence

I know that when in a sentence-final position が and けど can be used as softeners or to convey hedging, but in some situations understanding them as such doesn't feel right. Although my brain ...
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What is the meaning of へりくだった態度?

I am somewhat confused about the meaning of へりくだった態度. The へりくだる means being humble. So I'd assume that へりくだった態度 means humble attitude. However, most of translations I found give the condescending ...
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What does the エセ in エセ感動 mean?

Two characters are playing a game and talking about some more serious stuff at the same time. They both think the game is kinda crappy, and in particular they get to a scene that's trying to be ...
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What does (ry mean?

I found this chapter title quite confusing: サブライターがメインに昇格した二作目って大抵(ry which I understand to mean something like: A second work made by a sub writer who became the main writer? Seems ...
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The meaning of “ところ” in context

I am having a difficult time understanding the meaning of "ii tokoro" in the context of this sentence. The full sentence(s) in which I am translating is as follows: "おっと、いいところに。 今日 ...
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Can その(其の)X be used without X previously being referenced?

Namely this definition of 澄ます: よけいなことを考えないで、その事一つに注意・意識を集中する。  (under 3, http://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/leaf/jn2/119957/m0u/). This seems to be used like ある, e.g. あること ("a certain thing"), not ...
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What are the meanings of ました, ます, and ません?

What are the uses for ました, ます, and ません? For example with the word, ありがとう, what are the differences between ありがとうございました, ありがとうございます, and ありがとうございません? Also, is it possible to properly use どうも as a ...
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Meaning of “日にち会うかな?”

What does 日にち会うかな? means in the excerpts below? 1: 太巻きのお題は来年にしようかな? 日にち会うかな? まぁ今年は、太巻きは買ってきて、豚汁作って食べますか。 2: A: テニスやろ B: みんな日にち会うかな?(^^;)笑 3: それ見たいんだけど日にち会うかな…_| ̄|○ 4: ...
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Katakana that I can't get right

"渡辺さんってサブラの?" - what could this mean? Just can't catch the meaning of "サブラ". Help please.
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「そ、そうか。大変だな。」 誰が?

Person 1 「ところでなつみとさやこは?」 Person 2 「あ、やりすぎた二人なら向こうで正座させてます」 Person 1 「そ、そうか。大変だな。」 In context: Person 1 had been knocked unconscious by なつみ, さやこ, and some others (as a reaction to him ...