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Why does 古希 / こき mean 70 years old?

I found out that 古希 / こき can mean a 70 year old person, or the occasion of turning 70 years old. Apparently its etymology derives from an ancient song where this line occurs:七十古希 【しちじゅうこき】 which means ...
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Nuance and current-ness of “ぼくとお茶しませんか”

I heard the phrase of "ぼくとお茶しませんか" from a rather odd Japan Times article by a presumably Japanese woman called Kaori Shoji. It's also mentioned elsewhere, such as in a native speaker's blog about ...
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What does よう at the end of the sentences mean?

I know that "verb without masu + よう" expresses one's will to do something or stimulating other person to do something. But while I was trying to translate the lyrics to Hitoshizuku by Nobuhiko ...
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Is this sentence in a different language or is it just gibberish?

There's a line in the lyrics for the song "Viva La Viva" by Stereopony that's written like this: ヨボセヨペゴパヨ チキンピリョヘヨ Underneath this is: (わたしはチキンが大好きです。) The second line isn't actually sung, ...
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What does 「やめとこう」mean?

In the game Tingle's Love Balloon Trip, if you ask your friend Lion, who is very strong, to forcefully open a gutter, he responds: こ、 こわしたら まずいだろ ? やめとこうぜ。 The first sentence I take it means, ...
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Differences between verb + の verb + か and -ます/-です?

Consider these two examples: 神{かみ}を信{しん}じるの? and 神を信じますか? To me, both mean 'Do you believe in God/gods?', with the first example possibly slightly more casual than the second. Other than that, are ...
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Is there a Japanese saying like その頑張りは、すべてむだというかそういう気持ちになる , related to the working conditions of doctors in a hospital?

On NHK NewsWatch 9 yesterday, they were talking about the shortage of emergency room doctors, and the resulting situations lately where hospitals were forced to turn away emergency patients. In many ...
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Translation of 出証意 and 長官殿

These are from a patent related document and I can't understand very well. They are used like these: 1) 特許庁長官殿 2) 出証意2012 Can anyone help me?
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Difference in usage between クラス and 学級

What is the difference in usage/meaning between クラス and 学級? Why did I never learn the latter in language classes?
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Is there a background to the phrase 「熊出来てる」?

I was watching a TV drama, and one line was: 「熊出来てる」 I would translate it as "seems like a bear is coming out". In context, it seems to refer to a person who has rings under their eyes, due to not ...
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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 guess", and I don't think that ...
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Two definitions of けれども

In this dictionary I checked, there are two definitions for けれども. I also checked in my Japanese to English printed dictionary and there was only one definition, but in my Japanese to Chinese printed ...
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How to distinguish between the meanings of “quickly”, “soon” and “early” for 早く

At What is suffix 方 used for (when attached to a た-verb)?, I wrote that the 早く there means "early": 早く行った方が良かったでしょう。 It would have been better if (you) had gone early, would it not? But I'm ...
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What is って doing in this sentence?

From Noir, Episode 2 (anime). I don't get what the って is doing in this sentence. For context, the father came home early from work. He quickly answers his wife in the first sentence then in the ...
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the meaning of word 'yoko'

I really like how the word "yoko" is pronounced, and I'll like to use it in my bussiness. I think that my bussiness will be named "yoko garage". Do you know what yoko means? Does it have any bad or ...
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Meaning of うりこぼる or うりこぶる - EDIT : AUDIO ADDED

EDIT : Here is the extract. I heard the expression うりこぼる or (うりこぶる I'm not sure) in the anime 進撃の巨人 and can't find much info on it. It's from episode 4 around 10:30, just after マルコ's lines. The ...
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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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しな at the end of a sentence

In the manga Yotsubato, the main character Yotsuba's father says 「ジャンボが二人分働くしな」. I understand the sentence as a whole, I think, but I don't understand the しな at the end. Here's the full dialogue: ...
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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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準備が出来ている-Meaning and Explanation

Can anyone explain to me why 準備が出来ている means "It's ready?" I don't think I know exactly what 出来ます means, as we initially learned it as "able to"- but I've seen other uses like in saying "I have/got a ...
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What's the meaning of にあたって/にあたり? How can I translate it?

What's the meaning of にあたって/にあたり? How can I translate it? For example, how can I translate it in these sentences: 留学するにあたって受けた説明は、とても役に立った。 「討論を始めるにあたり、ちょっと注意をしておきます。」
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Help with understanding なんだかこういうのって

I understand what なぜか and こういうのって mean in a rough sense, but I'm having a hard time grasping the meaning well enough to make a sentence out of it while translating something. The context is that ...
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Meaning of “ぶえっくしょ”

I came across this word (ぶえっくしょ) recently and tried looking it up on every site I knew. I assume it's slang. The line in which I first saw it is: 「あいつだって、いつも読んでないわけじゃ………ぶえっくしょ!!」. As I was ...
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What does “mononoke” mean?

I would like to know what the meaning of the word mononoke is? Of course it's the name of the princess in Miyazaki's wonderful film Mononoke-hime, but what is the deeper and acctual meaning of the ...
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Alternate meaning of 見えない when used as an expression?

I've always learned that 見えない means "unseen" or "invisible". However, lately I've been seeing quite a few Japanese people in online games that, upon failing to complete some (usually very difficult) ...
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Can 首 be used to refer to students who have just graduated and not yet found a job?

The example sentences in WWWJDIC all use the word "首" in the "fire" sense (e.g. 彼を首にしてやる) hence I was wondering is the term only used to refer to "firing" someone? Or is it also used to refer to ...
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What does ちょちょい mean?

I can't find this defined anywhere. Here's an example: タオルケットをちょちょいかけにきてくれる。 I am also interested in what this whole sentence says.
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Meaning of the phrase 「さわいどるんかの?」

Here is the full sentence. いったいなにをさわいどるんかの? What does the bolded part mean?
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What's the meaning of the ending じゃないの?

I found it twice. First in a song: いつもその本はハッピーエンドじゃないの。 And then the title of a manga: 遊びじゃないの。 じゃない alone is for negation (no happy end, no playing). What I can't understand is the の at ...
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Don't quite understand sentence in Japanese folk-tale video

The video is the following: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkfT0NMsGz0 Towards the beginning, it says: むかしむかし ゆきぶかい やまおくに、 しょうじきものの おじいさんと おばあさんが すんでいました。 ふたりは なかのよい ふうふでしたが、 とても ...
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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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“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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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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Why in this example sentence there's no difference between ごとに and おきに?

I am using the "A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar" to help me with Japanese studies. As explained from page 128 on I understood the difference between ごとに and おきに. For example: 2日おきに = every ...
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Translation help- which word あまり is effecting and general implication of the word 方向

あんまり恋愛方向に持って行きたくない So, context: an author's reply to someone asking whether a character of his would have a romance or not. Said character had a few hints of a possible romantic interest in ...
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What does the てさ in 「忘れててさ」 mean?

I was reading the comic strip titled 「エボラ出血熱の巻」 on スマ町 when I encountered 「忘れててさ」. I've reproduced part of the dialogue here for a bit more context (bold mine) てっしー:火達磨さん!宿題手伝いますよ 火達磨 ...
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The meaning of phrase 「すこしじつ」

A few minutes ago on TV I heard the phrase 「すこしじつ」. The broadcast is about cuisine 「料理」. Maybe I misheard it, because I can not translate it in vocabularies.. I think it begins with 「少{すこ}し」, then..?
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Understanding the meaning and grammar of 出{で}て in 出{で}て来{き}ました

I'm trying to understand the grammar of 「出{で}て」 in 「出{で}て来{き}ました」. Why is 「て」 used here?
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What does ホルモンの肉が好き mean in this passage?

I am a rank amateur at the Japanese language, but I was trying read some articles on the Japanese Wikipedia. I happened to come across the bizarre sentence ホルモンの肉が好き, which looked to me like it said ...
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Isn't ずらっと並んでいる redundant?

I have this sentence in a practise JLPT question: サッカー選手{せんしゅ}がずらっと並{なら}んでいる。 According to the dictionary I referenced, ずらっと means to "be in a line", and 並{なら}ぶ means "to line up", so wouldn't ...
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What does ぶつまね (ぶつ真似?) mean?

I'm just wondering what does the word "ぶつまね" (or also ぶつ真似 as turned up by a google search) mean? I tried guessing from the context of some 10 example sentences but still can't come up with the ...
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What does さすがお尻マイスター mean?

When one of my girlfriend asked her friend, if he is in Osaka now, he said "yes, that's right" (in japanese) and then "さすがお尻マイスター". I didn't understand it, but I didn't ask her or him back either. ...
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what does “媒介にして” mean ?

when i was reading Rosario+vampire s2 manga i read this sentence ''血液を媒介にしてのみ真祖は継承されるの” 血液=blood 媒介=Intermediary のみ=Only 真祖=term in the manga indicates vampires ancestors 継承=Inheritance then ...
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What is the meaning of 疾風伝?

I am trying to understand the title of an anime series called: Naruto Shippuden. Searching google, I found that shippuden can be translated as hurricane chronicles or legend. I looked for hurricane in ...
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Explain what はめになる is and give some examples

I heard that it means something like "to get stuck with something." Can you explain what this means and give some examples?
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What is ~なかって and how is it formed? [closed]

Taken from alc.co.jp: 家{いえ}の鍵{かぎ}が見{み}つからなくて、玄関{げんかん}のベルを鳴{な}らしたけど、君{きみ}、家{いえ}に居{い}なかってし、ここでずっと待{ま}ってたんだよ。 (I rang the doorbell because I couldn't find the house key, but you weren't home, so ...
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Could a verb or adjective in the past tense 〜た refer to something no longer true?

I found the following sentences on a website teaching people the order of using the 助動詞. 彼は人に笑われる。 彼を人に笑われさせる。 彼を人に笑われさせたい。 彼を人に笑われさせたくない。 彼を人に笑われさせたくなかった。 彼を人に笑われさせたくなかっただろう。 I ...
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Meaning of 形 here?

I'm wondering what 形 and 形程度 mean in the following conversation. I know that 形 can be used quite figuratively but I never got a good feel for it. A: しかしリーダーといっても形程度のことだろう? B: 形で判断されることもあるでしょ?
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Meaning of onomatopoeia バン / ババン / バーン

Whilst reading Japanese manga, to assist me in learning, I frequently come across a few actions that I am completely unfamiliar with. (Section is circled in red): It even appears in fan art (this ...