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What does ま、いっか。めんどくさいし mean?

I have trouble with interpreting the following sentence: ま、いっか。めんどくさいし It has to do with something being troublesome.
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Weird term 真綿感. What does it mean?

I was reading a book when I stumbled upon the term 真綿感. A trip to the dictionary didn't give me an exact match (it says that 真綿 is "silk floss" and that 真綿で首を絞める is "to drag things out" or "to ...
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Add English nuances to Japanese “いいえ”

Here are some natural ways to say "no" in English (please forgive the language): No God no Hell no F*** no How to include the English nuances in Japanese? Best attempts: No - いいえ or ううん God ...
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How to express “X sounds like Y”

How can I express the idea that one word sounds like another? As a concrete example, I wanted to say, 「フライアー」sounds like 「fryer」. Looking in dictionaries (wadoku/jisho) for "sound like" turns up 「...
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Meaning of XXをYYと認める:「形容動詞を品詞と認めない立場」

On the 助動詞 wikipedia page there is this sentence and I can't make sense of the part in bold: 助詞「の」「ので」「のに」等が続く場合に使われる。連体形だが名詞を修飾することはできない。なお、形容動詞を品詞と認めない立場では別の考え方になる。 Here is my try : (Those ...
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Structure and meaning of もう少しなんとかならんかったもんかね

The sentence is from a manga in which the character, after saying this : オレの細胞がてめえみたいなみにくいバケモノに使われているなんてショックだぜ。 What a shock that my cells were used for an ugly monster like you. Says this :...
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How can you express “as long as you want”?

I want to tell my friend that he can stay at my house as long as he wants. I was thinking: 泊まるのは何ヶ日でもいいです。 or 泊まりたい程泊まってもいいです。 What is the correct way?
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Usage of the word 心配

Sorry if this is really simple and I'm overlooking the obvious, but I'm not sure how the following sentence should be translated as I've noticed on previous occasions that the word 「心配{しんぱい}」 might be ...
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What does ~頂ければと思います mean? Why does such a construction happen?

I've heard phrases sometimes like: チェックいただければと思います。chekku itadakereba to omoimasu "If you check this ... I think."? Why is that ~と思います at then end of the phrase?
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ぶん after a standard form verb vs ほど or くらい

I came across an example like this: 頼り無さげに 見られるぶん;生徒達に慕って もらえるのは 素直に嬉しい tayorinasage ni mirareru bun; seitotachi ni shitatte moraeru no wa sunao ni ureshii After searching several grammar ...
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What is the meaning of ことに当たるように?

What is the meaning of ことに当たるように in this example (there is already a post of にあたって/にあたり, but I can't understand)? 以後{いご}はトムと協力{きょうりょく}してことに当{あ}たるように
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Is there a difference in meaning between 何時間寝ますか and 何時に寝ますか

Is there a difference in meaning between 「何時間寝ますか」 and 「何時に寝ますか」 ? I know that 「何時に寝ますか。」means "What time do you sleep?" But what about 「何時間寝ますか。」?
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Does 韓国車 refer to the Korean Automotive Industry or to Korean cars in general?

I came across this sentence, だが、韓国車には決定的な弱点がある。 and was wondering if 韓国車 referred to Korean cars, or the automotive industry in Korea. Jisho says that it refers to the Automotive industry, wondering ...
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Meaning of phrase 「どちらがどうとかいう」

I'm struggling to understand the meaning of the phrase 「どちらがどうとかいう」 in the following passage. 彼女のことが好き、という昔の気持ちは、多分、ちゃんと残っている。一緒にいる仲間という気持ちは、強く残っている。 でも一瞬だけ。 「・・・・・・」 一瞬だけ、...
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Use of んじゃない after verbs

EDIT: It seems I have a misunderstanding about んじゃない. I thought it was meant to add "isn't it" to the end of a question. e.g. 田中さんはケーキを食べるんじゃない "田中 eats cake doesn't he?. According to Tsuyoshi Ito's ...
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Is there a Japanese phrase equivalent to “Chopstick gene”?

Is there a Japanese phrase equivalent to "Chopstick gene" (or "Chopsticks gene")? Here's a link to a description in the scientific journal Molecular Psychiatry, and here's one to everything2.com, but ...
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Isn't there something wrong in this sentence? Does 対抗できずに create semantic conflict?

I´m reading this article and the sentence below looks weird to me. I copied it as it is in this article: 拒否しようと決心した気持ちに対抗できずに、言われるままに行動してしまう主人公の姿は、現代人の中にも根強く生きていると感じる。 There are some parts which ...
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Grammatical Pattern : VerbてのNoun

What does this grammatical structure/pattern mean? I am trying to understand the meaning of the following sentence where the VerbてのNoun pattern appears. "昭和64年に起きた誘拐事件を巡る物語だけに、“昭和な顔”を買われての起用だったという" ...
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未来につなぐ: Precise meaning? Fuzzy marketing buzzword?

未来につなぐ Does this phrase have a precise meaning, a meaning that can be translated into precise English? Or is this simply a positive-sounding but vague trendy marketing phrase? I see for example the ...
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Translation of particle で in 「オーストラリアは今夏でとてもあついです」

オーストラリアは 今 夏で とても あつい です。 Does this sentence mean: “Australia is currently in summer and it's very hot”. Or, “Australia is now very hot in summer”. I know that the Japanese sentence could ...
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Few hard to recognize handwritten characters in miniature umbrella

There are a few characters handwritten in a miniature umbrella acquired in Hakone mountain in the mid 60’s that I don't understand. Could you please help me with those characters? I’ve transliterated ...
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Is there a general purpose equivalent for the “agent suffix” -er of English?

In English any verb can be turned into a kind of noun called an "agent noun", that just means the do-er of the action: to drive - driver to walk - walker to think - thinker to drink - drinker ...
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さまよう vs ぶらつく vs うろつく for the sense of “to wander”?

I thought I might add a word to my Japanese vocabulary that means as close to "to wander" as possible in English. In the English Wiktionary three Japanese words are mentioned but only one has an ...
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“Apple tax” in Japanese

Wiktionary more or less defines "Apple tax" as The price premium paid by consumers of Apple consumer products over comparable devices from competitors. Is there an equivalent term in Japanese ...
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Should I use 通訳 or 翻訳?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but 通訳 is used for translating conversations(interpreting) whereas 翻訳 is used more for translating documents, right? I have a document that I had a Japanese friend translate ...
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How to say: (one) month through (another) month

I'm working on my Japanese homework, and we're practicing describing weather. We're given charts on temperature to say things like: カイロは九月が一番あついです。Or, "In Cairo, September is the hottest month." ...
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Meaning of いなくもない

I am not sure about いなくもない in the following sentence: 「私の尋ねていることにちゃんと答えなさい」と腹をたてる人もいなくもない。 I guess the meaning is that people react pissed when someone tells them to just answer the question(s), but ...
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What's the best translation of アタリ in the context of drawing?

I'm reading through a book on how to draw in a classic Japanese manga style. Specifically, the book is about the basics of デッサン, "sketching". They use the term アタリ a lot. For example, this typical ...
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How can I say “make a big deal [about/out of/of] X”?

See title. I'm looking for idiomatic ways to say something like this - over-emphasizing something, worrying about it overly much, etc. Bonus points if a literal 大 (whether read as だい or おお) is ...
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How should one interpret ~ていた + だなんて

I came across the following sentence in volume 12 of the manga たいようのいえ and was unsure how to interpret the expression at the end. Could someone please explain how the "だなんて" changes the meaning or ...
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help with small line of Fate/stay night

This is a small part of Rin's summoning chant in Fate/stay night: 四方{しほう}の門{もん}は閉{と}じ、王冠{おうかん}より出{い}で、王国{おうこく}に至{いた}る三叉路{さんさろ}は循環{じゅんかん}せよ。 I have some questions about this... The last part ...
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Meaning of 水面 in reference to population

The series of reports "Annual Statistics of the City of Tokyo" (東京市統計年表) gives insight into the demographics of Tokyo from 1905 until the 1940s. In particular, for each ward of Tokyo (they weren't ...
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Need help with 際

In one of my Anki decks I found the following sentence: A氏は日本を訪問するに際し、喜びを語った。 The sentence was translated as: Mr. A spoke of his joy of visiting Japan. I assume that the translation is ...
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Help with “My little sister can't run this fast” in the style of ~こんなに~わけがない

Newcomer in the Japanese stackexchange. :) My knowledge in the language is fairly limited and I need your help. I'd like to know how is "My little sister can't run this fast" in Japanese? Different ...
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“お調べいただいた上、” vs. “お調べいただき、…”

What is the difference in meaning between: (1) お調べいただいた上、注文通りの品をお送り下さいますよう、お願いします。 (2) お調べいただき、注文通りの品を送り下さいますよう、お願いします。 I understand #2. (2) Upon your looking into the matter, please ...
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A word for 'clothed' or 'decent'?

Is there single word in Japanese used for '(fully) clothed' or 'decent'? As in, 'OK, you can come in, I'm decent now' or 'At least one of the kids is (fully) clothed (or dressed).' Of course one can ...
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What is the difference between 「届け」and 「届ける」?

Found a phrase on article which says, 写真をお届け! i don't think it's meireikei, so why the verb doesn't end with ru?
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Can “コンピュータ” be interpreted to include smartphones and tablets?

I need a noun that includes all of: (desktop computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone). Back in the day, in English, a "computer" normally only meant a desktop computer. These days, I think most people ...
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How to say 'they will suffer'?

I'm trying to say, that if there is a natural disaster, the whole of Japan will suffer. However, I'm finding it quite difficult to translate this into Japanese. Do either of these make sense? ...
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How do you translate “My hovercraft is full of eels”?

The good old nonsense phrase of foreign languages is Monty Python's classic "My hovercraft is full of eels". Accordingly in Japanese one of the first things I learned was "私のホバークラフトはうなぎがいっぱいです". ...
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What does の頃【ころ】 mean in this sentence?

I don't know what の頃【ころ】 means in this sentence. I know ころ means 'about' or 'around' but I still don't understand its use here. ロンドンに来たばかりの頃【ころ】、私は「Chip Butty」を知りませんでした。 My best translation: I've ...
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Asking “What is the size of the file?”

I am discussing via email about a file, and I want to ask "What is the size of the file?" Here is my try: サイズは何ですか? I realize it sounds weird though, and サイズはどのぐらいですか? might sound better but I am ...
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Is “part-time work” an accurate translation of バイト?

The most common translation I see of バイト I see is "part-time work". However, the contexts I see it used in seem to refer to casual work, as opposed to people having a permanent job, merely with ...
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What does り have to do with this?

So I asked some Japanese guy if he really meant something (about speaking in certain language) with 本当ですか and I got this as an answer: 実はしゃべれるわけじゃなかったりする I understand what わけではない means, but what'...
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What does “クズな” mean?

Original sentence: 審判がクズなだけ! Google translates it as "Referee just scrap!" So if we analyze the sentence: 審判(referee) が(GA particle) クズな(???) だけ(only?) What part of speech is クズな and what does the ...
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How do I accurately convey “enough to make a difference”?

I want to say "it's different enough to make a difference," but I'm struggling a bit to get there. Partly because the two uses of "different" in this sentence are doing two different jobs. The first ...
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Does this athlete intend to play in the street or for the street?

In a bizarre and transparently ineffective attempt to try and change the culture of Shibuya's central shopping district, the shopowners promotion association (商店街{しょうてんがい}振興{しんこう}組合{くみあい}) has changed ...
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What is the meaning of ちょうど一本 in this context?

If I've understood correctly, ちょうど followed by a counting word usually means something like "just x" or "exactly x" depending on the context, but I can't figure out what it means in this opening ...
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“絶対について来ないでね。” as “Absolutely don't come/follow”

Overheard the phrase which sounded like "絶対について来ないでね。". I believe it means 'absolutely don't come/follow'. The speaker was actually hinting to follow her. I'm just curious if my translation makes ...
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What's the meaning of 届けて

Can I ask a favour? I am trying to catch on the meaning of the song 涙をとどけて. I have caught everything except for the following 4 lines, which remain vague for me. 涙をとどけて 本当のこと 想いをとどけて 言えないこと ...