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The answer to this question eludes me

I quite like the expression "... eludes me" (or in French "... m'échappe"). I can express this with something like 分からない, 理解できない but this is not faithful to the expression "... eludes me". Indeed, ...
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What is the Japanese word (noun) that means “the bittersweetness of a brief, fading moment of transcendent beauty.”?

The article written by Emily Anthes, appearing in the New Yorker, May 12 issue under the title, “The Glossary of Happiness” wraps up with the following paragraph: Lomas (a lecturer in applied ...
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What is it called when staff at a clothes shop serves a customer

Is this service called サービス or are there better verbs? e.g. 接する
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How do you say “a light read”?

What is a good way to say that a book is a light read? By that I mean writing that is basically created for entertainment, doesn't contain much drama and isn't particularly thought-provoking. ...
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How do I say organize in Japanese as in organize an event?

I am aware of the word for organizing a cabinet, organizing a room, but what is the word when one wants to say that a person organized an event, as in a person arranging an event or a gathering?
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What is the name of paper to train how to write kanji?

I'm learning how to write hiragana, katakana and kanji. What is the name of paper that has little squares to write the Japanese characters? Where can I find it to print?
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ことわざ for staying out of things you don't understand

Is there a ことわざ which means "don't talk about things you don't understand"?
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How to say 'an outdoorsy person' in Japanese

In Google Translate, outdoorsy shows up as: アウトドア好きの. I know this means 'likes outdoors'. I wonder if I can write XXXはアウトドア好きの人です。Meaning XXX is an outdoorsy person. My first instinct is usually not ...
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How to say at most one?

Let's assume that I want to define the concept of injective function: A function f is said to be injective if each element of the domain has at most one image. which would become something like ...
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How to say “I had a fight with” and “to be angry with each other”

I want to say "I had a fight with my girlfriend. Now we are angry with each other". I know how to say "to fight with someone" but it seems to have violent connotations. What is the verb to express ...
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What is the commonly used phrase (if any) to convey the meaning of “detail-oriented analyst”? [duplicate]

I found the phrase オブジェクト指向プログラミング for "object oriented programming". Does 詳細指向な分析者 sound natural for saying "detail-oriented analyst"?
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japanese verb for “to surf the internet”

What are the Japanese words which express surfing the internet/browsing the internet/being on the internet both formal and informal? I stumbled upon this problem while trying to find a way to say "I ...
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I'm doing 自己PR, how can I say that I'm a person who doesn't give up?

I'm doing "自己{じこ}PR" for a school recommendation interview, how can I say that I'm a person who doesn't give up? Like, even if something's difficult, I don't give up. If possible, please make it as ...
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Phrase/word for “human to god” love / idolatry?

A Korean friend used a word that I believe was a Japanese loan word, that he said meant a "human to god" kind of love - an 'inferior' being loving or idolizing a 'superior' one. It wasn't a phrase but ...
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同{おな}じ that means “same” is a noun but 違{ちが}う that means “differs” is a verb

When I asked Japanese about the opposite of 同じ, they always answer 違う. For me, it sounds strange that 同じ which is a noun has an antonym 違う which is a verb. Is there a pair of adjectives in Japanese ...
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Is *domo arigato* considered formal?

Is domo arigato considered formal? Context: Buying something at a store, thanking a waiter, etc
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A verb or noun for a 始発電車 arriving for passengers

Is there a name for a situation when a train departing from a source station (始発電車) arrives empty and waits for passengers? For example, is there a way to ask if the train is already waiting on a ...
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How to convey the best possible word in japanese for 'I want to clobber him'?

I'm having difficulty choosing word for 'to clobber' in Japanese. What I mean for this 'Clobber' is to beat thoroughly and conclusively in a fight competition. I wonder if I can use these words: ...
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What is the right translation for grade in the context of a course

I want to know how to translate the word grade in sentences like what is the passing grade for this course? or Where are the final grades posted? I found some options in the dictionary ...
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How would I explain to a Japanese that I like to hear their rolling “R”?

Ok I've been listening to this girl broadcasting her webcam and sometimes she will start talking in a sort of a "rolling R" dialect, or like a "yakuza" type of speaking with rolling R's. Is there is ...
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What would be the most apt word in kanji, for “Animal world”?

Okay, that may sound a little confusing, and no, not looking for the name of a zoo or theme park here XD Essentially, simply put, I'm writing a novel, and for that, building a world around it. Yes, ...
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What is Japanese for the grammar term “verb base”?

What is Japanese word for the grammar term "verb base"? In English language descriptions of the Japanese language verb conjugation for "kau' for example, "ka" is listed as the stem. Base #1 is ...
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How to express the phrase “overrated” or “over-…”

What is the natural way to express the concept of 'overrated'? For example "this actor is overrated". The nearest I can think of is この役者はこうひょうかすぎる。But I don't know if this is even grammatically ...
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What is the phrase for “the amount of time for paid activities”?

It might vary from company to company. When we work as a part-time employee, most companies usually pay only for the time we work. It means that we don't get paid for the break time in between. For ...
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Japanese special phrases for “study season” and “long holiday season following study season”

I am looking for two separate Japanese phrases that each convey meanings as follows, A "study season" in which the study or lecture begins to ends with some short holidays in between. For example, a ...
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Japanese equivalent of the phrase “wrapped around your finger”?

The English phrase "wrapped around your finger" usually means that a male is so fond of a girl that she can get him to do almost anything she wants, or to give her whatever she wants. In my case, it ...
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What is the opposite of 初心者?

As in, I want to say veterans/old hats at doing something instead of beginners at doing something. Edit: Thank you for all the responses. I wasn't looking to imply skill, so I think 経験者 is the word I ...
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Word request: Agreeing in a conversation

For example: in a conversation about food, when your friend says that the food is おいしい, then you can also say おいしいね, or そうだね. Are there other ways you can say in agreement? Perhaps a phrase similar ...
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Can the phrase 不条理劇 “a theatre of absurd” be used figuratively in Japanese?

Would it be valid in casual Japanese conversation to use the term 不条理劇{ふじょうりげき} or 不条理演劇{ふじょうりえんげき} to describe a situation in which for example two parties A and B are talking to each other using ...
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“I just ate a few minutes ago”

When a friend asks if you want to go to dinner, but have already eaten, then you say "もう食べた". Is there a way of saying "just ate" (a few minutes ago). Maybe it is another way of saying もう食べた
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a japanese equivalent to the english expression: 'enjoy'

Is there a japanese equivalent to the english expression 'ENJOY'? As in: Friends invite you to go out to eat in a restaurant, but you can't come. So you say 'enjoy!'
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How do you respond when someone knocks on the toilet door?

If you were using the toilet and someone knocked on the door what would be the common response to indicate it was occupied? I noticed some Japanese people knock back, but it is not always possible, ...
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How can I say “Flash-forward”?

I've been thinking about a way to say "Flash-forward two years in the future, he is now a school-teacher. or something of the like. 二年後、彼は今教師です。 is what I thought of. Does this even make ...
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Should I use honorifics to say (言う 'iu') for subordinate clauses?

When I use という to-iu, for example: これと同{おな}じ「草{くさ}」というものがここに生{は}えますか? Kore to onaji “kusa” to-iu mono ga kokoni haemasu ka? Does something like this so-called “grass” grow around here? ...
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音読み for 箱 - word examples

I've seen that 箱 could be read as ソウ, but when I look in the dictionaries I use most of the time, I can only find words with はこ (Or ばこ)reading (then you realize that Japanese have boxes for everything ...
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What is the name for an uppercut (scooping punch) in Japanese?

Ura-zuki is more linear. Age Ura-zuki is rising but still linear. What about Sukui ura-zuki? Any martial artists know this one? I am hoping for an official karate term, but I will settle for a ...
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Japanese counter for exercise repetitions

Recently, I've been attempting to incorporate Japanese into my daily life more frequently. As I went through my morning exercises, I realized that I wasn't sure if simply counting 一,二,三... was ...
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Is there a Japanese word or phrase for the chemistry in a relationship?

Is there a Japanese word or phrase for the chemistry in a relationship? And by "relationship", I don't mean a strictly romantic one. It could be the chemistry between best friends, or even the lack ...
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Is there a Japanese word for “XY problem”?

Is there a Japanese word for "XY problem"? (The phrase comes from here and here) XY problem - asking about your attempted solution rather than your actual problem. Or should I write 「XYプロブレム」or ...
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How to call the game where you have to find where a picture was taken?

In Japanese, is there a word or expression for the game where someone posts a picture of a place, and others have to find where it is, or even take the same picture? If there is no specific word, ...
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What is the female equivalent for 「ご主人様」 or “master?”

In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe novel, the character Aslan orders centaurs and eagles to chase a wolf, saying, "He will be going to his mistress." He is referring to the wolf's female ...
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Is there a female version of ikemen?

Ikemen means something like cool man, is there something similar for women?
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Customer who bought from you in the past, and buys again because they like the product

I am looking for a shorter word to convey the fact that a customer buys again: 去年のお客さんが今年も買ってくれたので、価値があるかと思います I want to insist on the fact that a customer buying again means that they like the ...
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How do you say “pair” of people?

I speak no Japanese, but need to represent the concept of pair or team in a poetic context. Specifically, I would like to describe two people (a couple) as a "pair of shinobi". From a poetic ...
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Difference between ずっと and いつも

The other day when I was having a brief conversation in Japanese I meant to say "I have always been living here" so I said いつも(the name of my home province)に住んでいます。 The Japanese person I was speaking ...
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How to say “about” as in “to read about”

I wonder how to say something like Now I'm reading about ways to get to Kyoto from Tokyo. I know the necessary words but I wonder how to say this "about". Will it be okay if I just write this? ...
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What do you call young animals in Japanese?

In English we have a lot of very specific words for many animals. Male foxes are known as reynards or tods, female foxes are known as vixens, and baby foxes are known as kits. It's not an isolated ...
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Is there a Japanese term to express the concept of “Comfort Zone”?

According to Wikipedia, it would be "舒适区" IN CHINESE- I would like to know if this is valid and recognizable in Japanese, too, or if there are more specific/nuanced terms to convey the same idea in ...
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Is there a name for the promotional packs of tissues peculiar to Japan?

Anybody who has visited a Japanese city will have noticed that peculiar type of advertising not common elsewhere. Packets of tissues containing some promotional offer or even quite like a calling ...
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What is the verb for gardening?

I came up with a bunch of nouns, so I'm thinking this is a suru verb. Closest thing I came up with is 築庭する。 (chikutei suru), but it translates to landscape gardening. Is there a more common usage? ...