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Nuance of マスター vs. ご主人 when referring to a cafe owner

I'm reading a story where the main character debates whether he should call an cafe owner マスター or ご主人. At first he says the former doesn't fit this person, so he uses the latter, but after a ...
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Correct grammar for “snow fox”?

I looked up in translator that "Snow fox" is gonna be "Yuki no kitsune". Ok, yuki - snow, kitsune - fox. But what if I get rid of "no" part? What if I spell it like "Yuki kitsune" or "Kitsune yuki". ...
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Can 寂しい be used to describe an insufficiency?

In the sentence: もしにおいを説明するのに、「いい香り」と「臭い」しか言葉がなかったら寂しい。 I'm confused by the use of 寂しい. My interpretation of the general meaning of the sentence is: Even if you explain/describe a smell, ...
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meaning of 一人じゃ [duplicate]

I'm familiar with 一人じゃない, but I'm not sure what 一人じゃ means. Is it a contracted version? I found the word in this context below: 一人じゃ運べそうもないから、手伝ってくれる? (Since it seems like I'm unable to carry ...
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What is the difference between 「本物」 and 「本当」?

Originally, I had the following sentence: 人形は本当の人のように動きました。 A Japanese native corrected to be: 人形は本物の人のように動きました。 I just want to understand what the difference between the 2 words is, and ...
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When can or should I substitute other particles with 「の」 during nominalization?

When talking about hobbies, interests, etc. it's pretty usual, I think, to nominalize string of words chained by particles. For example drawing pictures is 「絵を描く」or playing soccer is 「サッカーをする」. If one ...
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How you would say combination in Japanese?

Someone is trying to open a safe, a briefcase, or padlock, and that person says, "What's the combination?". Referring to sequence of numbers to open said lock. What's the Japanese equivalent for ...
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ですかorですが?which one is correct?

While playing League of Legends with some Japanese friends on the JP server, I noticed something interesting. Some of them use "ですが"in chat instead of the correct ”か” I asked them about it and they ...
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How to say “spoil”

For example He spoiled the joke by putting the punchline in the title. or I haven't finished watching it so don't spoil the plot! All I can find in the dictionary for "spoil" is of food/...
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Translation of 覚えちゃうくらいの距離で

Recently I was listing a youtube video and I found a song that blew my mind. I can understand almost every word, but no matter how hard I try, I can't understand the construction: 覚えちゃうくらいの距離で. If ...
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What are the Japanese words for MMA terminology?

Bit of a niche question specific (mostly) to words. I'm currently living in Japan and I'm a fan of mixed martial arts (MMA / UFC), watching and training. There are a couple of Japanese people I live ...
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What does the word 「きりねえ」mean in this sentence?

Here is the sentence said by an old man who got only one eye visible. 教官先生...わしの目を見てくだせえ たった一つっきりねえがなまじの肉親以上に本人のためを思っているこの目を! In my opinion, he probably talked about his only visible one eye. If it ...
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godan verbs ending in nu besides shinu [duplicate]

Are there any godan verbs ending in nu besides shinu?
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What does the word 「だまっとれ」mean?

It is in a sentence said by an old man who is speaking to a group of children. おめえらはだまっとれ! I think it should be an imperative form of 「黙る」 but I found, in an online dictionary, that the form is ...
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What does the word 「せん」mean in this sentence?

It is said by the old man to a group of children about going to see a boy who is in a jail. An old man: おめえら そんなかっこうであそんでいていいのか ジョーにあいにいくしたくを せんでもいいのか A child: あたいたちもつれてってくれるの? I noticed that there ...
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What is 社会運動標榜?

What is 社会運動標榜 and how is it different from 社会運動家 ? The first is criminal in Japan and the second is not, but I'm not clear on the differences. Props if you can also explain how this may or may not ...
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The meaning of 吐く in a scene from 火花

In the popular novel 火花, after the two main characters engage in a manzai-like conversation, Kamiya says the following: 「二人がかりで結構時間かかったな。笑いって、こんなに難しかったっけ?」 I think I have a good understanding of ...
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ば晴れて usage and meaning

要はその期限まで、誰にも私たちの事をしゃべらず、また、勝手に死ななければ晴れて自由の身ってこと。 I don't understand what that bold part mean. Is this a set phrase?
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does anyone know of any o-words or go-words which are absolutely neutral?

Does anyone know of any o-words or go-words which are absolutely neutral (have no nuances of being polite / courteous / respectful / womanly / cute etc etc)? The only ones I'm aware of currently is ...
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How to say “X movies” that are movies about X

How do I say 'X movies' in Japanese? By this I mean a movie about X, not X made that movie. An example to illustrate what I mean is: There are a lot of Steve Jobs movies It is clear that Steve ...
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What does かこっかな mean?

I see this used but I can't figure out what it means.
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What does the word 「やったる」mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. It is said by an old man who is cooking some food and planning to give it to a younger person who is in jail. ようし わしゃあやったるぜ I am not sure if it is a shorten ...
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Is it okay if we pronounce a word with an 'r' sound in English 'R' instead of the Japanese 'R', which is somewhere in between 'L' and 'R'?

So instead of pronounce, 'la le li lo lu', I pronounce it normally, which is, 'ra re ri ro ru'. Could the Japanese tell the difference?
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_っ_り form adverbs

I keep seeing these onomatopoeic adverbs popping up with the form: _っ_り. Some examples include ぐっすり、ぴったり、すっきり、etc…. Is there a name for these adverbs, and why are they in this specific form?
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Origin of ずんぐり(むっくり)

Is ずんぐり(むっくり) at all related to/derived from [栗]{くり}? Here is a screenshot of the Google Image results when I searched for 「くり キャラ」: As you can see, most of these characters fit the description of ...
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How do I spell “So! So! So! So! So!”?

I've heard people say "So! So! So! So! So!" (or possibly "Sou! Sou! Sou!" or maybe using "z" instead of "s" - I'm bad at hearing) when laughing in agreement. When middle-aged women speak Japanese ...
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「横断する」と「横切る」の違い

Could you explain the difference between 通りを横断する and 道路を横切る?
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What is さらさら on packaging?

Noticed a word さらさら appearing on various products' packaging I've got from Japan. The main translation ("rustling sound") doesn't seem like something you'd ordinarily expect to see there... Especially ...
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japanese long sentences

他方、成績評価の甘い授業が高く評価されたり、人気取りに走る教師が出たりし、成績の安売りや大学教師のレベルダウンという弊害をもたらす恐れがある、などの反省意見もある. i really dont understand this sentence meaning, anyone knows? on the other hand, by focusing on evaluating lessons ...
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そうです expressions

I've been learning Japanese for a few years now but I still haven't fully grasped the ways そうです is used in conversation. What I'm concerned with are the following expressions: そうです/そうなんです そうですか/...
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What do the words 「ことに」, at the end of a sentence, and 「を巡り」mean?

Here is the sentence relating to my question. 院生たちに慰問に現れた葉子を巡り、再び力石とジョーは拳を交えることに。 1) For the word 「を巡り」, does it mean 'concerning' which similar to the meaning of 「を巡って」? 2) For the word 「ことに] , is ...
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Do native speakers consider particles separate words?

A frequent example used when saying that the definition of 'word' is fluid in Japanese particles, which can be viewed as separate words or affixes. I want to know whether a native speaker would say ...
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ふたりで一人前で meaning

ふたりで一人前でいろんなものをまっぷたつにするのは何? What is the thing that can cut in half various things when the to parts become one? This is my interpretation, but I think is wrong. Can someone explain? Especialli ...
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What is a natual expression for “vast collection”?

I can't seen to find a natural expression for "vast collection", as in: I have a vast collection of baseball cards. Literally there is 莫大なコレクション, but that seems pretty unnatural and I don't see ...
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Is 殷富 never used Kanji?

I want to say Human beings need not only health and wealth but also knowledge. For the wealth, I chose 殷富{いんぷ} instead of 富{とみ}. When I said the following 健康{けんこう}や殷富{いんぷ}に限{かぎ}らず、人間{にんげん}...
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Is Japanese that primitive? [closed]

I've been learning japanese for a while as well as other languages and I keep thinking that it's primitive because everything is dropped out and the number of words is less than in other languages ...
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Words for observatory tower such as Tokyo Sky Tree, Umeda Sky Building, etc

What is the word used in Japanese for [Observatory Tower] such as Sky Tree, Umeda Sky Building, or any similar high tower? (not limited to broadcasting tower, but rather place where people can observe ...
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“Reductio ad absurdum”: Any easy way to express this concept in Japanese?

Is there an easy way to express the concept of “reductio ad absurdum” in Japanese? I find that the following dictionary terms tend to be unfamiliar even to college-educated Japanese speakers: 帰謬法 ...
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How to say please could I have my money back?

I paid for some lessons in advance but now it looks like I won't be able to do them all. So I want to tell the teacher to give me my money back (in a polite way). My ideas are something like either ...
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Undertsanding the different かける

You know the verb かける? It has so many meanings my mind can't comprehend them all. Sometimes I feel unsure, so i'll look it up in the dictonary, however when doing so I can't help but feel overhelmed ...
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Hello, there is a certain phrase that I've been trying to translate but because of a few expressions I am stuck (this is a multi-part question)

Here is the phrase: メーラーの設定によってクリックのみでは正しく開けない場合があります The expressions that have me stuck are: みで - I'm not sure what this expression could be... is it some kind of modifier possibly or is it ...
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japanese ambiguous sentences [closed]

hello guys can you help me to translate this ambiguous sentence? これは道路の上に作られた細い溝と、その上を通るタイヤによって作られるのだが、制限速度で走らないと音楽らしい音楽に聞こえない。 translation: it is narrow gutter which is laid on top of road, ...
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Meaning of this definition of 落雷?

落雷:雷が落ちること。地表物を一つの電極とした雷雲からの放電現象。[季]夏。 I can't understand the meaning of the bold part. I looked up 地表物 but could find nothing.
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Difference between「湿る」「濡れる」

Could you help me to understand the difference between「湿る」「濡れる」?
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Help with identification and translation [closed]

-I only started working on Japanese last night.- I have a rather low resolution image taken from a computer game. I have managed to use handwriting detection tools to transcribe the kanji/kana to ...
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たらしめる? ex: “素晴らしいfontを素晴らしいものたらしめているのは何かについて学んだ。”

素晴らしいcalligraphyを素晴らしいものたらしめているのは何かについて学んだ。 I studied what makes great calligraphy to be great. With regard to たらしめる I don't understand that sentence structure. The presence of を means there must ...
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涯 in a sentence

I'm reading Sakaguchi Ango's In the forest, under cherries in full bloom, and I have a question about a meaning of a word in a sentence. The story, if you don't know it, is about a bandit who's afraid ...
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Confirmation regarding Japanese colors i-adjective

I want to ask confirmation regarding Japanese colors. I understand that there are NOUN, and I-adj version of some colors. Such as 赤&赤い、青&青い , etc But this part below is something I cannot confirm. ...
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Relation between 大学, 学校 and 大学校

These are the specifications, that I do already know: [学校]{がっこう} = school, including [小学校]{しょうがっこう}, [中学校]{ちゅうがっこう}, etc. [大学]{だいがく} = university (used frequently) [大学校]{だいがっこう} = university (not a ...