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How offensive is ぷっくりする?

I've read the definition of ぷっくりする in a dictionary, and it can basically describe someone who is chubby. As I have rarely seen this expression used, I'd like to know how (in)appropiate it is. Is ぷっくり ...
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Difference between 柄 and 模様

I've tried to find the differences between 柄 and 模様 everywhere but to no avail. What are the differences between 柄 and 模様?
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「感じさせてくれるところ」の意味と使い方

「⚪︎⚪︎を感じさせてくれるところ」 はどういう意味ですか? 皆さん、教えていただけませんか。 よろしくお願いします。^__^
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「全く知りません」と「全然知りません」違うこと [duplicate]

「全く知りません」と「全然知りません」違うことがありますか。 よろしくお願いします。
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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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敬語 with and without ~になる

When asking someone politely to, for example, look at something, you can say both ご覧になっていただけますか following the standard 敬語, but you can also say ご覧いただけますか. Is there any particular difference between ...
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ば ほど with 2 different verbs; 気持ちの持ちよう

作業と思わなければ動けなくなるほど切迫していたが、とにもかくにも精神的なダメージは負わなくなった。 だが、これだけは気持ちの持ちようなどでは耐えられない。 She is pressured by the fact that the more she does not think about this as a job, the more she becomes unable to ...
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meaning of 四里四方{しりしほう}

I found the set phrase "四里四方{しりしほう}" used on several sites (e.g. here with a pun) but I can't find it in wwwjdic. Is it somehow a superlative of 四方{しほう}, something like "(from) all over (the world) ?"
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Is there a difference between 'futari' and 'futari-domo'?

What is the difference between 'futari' and 'futari-domo'? Also, is 二人共 the correct way to write 'futari-domo'?
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門前払いを受けている expression

「ふむ。どうやら宴もたけなわというところだな。こんなところで門前払いを受けている場合ではないぞ、セイバー」 I know the expression: 門前払いを喰わせる=To slam the door in one's face But I can't find anything on this. I think it means something like:...
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What is the meaning of 幾里?

I took up a personal translation project--lyrics to a song from a game I played--recently, and one of the words is giving me trouble. The line out of the song is 我れ幾里の路を共に往かむ, and I can understand ...
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What does the word 「しおって」mean?

Here is the sentences including the word. では おまえたちがここへくるまでのいきさつをいちおう記録するから正直にのべるんだ。 まあ こんなところでよかろう まったくよくもくだらん まねばかりしおって I'm not sure if it is a colloquial form of 「しまう」.
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Understanding 勝手

Maruko has been told that she can't have the food she wants, and replies: 「いいじゃん別にっ。 いつか食べられる日を夢見るくらい、まる子の勝手でしょ。」 ????. To the extent of dreaming of a day, some day, when I can eat (it), Maruko'...
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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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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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大変 How to choose correct meaning

A man has just opened his newspaper and pulled out a bundle of leaflets. He then says: 「いっぱい広告が入ってるなァ。お歳暮も大変だよなァ」 It's full of adverts. The year-end gifts are (also?) great/terrible. I've ...
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Is チェリーボーイ wasei-eigo?

Is the word チェリーボーイ (Eng. "cherry boy", meaning "male virgin") a genuine loanword from English, or is it wasei-eigo? I would have thought it to be a genuine loanword, but the sources cited on ...
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幅広い in this sentence

I was trying to understand some news on the NHK site, but I am having a little trouble with this sentence: 一方、幅広い作品を集めたパノラマ部門では、東日本大震災後の福島県を舞台にしたドイツ人監督の映画で、俳優の桃井かおりさんが出演した「フクシマ・モナムール」が、...
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Is わきみち wakimichi 【脇道 · わき道】 common?

I would like to know if わきみち wakimichi 【脇道 · わき道】 is common. It's my understanding that it means "side street" or "alley".
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What's the difference between 売る and 売れる?

I looked up both words in a dictionary, but they both meant the same thing, "to sell". I was confused because I've been playing around with verb conjugation, and one site told me that 売る was a godan ...
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What is so うまそう about the flower name スノードロップ?

I've seen people saying that this flower has an うまそう name. Why is that? Does it sound similar to some candy or what? Examples include https://twitter.com/hanabot_aph/status/699851458590543872 or 24th ...
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why is でのこと used?

I have two questions regarding the opening lines of a short story called 真夜中の王女(midnight princess) ある王国でのこと。 うつくしい王女が十五歳でなくなって、そのなきがらをおさめたひつぎが、教会にはこびこまれた。 Is the use of でのこと just to give the ...
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Which of these means affection 愛情, 愛 or 情?

Wiktionary says that's in Japanese kanji "愛" means "love" and "affection" however after checking on a Translator in no case does "愛" mean "affection". Supposedly 愛情 is "affection", the only difference ...
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Is there P in japanese

I have been wondering if Japanese language include letter P. I have actually seen words like Pan in Japanese which means bread, but then I found out it was borrowed from Spanish. Then is there any ...
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Is 日 “hi” or “ni”? [duplicate]

日 is at the start of "Nihon" (Japan) making me think it means "Ni" but 日 means Day which is written in romaji as "hi" and pronounced "hi". If 日 has multiple meanings how am I supposed to read it?
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How do I say “Comrade X” in Japanese?

I'm writing a short story for a Japanese class (beginner level). In the story the action takes place in the Soviet Union, where we sometimes used to address each other with the "comrade ..." greeting (...
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What is the difference between Oyasumi and Oyasuminasai?

Why are these 2 words different? Google Translate says they mean the same thing. When would each be used?
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How do I say “cat”? And do I use kanji, hiragana, katakana or rōmaji?

猫, ねこ, ネコ, neko Which of these means "cat"? Is it all of them? Which situation do I use each of these in?
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Meaning of “すわりがいい”?

In a book about introductory Mandarin Chinese written in Japanese, one of the first sections lists some special characteristics of Mandarin not familiar to Japanese speakers (e.g. usually only one ...
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“Cold” in Japanese: When to use 寒冷

I've been using Anki to memorize kanji and words. This word came up: 寒冷{かんれい} which means cold. However I've never heard of this word being used for cold, chilly, etc. Usually it's 寒い{さむい} that is ...
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Japanese for submarine sandwich

Does Japanese have a commonly used term for submarine sandwich/roll? Australian English doesn't have a term AFAIK (the only places that sell such things in Australia are the Subway franchise), and I ...
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Meaning of 自慢の目利き [closed]

Could you please tell me how should I understand and translate 自慢の目利き in the following sentence? この季節は、町内の市場は休みがないため、下苧坪さん(he's a 魚の仲買人- fish dealer) は、毎朝漁港に出かけ、その自慢の目利きで、新鮮な海の幸を仕入れる。 Source: ...
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“Also…” interjection in Japanese; appending an additional request or afterthought

In Japanese, how would one go about appending an additional request or afterthought? For example: 1: お水【みず】をお願【ねが】いします。 "Water please." 2: あっ、(・・・)、氷【こおり】を入【い】れていただけませんか。 "..Ah also, ...
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Difference between てぶくろ and グローブ

According to jisho.org, グローブ seems to have a "sports" nuance to it, wherease 手袋{てぶくろ} seems to be more general. Is this accurate?
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パソコンが 得意だ/わかる/上手だ

So I was studying this book called 日本語生中継, and there was this question where you're supposed to choose the inappropriate word among others. And I got stuck at this sentence: 私は、パソコンが(得意だ.わかる.上手だ.) ...
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Differences between the many words for dinner

According to my dictionary, the following words all mean the same thing: "Dinner": [夜]{よる}ご[飯]{はん}, [晩]{ばん}ご[飯]{はん}, [晩飯]{ばんめし}, [晩食]{ばんしょく}, [夕]{ゆう}ご[飯]{はん}, [夕飯]{ゆうはん(ゆうめし)}, [夕食]{ゆうしょく} A similar ...
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What is うろついとる?

で、モンスターはどこら辺うろついとるか、わかるか? What is うろついとる? I'm not sure if it's a different word from うろつく or if it is short for うろついておる.
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What is a good antonym for 多難 (many difficulties)?

I'm looking for a proper antonym for the word 多難 in a context where it's meaning is 'many difficulties'. Would for example the adverb 難なく be appropriate? It translates to 'easily' according to my ...
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The order after 男女比

Here is a short text I've encountered in a manga I'm reading: The main character talks about his school where 男女比 (the sex ratio) is 9 to 1. At first I thought it means that it has 9 times more ...
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Repetitive words (e.g. どんどん, ぺらぺら, いらいら…)

This is one area that sometimes dings me on tests. While I can generally figure out what is meant from context, I only know a handful offhand. The question here is twofold: Is there a specific ...
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Usage of 東西南北 and 春夏秋冬?

I realize 東西南北 means all 4 directions (East, West, South and North) and 春夏秋冬 means all 4 seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter), but when should these words be used? I can imagine there might be ...
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How would you express “pausing to think” in Japanese?

I was wondering how would you express pausing to think in Japanese. So for example in English it would be said as "hmmmm...". I believe あのう。。。 can be used but are there any more ways to do so? I ...
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Can the translation for “you're welcome” be “mū”?

A Japanese-addict friend of mine recently told me that a possible translation for "you're welcome" in Japanese was "mū", but I must admit I was a bit dubious about that since I had never seen it nor ...
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How do you say “to ask for” in Japanese?

How do you say "to ask for" in Japanese?. For example: He asked his boss for a raise. We ask for great revival. Is "仰{あお}ぐ" fine? In particular, I want to use something that's natural and ...
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Can I use ほど in a comparative context, similarly to how I'd use the English word 'like?' (And if not…what can I use?)

Background: A few months back, I started making the transition from studying sentence constructions to studying grammar. While I try to avoid generating 'Japanese translations of my English ideas,' I ...
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Is there a Japanese word for “finding the pleasantest point of an interior”?

I recently read a quote from architect Sverre Fehn that stated: "Japan has a word for finding the pleasantest point in an interior..." I was wondering if anyone might know what this word is.
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Japanese words with を in shiritori?

I've been playing some しりとり recently at http://www.shiritori.org/ and was wondering why no words with を show up. siritori.net suggests there are quite a few nouns starting with を: を をかし ...
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Do the 「 なんやら」and 「なにやら」have the same meaning?

I have encountered the following sentence. はあ なんすか?... なんやら手つづきがあるようだけど さっさとかたづけちゃってくれませんか。 I have searched meaning of the word on several web sites but I only found the meaning of 「なにやら」. I'm not ...
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What may be the difference in the usage of 自尊心, 誇り and 自慢?

I read a paragraph and it contains the word 自尊心. I want to know the meaning of 自尊心. Dictionary says 自尊心 = pride. Is it the same with 誇り? or 自慢? What may be the differences in the usage of these words?...
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How to say “started to do something”?

I am writing a homework assignment and I am trying to write "I had to start bringing my umbrella". I know that to say "I started eating" it would be 食べはじめる,or to say "I started drinking" it would be ...