言葉. Any question that does not deal specifically with grammar or pronunciation. Includes questions about prefixes, suffixes, compound words, loanwords, dialectal differences, pragmatic usage, etc. In other words, phenomena that occurs at the level of the word.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

4
votes
2answers
132 views

Meaning of 人材を作り上げる

This sentence is confusing me a bit, particularly the bold part: 国際社会に通用する人材を作り上げることに繋がるってわけなんだよ! Jisho.org has the definition of 人材 as: capable person; talented person; human resources; ...
3
votes
1answer
159 views

to overshadow in japanese

As the title say, I want to express the idea of an character overshadowing the main character in a story. The only thing that I was able to found in the dictionary was 霞む, but this seems to be more on ...
2
votes
2answers
202 views

What does 楽しめよ really mean?

I've been listening to the song "If I die tonight" by KOHH and at the end of the second verse he says 楽しめよ and the subtitles say it means "live it up". But when I look for translation elsewhere it's ...
3
votes
1answer
96 views

meaning of 楽{たの}しむ, the verb being used intransitively

I read in the Asahi Shimbun the following article's headline (furigana are mine) : 神様{かみさま}も楽{たの}しむ? 桜{さくら}の新{しん}品種{ひんしゅ}、京都{きょうと}で発見{はっけん} 北野天満宮{きたのてんまんぐう} my translation : Do the gods ...
6
votes
3answers
125 views

What's the difference between 上手い, 美味い, 旨い, and 巧い?

All four of these words are read as うまい and have the same meaning in my dictionary so I was wondering, can these four words (上手い, 美味い, 旨い, and 巧い) be used interchangeably?
4
votes
2answers
418 views

What does シャリン mean here?

So, I have this sentence: 身動きすると、シャリンと涼やかな音が鳴り響く。 And I have no idea what シャリン is doing here. As far as I can tell, it's modifying 音, sound, but the only word "シャリン" that I've been able to find is ...
11
votes
1answer
1k views

加える/増やす and 加わる/増える or even 増加する/殖/足, various kanji for “adding things”

I'm a bit confused regarding the choice between the 加 and 増 kanji for any meaning related to "adding one thing to another". I assume that, as usual, the suru-verb combination 増加する is somewhat more ...
3
votes
1answer
85 views

What does “俺も俺か” mean?

What does "俺も俺か" mean? Anyone please help me >__
3
votes
2answers
452 views

Please help me understand [予習]{よ・しゅう}

tl;dr The word 予習 is strange to me. Is its usage related to cultural difference? Does the user's knowledge of the material have something to do with it? I've always had trouble understanding ...
5
votes
2answers
96 views

Purpose of “のだ” in “数年も漁村に住んでて、いろんな魚種類を食べてるのだ”?

I am making this example based on some Japanese I heard about a different subject, but the basic context is the same. The context is that someone has lived in a fishing village for a long time. As a ...
1
vote
0answers
57 views

I'm having trouble understanding 持って帰ったら in this particular sentence [duplicate]

I'm attempting to watch Steven Universe in Japanese and I got really confused when I heard a character say something like "そのケースを持って帰ったら?” This is referring to when Sadie asks Steven if he wants to ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

What's the difference between 触る and 触れる?

These two seem to overlap almost completely. The only thing I can really tell is that 触れる seems that it can also be used in a metaphorical sense ("touch on" something; feel; perceive). I'm ...
5
votes
1answer
130 views

When to use 倒れる or 落ちる?

What are the differences between them, and in what kind of sentences should I use one rather than the other?
3
votes
3answers
721 views

What does “兄者など” mean?

I read a doujinshi about an older brother who was teased by his younger brother, and the younger brother said "兄者など". I don't really get what it means. Someone please help me ;__;
2
votes
1answer
64 views

滅日 meaning and J-J definition problems

繁栄にあつく。 ルーツは原初からして不明。 滅日の記憶はない。 Hospitable to flourishing. Starting from the base, the roots are mysterious. There are no memories of ?? I looked up that word in a dictionary and could not ...
17
votes
3answers
1k views

Is はおる a commonly used verb

...お出かけ用のワンピースを着て、コートをはおりながら... ...she put on a dress suitable for the trip and while putting on her coat... I've not seen the verb はおる before and it does not appear in any of my more basic ...
1
vote
1answer
184 views

what is “progressive form” in japanese?

I am making a Japanese verb conjugation app and can not seem to find the Japanese equivalent of "Progressive Form" For example 辞書形 = dictionary form 命令形 = imperative form 可能形 = potential form etc. ...
0
votes
1answer
68 views

Difference between 赤{あか} and 赤色{あかいろ} [duplicate]

What is the difference between 赤{あか} and 赤色{あかいろ}?
1
vote
1answer
116 views

What is the function of “o”?

Why do people have to add "o" to "namae" like "Onamae wa?"
5
votes
1answer
88 views

Difference between 問う, 聞く, and 訊ねる

What's the difference between the words (to ask) - 問う, 聞く, and 訊ねる? 聞く seems like it might be more formal, and 訊ねる less common in speaking. There's also 伺う which appears to be a humble word (謙譲語) ...
6
votes
2answers
101 views

鞘に収める expression. Meaning?

There are 2 girls who had a fight and are mad at each other. One of them asks the protagonist if he is gonna fight against the other girl and he anwswers: 「あいつが邪魔をするなら戦う。 ……まあ、...
19
votes
3answers
3k views

寝る vs. 眠る, what's the real difference?

What's the real, definite difference between 寝【ね】る and 眠【ねむ】る? I know they both mean "sleep", but also that each carries some additional (sometimes, figurative) meanings. Where do the meanings ...
5
votes
1answer
118 views

Meaning of the word どんこ

「なんて立派な干しシイタケ。上等のどんこだよっ。」 What splendid dried mushrooms! They're first-class ???? What is どんこ in this sentence? The dictionaries only mention a kind of fish.
5
votes
2answers
87 views

Is 望む a typo for 臨む in this sentence?

あのサーヴァント―アサシンには一騎打ちで望まなければ、先にマスターを叩かれてしまう……!」 Against that servant, if I don't fight one on one against Assassin, my master will end up being knocked out first. Why is で望まなければ used here? I am ...
6
votes
1answer
108 views

What is the purpose of repeated words?

I came across 2 sentences that include the repeated words. 1) 流れ流れたドヤ街で へんなおやじにつきまとわれて... 2) マスコミ利用し世間からせしめた黄金百万両! 御用御用とむらがる捕り手あたるをさいわいぶったおし... I would like to know if there is any meaning other ...
5
votes
3answers
370 views

What does the word 「ばあ」mean?

It is highlighted in the bold part of the below sentence. さいきんじゃドヤ街【がい】のがきらをぞろぞろひきつれてそのへんばあねり歩【ある】いてよ。
5
votes
2answers
80 views

Difference between 設定する and 調整する

Sorry, I don't have any example sentences... Anyway, usually I heard the word 設定{せってい} in the meaning of "adjusting something". But now, in the factory, I have come across the phrase "圧力{あつりょく}を調整{...
12
votes
2answers
194 views

How to use 対応 correctly

I see 対応(たいおう) quite often, but I can't seem to grasp exactly what this word means or how to use it properly. Checking a dictionary I get about 5 different definitions, all quite different from one ...
5
votes
1answer
134 views

What does "ああ こいつ ひろわれっ子なんで かーちゃんいないんだ”

I have problem understanding the following scene from a manga (Yotsuba&! vol. 1 pg. 196): Person A: Oh yeah, what about Yotsubas mother? Person B: ああ こいつ ひろわれっ子なんで かーちゃんいないんだ (I put ...
8
votes
1answer
110 views

What does the word 「すねぐれて」mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. 世をすねぐれて 十五年 孤児院ぐらしは身につかず Is it a combination of 2 verbs between 「すねる」and 「ぐれる」? I understand that 2 verbs can be combined with て-form of the first one. ...
4
votes
1answer
125 views

Is お・ご~させていただく 二重敬語?

I want to know whether expressions such as お預かりさせていただく and ご説明させていただく are considered 二重敬語. お・ご~する is one way of making a verb into 謙譲語, and ~させていただく is another. Both are quite common, and I hear the ...
5
votes
2answers
98 views

Is it correct to say 複雑な波長?

My friend heard this in an anime. I can understand 複雑な波長パターン or something along these lines, but just 複雑な波長? Like, you wouldn't say "complex mass" or "complex speed", right? (unless maybe complex ...
5
votes
2answers
148 views

Differences in meanings of interrogative words

Can someone please explain to me the differences between the following interrogative type words? いくらか/いくつか いくらも/いくつも いくらでも/いくつでも いくら/いくつ/どのくらい (in questions) For example I know that いくらか and いくつか ...
2
votes
1answer
72 views

僕がついてればいいんですけど。いそがしいもんですね。

「僕がついてればいいんですけど。いそがしいもんですね。」 はどういう意味ですか? 「ついてればいい」は辞書を調べてもまだよく分かりません。T。T
5
votes
1answer
269 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
89 views

Difference between 増やす and 増加する?

I know there's a past topic with this question already, but honestly I couldn't understand the explanation very well. Thank you very much for the input and time.
4
votes
2answers
178 views

Is it correct to say 私は二人のお兄さんがいる?

私は[二人]{ふたり}のおにいさんがいる。 私は二人のおにいさんがいます。 I am trying to say "I have two elder brothers." Someone told me that I should say "私には二人兄がいます/いる。" I have some doubts: 1. Why is it 私に but not 私は? 2. ...
2
votes
1answer
111 views

What does the word 「ばっきゃろ」mean?

Here is the situation in a manga which includes the word. A: ジョー どないしよう? みんながおきたら... みんなが目をさましはったら... B: ばっきゃろ! さっきからなにをワナワナふるえてやがるんだっ。 I'm not sure if it is the same word as 「ばかやろ」. Extra ...
4
votes
1answer
127 views

What does かみつれ mean?

I'm trying to figure out what "かみつれを手に". The word かみつれ is in hiragana, so I can't use kanji to figure it out. I have a feeling it means "( something ) in hand". I searched in Google, and ...
8
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
89 views

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?
2
votes
2answers
200 views

「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。^__^
0
votes
0answers
43 views

「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。
0
votes
1answer
192 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
140 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
95 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
126 views

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) ?"
4
votes
2answers
398 views

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'?
1
vote
1answer
68 views

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:...
3
votes
2answers
142 views

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 ...