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“Unfindable” character in song

Wading my way through rūju, I found the following phrase: 心慣じめない人にでも Google couldn't parse it, so I tried doing so myself. 人にでも, read hito ni de mo, is the antecedent of the relative clause ...
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What does 「やりい」 mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. たっぷりかわいがってやりい。 I guess it would mean 'to do' but I would like to know why it is written in this form.
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Difference between 月曜 and 月曜日

I just want to know what the difference is between the two and their proper usage because in dictionary they seem almost the same.
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名 and 名前 - the difference

My impression is that, in speech, 名前 is polite, and 名 is ruder - but in writing, 名 sounds more literary. Am I correct?
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Difference between car 損保 and 車両保険

A person asked for car insurance recommendations, and here is the whole reply of another person: うちは以前ソニー損保つ使ってたね。何回か事故ったりしてたけど特に不満はなかったかな、値段も安かったし。車両保険はつけたことがないのでよくわからないんだけど。 I am confused: ...
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The word for “season” (US) or “series” (UK)?

I previously asked how to count episodes but I forgot to ask how to say "series". How can I say I watched 13 episodes of season 1.
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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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Kanji or kana in お待ちください

It's considered proper (though often ignored) to write ください in 待ってください and 下さい in 赤いのを下さい, i.e. Kanji as a main verb and kana as an auxilliary. But a thought came into my mind: in お待ちください, is it an ...
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What's the counter for episodes?

How can I say "I watched 13 episodes so far" in Japanese? What is the counter for episodes? I also would like to know the right word for episode. Is it 挿話? That's what I found on jisho.org but since ...
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What is the Japanese term for putting an arm around another's shoulder?

What is the Japanese term for putting an arm around another's shoulder? it is kind of hard, at first I am thinking of 抱きしめる but I think it is more about embracing someone (tightly). Thank you for the ...
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proper usage of 出かける

What is the proper usage of 出かける because most of the time I am only using 行く or 出る for example 川へせんたくしに行く and I don't get its difference from 川へせんたくに出かける thanks for the responds
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What's the difference between まねをする and ふりをする?

What's the difference between まねをする and ふりをする and what would be each one's proper translation?
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What does とくと mean?

At one point in a particular work of fiction, a character announces 我が力、とくとご覧あれ! As I understand, it means 'Behold my power!' But I don't know what とくと means. I would guess it's archaic, since the ...
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Letter change in counting strides

Here is something that has been bothering me for a while now: How to know how the letter changes inside words like for example 一杯、二杯? More concretely, I really need to know how to correctly count ...
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Usage and meanings of 十分

In English, "to have enough" has several different meanings. One of them is "to be fed up": If you have an argument and want to express that you're fed up and about to walk out of the room and you can ...
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How to express “evolved to eat X”?

I'm having a hard time trying to find a way to express sentences like: Humans evolved to eat smaller amounts of carbohydrates than we're used to eating today. Penguins evolved to eat fish. Could ...
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Why importing words from other languages rather than building new ones from existing kanji? [closed]

I would like to know why, in general, new words are imported (from English among other languages) rather that created with respect to the concept/thing they represent. For example, "computer" could ...
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What does おつかれさまでしたどぞ means

I know the meaning of おつかれさまでした and どぞ but when they are put together I really can't get what it really means. Does it have a positive or negative meaning? To make it clear: one time one of my ...
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Different ways to refer to oneself (2-in-1 question)

I have two questions about ways to refer to oneself in Japanese. Since they are so closely related I am posting both in the same thread but if anyone here strongly disagrees with this please let me ...
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What does the word 「とかいう歌」 mean?

I have came across the word in the following situation. A: What is coming to your mind when I say the word 「両{りょう}親{しん}」? B: おれは植木等のファンでね とくにあの無{む}責{せき}任{にん}とかいう[歌]{うた}が大好きなんだ 両親イコールってのは...な ...
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“on the drive home” / “while I was driving home”?

How can I say "on the drive home"? I could come up with 帰り道に but this really doesn't give any information about the fact that I was driving. I am planning to use this phrase to say something ...
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Does 「7分の1」 mean 1:7 in this sentence?

Found a sentence, 人間の身体能力は吸血鬼の7分の1しかありません Is this how you write ratios in Japanese?
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What is the difference between 「帰る」and 「帰れる」?

I believe the latter is not the passive form of 帰る, so what makes it different?
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根も葉も火種も — is it proverbial?

I suspect「根も葉も火種も」 is an allusion to something I do not recognize. To what does it refer? Consider this couplet from an amusing song released in March by IOSYS called 「ステマの女」(CD and promotional ...
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Terms for Royalty

Why are there so many terms for royalty? And I'm talking about generic words like "king", "queen", etc. I seem to remember from my studies that certain terminology was used specifically for Japanese ...
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What does the word 「なんざ」 mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. ふざけんじゃねえよ パンチに理{り}屈{くつ}なんざ無{む}用{よう}だい!
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How to say “at this rate”?

One of my friends has been making a real effort talking to me in Japanese every day. I wanted to say something like "If we continue at this rate I will be able to speak by Christmas". The dictionary ...
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How to say “do you identify with”?

I want to talk about pop culture and anime with my friends in the near future but I definitely don't have the vocabulary. The dictionary on "to identify" was rather unhelpful as there are other ...
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日本人は「面白い」と聞いて何を感じますか?

I am still a beginner at japanese and I have the strong feeling my title is incorrectly translated so here it is again in english: What is the "feeling" a japanese person gets upon hearing the word ...
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What does “zurusona” mean?

Miyabe Kingo wrote in an English-language letter the phrase “a sharp zurusona wife” to describe the woman whose house he boarded at. "Zurusona" seems to be the insertion of a Japanese word written in ...
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How to say I want to make an appointment?

This is something I've been wondering about for a very long time now. jisho.org lists quite many different words for "appointment" like e.g. 任命、待ち合わせ、予約 and a few more. But it's not clear to me ...
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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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Two words, same meaning, used together?

I've seen several native Japanese sentences, particularly in novels and music, where there are two words that both mean the same thing but are still used together. My most recent situation is as ...
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What does the word 「つなぎゃ」mean?

I found it from the following sentence. はてね その先はどうつなぎゃいいんだ。
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How to say “Don't treat me coldly”? [closed]

I know that if I want to say "You're cold!" I can just say "つめたい!" But is there a way of saying "Please don't be cold to me"? The whole context is truly too long to put into this question but ...
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“to bite *back*”?

How do you say "to do something back" in Japanese? For example, I read on the internet that if a horse bites you the best thing to do is "to bite back". How would you say "to bite back" in ...
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Difference between 下る、下りる、下がる?

I cannot, for the love of my life, understand the difference between 下る{くだる} 下りる{おりる} 下がる{さがる} Don't they all mean the same, basically? Is there a difference, and if yes, how could I proceed to ...
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How to say “I recently learned how to speak japanese” in japanese?

How to say "I recently learned how to speak Japanese" in Japanese? is it: watashi wa hanasemashita nihongo koto ga saikin manabimasu or watashi wa nihongo hanasemashita koto ga saikin ...
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Differentiating ethnicity and nationality in japanese

Just to clarify the question, what I mean is that when you say that you're Chinese (in the English language), for example, you could mean it both ethnicity and nationality-wise. But in Japanese, it's ...
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The meaning of 激ギレ

SMAP香取、フット岩尾に激ギレされた What does 激ギレ mean? It is not on ALC and Google has nothing for 激ギレとは. Is it a particular form of frustration/angriness? Does it always have to include the act of venting ...
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What is the longest word in Japanese?

What is the longest (based on their representation in romaji) word in Japanese? Are there any longer than リュウグウノオトヒメノモトユイノキリハズシ? If it depends on criteria for a word, then list them by their criteria. ...
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How to say “to be out of it” in Japanese?

Is there a Japanese equivalent to "to be out of it"? I just had a busy weekend and need to ask someone something again which I had asked them before because I forgot the answer. Now I want to tell ...
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What does the word 「すみっちょ」 mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. あぶねえ! へやのすみっちょにいってろ I have found an entry read 隅{すみ}っこ meaning 'corner' but I'm not sure if it is the same meaning as the word in question.
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How do you ask for “the bill” at a restaurant?

This is probably a bit of a silly question, but what do you say in Japanese when you're asking for the bill in a restaurant? Or is it unusual to say anything at all? When I was in Japan I could never ...
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Greeting for meeting a friend by chance

How can I greet a person in a manner similar to "Nice to find you in here!" (— meaning meeting a friend by chance somewhere)?
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The correct word to say “somehow” in different situations?

I would like to know the correct (colloquial) word for "somehow". For example, I want to say "I've been feeling out of it somehow lately". Which will be something like "最近(なんだか?)ぼーっとしてる" Or I ...
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Doesn't Japan call North Korea “北朝鮮” ? why?

If I remember correctly, North Korea is called "北朝鮮{きたちょうせん}" in Japan? But, I think "朝鮮" might actually be written in Katakana? Anyway, given that "朝鮮" was Japan's colonial name for (all of) Korea, ...
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Security guard nuances: 警備員 vs. 守衛

In looking up a few words for security guard, I came across four words: 守衛{しゅえい}, ガードマン, 警備員{けいびいん}, and 警備人{けいびにん}. From what I can tell, ガードマン seems to be similar to 'rent-a-cop' - that is to say, ...
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Express the idea of “I was supposed”

I would like to know how to express "I was supposed" in japanese For example, in the sentences : - Did you meet John yesterday ? - I was supposed to but he cancelled OR - I am supposed to do my ...
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Can 連れていく be used with someone with a higher social status?

Every dictionary I've found says that 連れていく{つれていく} should only be used to mean leading someone of a lower social status. While my research and experience has found this to be true in most cases, I've ...