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Difference between プランター and ウィンドウボックス

I have a long rectangular plastic pot filled with earth that I hang on my balcony rail to grow small vegetables, and I am not sure whether I should call it プランター or ウィンドウボックス. QUESTION: What is the ...
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Difference between ために、せいで、おかげで when blaming someone

I was reading and found the following sentence: あんたのために殺し屋の地位を失い闇の世界で迫害され身も心もズタボロになった。 Previous the same character used おかげで in a similar case: ま...おかげでたっぷりとあの時やられたお返しができるってワケだ。 ...
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what is the transcription of the following audios?

I need the japanese transcription of the following audios... audio 1 and audio 2. These audios are part of the anime Holy Knight (OVA). Context: a vampire girl is captured by the opposing side. I ...
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“Seemingly cute” - かわいい + 〜そう

The 〜そう form means "seemingly 〜" and is usually conjecture made based on first-hand information. This usually means seeing something or hearing about something and making a conjecture, e.g., おいしそう ...
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A question on narration: does きいた mean 'asked' or 'heard'?

「おかあさん、すきやきの支度、できた?」 まる子は台所をのぞくと、おかあさんの背中に向かってきいた。 「もうすこしだよ。待ってて」 "Mum, Did you prepare the sukiyaki?" When Maruko peeked into the kitchen she faced Mum's back and xxx. "It will be a ...
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Can the prepositions と、に sometimes be Interchanged in a sentence?

I saw the following sentences: 彼は円をドルに両替した。 He exchanged yen for dollars. 彼は円をドルと交換した。 He exchanged yen for dollars. I am not sure I understand why in one sentence に is used yet in the second ...
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App to add furigana [migrated]

I suppose I can add furigana manually in LibreOffice, and I know I can do it in HTML with CSS, but is there a free or low-cost program that can do it with sufficient accuracy that ...
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Exact use of furigana?

こんにちは! I am currently learning the Japanese language (along with the Russian language) outside of schooling, and decided that besides reading raw text for practice I could use manga as well. However, ...
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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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Which と is this in 話し合って、どうすると?

「話し合って、どうすると? カルナスの市民を助けるため、この場を明け渡し、みすみす  ヴァネッサがパンドーラに向かうのを許せとか?」 What と is it in the above? I think it's the と used to quote, but how does it work in the above? I guess my question is what do ...
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What does verb+とする mean?

Take the below as an example では私達は先に行くとするわ。ごきげんよう、皆さん. What is the difference between saying 行くとする and 行く and 行こうとする I've seen a lot of explanations for とする that use the meaning of "assume" ...
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What is the meaning of 商{あきな}いせず?

What is the meaning of 商{あきな}いせず? It is common to use the stem verb plus せず instead of the negative form of the verb plus ず? 持ち込んだ荷物を商{あきな}いせず
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Understanding くらい

五千円で一万円の物が買えないってことくらい、まる子にだって分かる。 Even Maruko understands that you can't buy a thing worth 10,000 yen with 5000 yen. What does くらい add to this sentence? I think it suggests that although she ...
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What is the meaning/nuance of ~ことになる in this context?

少し前のことになるが、私は或る評論家がインターネットのウェブサイト上に。。。 Generally, when I see ことになる, it means something along the lines of "it is/was decided". But here, that meaning doesn't seem to apply. What is the nuance ...
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Using ~ません (masen) with いいえ (ie) [closed]

I am learning Japanese with iStart Japanese. It says to express “do not” you use ~ません. E.g. I drink = nomimasu; I don’t drink = nomimasen I eat = tabemasu; I don’t eat = tabemasen It then ...
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Where can I find the nuance/meaning differences between words with different kanji options?

This question is related to the questions (here) and (here) regarding a word or verb with multiple kanji options, for example [作る、造る、創る] or [蔵、倉、庫] Is there a resource somewhere that will tell me ...
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Meaning of this sentence

Context - describing the interior of a hospital: 老人が六人収容されている部屋の廊下側、窓がなく、カーテンで仕切られているせいもあり外の景色が一切見えない気の塞ぐスペースだ。 老人が六人収容されている部屋の廊下側、窓がなく... Does it mean there are no windows facing the corridor ...
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What does “da” mean in “tabeta bakari da”?

I understand (correct me if I'm wrong) that da is a short casual form of desu. But what does it mean in this phrase or why it is used? Tabeta bakari da.
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Meaning of this dialogue

A: 朝ご飯はなんだった? B: こげん大きか茶碗に水のごたまずかおかゆと、梅のあのやおか... Is ごた=こぐ(すごく) and まずかおかゆ=不味いお粥?
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Producing なる adjectives

I found this adjective from 7!!'s song 「ラヴァーズ」(Lovers): 無邪気なる Dictionary entries categorises 無邪気 as a noun and な-adjective. For reference, I shall extract parts from two different stanzas in ...
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Should I use ~てきた or ~て来た?

In the examples below 彼は私のところに荷物を送ってきた。 彼は私のところに荷物を送って来た。 荷物が私のところに送られてきた。 荷物が私のところに送られて来た。 would it be better to use the termination/set phrase てきた? (no kanji) because this is changing ...
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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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Why is the same english meaning of ため tied to different japanese meanings in different dictionaries?

On http://jisho.org/word/%E7%82%BA consequence; result; effect has an example sentence それは、おまえの声をよく聞くためだよ。(It is in order to hear your voice well.) On ...
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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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Can somebody explain the difference between ために and ように [duplicate]

I am not sure of the difference between ために and ように. Can someone explain with a few examples. I know one is used for "in order" and one is used "hope to".
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Verb combination (なりたくって and き消す etc.)

I have started to learn japanese recently and tried to translate some lyrics. But I pumped quickly on words I was unable to translate even with jisho.org and romaji version of the songtexts. ...
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How does the present tense work in a relative clause?

そんなわけで、まだ日も暮れない夕方の通学路を、駅に向かってゆっくりと歩く俺と加藤。 I encountered this quote in a light novel and am stuck on how to interpret it. It feels like 歩く should be "walking" in this context, but it is not 歩いている. ...
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What does the word 「さし心地」mean?

I have seen it from a sentence in an eye drop instruction manual. Here it is. かつてない気持ちいい、さし心地...それは、極小一滴だから! In my opinion, I translate it as "the very feeling" by referring 「さし」from a source that ...
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What is the ki used for in this sentence? 懐かし き 故郷 [duplicate]

I'm translating a song as part of a project. What is ki used for? Is it a prefix for kokyou? Natsukashi ki kokyou 晴天の日の少々、感傷に浸る午後 懐かしき故郷 夢見な理想郷 忘れがちな嘘 あるまじきEmotion 企みし今生の消せぬ怨霊の炎
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Alternate expressions for “a little while”

I noticed in my daily Japanese there are many opportunities where I want to express the concept of "in a little while". For example: Let's go home in a little while. Typically I would say this ...
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What meaning does ため have in this particular sentence? [duplicate]

On http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/k10010492331000/k10010492331000.html, you can find 大きな揺れだけではなくて、地面が動いたため、建物が倒れたり、山が崩れたりして大きな被害が出たと思います。 I don't understand what ため means in this sentence. What ...
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How to say “I hope I can” in this situation?

I would like to say "I'm not very good, but I hope I can help you." My first thought would be to translate this as 「下手なんですが、手伝えるといいんですが。」 because in my Japanese class, we were taught that "hoping for ...
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What are the differences between 衣類, 衣服 and 服

While I see 衣類 and 衣服 as more general concepts in comparison to 服, I am very unsure of the difference between them. What situations explicitly call for one over the other? In what situations are ...
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Confused over 「ろうそくが置かれている」

I encountered this sentence. 「ろうそくが置かれている」 I can tell from context it means something like "Candles are placed", but I'm confused about the usage of ている with a transitive verb. Genki tells me that ...
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Combining だけ and 位

I'm aware that だけ can be used to say only. For example: 二年{にねん}だけ which means "only two years". I'm also aware that 位{ぐらい} can be used to signify approximation. For example: 二年位 which means ...
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Verb in dictionary form followed by のと

お母さんが頭を下げて試供品を受け取るのと、まる子がぴたりとさわぐのをやめるのは同時だった。 Mother bowed, and when she took the free sample, at the same time Maruko suddenly stopped making a racket. What is the purpose of the の in bold in ...
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How to read 大船 when it means “big boat”

How is 大船 most commonly read? jisho.org shows three readings, おおぶね, おおふな, and たいせん. There is apparently a place name where it is pronounced おおふな, and that is the pronunciation given by many automatic ...
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Is “豪斯多拉利” an ateji way to write “Australia”?

Several years ago I invested some time and energy digging up more ways to write "Australia" in Japanese than I ever expected would exist: オーストラリア is the usual spelling these days 濠太剌利 is a rare old ...
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In this sentence, to whom 自分 refers?

I want to say It is unfair to judge other people based on our own belief (not necessarily religious belief). I have two options: A: 私たちの信仰で、他の人を判断するのは不正である。 B: 自分の信仰で、他の人を判断するのは不正である。 I want ...
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Can たり be used without する at the end?

http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar/compound#part8 explains what たりする is. I read "地面が40cm以上高くなったり、1m20cm以上低くなった所もありました" on ...
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Difference between 募集 vs 採用

What is the difference between 募集{ぼしゅう} vs 採用{さいよう}?
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このとおりよ as an expression

In a manga I'm reading a boy accidentally broke a friends toy, after which he says in an apologetic fashion : あなたの言う事何でも聞くよ! このとーりよ! I understand the first part, but the second part which ...
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「三昧だと」と「帰宅しようとしていた」 meaning?

I can read this sentence for the most part but i can't seem to quite translate it properly or into something that flows naturally. he's talking from a view of recalling a set of memories. ...
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How should I translate 彼が即死した?

即死 is a noun with meaning "instant death" and the grammar S+が/は+N+する as far as I know, means someone does something. For example, 僕は勉強する。I study. 彼がテニスする。He plays tennis. Now, if I apply ...
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Is there any difference between 流石 and 予想した通りでした?

My question is Is there any difference between 流石 and 予想した通りでした?
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The 「って」 + 「いい」 in this sentence what does it mean?

This is piece of dialogue from a book, and i don't quite get what the 「って」 is doing, if it's a quote, i don't get why they would need to phrase it as a quote. I'm guessing the 「いい」 is the word for ...
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The purpose of an auxiliary verb あげる

It is a very basic question that up to now I don't quite understand. あげる just gives additional information about the direction of action. Because 貸す provides direction of action clearly, I think あげる ...
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The 「と」 conditional to be used as “when”?

i'm not entirely sure but remember that conditionals could be used to also mean "when" when in is that the case here? ゲームを愛する引き篭もり少年・佐藤(さとう)和真(かずま)の人生は、あっけなく幕を閉じた・・・・・・はずだったが、目を覚ますと目の前に女神と名乗る美少女が。 ...
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Is it ok to read こみち as komiti?

I think it should probably be pronounced as komichi or komich.
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Can you translate this for me? [closed]

Can you tell me what is this means? It's on my T-Shirt. https://gyazo.com/3736d4a55d523b427086f5c531271556

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