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Symbol for smiling

I've often seen a symbol that is used in context of smiling or happy expressions. It is sort of a circle with three lines above it. Can anyone tell me what it's called and where it comes from? ...
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「一生懸命」と「一所懸命」の使い方は同じでしょうか?

「一生懸命」と「一所懸命」 の使い方は同じでしょうか?意味も同じでしょうか?
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Figurative language ひどく下品な上に

Reading 幽霊塔 by 江戸川乱歩, I have come across a rather long sentence: 第一、栄子は女学校は辛うじて卒業したけれど、私の眼からは、低能児同様の無教養に見えるし、素姓の知れぬ乳母の連れ子だけあって、ひどく下品な上に、意地悪なことは人一倍だ。 Here is my interpretation: First of all, ...
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Confused about 宿を取らないで, and usage of 打つ

I am reading 幽霊塔 by 江戸川乱歩 and I'm having trouble interpreting the following dialogue sentence: 長崎からここへ来ていた人が、宿を取らないで打ったものでしょう。打ちにきたのは、本人ではなくて、どっかの薄汚ない小僧でしたよ。 I find most of the sentence confusing. ...
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[苛々 ]{いらいら} versus [刺々 ]{いらいら}

Is there any difference in meaning between using [苛々 ]{いらいら} or [刺々 ]{いらいら} to indicate annoyance?
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What does ゴリってる mean?

I assume it's some slang that comes from ゴリラ perhaps. I found many examples of it being used in completely different situations and now I'm very confused... Apparently there is even a small book about ...
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NA particle meaning?

What does the NA mean in this sentence? Sonna baka NA koto... そんなバカなことは、普通に言わないよ Normally, (you) don't say such a stupid thing
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several difficulties reading an extract about Kobayashi Issa's works

I'm still reading "小林{こばやし}一茶{いっさ}" (a book written by 宗左近/Sō Sakon about the famous poet). I'm facing several difficulties with the following extract : 愛{あい}の歌{うた} 怒{いか}りの歌{うた} ...
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Has the meaning of “revenge” been lost in translation to リベンジ?

I can see リベンジ used often in internal business communication for "2nd attempt" (like リベンジ判定会議 or リベンジ提案). Wikipedia also suggests it bears the meaning of 「再挑戦」の意味でも使われる。 Would it be acceptable to use ...
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Is it correct - クッキング・テール?

I am starting a cooking blog which is named Cooking Tale. I wanted a person to translate the name and he said クッキング・テール is ok. But when I search for this name in dictionaries, it says "tail" not ...
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Possible meanings of the expression 退職金返上

From what I understand, 退職金 can refer to severance pay or retirement (pension, etc.). If a company is in financial trouble and the members of the board are asked to resign and "退職金返上", does this ...
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さえ how to use it

Hello I'm not sure I have understood well the nuances so I have a few questions: What is the difference between the sentences below: ビショップさえ取ればいいよ。 ビショップを取りさえすればいいよ。 I also saw on a site ...
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De wa or dewa, noob question

What does dewa mean here? ブラウンさん、日本語では、トイレはお手洗いと同じ意味ですよ I haven't really studied it yet and thought it was kind of a negative used like janai, but here it means- Brown-san, in Japanese, ...
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Subject and object of a passive sentence are interchangeable?

I am a bit confused with passive sentences in Japanese. For example, when I want to say "My back was pushed by someone on the train.", if I am correct, the Japanese version can be phrased in 2 ...
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What does …なくはない mean?

Initial searching in Japanese-Japanese dictionaries seem to suggest that it's along the lines of "has a bit of ..., so saying otherwise would be wrong", "more so than not", and is a synonym to ...
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Etymology of names of playing cards?

According to the Japanese wikipedia, the playing cards ("trump") are named as follows (written in Japanese in katakana): A: Ace 2: Deuce 3: torei 4: keito 5: shinku 6: saisu 7: Seven 8: Eight ...
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Sentences using humble expressions and multiple verbs

I was solving exercises from the Genki II workbook when I stumbled upon this sentence: ”私は先生に東京の大学について聞きました”. It had to be changed into a sentence using humble expressions. There appear to be 2 verbs ...
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On 「夢だけど、夢じゃなかった」 from 「となりのトトロ」

In 「となりのトトロ」, the two heroines (kind of) had a dream in which, with the help from Totoro, they made the seeds they had just put in the ground grow into a big tree. Having woken up, they found there ...
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ほしがっている versus ほしそうだ

I don't really understand the differences between the following sentences. 彼は新しい車をほしがっている。 彼は新しい車をほしそうだ。 In both sentences, the speakers made conjectures based on the sign that the third person ...
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What is the meaning of ことに当たるように?

What is the meaning of ことに当たるように in this example (there is already a post of にあたって/にあたり, but I can't understand)? 以後{いご}はトムと協力{きょうりょく}してことに当{あ}たるように
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Two Kanji Radicals for “River”?

I was studying some radicals using an app and one of the radicals listed is defined as river and looks like this: 巛 Yet I know the kanji for river looks like: 川 Can anyone explain to me ...
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What does 辞書形+といけない mean?

Usually といけない follows ない形 of 辞書形. For example, 寝る前に、歯を磨かないといけない。I have to brush my teeth before sleeping. 明日までに宿題を出さないといけない。I have to hand in my homework by tomorrow. Today, I read a new grammar ...
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meaning of そんななか、

I read in an article from the Asahi Shimbun : 学校{がっこう}で朝食{ちょうしょく}、おなかも心{こころ}も満{み}たす 高知{こうち}の小学校{しょうがっこう} ...
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“Alcohol-free” event

Is there a word for "alcohol-free event", as in a social event, like a party, where alcohol is not served? Thank you!
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だんだん読めないようになった versus だんだん読めなくなってきた

What are the differences between the following 2 sentences? A: 僕は小さい字がだんだん読めないようになった。(Lit: I gradually became unable to read small characters.) B: 僕は小さい字がだんだん読めなくなってきた。(Lit: I gradually became ...
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Why is there a な in this sentence?

I am translating the following sentence I found in my workbook. 美味しそうな写真を見て、思わず[涎]{よだれ}が出た。 美味しい is an i-adjective, so why is there a な?
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自分 How to know what it means?

自分 can mean myself and yourself but, how do you know when the speaker is referring to him/herself or to you? As in, how could you know when the speaker is saying "myself" instead of "yourself" (to the ...
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What means 目えかける in this phrase? [duplicate]

What means 目えかける in this phrase? Is a type of contraction? What is the grammar behind this? 見所{みどころ}のある奴{やつ}に目{め}ぇかける
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Question regarding the use of なのに

What does the なのに mean in this sentence from Makino and Tsutsui's A Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar: アパートの家賃を払うのが精一杯なのに、まして(や)家を買うなんて夢物語だ Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar ...
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Another way to express the reason for doing something, apart from ために

I was thinking more ways to express the reason for doing something, for instance, in these three sentences: I want to go to Japan to work. I study hard to get high marks. I will go to ...
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What nuance does 引き締まった顔 imply?

Here are several words that can be used to describe someone's face, facial expression, or attitude along with their definitions from dictionary.goo.ne.jp, which are all related to the word 引き締まった。 ...
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How to say “100% virus free”?

In English we put the following phrases below software we want customers to download to put their mind at ease (for example, a neat weather app). ✓100% virus free ✓Contains no malware ✓Contains no ...
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Best way to say “if you don't mind ____” in this circumstance?

I'm not too sure if what I think I should say is correct so I would like to ask for some help. I'm trying to say something like, "If you don't mind, I'd like to know what game software you use" or ...
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What is the correct “healthy” adjective for healthy foods?

The situation is that I've expressed that I like Sushi, and then want to proceed and explain why that is, describing sushi as delicious and healthy. Something along the lines of: すしはおいしくてヘルシーですから。 ...
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Is 子宮が疼く commonly used for wanting a child?

This is a quote from a Japanese woman (the English translation is her own) saying that she would like to have a kid. Finally I met my sweet sweet niece!!!!!!!! I...I...I want a baby, too lol ...
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How to say “Knowing that I hurt you is breaking my heart”

How does one say: Knowing that I hurt you (your feelings) is breaking my heart. "Breaking my heart" I think I know: 胸が張り裂けています。 but the first part and how to connect the two I'm clueless ...
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Obscure religious expression

菩提心をおこすこと、かならず慮知心をもちいる。 It's something about enlightenment and Buddha thing, but I can't find any English equivalent to 慮知心, not to mention the whole expression. "Enlightenment through empathy"?
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足りません - can it also mean 'missing'?

I'm putting together an Anki deck based on the Tatoeba corpus, and I'm uncertain about the translation provided for one of the sentences. The sentence "スミス先生、生徒が二人足りません。" is translated as "There are ...
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What's a “ship” called in Japan?

It's the "ship" from relationship, and generally refers to a romantic or sexual pairing/couple that an individual finds enjoyment from and/or supports. I know about the naming conventions (eg. サスサク), ...
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Meaning of 一度や二度じゃ、とうてい伝えきれないくらいに

その返事と、その笑顔が、一番たまらなかった。 一度や二度じゃ、とうてい伝えきれないくらいに。 My main confusion is with the 一度や二度じゃ part of the above. The character just confessed his feelings to someone and after hearing her response ...
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ことわざ for staying out of things you don't understand

Is there a ことわざ which means "don't talk about things you don't understand"?
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Why is it using いらなくなった instead of いらなかった here?

This is the sentence I am trying to understand: Context: They are talking about recycling これはいらなくなった服でお母さんが作ったんだ I understand the meaning, which would roughly be: My mother made this with ...
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What does ~がままになる mean?

I saw this in a book I'm reading: 思考に空白が生まれ、突撃してくるキラーアントの姿を、ただ受け入れるがままになった。 I'm familiar with まま but I've never seen it used that way. How should I interpret the last part of the sentence?
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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?
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Is 翻す a former compound verb that merged into its current form?

The verb ひるがえす feels like it is made of two part ひる and かえす but I could not find any references backing this interpretation. And I can't figure out what would be ひる. @snailboat also mentioned くつがえす ...
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Usage of て form plus の (幸運が重なっての勝利) [duplicate]

I saw this sentence in a book: すさまじい幸運が重なっての勝利だった。 It seems pretty clear that this means "I won thanks to incredible luck" but I was caught a little off guard by what appears to be the use of ...
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How do I tell if the に particle is indicating a target or a source?

I'm pretty confused about the に particle and I hope to receive some clarification. 1.彼は私に本をくれました。 2.私は母にしかられた。 In the first sentence, the に particle is used to indicate the target, ...
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盃に口をつけてごまかすほど to describe a 祝杯

A person was excited for the trip tomorrow and couldn't sleep. Reflecting on why he didn't drink much at last night's party: こうしたとき酒が飲めれば、したたか酔うて眠ればよい。しかし祝杯すらも盃に口をつけてごまかすほどであるから、秘めたる興奮のさましようはなかった。 ...

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