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This is a bit late but hopefully it will be useful to others. I was just discussing this question with a native Japanese speaker (who is also a language teacher). Here's what he said: 林 (はやし): A small collection of trees. A small wood, a copse or a bunch of bushes. 森 (もり): A large wood/a small forest. This one is also meant to conjure up images of bigger, ...
You probably mean 意気込み(Ikigomi in Romaji, いきごみ in Hiragana). 意気込み means your enthusiasm trying to do something. 意気込み is sometimes used like "今の意気込みをお願いします。" which means "Tell me your enthusiasm to try this." This phrase is often heard some TV program, say a sports player is asked this question for his/her short comment on something about to try.
It is exactly as you say. 「～～をする」 can mean "to have ~~ (as a natural characteristic)". It is usually used in the form 「～～をしている」,「～～をしていた」or 「～～をした」. The form 「～～をする」 is not used in a real-life situation; It is only found in dictionaries or a place like this where grammar or vocabulary is discussed. Among those forms, 「～～をした」 is always followed ...
I think your flashcard set and the WWWJDIC define かなり as "considerably, fairly, quite", because in usage this is exactly how かなり behaves. However, I think you have a fair question and the answer is that in meaning かなり is closest to "quite" in the sense of strengthening an assertion. Once you can read some Japanese, this is best checked in a monolingual ...
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