I have been chatting online and both terms seem to mean the same thing. Thank you.

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時々 means sometimes while たまに means rarely. たまに should not be confused with たまたま which means by coincidence (even if rarely たまたま can be used to say sometimes/rarely)

  • rarely ってどっちかっていうともう少し頻度の低い「めったに~ない」とかじゃないですかね・・「たまに」はrarely よりもう少し頻度の高い occasionally とかonce in a whileじゃないですかね・・「たまに~する」「ときどき~する」ってほとんど同じような・・
    – chocolate
    Commented Mar 19, 2017 at 14:13
  • @Shoko To me めったに~ない is more hardly ever than rarely. I would say that ときどき~する is more frequent than たまに~する. But as you said once in a while may be a better gloss than rarely for たまに~する. Commented Mar 19, 2017 at 15:06

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