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表現. A set phrase used commonly in the Japanese language.

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How can I say "away at lunch" (e.g. on a sign)?

How can I say "away at lunch" (e.g. on a sign)? I thought I might be able to just write 「昼食中」 - is that correct?
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What does this phrase about a face/expression mean? 少し尖った凛とした表情

I came across this sentence but don't know what it means about a girl's face/expression 整【ととの】った顔【かお】立【だ】ちに、少【すこ】し尖【とが】った凛【りん】とした表情【ひょうじょう】。 My guess: "in her well-ordered face, is a dignified ...
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申し訳ないです not used as an apology?

I read the following sentence: あんなおまけイラストまで喜んで貰えて却って申し訳ないです。 As far as I know 申し訳ないです is usually used for formal apologies but translating it like "I'm sorry that you are pleased ..." ...
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Understanding その上で、だ

続いて、ライデンが名乗った。 「戦隊副長、ライデン・シュガだ。……まず最初に謝っとく。あんたが毎晩繫いでくるのを、俺達は聖女気取りの偽善者のブタが、自分のブタ加減に気づきもしねぇでおめでたいって笑ってた。それについては詫びる。悪かった。その上で、だ」  黒鉄色の双眸が冷然と細まる。 「セオが言ったとおり、俺達はあんたを対等とも仲間とも思わない。あんたは俺達を踏みつけた上で、...
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Interesting expression in an anime that I can find only there and there is no information on the internet, that I can find, about its origin&history

In the Anime Honzuki no Gekokujo season 2, episode 4 from 19:56 onward the main protagonist says "Arigatou Gozaimasu", to thank the high priest and is immediately corrected by him with ...
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How do you express "have to" in order to talk about a non-obligatory, but obvious course of action?

In English, "has to" and "have to" serve to express obligations (as in "must", like in the classic example of having to do homework), and also work for when one wants to ...
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Meaning of なんやけどな

I was translating a manga chapter and found this line: 蛍なんやけどな今行方不明になっててな What's the meaning of なんやけどな?
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What does くらいちゃんと mean here?

「なによそれー!幼馴染にくらいちゃんと悩みは相談しなさい!」 What does くらい modify? ちゃんと has the opposite meaning. Also, I can replace は with を here, can't I?
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そこが+ a person + らしくはあるか meaning in this context

When reading ,I met with this strange expression (at my level at least). Much thanks if anyone can explain to me it's correct meaning. Context: MC is talking with a general (A-san) ,about the plan of ...
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適応 vs 同化 for adaptation

Which word is better for expression meaning of my adaptation to environment, situation or person, which I don't like, but unable to change situation, stop or influence situation in anyway. For example,...
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What does こんくらいのほう mean, in this sentence?

まーな、こんくらいのほうが野菜の味がわかんだろ I know it's the abbreviation of これくらいのほう, but what does it mean exactly?
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What does ものになります mean?

「私は困っています」をそのまま逐語的に訳したものになります。 未使用品を買い取りしたものになります The way my brain understands this is: “it will become a thing + the relative clause” and that’s as far as I got.
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What does ようにする add here?

審判が笛を鳴らし、自らの左手首を右手でつかむ仕草をし、掲げるようにする。 What does ようにする add here? Why not just say 掲げる?
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なんといって meaning in this sentence

我儘で思い出したからちょっと吾輩の家の主人がこの我儘で失敗した話をしよう。元来この主人は何といって人に勝れて出来る事もないが、何にでもよく手を出したがる。(吾輩は猫である) The approximate meaning of the sentence is To start with, although the shujin is unable to surpass others, he ...
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~ばわかる as an idiomatic expression meaning something like "if you do this you'll know right away"

I was playing Genshin Impact just now, and heard the line: 別に考えなくても。。見れば分かるじゃないか This is after someone says something like "Why are you in Liyue? Is it for the Lantern Rite festival?" ...
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言われてもな as a standalone sentence

In Takagi-san, Chapter 141 (Volume 16), when they are having the graduation ceremony, I came across the following panel: I believe I understand most of this. In order: "How was the graduation ...
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How do I apologize for unintentionally saying something linked to other people's private difficulties?

I was in conversation with an acquaintance. They start talking about their kid, so I said something intended as a compliment to their child, but that led to them telling me about their kid's ...
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What is the proper way to say "beating egg whites"? [closed]

I want to say "beating egg whites" (video for reference). How do you say that in Japanese ?
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Is there any meaning/usage difference between 罠を掛ける and 罠を仕掛ける?

From my understanding, both of them mean "to set a trap" (in order to catch something). I encountered 罠を仕掛ける in the story カチカチ山:  おじいさんはタヌキのいたずらにがまん出来なくなり、畑にワナをしかけてタヌキを捕まえました。 However, ...
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Is there a similar expression as "elbow grease" in Japanese?

The idiom elbow grease, and in French "huile de coude" means that the only thing that is required is putting some manual efforts into an action (scrubbing, washing, mixing...). The term ...
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What is うれション a portmanteau of?

I recently came across the phrase うれション, referring to when a dog accidentally urinates out of excitement. Fairly obviously the first part is derived from 嬉しい, but what else comes together to form ...
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Why can だらしない be used in this sentence?

I was trying a JLPT mock test and there was a question in which you had to pick the sentence in which the given word was used correctly. In one of those, the given word was だらしない, and the answer was ...
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Why does 物腰の低い mean “well behaving” and not the opposite?

If 物腰 means “(good) manners” and 低い means “low, bad”, how is it possible that 物腰の低い actually means “of good, gentle manners”? I found this expression in an article on keigo and was surprised that in ...
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How to give a "professional" compliment as a brief aside ("I just wanted to say…", "As a side note, I really…", etc.)?

Say you're having a conversation with someone broadly in the same line of work as you whom you don't know very well, in an only mildly informal setting—like, near the snack table after a talk you both ...
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言うか?言わないか?どちらでしょうか?Why do 馬鹿を言うな and 馬鹿を言え have similar meanings?

It seems to me 「馬鹿を言え」 and 「馬鹿を言うな」 are pretty much interchangeable. Corresponding expressions in politer form also exist, 「馬鹿を言いなさい」 「馬鹿を言いなさんな」 So what nuances of meaning do they each have? And what'...
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How bendy is the referenced past with この前?

Sentence taken from the first volume of 「となりの信國さんは俺のことが好きな気がする」 この前にお弁当食べとるとは思えんパンの食べっぷり Context: Two girls are sitting together during lunch break when one of them starts eating bread, then the ...
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Is 押しても引いても a set expression?

I came across this sentence in an anime I am watching. I am wondering if this is some kind of expression that means something like "no matter which way you look at it" I can't seem to find ...
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What does this expression 引き気味 mean in English ? [Manga] [duplicate]

Context: MC's thought about a character's reaction (A-san), after she is observing MC and his team talking. She looks surprised because she has never thought that they will decided to help her and ...
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What does 散々見てた means in this sentence?

掻き込んで食べるのは、散々見てたけれども Is this "rarely saw" or "I saw many times"? Much appreciate if someone can explain to me the correct meaning here o/
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What does this expression mean in English ? いや俺も俺だけど [Master/servant]

Context: MC is talking with his servant about the fact that when he was still a student like her, he also forgot everything the moment after the test was over. G1: 昔、白蓮ちゃんたちと一緒に風鈴先生のところでやったはずなんだけど。...
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Is 世の中の渡り方 an expression?

世の中の渡り方を知ってる My guess is that it's an expression because the literal translation is weird. It would be something like "The way to cross the world". I feel like 世の中の方 would make more sense ...
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Translation of 無理に取ろうとしないで [closed]

Can someone tell me what the expression 無理に取ろうとしないで means? I tried searching for the different parts in dictionary and the internet, but did not succeed. Any help appreciated
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How to use "なんとかなる" in the context "it's okay, I'll make things okay"?

I want to know how to properly write なんとかなる. I've seen multiple ways: なんとかなるさ、なんとかなるよ. I saw something somewhere saying that なんとかなるよ was like saying "everything will be okay" or "I will ...
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Is a long "yes" written "はははははい" or "はーい"?

How do I write a long はい? I mean like when in anime, students all say "yeeeeees" to their sensei, is it written "はははははい" or "はーい"?
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ホワッとした子 >>What does this mean about a girl? [closed]

when reading i came across this expression ,that describe a girl ホワッとした子 >>Please explain to me what does this mean thanks
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To be hit by the sun verb

I found three ways to say "If I'm too exposed to the sun, I get a headache". Can you confirm that these three sentences are right? And if there are some nuances between them? ...
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Connotations of 身もふたもないこと

My question is about the expression "身もふたもないこと". I know that "身もふたもない" means blunt or point-blank, but is there any additional connotation such as "stupid" or "silly&...
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Meaning of せないかんのよ

Reading Tokyo Ghoul I found this sentence: カミさんやらチビたちにまだまだ家族サービスせないかんのよ After looking around I more or less understand it, expect the せないかん part: I'm guessing のよ are just ending particles and せない is ...
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高校生か死神っぽい動機 meaning

There's this scene in this LN where the main character unexpectedly accepted an invitation to a karaoke, and when questioned about it, the character responded by saying: 「やることもなかったし」 Then one ...
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腰が逃げそうになる >> What does this mean about a person's hip? Does it mean that it became disjointed/tired?

腰が逃げそうになる When I searched this phrase on Google, it showed me some images about golf, so my guess is that it means a person's hip became dislocated and/or tired due to excessive exercising. Can ...
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What does "大したもんだ" mean?

I usually see this phrase in Shonen manga from an antagonist, referring to a "persistent" character. I remember a quote that goes like this: ほう 大したもんだ。 It was from a character called "...
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俺は自分だけが勝手に高ぶってしまわないよう >>What does this mean ?( In order to prevent myself from getting too excited ?) [closed]

俺は自分だけが勝手に高ぶってしまわないよう What does this mean? My guess is "In order to prevent myself from getting too excited"? If you can please break down the grammar for me to understand
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心を鬼にする >>What's the meaning of this expression ? (I've decided to become ruthless /evil ?)

心を鬼にする >> Can anyone explain to me what is the meaning of this expression ? I guess it's like "I've made up my mind to become ruthless (though I don't want to) "? I'm not so sure so ...
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キミの心が、綺麗なのがいけないんだよ? >> What does this mean ? "Why is your heart ,it's beauty made me so hopeless/defenseless against you ?"

Context is a girl talking with MC ,looks like they're about to H Girl: キミとひとつになるってことに……私、期待してる。 身体の奥、熱くなって……胸の鼓動が早くなって なんだろう、この気持ちは……もしかして、一目惚れってやつなのかな。 私にはそんなこと、絶対にないと思ってたのに キミの心が、綺麗なのがいけないんだよ? I ...
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What does 妙に調子もいいし mean in this context?

3 characters talking with each other after being transferred into a strange world: C1: そっちで勝手に話を進めないでほしいものね。こちらは訳も分からないまま巻き込まれた形なのだけれど? (I want you to stop doing things arbitrarily. Even I've been ...
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キッチリした性格の人 >>What does this mean about a person characteristic?

Context : 2 character are talking ,they're seems to be the student at a magic school C2: あ、あはは…なんか、ここって愉快な人が多いのかしら。ちょっと思ってた感じとは違うなあ C1: もっとキッチリした性格の人とか、捻くれた魔術士ばっかりだと思ってた? Later on C2 thanks C1 ,...
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What does kore wa kore wa mean?

I am watching a taiga drama, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and I hear people say kore wa kore wa often. I also here sore wa sore wa. The translation in the subtitle is "well well". I am only a beginner ...
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少しとろけ始めた表情 >> What does this face expression mean?

I came across a line describing a character face 少しとろけ始めた表情 >> I don't understand this ,my guess is "A little bit relaxed face/expression "?
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「助かりました」と「助かります」の違い?

When to use 「助かります」, when to use 「助かりました」?
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どんな風にする expression

I want to know the meaning of "山田さんはどんな風にしていましたか。" and understand the grammatical construction. Does it means "How Yamada looked like ?" or "In what way Yamada did it?" ? ...
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