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

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~ましょうか vs ~ませんか

I have been working on these types of sentences, but I am having trouble figuring out the difference between: In this context it is an invitation to go eat. [食]{た}べましょうか。 and [食]{た}べませんか。 ...
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Is「球が速い」a common expression?

I'm reading this interview with a voice actress, and this phrase came up pretty much out of context from the interviewer (in the sense that they weren't talking about baseball or a literal ball). -...
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How can I say “I apologize if I sound presumptuous”?

Recently I've been talking on Twitter with a few people and at some point I wanted to say phrase that I have written in the title. I probably didn't express myself very well because the only think I ...
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もう meaning in “もう腹ペコだ”

I can not understand very well the meaning of もう in "もう腹ペコだ". Looking online, the majority of the traslations say that "もう腹ペコだ" simply means "I'm starving/I'm very hungry". So, my first ...
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Difference between「行ってきます」and 「行って帰ってくる」

On this page about Imabari dialect, it says the following: 笑い話によく登場する話としては「行ってこうわい」。今治では「行ってきます」という意味ですが、他の地域では「行って帰ってくる」という意味に取られます。「行ってこうわい」というからずっと待ってたのに来なかった、というのがオチです。 I am not too concerned ...
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Meaning of ハートしている

In a boxing match, a trainer is telling a boxer to stay away from the opponent and wait the end of the round to recover, but he doesn't listen to him. Then the trainer says this sentence: ...
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Meaning of 拳神降臨

During a boxing match there's a banner hanging from a terrace with this expression written on it: 拳神降臨 The match in question is a match of the tournament for the best newcomer (日本新人王戦), could it ...
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What's the difference between じゃない and じゃないんだ? [duplicate]

I was learning how to conjugate the state-of-being and I didn't see じゃないんだ in the conjugation chart...I often hear people use it in movies and dramas... is it part of the conjugation for the state-of-...
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About っていうか&っていうの&っていうんだ

Please help me with the following three sentences: ①俺が何をしたっていうんだ。 ②一人だから、何だというんだ。 ③彼女の何がダメだっていうの。 All of them are copied from lines of some Japanese drama. I can't figure out how such ...
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(ものか)そんなばかなことがあるものか — such a stupid thing or not stupid at all?

The full sentence is: 会社が業績不振で給料が30%カットされるなんて、そんなばかなことがあるものか. Does it mean "such a stupid thing" or "not a stupid thing at all"?
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車をぶつけられる & 車にぶつけられる

Who can help with the difference of 車をぶつけられる & 車にぶつけられる? In my own understanding, the former means somebody else's car ran into the narrator’s car but the latter means the narrator was hit by a ...
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Analysis of a sentence from 風立ちぬ

私はとうとう焦れったいとでも云うような目つきで、お前の方を見返した。 I know there is という, but this is my first time to see でも after と, so I can't understand the uncommon grammar structure of とでも云う. I am wondering whether でも here has ...
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Hypothetical situation: someone bumps into me with their bike.. what do I say?

I'm trying to improve my Japanese by imagining hypothetical situations, and then determining the most natural way to respond to them. Situation: Walking at night, someone rides into me with their ...
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Meaning of 黙って買い

What does 黙って買い mean? No definition show up in my search engine. Examples in the wild: 「増配」は黙って買い! 二番底は黙って買え 【白抜き逃げ馬】1600万下は黙って買い! | 逃げ馬を追え! 【ユニットストラテジー紹介】男は黙って買い一本!
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Understanding 見せていただいてて

While watching a Japanese TV drama I came across this sentence "私こちらのお店を見せていただいてて。。。" as shown in the image below. I can't understand the "見せていただいてて" part. Can anyone please break this part down and ...
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Question about repeating the object after だ

I am a total noob when it comes to Japanese, so I am reading よつば Vol.1 to try and pick up some simple words/phrases. On page 4, Yotsuba's father says, in response to her asking if there is a festival ...
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Why is it 入っている not 入れてある [duplicate]

I was wondering about this expression 入っている for something being inside. I always wondered about it, since it literally should mean being in the process of entering.. It would make more sense to me if ...
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What is the formal expression of 住んでんだ

I came to this colloquial expression 住んでんだ from One Piece.
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I have a doubt about this sentence that i found in a book : 太古から続く闇が降り落ちるよりな部屋が現れる

I am reading a japanese book in order to learn kanji and i found this sentence : 太古から続く闇が降り落ちるよりな部屋が現れる In case if you are wondering about context, a character has just opened a door in a dark ...
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the logic behind “te” in “chotto matte te”

When someone says: chotto matte te, why does the te mean "... and I'll be back shortly". What's the logic behind it? Why aren't there special expressions such as chotto matte X, where X could mean "...
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Equivalent gesture for “air quotes” in Japanese?

In English, we have not just written quote signs like the Japanese have brackets, but we also have the verbal "air quotes" hand gestures. Is there an equivalent gesture for air quotes in Japanese? Or ...
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ってやつ vs というもの difference

In the novel I am reading, MC is often using ってやつ, I am wondering about the difference between it and というもの.
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ぞ is the short form of こそ?

Can ぞ be the short form of こそ? Here below a sentence example: これぞあたしの本だ!! Here I found that これぞ = this (emphatic), but I'm curious to know if that zo came from koso or not. Thk U in advance!
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What is the meaning of “もとになった”?

What is the meaning of "もとになった"? Here is the sentence in which I find this expression: もとになった鳥山先生のイラストはDB大全集第6番182ページ掲載. Maybe simply, (this illustration) originally was published on [...]? For ...
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How to express “being sorry” as a sympathetic feeling?

I'm surprised this question hasn't been asked already so in case I just missed it in my searches please point me to it. Is there a general way to express "being sorry" not when apologizing of course, ...
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Meaning of 意識を刈りとる

Context: in a manga a man is explaining the rope-a-dope boxing technique (see wikipedia) and he uses these words: ロープに体を沈めて相手の攻撃をかわし更にカウンター。予期しない反撃ならいくら打たれ強くても意識を刈りとることができる。 The meaning of the ...
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あたまのいいところよ - Having ideas?

I am reading some easy manga for kids as an exercise. I am stuck on this sentence for quite some time and I would like an input on my translation : But how are we going to find it since we don't know ...
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What is the meaning of “…長く通用するはずもなかった” in this sentence?

The context is nothing of special: two girls are talking about a magician that in the past was famous and well renowned, but not anymore in the present days. One of them tell to the other one: 一時期、...
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About which topic is this text talking?

The text in question is on page 2, number 2: https://www.docdroid.net/gMfeMMP/img-20170823-0002-new.pdf A: 席は、1階と2階とどちらがよろしいでしょうか。 B: 1階の前の方の席をお願いします。 A: あいにく前の方はもういっぱいなんですが。 B: じゃ、...
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Is the meaning of ありあまる negative or positive?

According to the dictionary on my MacBook Pro, ありあまる means "be [have*] more than enough". I was thinking about the song by ゲスの極み乙女:ロマンスがありあまる when I first heard the word/expression. The question ...
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What is the meaning of “…が出ない ” in this sentence?

Context: there are two professor that are talking to each other; one is a long career professor while the other is a novice professor. This one lack of dignity, seriousness. The long career ...
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What does ドアの開け閉めの時に手を挟まれなり戸袋に手を引き込まれないようご注意下さい。mean?

Google translate gives: "Please be careful not to get your hands caught in the door opening and closing and pulling your hand into the door closet." but I'm very doubtful on the second part of the ...
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What is the meaning of としてしまう in the following sentence

I do not get how としてしまう is used in the following sentence. If the meaning ofとして = as, for; not even and しまう = to finish doing (something), what do they mean together? (assuming I have split the ...
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What does this phrase mean?

For full context, see here: https://www.docdroid.net/bv19a5D/img-20170817-0001-new.pdf It is in the very first 5 lines (paragraph 1, example) それでしたら、こちらのがよろしいんじゃないでしょうか。 I guess the customer simply ...
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“[…] 以外いなくない?”: what is that いなくない?

I'm trying to figure out what is the meaning of "いなくない" in this sentence: "あんなすごい事でできるの、シャリオ以外いなくない?" May be something like this? "With the exception of Chariot (it's a first name), there isn't (...
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How to figuratively express something that has been lost/disappeared as in “where did (something) go”?

I think this is quite common in English but I wouldn't know about Japanese. For example, suppose you're asking yourself (or someone) "where did (something) go"? In the sense of "what happened to (...
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夢以上の宿命 and -でなくても: what they mean?

everybody! In these days I'm practing my japanese studying some anime's dialogues, in particular Little Witch Academia's. In general, it's pretty simple but I found two sentences in the first episode ...
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What and when to use 「きたー」?

My friend which are Japanese always says きたー when he did something finished, then I asked him the meaning behind it. He said that it was similar よっす! that kind of expression that you already did ...
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how many possibilities translation of ばかな/ばかね?

I know ばか literally means "stupid/idiot" but i remember a scene when i was re-watching naruto. the context is: "sarutobi asuma just got news that his close skilled friend (old comrade of him) was ...
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How do say “They use X to mean Y.” in Japanese

For example, let's say I want to say: The French use "sushi" to mean "nigirizushi". Is the following Japanese translation correct? フランス人は「握り寿司」という意味で「スシ」を使用します。 Thanks in advance!
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Modifying fixed expressions such as 「駄々をこねる」 adjectivally and adverbially

I came across the following sentence: 子供みたいな駄々をこねる It felt a bit weird (possibly because I'm not very familiar with either 「駄々」 or 「こねる」 and think of the expression as a big verb) and made me ...
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How would one parse “金ってのは金のある[…]”

Context - two friends are travelling down a street packed with high end shops and buildings. One of the two friends talks about an acquaintance of theirs who's rich and brings up the fact that he's ...
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what are な and ね in ごめんね and ごめんな

i often heard 'ね' or 'な' at the end of word like かわいいな, かわいいね, いいな or いいね. i also often hear word that ended with よ but i can't recall the example for now. so my questions are: what are they (な、ね) ...
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In the following sentence, 多分 indicates maybe or probably?

多分俺は、今でもアリスを愛してる。 多分、世界で一位タイなくらい愛してる。 He's saying that maybe he still loves Alice. How much does he love her? Is it "maybe" or "probably"?
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What's the meaning of 時間のやり方 in a sentence

What's a reasonable translation to the following sentence, particularly this expression: 時間のやり方 そういう時間の配分、そういう時間のやり方が多い、ということですね。普通ということです。 From the above sentence, this is what I get, but it does ...
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What is the meaning of 横分け眼鏡?

A girl is offending a boy that wears glasses by saying: 気持ち悪いんだよ、横分け眼鏡。 I guess 横分け眼鏡 is a kind of offensive thing referring to his glasses or his eyesight, maybe similar to the English four-eyes, ...
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Meaning of the expression “大きく出る”

I haven't found an explanation for this expression in my dictionary, but from a few bits of info I found online I think it has something to do with "bragging"? Does it have to do with the way someone ...
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Meaning of 中継で観る

Context: a mangaka is talking about the story of the manga she draws and its writer. 山口先生の執筆作業を中継で観たいです! I am not sure what this sentence means, in particular 中継で観たい. I found on dictionaries that ...
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What is the meaning of the expression 熱い胸?

I hear this a lot in song lyrics, and I just can't figure out what a "hot chest" is supposed to mean.
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What does it mean when a Japanese called you 天然?

ok to make it short; my senpai called me tennen; I am forgetful person and I always do a lot of mistakes so I assume he means I am stupid based on its dictionary meaning but according to my other ...