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漢字の使い分け. Questions about choosing the right kanji.

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What is the difference between 北 and 北部 [duplicate]

What is the main difference between 北 and 北部? I heard that's words that contain 2 kanji sounds more polite, but not sure that it's the current situation.
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What is the difference between 描【か】く and 描【えが】く?

I believe the two forms of to draw are 描{か}く and 描{えが}き. What are the differences between them? Which one is used more commonly?
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A concrete example of problematic disambiguation (part 2)

Beginner here. I know that there are a few questions out there that deal with disambiguating spoken Japanese (in a gist, the existing answers suggest that you are able to disambiguate either based on ...
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Expressing action of taking off

Like saying I'm going to take off my hat as in 帽子{ぼうし}を抜{ぬ}きます. I believe 抜{ぬ} "nu" means to get ride of or dispose of, but I guess I'm certain context it could mean to take off or remove. I'm ...
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aru Kanji confusion

In the sentence: 今日は宿題があります。 would I use 在る or 有る? (I know that today it's almost always written in Kana) Thanks in advance :)!
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What is the difference between 売女 vs 街娼?

After reading, What's the difference between 変態 and 痴女 (or 痴漢)?, I did a few word searches. Jisho lists multiple words when searching for the term Whore: 売女 - prostitute; whore​ 街娼 - prostitute; ...
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What is the difference in usage between 闘う and 戦う?

I would like to know the difference in usage between these two godan and intransitive verbs : 闘う{たたかう} 戦う{たたかう} When is one chosen over the other? Is 戦う more related to the war and 闘う to the ...
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Is there a difference in usage between 賃銀 and 賃金?

I was looking into a novel and I found the word 賃銀. According to my dictionary, this word has the same meaning as 賃金, which is wages, the money a person receive for a work/task. They have the same ...
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The difference between transitive verbs 窮める, 極める, 究める and intransitive verbs 極まる, 窮まるand 谷まる?

I'm sorry if this question has been answered before, but I did not find a suitable answer. Please provide reliable link if that is the case. I would like to know the differences between the ...
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着 vs 衣 to refer to gi?

When would I use 着(ki) as opposed to 衣 (i) to refer to a karate gi (空手着 or 空手衣)? As I understand it, 着 refers to something you wear, literally being used as a noun for "suit of clothes" and being ...
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How obscure is the use of 令 in 令和?

I actually like the new 年号 kanji 令和, but I must admit I was surprised by the choice of 令. According to this article in the Japan Times, The new era name is composed of two Chinese characters — “...
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Is there any unicode characters that is same as a kanji image?

Can you find a unicode character that is same as the kanji image below? Kanji image: Thanks if you did it.
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What do all the different たすける's mean?

Today I noticed during practicing kanji that lately I've been going through a lot of kanji that all mean help / save / assist : 助ける 扶ける 救ける 援ける 輔ける and I found two more that I had yet to learn (...
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How to express “Stone Master” as a compliment

I dabble in Shodo and I am designing a calligraphy to give as a gif to a martial arts master. He is French, and his name is Pierre (Pierre, just like all other derivatives of Latin "Petrus", like ...
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What is the difference between 神社, お寺 and お宮?

All of them mean "shrine" or "temple", but what is the difference between all of them ?
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When I go to Japan to study abroad, can I write my name in kanji?

I am planning to study abroad in Japan in two years through my college for a year at a Japanese speaking university. I also have goals/aspirations to one day work/live in Japan. Is it weird/acceptable ...
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Difference between 嵌まる and 填まる

This verb is also written in katakana despite the presence of kanjis. What is the difference between them ? In which context 嵌まる suits more than 填まる, what is the nuance ?
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reading 明日 – ashita why kanji for 日 – nichi dont have shita reading in any dictinary online? [duplicate]

in word 明日 – ashita character 明 –has kunyomi reading (a) in every dictionary but 日 – dont have any shita reading or atleast i haven't found it in jisho or other online dictionary. same goes for other ...
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What is the difference between 不気味 and 無気味?

The dictionary gives both words to mean 'ominous' and they have the same pronunciation. What is the difference between 不気味 and 無気味?
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Difference between 粗い and 荒い

I would like to know when 粗い is used. According to the dictionary, it means "rough", but I'm not able to see the difference between 粗い and 荒い. Is 粗い used only when a picture has bad quality? Or in ...
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Difference between 同級生 and 級友?

Both translate to classmate. However I can't see in which context one is used. I asked to my teacher and he said that he never heard about 級友 and it might be an old word not used anymore. What is the ...
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Differences between 出発する and 出る

Both mean "to leave" but when do you use one instead of another ? Does 出発する implies "leaving and go on a trip" ? Or maybe is one more formal than the other ?
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What is the difference between 始め 初め and 始まり?

Just to be sure, I'm not talking about the verbs 始める/始まる but the nouns(maybe adverb?) 始め 初め and 始まり.
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What's the difference between 読み and 読書?

Both mean reading or to read in the verbal form but in what context do you use 読み/読む and in what context to you use 読書/読書する ?
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What is the difference between 惹かれる and 引かれる?

I was texting a Japanese person, and I saw 引かれる【ひかれる】for the first time, so I searched for its meaning. I saw contradictory explanations and translations, some sources say it is the same as 惹かれる{ひかれる},...
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The difference between 丸 and 玉

It may be a dumb question, both mean circle/round thing but 玉 is more of a jewel/sphere/ball. Could I say "5円丸" instead of "5円玉"? Or should I just stick with "5円硬貨"
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Difference between 越える and 超える

What is the difference between 越える【こえる】 and 超える【こえる】?
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How to say prices in these situations?

Usually the basics only cover いくら so most basic lessons I know of don't even cover the word price in basic contexts. I know 物価 and my understanding is that it is used in the general economic sense? ...
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Is it more common to write “wakarimasu” with or without kanji?

I've had two vocabulary lists where wakarimasu is written as 分かります. However most of the time in news articles and manga I find it back as just わかります. So I wondered what is commonly used among Japanese ...
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Which is the most correct Kanji Compound equivalent to 'aji mumpung' or 'being opportunist'? (オポチュニスト、便乗主義者、日和見主義者、御都合主義者 and 利己主義者)

Context: I read an article here and stumbled over an interesting kanji compound, i.e.: 便乗主義者 - or オポチュニスト (according to this) Meaning: しばしば倫理に反する手段で、可能性のある利益の状況で目前の利益を取るさま. In Bahasa Indonesia, ...
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Itadakimasu: connotations of 戴 vs 頂?

Today I learned that itadaku can be written as 戴く or 頂く. According to Tangorin, 頂 means "place on the head; receive; top of head; top; summit; peak" and 戴 has the overlapping meaning "be crowned with;...
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悟る vs 気づく vs 分かる Satoru vs Kizuku vs Wakaru

From my understanding, 気づく is more "to realise" and 分かる is more to "understand" right? Where does 悟る fall in comparison to these 2? Is it more towards "realising" or "understanding"? Or is it ...
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装着 vs 着装? Souchaku vs Chakusou

Both are used to mean equip right? Any difference in meaning or are they interchangeable. I noticed Japanese superhero shows seem to use both interchangeably, with Justirisers using 装着 and others ...
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The meaning of 昭道館 vs 松濤館

This came about from my answer on martial art about Aikido and Karate. two diferent styles are called Shodokan and Shotokan. The kanji are as follow: 昭道館 for Shōdōkan 松濤館 for Shōtōkan I have always ...
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Looking for words with alternative kanji choices

I've noticed that in fiction a writer will sometimes use an unexpected kanji for a word. For example, instead of 見せる I have seen 魅せる several times. If you know any other examples of this kind of '...
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Should I use 竜 or 龍?

When writing the kanji for dragon, should I use the simplified or traditional or can I use either. My Japanese dictionary tells me that Japanese people learn both character forms in school. I know ...
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Differents ways to write 箸 [duplicate]

I realized when looking for the kanji for chopsticks that you can actually find 2 versions of the 箸 kanji (see for example 箸 (Jisho) or 箸 (Jitenon)). Namely, there is sometimes a little stroke above ...
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ゆきやま vs 雪山 kanji for yuki yama [closed]

I'm doing a design for a Japanese restaurant in a mountain town, the name of it is Yuki Yama. I'm curious about using ゆきやま vs 雪山 for the Japanese characters. I'm Chinese so I'm inclined to use 雪山 but ...
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Question about [一騎当千]{いっ・き・とう・せん}

One of my dictionaries defines this (actually, 一騎当千のつわもの) as a matchless [an extremely mighty] warrior / a warrior who is strong enough to fight against as many as one thousand men. My question is ...
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How do I find the right meaning of homonyms 同音異義語 via audio?

Japanese has a lot of homonyms and sometimes one has more than 10 meanings. When I heard the following sentences on the phone or a radio. How do I deal with it? はしのはしですか? きのう、かきをたべたけどあまりおいしくなかった ...
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When a dog in pain whines or howls, is it 「泣いている」 or 「鳴いている」?

鳴く seems to be the bark, cry, etc. of animals, and 泣く seems to be crying, weeping, etc. of humans (at any rate, associated with pain, sadness, etc.). However, when a dog in pain whines or howls, which ...
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Is there a word for “using a wrong kanji”?

This would be probably more common when writing personal names, but can happen in a regular writing as well. Is there a Japanese word or expression for a kanji “typo” – a situation, when you use a ...
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Usage of 卵 vs. 玉子 when talking about eggs

While reading the first manga of 「3月のライオン」, I came across an interesting usage of kanji for eggs. Until then, I've only seen 卵 used for eggs, or its readings using hiragana or katakana. The ...
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Variations in the “same” kanji, how do you know which one to use?

I've been trying to memorize some Kanji, and I've noticed that some of them seem to have different forms. So depending on what app I use, or what website I visit, the Kanji seems lightly different. As ...
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Closed: [休]{きゅう}〜 vs. [閉]{へい}〜

Are there particular rules on when to use one or the other? 休〜 appears to be more of a temporary closure or suspension (with implied continuation at some point in the near future)... ...
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Can you write the japanese name Hideyoshi as 秀代志

I know the name has common spellings like 秀吉 or 英義 but when I type ひでよし on my laptop I once got 秀代志 as an option as well. Would it work? And why/why not?
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Should I write 此方 or こちら?

I wonder if it is too formal to use the kanji for such a common expression like this. However, I like to write most Japanese words with kanji since I write college documents. Additionally, what do ...
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Understanding kanji: kanji sound boundaries?

I know several Chinese characters but am a relative beginner at Japanese. I am having trouble, in a dictionary, when I input a sequence of characters, determining where the letters for one set of ...
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Using 音読み to write foreign names

I'm wondering if it's possible or acceptable for foreigners to use 漢字 to write their names that would usually be written in カタカナ. I know that some names are already Japanese names such as Ben【勉】, Mary【...
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Meaning of ついて when issued as a command?

I was watching a video of people in Japan getting yelled at and stopped by police, and several times I'd hear them yell「ついて!」. I was unsure of the meaning, and after looking it up I couldn't figure ...