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Questions tagged [meaning]

意味. The meaning of words or phrases within certain contexts, especially when it does not seem to match the standard definition.

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Is that drawing in japanese? if so, can you please tell me what it says? [on hold]

I saw this drawing at a friend's house and wondered what it means; unfortunately the friend has no idea. Another friend suggested it's hiragana script, hence the question here: can you please tell me ...
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Meaning of the name Moki

Can someone please tell me what the name Moki means in English? And is it a boy's or girl's name? Thank you
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SRS Is it better to translate from English to Japanese or Japanese to English [migrated]

Ok, so when making my anki decks I've been making them from English with Japanese on the other side with my thinking being that I have to recall the way of saying that thing in Japanese, but when I ...
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空く[あく] and 空く[すく] [duplicate]

Is there any difference between 空く[あく] and 空く[すく]
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Meaning of 盗み飲み

きっと、盗み飲みしたお父さんの大人のジュースのせいだ。 So, I can guess from the words 盗む "steal" and 飲む "drink" that she drank secretly without anyone knowing, however I can't find this word in a dictionnary. Why is that ?
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The meaning of the sentence

一月一日から一月七日、または一月十五日まで、新しい年のお祝いをします。 I would understand this sentence if the part in bold was omitted: New Year is celebrated from January 1 to January 15. What is "一月七日、または” for?
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Different usage of 普通に?

So, I was watching this show called Terrace House, and the following exchange between two participants caught my attention. 翔平:「 テラスハウスに入って、一番の…ここに来ての…財産じゃないけど、聖南と出会えたことだな。」 聖南:「いや、何か…...
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What does this mean to you if you were to see an application named “Japanese 語”?

My friend is creating a word card application to help people memorize Japanese words / Kanji. The subject of what to call the application came up and he asked me for some suggestions. One of the ...
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Difficulties with an ambiguous sentence

新しく首相に就任した安倍晋三氏は、その著書『美しい国へ』(文春新書)において次のようなことを書いている。人は、自分が育った郷土に対して素朴な愛着をもつが、それはどこからくるのだろうか。それは、その国の歴史や伝統、文化などに接しているうちにはぐくまれてきたものである。だから「自らが帰属する国がつむいできた歴史や伝統、また文化に誇りをもちたいと思うのは、だれがなんといおうと、本来、...
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What is the usage of these 12 kanjis (彁, 墸,壥,挧,暃,椦,槞,蟐,袮,閠,駲,妛)+18 more in modern Japanese? How to read it?

I read from this interesting article that it's included in 幽霊文字 (yuurei moji/ghost kanji (character). I tried to look up each of those kanjis: I use these sites to look up those kanjis: a.jisho.org ...
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Trouble with the ambiguous verb 控える

I don't know how to differentiate between these 2 meanings of 控える: 〔止める,見合わせる〕 勝手な発言は控えてください Please refrain from speaking without permission. 〔少なめにする〕塩分を控えなさい Cut down on your intake of ...
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What does the Verb きれる mean here?

I’m reading a manga and I’m a little confused to the meaning of きれる in this context. “甘さを自覚した三浦くんは 私に受け止めきれるかな” When I asked one of my friends she told me it’s along the lines “I’ve realized ...
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What does 夢がない said by this speaker mean?

A and B waiting for C to bring more leaked photos of XXX. A「C、早く来ないでござるかなぁ……XXXの写真、早く見たいでござるよ」 B「どんどん過激になってきてますからね~。今度はパンモロとかかもしれませんよ!?」 A「それは夢がないでござるよ! パンツはチラリと見えるくらいが至高でござる!」 ...
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The meaning of 一本 in these lyrics

I am trying to translate a song and it's pretty difficult one and I'm unsure just what kind of meaning these lyrics have: この手を伝う 一本の孤独は 人の色が 褪せたままで My problem is with 一本 because I have always ...
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Is there a subtle difference between 少なくても and 少なくとも?

My sense is that the meaning is identical but that 少なくとも is somewhat more formal than 少なくても. Is that observation valid?
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Meaning of 瞳だけはぶっ飛ばない

Context: in a gym, a boxer attacks another boxer saying that he was provoking him with his eyes. After punching him, he thinks: 瞳だけはぶっ飛ばねーでやんの 甘ちゃんのクセに 人殴って拳が潤わなかったなんて ねーのに…… What is the ...
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Possible translations for 殺気

I'm trying to translate the 殺気 in the second sentence below to a English equivalent that denotes a emotionless attacker attacking from behind the narrator, but the only words that I am finding online ...
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Meaning of 掃き溜める

Context: a boxer is telling another one that he is too weak to participate in a tournament. 潰し合いさせられるトーナメントに浮かれてんの出場者ん中でお前だけだぞ?掃き溜められたコトにムカつくけどよ… お前みてェな甘ちゃんと肩並ばされんのはもっとハラが立つ。 Looking in the ...
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Usage of 引っかかる and double meaning

In *A Frequency Dictionary of Japanese: 彼はよく詐欺に引っかかる。 is translated as: He is often caught committing fraud. When reading that sentence I understood it as: He often falls for frauds (i.e: ...
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What does this 数えてみたら mean?

The following sentence is from this article on NHK Web特集 数えてみたら、息子と一緒に過ごせる時間がとても限られていることに気がつきました。 My attempt at translation: When one tries to count it, they took care that the time shared with ...
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Meaning of タダで in タダでヤれる

speaker desperate for some action あんないい女とタダでヤれるせっかくのチャンス、放っておく手はねぇだろ to finally have a chance of being being able to do it with such a fine girl, I'm not the sort that ignores that How is タダで ...
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A better understanding of 分には

I came across this sentence : こうして見ている分には、本当の親子そのものにしか見えぬ。 I looked up on this very website the meaning of 見ている分には, but I'm still not sure as to what it really means. Is there a way to ...
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What does 中3の25% exactly mean?

I am not sure about the first part of 「中3の25%、短文も理解困難」  Do you read 中 as ちゅう here? 25% of 3 would be 0.75% if I am not mistaken. Therefore does it mean something like 「around 0.75% of the ...
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Interpreting the meaning/nuance of a conversation

The following is less a question of grammar or language but more of understanding and context, because I feel like I'm maybe missing something. I have the following conversation/sequence of events. ...
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ていい after potential form

I was listening to the song 命に嫌われている and came across the following lyrics: 寂しいなんて言葉でこの傷が表せていいものか そんな意地ばかり抱え今日も一人ベッドに眠る I don’t understand what ていい is doing here. An attempt at a direct ...
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What's the difference between 母方 and 母系? The same question goes to 父方 and 父系

I saw these words a while ago but just now I decided to ask it here because I didn't find the answer anywhere. As the title says, I don't really know if there is a difference between 母方【ははかた】 X 母系【...
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Meaning of 〜の前では in the following sentence

A boxer is watching the super featherweight champion fighting and praises his speed: あの速さにダメージを与えるため〝芯〟を射抜くのは[8]【フル】ラウンドでも難しい…!! ベルトをとった あの王者の… 武器【スピード】の前では。 Considering the context, I think that ...
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What does 皮膚の裏側 mean?

白羽さんは鼻で笑い、笑った拍子に鼻がプーという音を出し、鼻水が鼻の穴に膜を作っているのが見えた。  白羽さんの紙で作ったような乾燥しきった皮膚の裏側にも、膜をはるような水分があるのだなと、私がその膜が割れるのに気をとられていると、 「特にないですよ。僕は大体わかってるんで」  と白羽さんが小声の早口で言った。 'rear of the skin'?
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Usage of そこ with と勘違い

Context: A guy is trying to differentiate his group from an old group (nwo) because some people may think they are doing the exact same things nwo did in the past. 「よく『nWoジャパンと同じやないか』って、『...
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What does いちいちパスタ mean in this sentence?

日本のスパゲッティは、いちいちパスタと言っていて奇妙です。 I don't see what could mean "one by one pasta" in this context?
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What is the meaning of こう見えて in this sentence?

こう見えてなかなかの策士 I get the なかなかの策士 part, but what does the first part of the sentence mean?
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Differentiating between “search in” and “search for” in Japanese

"To search" is 検索する of course, but how do you differentiate between searching "in" or "through" something and searching "for" something? From what I have seen, it seems like there is no ...
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Usage of になる and こう in this sentence, sentence structure

I came across the sentence 「新聞なんか見るわけないんじゃん」それが自慢になるかのように、こう言って智子は笑った。 I would translate the sentence as: >There is no way I would read a newspaper or something< said Tomoko as if it would be ...
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Is there a semantic difference between 恋しい and こいしい?

In the context of someone passing away, would あなたがこいしいです convey the same meaning as あなたが恋しいです Or does the use of Kanji over Hiragana imply something more?
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Are “する” and “やる” the same? [duplicate]

Both mean the same and I don't know if there are any differences :S
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Various meanings of ダブる and its complexities in Japanese (多義詞 例子)

When I checked the JET vocabulary list JLPT lv2 last night, I found a word: ダブる, my mind would refer this word as 'double' as in English. However, the JET vocabulary list gives me a 'curious' ...
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なんだこの「ギャラリー」? What does he mean by gallery?

Panel this is taken from for context. This is commentary about a school go tournament that will start soon. あれ おまえも見にきたの? なんかギャラリー多いな 海王中囲碁部はトップレベルだもん 見なきゃソンだよ My translation ...
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The purpose of using 思う with たり

I am familiar with たり when used for multiple actions. In the following sentence 人は どんな環境にも慣れるんだ と…思ったりする (The man is thinking to himself and this is his conversation with himself) How the use ...
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Does 舐めんじゃねぇぞ mean don’t fuck with me?

I know that なめんじゃねよ means don’t fuck with me but does 舐めんじゃねぇぞ have the same meaning or not ? if not what is the real meaning of the sentence 舐めんじゃねぇぞ?
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What is the meaning of 私から手ぇ離せ? [duplicate]

I know the meaning of 私から手を離せ but what does 私から手ぇ離せ mean?
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Meaning of 身, 末 and 仮に

Context: From a blog about Death Note, the author is talking about Light not wanting to trade his eyes for half his lifespan. Then he says something like Light is the only death note holder to not ...
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I need help understanding a phrase: 「盗むとこは盗ませてもらえ」

I don't know if it's an idiomatic expression or something, but I've been trying to get the meaning of this phrase 「盗むとこは盗ませてもらえ」. I've tried to search it but nothing would come up. Maybe it's supposed ...
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The function of そうですね [duplicate]

What is the function of そうですね in the following conversation? 山田さんはいつも何時間ぐらい勉強しますか。ー そうですね。毎日二時間ぐらいです。
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Soredewa versus Sorekara

Read the following please: ... このホテルはどちらもありません。それから、冷蔵庫もエアコンもありません。このホテルは便利ではありませんでしたが、山や湖で色々なことができました。 Can それでは be used in place of それから in the sentence above (both mean "then")? By the way, ...
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meaning of さ after noun?

I can't figure out why in the sentence 「煙を吐き、その煙さに波香は自分で顔をしかめた。」 the second 煙 is followed by a さ. I know さ as a way to nominalize a noun. But 煙 already is one... so what function does it have ...
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Question about “接する”

In this sentence : 接しているうち、彼女の魅力を感じせずにはいられません。 can I translate 接しているうち as "While getting to know her "? (and then : " X cannot help but to feel her charm " ? ) So it would end up being : " If I/...
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Appropriate terms for indigenous people

I'm often asked about my home country by Japanese people and wish to discuss the unique polynesian culture of the indigenous people there. How do I describe them in Japanese? I understand that this is ...
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「失敗、エラーの危険と裏腹のものです。」の意味

早稲田大学高等学院中学部の学院長からの挨拶(上から3番目の段落)にある文章ですが、意味がよく分かりません。 学校は皆さんの挑戦をサポートしていきます。一つは、皆さんの未知なる問題への挑戦を、伝統的な早稲田の学風-自由-がサポートします。これは、「寛容」と言い換えても良いでしょう。 答えの未だ明らかでない問題への挑戦は、リスクを伴うものです。失敗、エラーの危険と裏腹のものです。...
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Why 皮切り is labelled as a sensitive word in the dictionary?

When I studied Japanese this morning, I found this word 皮切り in my dictionary: Example sentence: それを皮切りとして欧州の詩や文学を多数紹介するようになりました。 Translation: With that as a start many European poems and much ...
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How to use 方が良い correctly

Searching for 方{ほう}が良{よ}い in the dictionary, the answer is: (after past tense verb) had better (verb) (after negative verb) had better not (verb) and yet, in a conversation, I hear the ...