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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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What's the difference between 初心者, 入門者 and 初級者

I see 初級 Written mostly in books which mean beginner or elementary level, the other two were written on the same page for a drawing course i fould online as "入門者向け" and "初心者向け", but i don't see any ...
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What are the different uses of iroiro?

I already know there is the adjective iroiro+na, and I've learned that, but recently I've learned that iroiro+to and iroiro+no are different ways to use "iroiro", which I have not learned in class, ...
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やることが多過ぎて気が張っているせいか

多過ぎ - too much て - Why is it there? What's its position relating the grammar? 気 - Does it express intention? What does it represent exactly? 張って - to fill, to do maybe? いるせいか - What is the ...
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What does the title「 僕だけの向こう側」mean? [on hold]

Can someone help me with possible translations for this title? [僕]{ぼく}だけの[向]{む}こう[側]{がわ}: Boku dake no mukougawa Also, can you explain why that would be the translation?
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Convoluted translation attempt 世界のすべて城砦に抱く

I'm trying to make sense of the words said by a character in a manga who talks in an archaic manner. I tried into account the context, the images, all to help me figure out what he is saying. ...
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Meaning of て form plus てね in dialog

I've come across a portion of dialog, which has some grammar that I have not seen before. Focusing on the portion in bold, what is the purpose of て form plus てね? What does てね mean and is it a ...
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Meaning of かわいい When Used By Kids Towards Adults

Okay, I'm fairly advanced in my Japanese studies after having lived and taught in Japan for almost a year. However, one thing that continues to boggle me is the possibly most common word of all: かわいい。 ...
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Meaning of 日の跡のささくれ

I am checking the lyrics for a track of music in which the words 日の跡のささくれ are repeated in two different lines, I know the meaning of words, but the meaning of the sentence is still vague for me. ...
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If somebody just says “暇か”, what does that mean exactly?

The setting is 4 kids in a park in Japan. The kid sitting on the bench is Ageru-kun, who is uploading a video to the internet, which is illegal in Japan. His 3 friends go up to him and have the ...
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What's the meaning and nuance of ばっかり in this sentence?

A girl is worried and upset because she believes she is more excited and happy about the relationship with her boyfriend than he is. So she says: わたしばっかり浮かれてる気がする…… I think the sentence means ...
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What does 今一概に言える equate to? “Now, unconditionally said thing?”

I was watching a 45 second video, but ran into some trouble with the above. I will post the entire subtitles for context purposes. テレビ番組を勝手にアップロードするのは違法だからな 10年以下の懲役か1000万円以下の罰金か、その両方だが ...
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Is there a difference between the dekiteru/dekita part in “Junbi wa dekiteru/dekita”,and ii in “junbi wa ii”?

I would like to know if, like: Junbi wa ii Junbi wa dekiteru Junbi wa dekita Are all interchangeable? I feel like the last two mean "Plans are complete" and "Plans have been completed" ...
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Explaination for はずです?

What is the difference between 貴方{あなた}には、会うべき御方{おかた}がいるはずです。 and 貴方{あなた}には、会うべき御方{おかた}がいる。(or います for politeness) ? According to Jisho.org はずです means "be supposed or expected to (do)" but ...
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What does <verb>ことのある<noun> mean?

In a chat with a Japanese person, he told me 「ドイツ語で読んだことのある本を日本語で読んでみるのはどうですか?」 Context is that we talked about books. Can someone translate that into English and explain me what the ことのある本 part ...
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How to understand 委ねる in this line

I'm failing to understand what it means for the 戦い to 委ねる in the below sentence. Is there anyone who could clarify what it means in this case? この戦いは国の勝ち負けだけじゃなく一人一人がどちらを選ぶのか委ねている Additional ...
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What is the accurate translation of ミホークと互角以上の剣戟を演じるビスタ

What is the accurate translation of this passage ミホークと互角以上の剣戟を演じるビ And is this really a good translation "Vista showed his swordsmanship which is equal or superior to Mihawk's in this fight" for ...
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討伐補佐に数えとけよ meaning?

in Attack of the Titan season 2, ep4 at 8:16, there is this sentence: 今のちゃんと討伐補佐に数えとけよ can anyone explain what it means? it doesn't seem to make sense to me. Count the support of conquest properly?...
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Is there any difference between 「精々」 and 「たかだか」?

Like mentioned in the title, I would like to know if there are any subtle differences between 「精々」 and 「たかだか」. As an example, are all these sentences grammatically correct? Is there any change in ...
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What does エセインテリ mean?

is it like a pseudo-intellectual or something else?
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原作を消化していくつもりだ meaning

In the second episode's preview of the Saiki Kusuo anime, Saiki recapped the premise(that he has superpowers) and said the following: 次々と原作を消化していくつもりだ According to the dictionary, 消化 has the ...
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What does this sentence containing 「いい歳したオッサンが」 mean?

私は今20代後半ですがとても子供っぽく落ち着きがありません。(夢中になると特に)いい歳したオッサンが自分と正面から向き合ってくれた人と本当の意味で向き合って話が出来ないという現実に絶望しました。 Source: https://komachi.yomiuri.co.jp/t/2019/0624/903959.htm?g=04 Does 「いい歳したオッサン」mean he's ...
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Meaning of じゃないんじゃない?

I recently came across the phrase じゃないんじゃない in this sentence: Clerk: でも うちで売ってるアイスじゃないんじゃないかしら For context, some kids are claiming they have a winning popsicle stick but the clerk can't seem to ...
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What is written on my mug? [closed]

I was able to identify 弐 (alternative form of 二 used on legal documents, according to Jisho.org), but I still can't identify the others, in order to know what is written there Full-size
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願わくばこのまま穏やかなままとはいかねぇもんだろうか meaning?

in episode 3 of Shingeki no Kyojin at 8:30, I encounter this sentence. 願わくばこのまま穏やかなままとはいかねぇもんだろうか/ Try my hardest but couldn't understand what it means, can any expert here explain the structures ...
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What does 自由課題 mean?

I recently came across the term 自由課題 in this context: アイスの棒で作ったおうち 自由課題はこれでクリア!! For reference, a character just finished building a house made of popsicle sticks. I assume it roughly means summer ...
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Difference between 付き合いが悪い and ノリが悪い

In a manga, a girl is reproaching her friend for not being very sociable since she became friend with a guy from the school cinema club: あんた あの映研のメガネとつるむようになってからつきあい悪いしノリも悪い I read on Kenkyusha ...
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What does ドロドロしてた mean in 生徒会はこんなにドロドロしてた

To provide some context, if not apparent, they are looking to take part in the school election and have just been shown all the other groups that they are competing with. From what I can see there ...
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How to determine the meaning of a Kanji?

I just finished studying Heisig's "Remembering the Kanji". I would often look up Kanji in order to figure out their meaning when the English keyword was ambiguous. To my surprise, many of the keywords ...
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Please help me confirm the characters to this seal [closed]

chinese.stackexchange.com referred me here. One of their members told me that the reading in the seal is actually Japanese「知惠子/ちえこ」. Is this correct? Thank you!!
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Meaning of 形の上では前後だけど、気持ちとしては

最後の戦い。 マリウスが倒れ、アンジョルラスが駆け寄る。嘆く彼の手をグランテールが握りしめ、アンジョルラスはその肩を抱き寄せ、それからバリケードを駆け上がっていく。アンジョルラスが先で、グランテールがあとからついていく形。形の上では前後だけど、気持ちとしては、グランテールもアンジョルラスと一緒に駆け上っていたと思う。 This is from a recap of a scene ...
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What does 「1歳遅らせる」 mean?

Context: 5月の素案で示した「70代での発症を10年間で1歳遅らせる」という初めての数値目標は参考値に格下げし、患者の精神的負担にならないよう配慮した。 Source: https://www.sankei.com/life/news/190618/lif1906180018-n1.html I understand the sentence in bold as, ...
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How to determine 大都市 vs 都市

As I understand 都市 [toshi] means [city]. And therefore it could be any city, which is not town. In Russia town means over 12K population. 100-250K pouplation = big town. 250-500K pupulation = small ...
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Meaning of “足生やす”

I was wondering if the above is some kind of expression or set phrase? I saw this in in a novel actually where the speaker was remarking about his opponent in battle who was summoning hundreds of ...
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「捨ててしまう」Why are there two て’s used here?

The full sentence was : 「捨ててしまうのはもったいないと思って」 I think to throw away (something) is a waste But why are there two て’s? Why is it not 捨てしまう?
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Verb (とどめる) and its meaning in these sentences

I was looking for the meaning of the verb (とどめる) and how it differs from (とめる). I understood that (とどめる) means (to stop "potentially" from moving). But how does that meaning relate to the following ...
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How are で and いう being used in this context?

There are a few things that I don't understand about the highlighted text in the image below. The biggest question I have is what でいう is doing after 人間 (is it some sort of construction or are they ...
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What is meant by それはそれで面白い in this sentence

To provide some additional context, Girl 1 and Boy 1 are thought to be dating by lots of people (they are very close to one another, but they are not officially dating at least). 烈 wanted to make Girl ...
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Meaning of によって/により

I’ve come across this phrase によって/により quite often and I’ve researched and found these meanings: by Person (この本は君によって書かれた?); due to/ because of; by means of (The teacher checked their knowledge by the ...
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What does 嵐にしやがれ mean?

I recently stumbled accross the japanese tv show 嵐にしやがれ and have been wondering what its title means. 「しやがれ」doesn't appear in any dictionary I use, but I found some rather unreliable online sources ...
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Using 於ける and 中

I'm having some trouble seeing when it would be more appropriate to use one over the other. Could someone explain any difference in nuance, and perhaps put things into context with some examples? ...
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Nuance of sentence when とも言えないが is used

I have the following sentence, where I get the main meaning. 大学生とはいえ、あまりアルコールに強くない僕としては、ビール一杯の「やけざけ」(とも言えないが)で大分ハイな気分だったのだ。 "(Though) I am a student, I can't take much alcohol because I get high ...
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Meaning of and に and くる in「 A」と「B」に同じグループのものがくる

I'm reading a definition of にしても〜にしても: 「AにしてもBにしても」は「Aの場合{ばあい}もBの場合も、どちらの場合でも」という意味{いみ}を表{あらわ}す文型{ぶんけい}です。「AにしてもAないにしても」になる場合と、「A」と「B」に同{おな}じグループのものがくる場合があります This example: N1を受{う}...
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What does this sentence containing 「犯人意識」 mean in Osamu Dazai's 「人間失格」?

また、犯人意識、という言葉もあります。自分は、この人間の世の中に於いて、一生その意識に苦しめられながらも、... I understand this as, There's something called criminal consciousness. Even if I am suffering from this consciousness in this world of ...
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Help understanding this exchange

What's confusing me in the below exchange is: What he means by 苦労が絶えない in this context The usage of 言われ方. I often see 言い方 but I don't think I've seen 言われ方 before. For context, the 妹 is worried ...
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Differences between 楽しがちに、楽し気味に、楽しげに、楽しっぽく

Which one of the words above is most suitable in the following sentence and why? 近所の子供たちが校庭で________遊んでいる。 Thanks!
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What does 「自分の生きている姿勢」 mean?

I am reading Osamu Dazai's 「人間失格」. また、犯人意識、という言葉もあります。自分は、この人間の世の中に於いて、一生その意識に苦しめられながらも、しかし、それは自分の糟糠の妻の如き好伴侶で、そいつと二人きりで侘びしく遊びたわむれているというのも、自分の生きている姿勢の一つだったかも知れないし... When I read this sentence as a ...
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How do we describe 'food that has gone cold/food that has gone stale?'

As the title suggests, I am wondering how do we describe food which has gone stale or food that has gone cold after being left out there for too long? I checked jisho and 大辞林 but I did not manage to ...
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Is this ことだ ことか? [duplicate]

ツッコミどころはいろいろあるのだが、その筆頭が挑戦する立場のBrock Lesnarに対してチャンピオンの2人(Seth RollinsとKofi Kingston)が「俺のベルトを選べ」と言ってることか。 If I translate this paragraph assuming か doesn't make the statement into a question, it would ...
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Meaning of 水洗式 other than flush toilet

In an article about penetrant testing (浸透探傷検査) I found the following sentence: 浸透液は水洗式でハケ塗りとし,極力溶接部以外に浸透液が付着しないようにすること. In this kind of test, a penetrant liquid is used on a surface (in this case ...
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大学教員の公募にでる「単行本」の意味

Japanese 一般的に、「単行本」という単語は連載している漫画の数章分をまとめて、本として、出版するものですが、大学教員の募集に 3)論文2編(主論文1編と参考論文1編とし、その別を必ず明記する。刊行された論文であること。単行本、修士論文、博士論文は不可。論文はコピーでも可。) と書いてありました。修士論文と博士論文の意味はわかりますが、単行本はこの場面で、どのような意味になりますか。...