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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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How best to translate this もう?

From the Genki II textbook, 3rd edition page 297 (a reading passage about Doraemon): 「これは『アンキパン』だよ。覚えたいことをこのパンに写して、食べてみて。覚えられるから。」のび太くんはパンに写して、全部食べました。もうテストは大丈夫です。 I'm confused about the exact meaning ...
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Difference between 時限目 and 時限

Based on my understanding, when talking about class periods, N時限 means "N periods" while N時限目 means "Nth period." However I sometimes encounter situations when the former N時限 ...
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What does こと mean here? [duplicate]

I am wondering about the usage of こと next to ギャル: あれは美少女四天王の一人、通称ギャルこと右京杏
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Why is 重宝する used in the passive here?

Dialogue from the anime Dungeon Meshi, where character A (マルシル) wants to give character B (センシ) beard oil because they have not taken care of it for... an indefinite amount of time. A:これ あげる... ...
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Meaning of はっきりせんかい [duplicate]

I've encountered this in multiple places: A game script I'm translating has a psychic exclaim "はっきりせんかい!" right before having a vision of the protagonist's future. A tweet "...
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Meaning of にしておく here

This is from a tweet from a Staff writer of 朝日新聞 talking about their history with and understanding of the term 名誉男性 (honorary men) in relation to the term 名誉白人 (non-whites given certain privileges, ...
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Meaning of 声にして

What does 声にして mean in this phrase? 声にして伝える にして is the te-form of にする, which means "to make, choose, or change into something." I heard にして can also work as a way to say "and" ...
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How does おめでとう become 'to congratulate'?

I'm a Korean so I know many Chinese letters. In Japanes あけましておめでとうございます means Happy New Year. Litterally it's 'It's new year so congratulations.' おめでとう is written in Kanji as 御目出度う. 御 : to rule, or to ...
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Understanding 旅行やゆーてえらいイキッとんなあ

An old man told a boy, who was excited for a field trip: 兄さん、旅行やゆーてえらいイキッとんなあ、まあ若いモンはそれくらいでええ I am not certain about やゆーて and キッとん. I think they both correspond to だと言って and イキっているの. But what ...
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What is a "P学生"?

A story I'm reading has a character referring to a girl as a "P学生", and I've been completely unable to find a definition for what it is. The girl is an elementary school student so it can't ...
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Understanding またしても掌を返すように賛同した

Summary of 聲の形: とある小学校に通学する硝子は聾唖者のため授業を止めることがあり、それが原因でクラス中から嫌われていた。クラスメイトの将也は執拗に硝子をいじめるが、度の過ぎた悪行が遠因してクラスにおいて吊し上げられた挙句、新たないじめの標的にされる。あまりにもあっけなく掌を返されてしまった彼を硝子は気にかけるが、結局、将也とは分かり合えず転校していった。硝子の転校後、...
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What does 設定盛りすぎた mean here?

This is from the anime Noragami, with a girl teasing another girl about how she is very tired (鯨飲中学生 refers to either that she got into some accident via drinking and thus was sleepy or was just a ...
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本来なら in this sentence

The following is taken from the anime Konosuba!. The main character has just died while trying to save a girl from being run over by a tractor which would have stopped in time anyway. Once in the ...
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What does "the" mean here? (As used in Japanese)

I encountered a strange use of "the" from the recent chapter of 彼女、お借りします: In the left panel, she was describing her impressions of a dress she was trying on. I am not sure what is the ...
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How is それでも used here?

This is from the anime Black Lagoon, with context: in 1945 a naval corporal tells his crew to prepare for battle against a British ship, an enemy of Nazy Germany (the naval crew in question), but ...
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Meaning of 牽制 in this news

In this news, the speaker says  また、アメリカを念頭に「ある大国が大量の武器を台湾に売り、独立の機運を助長している」と牽制{けんせい}しています。 I think I get the gist of it: "With America in mind" and "A certain big country is selling a ...
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meaning of だからさ in this context

I checked some translations and I got something like "you see, I'm a mage..." or "you know, I'm a mage...". I"m still not 100% sure
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Using 否応なし(に) as "Whether (we) like it or not"

I could not find many thorough explanations of the phrase いやおうなしに. It seems to be used like ざるを得ない, in examples from explanations like: 社会的な圧力により、いやおうなしに環境保護活動に参加することになった。 ->個人が社会からの期待や圧力を感じ、...
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What does 貴重 mean in this context?

From おとなりに銀河 chapter 7: She is looking for a place to work as a mangaka assistant and complained about not getting hired. I am not sure about the meaing of 貴重 in this sentence: しかしアナログでこの近辺の先生は貴重なのに ...
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What does マジだりいな mean in this Takayan song? [duplicate]

This line is from the song 演じてばかりだ by たかやん: "おーおー マジだりいな" Followed by : "おーおー 眠りたくないな" The official english translation says it means : "seriously a bore".
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What かまって means in かまって新卒ちゃんが毎回誘ってくる

There is a manga with title かまって新卒ちゃんが毎回誘ってくる. I am wondering about what かまって means here. I suspect かまって新卒ちゃん is a combination of 構ってちゃん and 新卒? Maybe not because if that's case, then it will be ...
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Can 反応する mean 'To cause a reaction'? [closed]

I came across this sentence in Konosuba vol 3 by Natsume Akatsuki (chapter 1 part 7). 魔道具での取り調べ結果を証拠にするというのなら、今こうして、俺の言葉が魔道具に反応していないのもまた証拠になる。 Context: The main character is being tried for treason. ...
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Understanding 詰めの甘いお上品

From Super no ura de chapter 11, Sasaki (an older guy) told her 三本だったら今日はレジに before cutting off. She knew what he was trying to say: I need help understanding the meaning of 詰めの甘いお上品. It seems like ...
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What is the meaning and background of やうな

私は童話でも書くやうな、または刺繍でも見るやうな気持で. I assume that the meaning of the YAUNA is a combination of YA to repeat and NA to make it negative, but what does the U mean? Can anybody help?
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Understanding たらね in そりゃあそんな夜遅くに女の子が一人でシミュレーションゴルフに来てたらね

As a context, he once saw her playing golf simulation at night before: I am not quite sure about たらね in his response: そりゃああんな夜遅くに女の子が一人でシミュレーションゴルフに来てたらね I think he said "if/when a women comes ...
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Does “〜でいたい” assume already being in that state?

Consider for instance “元気でいたい” does that imply the speaker is at this point already healthy and wants this state to persist, or can it also be used when the speaker is not yet healthy but simply wants ...
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Understanding 優等生と言われても通る気がするけど

I need help understanding 優等生と言われても通る気がするけど from this image: I am not sure who is the subject for 言われる. The speaker or Fujinami? Also, I uncertain about the meaning of 通る. I think it corresponds to ...
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What does 深いパーソナリティー mean?

I am not sure about the meaning of 深いパーソナリティー in this question: キミはその浅村某というやつのことを好きだというが、そもそもキミはそいつ以外の男子の深いパーソナリティーなんて知りやしないだろう? Understanding 深いパーソナリティー literally as "deep personality" ...
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Understanding そのまま in 素直にそのまま言う

I am not certain about the meaning of そのまま here: It seems like she doesn't like what she was told and wished him to be more gentle/honest and bring up examples in more objective manner (そのまま)? I have ...
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ないで欲しい or なくて欲しい?

I came across this sentence 来たばかりの人間を、普通に呼び出さないで欲しい Which I believe means something like I want you not to so naturally summon someone who's just arrived Please correct me if I'm off. What I don't ...
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What does よし mean in senryuu?

I am uncertain about the meaning of よし in this senryuu: I could be wrong but I think this よし is just 良し. The senryuu reads "About this dandelion, the flower is nice, the stem is nice, the smell ...
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What is the etymology of miyako-bushi (都節音階)musical scale?

I've been learning a little about Japanese musical scales, including miyako-bushi, the scale for Sakura Sakura. I've found some useful information about how the scale works, but I'd also like to ...
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Nuance of masu-stem+あぐねる

From my dictionary, masu-stem+あぐねる seems to imply that you get tired of doing an action because you have met a setback that prevents the result you hoped for from occurring despite various efforts. In ...
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confused about the usage of よう?

The sentence in question 彼に集中するよう注意を促しといたよ。 Meaning I urged him to concentrate. Confused as to what role the よう is playing here?
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What does なんたら mean?

I came across 昨日のハイドロなんたらとかいう怖い女の子だ Which from an official translations means Its that scary girl from yesterday called Hydro-glerpadoodle Am I right in assuming that なんたら is a filler word for ...
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confused about て無かったら

In the sentence 一部しか残って無かったら意味ないし Where the official translation is Because its meaningless if a part is left I don't understand how 無かったら isn't negating the 残ってる to mean "if a part is NOT ...
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Understanding に挟まれる

I have trouble understanding the function of に in に挟まれる when 挟む is used in sense of this definition: ❶ 物を両側から押さえて動かないようにする。 「本を小脇に━」 「洗濯ばさみで衣類を━」 「ヘアピンで髪を━」 「毛虫を箸(はし)で━・んで捨てる」 語法:「二人組に━・まれて連れ去られる」「...
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What does the word 歪む mean in this context?

I was watching a Japanese YouTuber play through Paper Mario the thousand year door, which has a trans character in the Japanese version that’s not trans in the international version. When she got to ...
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Confused about usage of という

I came across this sentence: 地面が土で、周囲が木というだけで、暑さが随分とマシになった。 The heat became quite bearable when surrounded with trees and dirt. I'm confused about what という is doing here?
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How is the grammar working in いや、何かしないとな?

From what I've gathered. The sentence いや、何かしないとな means something like "No, I've got to do something" . I cant quite understand how the grammar is working here to turn the negative suru verb ...
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Meaning of ぐれー in this sentence

スカしっぺでも響き渡るぐれ〜 静かな場所になっちまったよ! In this sentence, is ぐれー another way of saying ぐらい?
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How does 別にいいですよ mean "It doesn't matter" or "I don't mind"?

A bit confused about how the grammar here is working. I came across this sentence "別にいいですよ、恋愛漫画読んでたって。" Which I believe means something like "I don't care/mind, about you having read ...
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Meaning of は and が here?

ねえ、田中さんがもう一度会ってほしいって。田中さん、犬のこと考え直したんだって。犬飼っていいって。だから、会ってあげれば? いや、無理。私もう田中さんに会う気はないの。だから伝えて、「私はもうあなたに会う気がない」って。 Why does it change from 気はない to 気がない in the message that should be passed on? Is it 1) ...
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Is 燃える used as slang for being cancelled online?

I was watching 夜{よる}のクラゲは泳{およ}げない and in one of the lines of dialogue, a former idol (A) talks about why she quit, and the other person (B) asked if she was referring to 燃{も}える as online slang: (A) ...
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Use of ものの as a prefix

ハリーはものの見事にロンに負けた。 Harry lost spectacularly to Ron. Would I be correct in thinking that ものの can be omitted from this sentence? What is the effect of adding ものの as a prefix? Jisho gives 'only', 'no ...
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Distinguishing hyperbole and literal sentences with くらい / ぐらい

One of the meanings of くらい is 'to the extent', and is often used in hyperbole (exaggerated claims) such as: 今日はもう一生走りたくないくらい走った。 Today, I ran so much that I don't want to run again in my whole life. ...
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Understanding 〝打つ〟の動作の〝う〟の頭をとらえて押し込む

So this is uh a follow-up to this question. I have difficulty understanding this sentence: 相手が打つときの、「〝打つ〟の動作の〝う〟の頭をとらえて押し込む」というような、言葉にすると奇妙としか言いようのない呼吸がある If I am not mistaken, 呼吸 is modified by ...
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Understanding 手足と頼む助手

I was looking up the usage of と particle from a dictionary and I stumbled upon this entry: ⑤ 比況の意を表す。「…のように」の意。「手足―頼む助手」 I don't understand what the example sentence 手足と頼む助手 means exactly. "A ...
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Difference between 何かしますか and 何をしますか

Between 何かしますか and 何をしますか, which one is correct grammatically? Which one do native Japanese people use?
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どうにも、どうにか、いかにも、どうか、どうもの中にパターンが潜在していますか?

いつも(どうにも、どうにか、いかにも、どうか、どうも)という種類の単語を聞いたり読んだりすると、パターンがいかにもあると感じます。 どう思われますか? 具体的に言えば私が話しているパターンは見かけ上共通の語源を持っていて1つの助詞を変えて1つ追加したり2つ追加したりすると意味が異なることを理解したいと思っています
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