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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 does ほおほお mean?

I mentioned to a Japanese chat friend that I liked music after he asked me what I liked. He then typed ほおほお. Does it mean something similar to I see?
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Can someone please tell what it says here? [on hold]

Years ago my Kendo sensei gave me this as present, 'cause I was leaving the academy, so I never really used it. And now I wanted to hang it on my wall but every person that sees it ask me what it says....
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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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Would commemorative coins and notes collectively be known as メモリアル?

Would commemorative coins and notes collectively be known as メモリアル?The special money printed and coined in honor of special occasions such as the Olympics and other national events.
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Usage of 以前 here

From conversation in an anime (へうげもの、第15話): (古田佐助) 遠く南蛮に至るまで小さきが良いなどと聞いたこともございませぬ。 (千宗易) 茶頭である以前に、しがない魚問屋にすぎぬ私ですらわかるのです。いずれ皆にも伝わることでしょう。(字幕) Is it 以前 ② or ③ from here? I'm confused because ③ ...
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Adjectives functioning both as イ- and ナ-adjective

This question has made me think about the class of adjectives, which can function both as イ- and as ナ-adjective, e.g. 大きい 大きな 小さい 小さな 真っ白い 真っ白な (etc.) 細かい 細かな 暖かい 暖かな 四角い 四角な (etc.) 柔らかい ...
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ところ+particle(助詞) precision

Hy, I am currently working on with 新完成マスター N3 for my grammar part and I get stuck on a small section of the lesson related to ところ(~p.17)。 So far, I understand that, according to this lesson, ところ can ...
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Would 私は怖い mean “I'm scared” or “I'm scary”?

Or does it mean both? If so, is there any way to explicitly distinguish between "I'm scared" and "I'm scary"? If it only means one and not the other, how would you say the other?
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Why does 皮肉 mean “irony”?

I gather that 皮肉 can literally mean "skin-meat." I also see that one definition for 皮 is "mask (hiding one's true nature);  seeming." So perhaps 皮肉 can be understood as "hiding the real meat," which ...
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What does 「教えてもえらなかった」 mean? [on hold]

Context: 坂本さんのいとこも、抑留された一人。樺太での様子を「話すと頭が混乱する。残酷だから言えない」と教えてもえらなかった。 Source: https://www.sankei.com/premium/news/190821/prm1908210001-n2.html I first read it as 教えてもらえなかった but I re-read it again ...
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Can かい and ですか be used interchangeably when asking questions? [duplicate]

JACK、日本語の勉強楽しいかい? Jack, do you enjoy studying Japanese? The chatter subsequently responded with JACK、日本語の勉強楽しいですか? Can the terms be used interchangeably when asking questions?
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What is the function of たろ in this sentence?

I found this sentence while I was practicing in Wanikani platform. 「ドタマかち割って脳みそストローでチューチュー吸うたろか!」とお化けは怒って言った。 Translation according to Wanikani: "Do you want me to crack your skull open and suck out ...
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Meaning of 棒立ちの様子

I got this sentence from Boku no Hero S01E13 (06m25s) それにどうやら子供らは棒立ちの様子です. Besides, the children appear to be frozen in fear. (translation from the site) I understand everything except the ...
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てform + よ meaning

https://www.lyrical-nonsense.com/lyrics/haku/shoudou/ In the first line 近づいて気付いてよ 恋の衝動 what is the purpose of putting よ after 気付いて. I would understand it if it was a plain form. Does the line mean "...
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という店もあります meaning in that sentence?

I don't get the meaning of という店もあります in that sentence. I understand: "This month sales were 10 times higher than the sales from April last year", then I have no clue for the end of the sentence. ...
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For what purposes is たろう used?

I am reading Fate Zero 1 by [虚淵]{うろぶち}玄{げん}, this book likes using archaisms and very precise vocabulary which is challenging. Somewhere in the prologue there is this line: その日{ひ}から、彼{かれ}は天秤{てんびん}...
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そっち or そちら What is the difference? [duplicate]

そっち or そちら? The terms are used frequently in chat situations. I know that the terms mean there/you. Is one term preferred over the other?
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こっち、そっち、あっち、どっち

Could you tell me when to use: こっち、そっち、あっち、どっち? I don't understand when to use them. Thank you in advance!
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Asking if you are there いますか or いるの?

I want to ask if someone is there. Can both terms be used to ask if a person is there/are you there? いますか or いるの?
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I need help on the meaning and translation of 絶賛不登校 [duplicate]

I came across this word in a manga that I'm translating. I understand that it has something to do with not attending school, but I can't for the life of me figure out what "絶賛" means when placed in ...
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What is the meaning of キルフェボン? [closed]

キルフェボン好きの人 雑談好きならココにおいで キルフェボン I dont understand the meaning of this word. The context is the heading of the chatroom. Thank you.
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What does サーブ mean?

Can't understand the term サーブ。I was thinking it may mean sub or substitute. Thanks as always! I was chatting with 茶屋。Could the term mean serve? Serving in the Olympics as an athlete? Or in reference ...
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Does the size of a 町 determine if it is pronounced machi or chou?

北谷町 and 下町 The first one is pronounced Chatanchou and the second is Shitamachi. The second term is within an area of the the first one. Is a machi smaller than a chou? In the past was the term ノ・の ...
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食べていました meaning “Have eaten” or “Just ate” [duplicate]

I know that the te imashita is the past progressive, yet when asking if my japanese friend had eaten, she often replies with tabetenakatta, and my teacher says the te iru form can also mean " Have ...
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日常にしがみついた's meaning

https://furahasekai.net/2015/12/09/good-on-the-reel-searchlight-lyrics-indonesian-translation/ From this song, The sentence "囚われた日常にしがみついた". What do you guys translate it to ? I did search しがみつく's ...
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その建物は茶色だ Can the da be eliminated? [duplicate]

その建物は茶色だ What is the purpose of だ? Would です be more polite? Can the だ be eliminated?
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What's the meaning of the characters in this picture? [closed]

What's the meaning of the writing in the picture? Thank you in advance. I got it from a book cover (historical novel, Bronze Age China. Written in spanish, by the way). So I took a picture, googled ...
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Can the term kaiwa no heya be used to mean an actual location/room to chat in?

I know that the term chattorumu is used for online chats. What term would be used to denote an actual room for this activity? A room to chat in.
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Can the term お姉さん be used to address female strangers politely? [closed]

Can the term be お姉さんbe used to address female strangers politely?
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Is yaru more informal than suru? [duplicate]

I have always assumed that yaru and suru could be used the same way. Is yaru less formal? Nani wo suru no and nani wo yaru no.
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Is this a pre-noun adjectival?

Does ような work as a pre-noun adjectival in this two sentences? これに匹敵するような車は日本ではずっと高いでしょう。 各大会で多くの方があなたのグッズを身にまとい一大ブームとなっており、かつてのnWoに匹敵するような状態となってます。 Because when I look for sentences ...
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What does 〇〇〇〇 mean when combined with おじさん?

I saw the term 〇〇〇〇おじさん written in a chat profile. What does the 〇〇〇〇 mean?
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Help translating this paragraph: doubts about 「への」and「と共に」forms, and structure of a sentence beggining with 「これ」?

The paragraph is from the introduction to the wikipedia article on David Ben-Gurion: ポーランドのプロニスクで生まれ、パレスチナ移住後はユダヤ系住民のイギリス軍への参加を呼びかけると共に、ナチスの弾圧によって多くのユダヤ系難民がパレスチナへ押し寄せる様になると、...
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Is there a difference between とろっとろ and とろとろ?

Please help me understand what mean とろっとろ in this sentense「あのとろっとろの猫撫で声で」. May I translate とろっとろ like "looking sleepy" or it's meaning only "soft / runny"? Person A: 悪い男か何人泣かしとんねん あのとろっとろの猫なで声で ...
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誰かの胸の夜の空に伝えたい気持ちが生まれたら meaning

This line is from 流れ星の正体 of Bump of Chicken: 誰かの胸の夜の空に伝えたい気持ちが生まれたら Which meaning is suitable? When you have a feeling that you want to tell someone’s night sky in his heart. When you have a ...
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What is the difference between なにかな and なんだろう?

I want to see if なにかな or なんだろう, would be used in a similar way. I asked about what would be a good chat topic and the response was なにかな. I have also seen なんだろう and jisho gives similar definitions. Don'...
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日本人のかたですか vs 日本のかたですか

I originally received a post from an online chat which stated 「日本人のかたですか?」 I assumed this post was correct and questioned the meaning of the word かた in this instance. Would 「日本人のかたですか?」 be considered ...
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Why is て used here?

I got this message after asking for recommendations for Japanese media: 海猿て映画はオススメかな My question is, why is there a て after 海猿?I was thinking it was apart of the title but 猿 doesn’t need a て. Does ...
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Meaning of どんだけお人好しなんですかって話ですよね

context(all same guy talking to himself while someone else is listening): 「銀行が住宅ローンの営業に熱心な理由ってわかります?」 「憧れの持ち家を手に入れた大切なお客さんの喜ぶ笑顔が見たいから…?」 「そんなわけねーです!」 「どんだけお人好しなんですかって話ですよね。...
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What does 声をかける mean?

I found this sentence in a book for kids. ライオンがずぶ濡れのヤギを見ました。ライオンはヤギに『うちに入って、雨やどりをしないか』と声をかけました。 There are many meanings on the internet but i can't quite understand its meaning. Thank you all :)
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Why do I need to use のに instead of ので?

食べてばかりいるので、なんで太いじゃないだろう?? I was told for this sentence I should use のに instead of ので. Why is のに better here? It seems like it changes the meaning from “so/since” to “even though”. I wanted to say “...
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What does “のではないかともいわれておる” mean in the following sentence?

I have to say that translating Japanese sentences into English can be very challenging! Here is a sentence from Felony Imprisonment With Hard Labour. 短期の懲役刑(6ヶ月程度)では、...
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follow up on: Can ような mean “To make”?

a follow up on: Can ような mean "To make"? X は仰け反り、聞いてるこちらが悲しくなるような悲鳴を上げた。 X shrieked in a way that made me become sorrowful Person talking to the speaker was singing before ...
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can 炎也 and/or 炎羅 be used as a name?

both with the on'yomi reading, so either enya or enra. i know very little about japanese and am looking for a name for a character i'm making and, after doing a bit of research, thought i liked these. ...
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What is the correct reading of 水気?

From researching about the word 水気 in Jisho, I found that it has two different readings: すいき and みずけ. Unfortunately, the information on the site did not really help me in differentiating on what the ...
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Help understanding 反故にしてついてきて、なんて言うの? 身勝手すぎるでしょ

I'm struggling to correctly understand the meaning of the sentence in bold below. To explain the context: Person 2 originally promised to go together with Person 1 into battle. However, Person 2 has ...
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What does 石ころネタ mean?

: 昔{むかし} 脚本{きゃくほん}にダメ出{だ}ししようとして「いきなり現場{げんば}に来るとは何事{なにごと}か帰れ二度と来るな」って怒鳴{どな}られた原作{げんさく}の話とか聞きたい? : なにその業界石{ぎょうかいいし}ころネタ!? I don't get what 石ころネタ means in this sentence. I've found an entry for a ...
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what's the difference between 痛い and 辛い?

Online dictionaries give 痛い and 辛い the meaning "painful" and among others: 痛い (itai): sore 辛い (tsurai) bitter, heart-breaking In what contexts one of them can be used while the other can't? ...
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The kanji for suika and kabocha

I was able to translate as west melon and south melon. The melon part makes sense, but why were directions used? I saw the sui (water) kanji for watermelon, but it is no longer used.
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Please help me translate this sentence [明よせっないスキャットが] [closed]

I am reading a manga and I can't understand the sentence [明よせっないスキャットが]. So basically, here's the deal. Some people talking about the music. And one girl said: それに2曲目の金延幸子! よく知ってたわね~ 金延幸子! ...