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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 the 奈 in 神奈川県 mean?

What does the 奈 in 神奈川県 mean? I saw the term listed as what on Jisho. One person sent me the definition of an altar and others say that it has no meaning just a sound.
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the meaning of 'meguri'

I found this sentence on a game cover. (I left out unimportant parts) I am especially wondering about 'meguri' and 'uzumaku'. Shoujo wo meguri, … tairiku ni jaaku na yabou ga uzumaku. I have used ...
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What is the word(s) for fast food?

What is the word for fast food? Food prepared quickly. I saw the term ファストフード used, but wondered if there is a kanji term to reflect the definition. I used the katakana term in a chat and it was not ...
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Question about directions and particles

I'm playing a Japanese video game and am having a small problem understanding the configuration instructions for my controller. These two sentences in particular: 左スティック上方向で前に移動 左スティック右方向で右に移動 I ...
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What is the meaning of ケタ外れ in this situation..?

I have a sentence which says, 2030年、日本が迎えるのはケタ外れの「ひとりさま社会」。 The dictionary says the word means; incredible, extraordinary, exceptional or phenomenal, but it doesn't really make sense when ...
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What does 叱ってやりたい mean in this context?

On twitter I saw this: なのに風呂掃除したら100円もらってたおれ…叱ってやりたい!笑 What does it mean? This is the previous tweet: 最近だなー。食ったらすぐ食器洗うのが習慣になったの。実家に居た頃は全部母親がやってたから甘えちゃってた。仕事もしてて家事も完璧にやってた母親、今更ながら尊敬します。
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What is オー・マイ・ガブリーヌ?

It's from a video game called Xenogears. You can play rock-paper-scissors with a man and when he loses he says this: 負けたのか、この俺が!? そんなバカな……!? オー・マイ・ガブリーヌ! Is it something like "Oh my God!"?
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Using ていく to express doing something deeply/longer/strongly and tense agreement with ていくうちに

While trying to understand how to use ていくうちに in this sentence: (from https://japanese.stackexchange.com/a/55251/17515) 子どもの頃から使っていくうちに、身についてきたものだからです。 (The て form) is something we master after ...
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What is the meaning of 今回のように?

If you run 今回のように through google translate, it gives: "As of this time", and "Like this time", but nobody speaks like this in real english. もちろん。 それだけじゃありません。 今回のように有名人を島にお招きするのも村おこしの一環なんです。 Of ...
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What's the function of the particle も in this sentence?

I don't think a lot of context is needed, basically a girl having an intimate moment and talk with her boyfriend... 我慢しなくていいです 人を好きになるとよくばりになるって 今はわたしにもわかるから Rough translation: (You/we) don't have ...
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Is there a difference between 辞典 and 辞書 ?

Is there a difference between 辞典 and 辞書? I know that both terms refer to a dictionary. I am thinking that a 辞典 has pictures and possibly more volumes (encyclopedia) and a 辞書 does not.
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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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助けてくれて有難う meaning and usage

I want to thank the people who are helping me on this website. Would 助けてくれて有難う be the appropriate thing to say to everyone?
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How is したら acting in this sentence: こいつからしたら当然の反応だが

Can anyone help me find out what したら is doing in this sentence: くそ。こいつからしたら当然の反応だが I assume こいつから to be "from these guys", 当然の反応 to be "natural response" and だが to be "but/however". Now for ...
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How would I ask for a persons Age, Sex, and Location (ASL) in Japanese?

The abbreviation means age, sex and location, and is used frequently in English speaking chatsites during introductions. Is there a similar term used in Japanese chatsites?
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What term would be used for commemorative coins and notes collectively?

Would commemorative coins and notes collectively be known as メモリアル?to indicate a type of memorial? The special money printed and coined in honor of special occasions such as the Olympics and other ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 :)