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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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Etymology of ~かもしれません

So, today one of the topics boarded in the lessons I'm taking was the form ~かもしりません Now, I'm thinking the しれません part comes from the potential form of 知る. That way, in the sentence, it would mean ...
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Meaning of オレンジ in オレンジは右側です [closed]

I couldn't find the answer to this. Sometimes when I'm on the subway in Japan when getting close to the next stop in some trains it can be heard オレンジは右側です, not sure if it's オレンジ though. Meaning the ...
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meaning of なく followed by なし

In the context of a very well fortified place, what does 入る者なく出る者なし mean? It seems like it would mean: none may enter, none may leave, but I'd like to make sure, and understand the naku form better. ...
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Trying to understand what does 見え mean in this short sentence

I'm new to japanese and I'm having a hard time trying to figure what "彼女のいう天使に見え" means. I don't know if the correct interpretation is either "She looked like an angel" or "She saw an angel". I'm ...
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What does ことがないように express?

I've come across this sentence quite a few months ago, but I never understood the meaning of "ことがないように", I've searched and found about ことのないように, but I think it has not the same meaning. This is the ...
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Difference between 泊まる and 留まる [duplicate]

I'm just studying Japanese, and i know that 泊まる is like you Staying a night like hotel / some place that temporary , but i just found 留まる is also meaning stay/staying too in Basic Kanji book , but i ...
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おつかれさまでした vs おつかれさまです

I learned おつかれさまでした (otsukaresama deshita) as a form of good bye, used in the office. But I often hear my Japanese colleagues say おつかれさまです (otsukaresama desu) instead, or at least that's what I think ...
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How to use 彼 and 彼女?

The first time I saw these two terms, they were used in a love context, to mean "boyfriend/girlfriend". Later, I came to know that you can also use these to refer to "that guy/girl". So, what I ...
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What is the literal meaning of 'マスコミにバラして'?

The sentence is, 'マスコミにバラしてもいいんですよ?' What does this mean, literally? Also, is this figure of speech frequently used? If it is, could you please give me some instances when it is used in daily life? ...
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どんな危険 vs どんな危険も Confusion

Why does どんな危険 - what danger どんな危険も - any danger Is this a grammar point, this is the sentence that confused me: ここはどんな危険もないよ = There is no danger here も is after the noun of 危険 , is the も still ...
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Is やなこった just 嫌な子, or does it mean something as a whole?

Another phrase from 犬夜叉 that is puzzling me is やなこった. Apparently it means something as there is a quite lot of results on the interwebz. They are not much of a help though. I saw it in a comic, where ...
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What does チビバージョンは草 sentence means?

I commented in a Japanese Youtube video of a game. I said not to release it globally because it's just a chibi version of an already released game and they replied to me with チビバージョンは草. And when I ...
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The usage of とは in 緊急招集とは、おだやかではないな

From what I understand, とは can be used to "define" things. So does this mean that it can be used to expand on what comes before とは/というのは and that which comes after will explain the speakers view/...
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The meaning of けど [duplicate]

お金があったら、車を買うんですけど。 If I had money, I would buy a car. I know that けど means "but," "however" or "although". Why is it used in the sentence above? How is the sentence different from the one ...
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Meaning of フレンチでは in 知る人ぞ知るシェフ

This is from a review for a restaurant:https://www.tripadvisor.jp/ShowUserReviews-g298110-d7405583-r439370408-Salle_a_Manger_F-Fukui_Fukui_Prefecture_Hokuriku_Chubu.html フレンチでは知る人ぞ知るシェフ Does it ...
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Do 最愛の人 and ダーリン mean the same thing?

I looked up for the word "darling" and got two different answers and I just want to know if they both mean the same thing.
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What does こういうの refer to in こういうのって天然が一番怖いのよ

どこまでドジっ娘なのよ、あの子 あはは…ま、まあ、わざとじゃないんだし こういうのって天然が一番怖いのよ context: あの子 forgot something back in her room that they need and is in the process of going to get it and the other two then begin to ...
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What does っていうんだ mean?

I came across the following sentence: 僕が何を怖がるっていうんだ? which was translated as "What am I supposed to be frightened of?" I know that the first part means "what am I afraid of?" I just can't see ...
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is there a hidden meaning to それとなく?

I got bumped in the term それとなく in these two sentences 1. だから今はそれとなく散々淡々と暮らしていて 2. 思い出して魚の眼 Oh Oh! それとなくキルミーして!Oh Oh! Jisho said indirectly; obliquely, but feels like it is not fit well to the ...
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The etymology and meaning of Oss, Osu, Ossu

I am training at a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy, and their use of the word "Oss" is ubiquitous. I have asked and also answered the question What is the etymology and meaning of Oss? in the Martial ...
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Help understanding the use of あります

I understand that あります is used for presenting or describing the location of things but I was unsure of how it is being applied in these two sentences: あなたの学校に何がありますか。 Am I right in assuming that ...
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Meaning of 以上 and 以下 according to water depth level

Reading a text like: 海の深さが200m以上{いじょう} The first thing that came into my mind was: Above a level of 200m depth But then I realized that my understanding can be wrong and it may mean something ...
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Alternate meaning for えぐい

One of the dictionary definitions for えぐい is "amazing" http://jisho.org/search/%E3%81%88%E3%81%90%E3%81%84. I've never actually come across this sense of the word in any sentences. Does anyone ...
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Please help with deciphering the meaning of this sentence

お見合いの相手は、理想を絵に描いたような男性だった。 First part is something like: since he/she was/is an omiai partner or since they met in omiai . I’m having difficulty in understanding the second. Explanation says: ...
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What does なら mean in this sentence? I don't understand

I just got genki 2 and I don't understand what it means about なら. I heard it meant "if" from Tae Kim but it says A statement of the form "noun A なら predicate X" says that the predicate X applies ...
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Meaning of 足に来る in sexual joke

Context: a boxer is giving "advice" to another boxer and his girlfriend. He says: 戦う前にイチャつくとぜって〜モチベに影響するからな―― 彼女[と]【・】は足に来るからそれも要注意な 風俗体験記 After this, the boxer laughs and the girl blushes. I ...
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How to interpret 同情 in the following sentence

Context: in the manga リクドウ, the boxer that will win the Level A Tournament will get the chance to challenge the Japanese champion. Some journalists are interviewing the champion about this and one ...
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What is the difference between 得意 and 上手?

Both 上手 and 得意 seem to both mean something along the lines of "good at" or "skilled". However, I don't understand the difference (if there is one) between them. In fact, some of the sentences on jisho....
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もう and けど in one sentence

How do もう and けど work in the bold sentence? ー日本のガイド・ブックはありませんか。 ーはい、こちらです。 ーもう少しくわしい本の方がいいんですけど。 ーそうですか。それでは、こちらがいかがですか。 ーじゃ、これをおねがいします。 I think it means something like "but a ...
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「○○は草」とはどういう意味でしょうか?

Abemaの麻雀チャンネルを見ていたら、人のコメントの一部または全部をコピーして、最後に「は草」を付けて送信する人がいました。 例えば、コメント欄がとても盛り上がっていた時に「コメント読みてえのに多すぎて読めねえんだよ だから各自で控えろ」というコメントがありました。 これに対して コメントを控えろは草 と送ってきました。 このようなことをいろんなコメントでずっと繰り返していました。...
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What is the meaning of カックン in the following sentence?

Context: before a boxing match begins, a boxer named Kamishiro says this referring to his opponent: 勘だけど あのカックン野郎… 刺せるヤツだ What is the meaning of カックン? The opponent was a thug in the past and he ...
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ここからさきにはゆかせぬ sentence breakdown

In Castlevania Rondo of Blood, Death fight starts with him saying those words. Now I'm trying to figure out exactly what that means and grammar rules used in this sentence. Here's where I'm at: ここ|から|...
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What does んだけど mean here?

「……さすがにそれはちょっと、あまりオススメできないっていうか……」 優には悪いけど、恥ずかしい……。 俺があのベッドで寝るのも恥ずかしいし、自分の部屋にあるのも恥ずかしい……。 ……というか根本的な問題として置けるのか、アレは。 「なんで? 私と寝るのイヤなの?」 「いや……そういうことは全くもってない**んだけど**……」 「じゃあ問題ない、いい生活にはいい睡眠が大事」 Can ...
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の and のです. What’s their semantic purpose and meaning?

So, I've reached a spoken language topic and encountered difficulties with understanding those particles that are used in spoken language. Particularly with の. My book says that, for example, の ...
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Using 言う and ても to mean “even if you say”

I was trying to say something similar to "even if you tell me to not look, I will look", so my initial guess was something along those lines: 「見ないで」と言っても見る。 I was under the impression that Xて-form + ...
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Meaning of 有難 with missing ending

Context: the manager of a boxing gym is arguing with a strong but problematic boy (問題児, he is arrogant and often violently beats other trainees) named Kamishiro and his trainer-sister that train in ...
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What does おとくな けいじばん mean?

I was playing ポケットモンスターファイアーレッド (Pokémon fire red) when I noticed that this appears when I start reading most of the signs: I've searched for it in a couple of sites, and it looks like けいじばん is ...
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Metaphorical meaning of 買う

Context: in the manga Rikudou, Riku follows his trainer risky instructions in order to win (the trainer had told him to take a lot of punches in order to understand his opponent's fighting style). ...
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Meaning of いって来た in this sentence

いままでは、どちらかがきげんの悪い時は、どちらかがなだめ、うまくいって来たのだが、どうしたことか、議論になってしまった。 Until now, when either of them was in a bad mood the other would calm them and skillfully go and come back, but somehow they ended up ...
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What does 囚えよう mean in this book?

I'm currently reading a screenplay regarding to Oda Nobunaga. In one of the character line, it is written that あなたは死して尚、この僕を囚えようというのですか? Base on my search, it seems that the kanji 囚 is associated ...
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Meaning of a pattern “AといえばAにも見える”

I've came across a sentence 悪手【あくしゅ】といえば悪手【あくしゅ】にも見える in a manga, but I can't find any explanation on this pattern, so I don't see how "speaking of" makes sense. A "bad move" isn't mentioned ...
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What is the difference between 試合 and 競技?

They both mean 'game' or 'contest'. Are they interchangeable or is there a difference?
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What is a 感謝の夕べ and is it free to attend?

I am doing volunteer work every month at an event organized by a big company (not mine). Now they invite me to a 感謝の夕べ: 日頃お手伝いいただいているボランティアスタッフへの感謝の気持ちと共に より懇親を深めるため、XYZにて「感謝の夕べ」を開催いたします! ...
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Meaning of に in もう彼女に抵抗の余地はないのでしょうか?

ライトは事もなく照子の名前を入手することに成功しました。 照子も結構鋭いところを見せてくれますが、もう彼女に抵抗の余地はないのでしょうか? せっかくの「きれいなお姉さん」なので、なんとか頑張って欲しいものです。 Context: On episode 6 of Death Note, Light is trying get information from former FBI ...
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What does “いんやぁ” mean?

I've tried scouring through various Japanese dictionaries with no luck. For some context: Person A has just heard person B and C have gotten married: いんやぁ~おめでたいよねぇ~!
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What is the difference between 文句 and 苦情? [duplicate]

They both mean 'complaint', but there is a slight difference between them, right? If someone could explain the difference and provide some example sentences it would be great.
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I don't understand why 差し支える means what it means

This is one word I often 'fail' while reviewing and I couldn't find much explanation anywhere. According to most dictionaries, it means something like hinder, interfere. 差: difference, substract 支: ...
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What is the difference between “みだらな格好” and “あられもない格好?”

I'm trying to figure out the difference in nuance between みだらな格好 and あられもない格好. My dictionary tells me "みだらな" means "lewd"/"obscene"/"indecent", and あられもない means "unladylike", "immodest", these ...
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Why is there a ど in 体こそ違えど記憶…? [duplicate]

I'm reading a story someone has written in Japanese and I came upon this sentence: 体こそ違えど記憶と精神は彼女のものを引き継いでいる。 I think it means something like: The body is different, the memory and spirit are ...
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How can I say “self-love” in Japanase?

How can I say "self-love" in japanese, when you love yourself in a healthy way, not egoism? Is 自愛 (Jiai) ok? And does the two pics mean same thing, with diff calligraphy?