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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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Describing personalities, saying colourful

How would I describe characters as being colourful ? Would this be fine?: とうじょうじんびつはいろがおおいです。  Also when describing a characters growth, would this sentence be fine?: もじのせいかくはせいちょうするがいいです。 If ...
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What does 皮膚の裏側 mean?

白羽さんは鼻で笑い、笑った拍子に鼻がプーという音を出し、鼻水が鼻の穴に膜を作っているのが見えた。  白羽さんの紙で作ったような乾燥しきった皮膚の裏側にも、膜をはるような水分があるのだなと、私がその膜が割れるのに気をとられていると、 「特にないですよ。僕は大体わかってるんで」  と白羽さんが小声の早口で言った。 'rear of the skin'?
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Please help me understand the following sentences

ご来店頂きました様でありがとうございます。宿泊もしています。SAMURAI Inn で。今後とも宜しくお願い申しあげます。18日なら舞妓、小花さんの撮影会していましたよ。 I think I know all the vocab but still I don't quite understand what it means. Especially the particle で in the ...
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What does a Japanese person mean when they say 「熱い、熱い!」 in the following situation?

I was looking through an article of The Japan Times and the comments on it. There was this one comment that caught my attention. The commentator was talking about a popular sports club and gym in ...
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What's the meaning of 終末 in 終末の微笑

What's the meaning of 終末 in 終末の微笑? I know 微笑 means smile, but would 終末の translate to "The final", "The last" etc. Would you be able to say 最後 in 最後の微笑 and it would have the same meaning? Thank you
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Opinion on meaning

報告書以上の話は聞き出せねぇよ… Would it be more accurate to translate this as: " you may not ask him anything past what's in the report" or " you won't get anything new out of him other than what's already written ...
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Doubt about “と” in this sentence

i was reading a news and I saw that sentence: 警察は誰かが女の子を殺したあと、線路に置いたと考えて調べていました。 I can understand the most part of the words, just that "と", in "線路に置いたと考えて調べていました", is not understandable for me. ...
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what does “甘えるって” mean?

甘 is sweet right? 甘えるって is to be sweet or does it mean something completely different?
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Meaning of 成叶 in ランドセル姿の成叶がいるんだぞ

I can't understand the meaning of 成叶 in that sentence: ランドセル姿の成叶がいるんだぞ!?
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Difference between 着用する and 着る

As the title says, what is the difference between these two words? Do they both mean "to wear [clothes]"? When would it be appropriate to use one over the other?
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Can you use 頂いてもいいinterchangeably with 頂けますか?

Like for Eg. I know 写真を取って頂けますか is correct. I am only aware of て+もいいfor standard verbs like 行ってもいい and not for receiving like もらう or 頂く so is 写真を取って頂いてもいい fine? Any difference in meaning? Also ...
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What does it mean when someone uses -kun after a person's name?

I have heard in many Anime they use then ending -kun. I'm interested on knowing since I can get more of the feeling of how the person feels about the other.
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‘Nanpū’ (難風), ‘Bōrei’ (亡霊) and other matters

A couple of questions, including the use of the word ‘nanpū’ 難風. I am looking at (and transliterating) a cartouche with a combination of hiragana, hentaigana, and kanji, some in sōsho, however, there ...
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Is 「~していれば」a conditional verb form?

I'm wondering if 「~していれば」is not only a conditional verb form. Because I once encountered a sentence; 「別担当者であれば...」. I thought this sentence means "If there is a different person-in-charge...". ...
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What does “taka” mean in this sentence

As topic, "(アタシは当時、バイクなんて全然詳しくなかったけど、タカのその横顔が、すごく楽しそうに見えた)" タカ in this sentence, what does it mean (it's not a name taka for sure)
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How can I understand 構成?

Ok, I have this word "構成". If you look in translate it means "constitution" or "configuration" Also "composition" or "organization". But I am reading a japanese technical document, where this word ...
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Is グギイイ a sound effect?

I found the word グギイイ, while reading a comic and I'm having trouble figuring out its meaning. The only thing I can think of is that "グギ" could be a sfx for "popping veins", seeing as the character is ...
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Tanuki. Red panda or raccoon dog?

Sometimes I find that "tanuki" in anime is used for (or translated as) red pandas. But technically it should be raccoon dog. Does anyone know why?
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とし in this sentence, among other problems

I was trying to translate this song (full lyrics here: http://vocadb.net/S/87131 ) and I'm having a lot of trouble with these two lines: 混沌に鎖されし 喪服纏った我を 蝕む右手の薔薇 宿命とし 後罪滲む "Trapped by the chaos, ...
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What does ずっとああ mean?

まだ慣れなくってずっとああさ。 Is it roughly "all the way like that"?
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これわなんだか and なんだこれ?

I recently started to learn japanese, and I'm having trouble to distinguish some of it's phrase structures. I learned that だ is often used in informal situations representing the です form and か is used ...
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What is the difference between wakaran or wakaranai?

Wakaran or wakaranai? Am I correct in assuming that both terms mean do not understand or not understanding? Thanks.
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Are these translations of 'metaphor', 'love', 'death', 'dream' correct? [closed]

metaphor 隠喩 (in'yu) love 愛 (Ai) death 死 (Shi) dream 夢 (yume) I ma looking for the words (translations) which are..hmm how to say it.. which are the "most general" :)
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Different meanings of すっきり?

For すっきり, Jisho gives six possible translations that don't seem to have much common ground, so I have a hard time forming a general idea of what the word means, or knowing which meaning to pick when ...
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What does その正体に注目 mean in this context?

I was watching the news > link and I think the MC said at 1:23 先週オープンしたアミューズメントパーク「トンデミ」大人も子供も汗だくで楽しめるその正体に注目 According to Jishou, 正体 = true character; true form; true colors; true colours; ...
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Difference between 夢想 and ドリームスケープ

What's the difference between these 2 terms? Both refer to dreams but I want to know if ドリームスケープ may be referring to events that even though they've been dreamt, they are sure to happen in the future....
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Can ただ今be used if I visit a relatives home on a daily basis?

I go to the homes of relatives on a daily basis, can I use the term at their home? Thank you.
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What is the term for a wishy washy person?

I used jisho.org and could not find the term. A person unable to make a decision. Thank you.
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Meaning of 無理して

A:でも、おおやまさん、いきたくないのに、どうしていくんですか。むりしていかなくてもいいじゃないですか。 B:そうおもって、いちど、いかなかったんです。そしたら、しんじんなのになまいきだっていわれました。しんじんはつくらなきゃいけないって、しかられました。 A:ふうん、そうなんですか。 What's the meaning of "むりして" and I don't ...
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ありませんと - possible interpretations

My understanding of ありませんと is that it is an abbreviated form of ありませんと(だめ/いけない/ならない), but the formal ません throws me off. I was under the impression that the formal part should be always the last one, ...
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Meaning of それは構わないんだけどね

「おはよう、有地君』 「朝早くからすみません」 『それは構わないんだけどね』 『わざわざこんな時間に連絡をくれるなんて、なにか問題が?』 Why was んだけどね added onto the end of the sentence above? I guess my question is really, why is it それは構わないんだけどね ...
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Meaning of 'すれ違う赤の軌道'

I don't really get the meaning of this line 'すれ違う赤の軌道' Could it mean 'Crimson path crossed' or 'The crimson path i crossed' ?
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The 「って」 + 「いい」 in this sentence what does it mean?

This is piece of dialogue from a book, and i don't quite get what the 「って」 is doing, if it's a quote, i don't get why they would need to phrase it as a quote. I'm guessing the 「いい」 is the word for "...
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Is 日 “hi” or “ni”? [duplicate]

日 is at the start of "Nihon" (Japan) making me think it means "Ni" but 日 means Day which is written in romaji as "hi" and pronounced "hi". If 日 has multiple meanings how am I supposed to read it?
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What does “劣勢を受け止める” mean?

I found this out of context. Looked everywhere and no answer to be found. alc.co.jp offers a bunch of different meanings and is of not much help. Please help!
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Does remembering meanings in two languages help [closed]

Let me explain, I know 2 languages, portuguese and english. When I learn the meaning of a new word in Japanese, I take note of and try to remember the meaning in english as well as in portuguese. For ...
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What does the phrase 「やった人」 really mean?

I am a bit confused on what the 「やった人」really mean. You can see it used as a Twitter hashtag, but truthfully the meanings elude me. Does it mean a people who can do something?
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What is the difference between あと、うしろ and のちほど?

I'm confused, because all of them seem to have the same meaning (*in my opinion). Can anyone help me?
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が and けど at end of a sentence

I know that when in a sentence-final position が and けど can be used as softeners or to convey hedging, but in some situations understanding them as such doesn't feel right. Although my brain ...
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Meaning and usage of きっと良{よ}い

What is exact meaning of きっと良い? The ~良い part is easy to understand, it means "good". But きっと~ part is not very clear to me. Also, could this phrase be used in official language?
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Meaning of JAPAなび

What is the meaning of 「JAPAなび」? The term is often used on NHK あさイチ broadcasts. Maybe 「なび」is for "navigation" here?
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Literal translation of the word シレジレ

I'm not sure how to translate the word シレジレ. Does it mean something like "perky, confident, opinionated, presumptuous"? If so, may シレジレメカコラム be translated as "All-knowing Mecha Column" or "Wise Guy'...
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Can anybody tell me what this means?

I have an ornament, the picture, and I do not know what it means. I'm not even sure if it's Japanese but any help would be gladly taken.
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Do all the meanings of 掛ける and 掛かる tally?

WWWJDIC does not tally their meanings of 掛ける and 掛かる so i find it hard for a beginner like me to properly learn these 2 words.. Do all these meanings of 掛ける and 掛かる tally: (is this list correct): 1a)...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...