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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 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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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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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?
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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 someone translate for me the word on the attached image [on hold]

I got an error message on my dashboard in Japanese but I am failing to interpret it, can someone help?
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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! ...
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その建物は茶色だ — What is the purpose of だ? [duplicate]

その建物は茶色だ What is the purpose of だ? Would です be more polite?
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The meaning of 吸口 in this context

The situation (story from Edo period, but in contemporary Japanese, at most stylised on old language): three thieves A, B, and C working in a group. Pickpocket A is caught in a crowd, B disappears ...
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What is the meaning of the word “イケた”?

The word wasn't in any sentence, the person simply said that one word in the speech bubble. Here's the context situation if it's any help: Guy: //kisses girl Guy: お (Oh) Guy: イケた Girl: ?! (...
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Can the term kaiwa no heya be used to mean chatroom?

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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How would one translate or understand the word 死鬼 in English?

I'm reading a fictional book which deals with Japanese mythical/fantasy themes. One chapter describes dead people being resurrected through a complex operation in which their bodies were reworked and ...
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What does 帰れん mean?

from the youtube channel 釣れるまで帰れん is it won't go back or can't go back if translated or neither?
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Is there a difference between tomo and tomodachi?

I was able to translate the terms as friend. Is there any difference in meaning between the 2 terms?
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How to understand 委ねる in this line

I'm failing to understand what it means for the 戦い to 委ねる in the below sentence. Is there anyone who could clarify what it means in this case? この戦いは国の勝ち負けだけじゃなく一人一人がどちらを選ぶのか委ねている Additional ...
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Can a supermarket be considered a yaoya if it sells vegetables in addition to other things?

Can a supermarket be considered a yaoya if it sells vegetables in addition to other things?
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What is the meaning of 着て行く? [duplicate]

I came upon these questions in my textbook. Here is the dialogue: 私は学校にせいふくを着て行きますが、何を着て行きますか。Now, I might assume 着て行く is close to 着ている as it still makes sense using the latter, but why is this verb ...
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Can the term お姉さん be used to address female strangers if the name isn't known? [closed]

Can the term be お姉さんbe used to address female strangers if the name isn't known?
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Japanese equivalent of a brain fart

Is there a Japanese equivalent term(s) to describe a brain fart/absentmindedness? I noticed the term karahenji in Jisho.
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Is there a difference between 「目を覚ます」 and 「目覚める」

I just recently learned these phrases were a thing and I can't find the difference anywhere online. Is there a difference between 「目を覚ます」 and 「目覚める」 ? Any help would be appreciated!
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Alternate meaning for えぐい

One of the dictionary definitions for えぐい is "amazing". I've never actually come across this sense of the word in any sentences. Does anyone have examples of where native writers have used えぐい to ...
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Is there a term for being able to understand a Kanji meaning, but unable to pronounce it?

Is there a term for being able to understand a Kanji meaning, but unable to pronounce it in Japanese?
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Meaning of どうすんだよ

example: "どうすんだよこの空気をよぉ!?" Is it "What are you doing with this mood?!"? I can't make sense of it. The line is from a manga.
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美しくつくろい飾ること This つくろい's meaning

I searched 修飾's meaning and it described "美しくつくろい飾ること" I know what 美しく's meaning but I don't know つくろい. Can anyone explain it ? ^ Picture here
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Is there a grammar pattern like 〜うち + Noun? [duplicate]

Context: https://komachi.yomiuri.co.jp/t/2019/0805/908840.htm?g=02 1か月のうち仕事?とよばれるものはトータルで3時間もないと思います。ボタン押すだけです。夕方、鬱屈として叫びだしたくなります。 I think the phrase in bold means "one month's work". What kind of ...
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shakaijin or otona?

I have always used the word otona to signify adult. Recently, I have seen the word shakaijin. Is there a significant difference between the two words? It seems like shakaijin is a member of society. ...
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Meaning of ギャップ in the following sentence

Context: a couple is checking out the otters while visiting an aquarium. Boy: 苗代【なえしろ】はカワウソが好きなの? Girl: うん!動物で一番好き。食べる時とか時々ブサイクになるギャップがたまんないの。 What is the meaning of ギャップ in this sentence? ...
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What does this line mean?

So this line is from a song. Its とうとう たらりたらりら たらりあがりいららりどう ちりやたらりたらりら たらりあがりららりどう Okay so this line is written in the booklet itself, because of that this line is part of the lyrics ...
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Usage of ★●■▲◆▼ shapes in different combinations

I'm aware that "●▲■" is a famous drawing from a Zen Buddhist priest by the name of Gibon Sengai. This drawing can be interpreted in different ways but the most common is that the circle represents ...
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Meaning of 「神様、仏様、X様」

I was recently watching a few videos about 橋本環奈{はしもとかんな}, and I came across an introduction (if it can be called that?) that I've never heard before. Whenever she introduces herself, she finishes ...
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Japanese don't learn kanji meaning only readings? Does it make sense for a kanji to have a key meaning to identify it?

As I understand it works like this. By the time Japanese kids enter first grade they have more or less decent vocabulary of words they know. So when kanjis are taught I can't even imagine how to tell ...
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What does 気持がある mean?

I know sometimes 気持 can be used to express a good feeling or sensation, but what about other feelings ? By the way, the sentence i found was 彼女に成功して欲しいっていう気持ちもあるけど、正直、帰って欲しくない I think it's something ...
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Can もうbe used to express frustration?

Can もうbe used in instances where a person may be frustrated? I heard the term uttered by itself only, but it seemed like the person may have been a little upset. I'm not sure of a specific meaning. ...
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Could anyone tell me about how to use か at the end of the news article I see it a lot and get confused about it all the time

I get confused about it all the time Please explain how to use and how to translate it Thank you for your explanation
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つけ用 in Udon preparation recipe

I have the following text on some Sanuki Udon I brought home with me ;) This is the part for ざるうどん: 水洗いした麺をざるに盛り、あらかじめ用意したつけ用つゆに、生姜、ねぎ、ごまなどお好みの薬味を添えてお召し上がりください。 So, つゆ is the sauce or soup, ...