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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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Is the only difference between「と言います」and「と申します」politeness?

I've learned several forms of introduction, from the simple "茂{しげる}です" ("I'm Shigeru") to "私{わたし}の名前{なまえ}は茂です" ("My name is Shigeru"), to "茂と言{い}います" (...
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What does "見てけらしょ" mean?

What does "見てけらしょ" mean? This is the full sentence: 見てけらしょ、おやじさん。なんだかお伽話しみたいだべさ。 (It is from the book 鉄道員 written by 浅田次郎.) This is the previous sentence for more context: ...
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What is the difference between 討論 and 議論?

As part of my research, I came across the following explanation here: 討論 is a discussion or a debate at one place. 討議 consists of several discussions for a specific subject. 議論 is more general word. ...
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What does 薄紅 mean in the following context and how does it relate to the whole sentence?

The following is a line from the song 花紀行 by Yumi Arai. 薄紅 seems to mean rose pink (the color), but can also mean a thin layer of lipstick (of the same color, presumably). I think both the noun and ...
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ネタ Slang Word and Help Understanding Song Lyric

I encountered the following lyric from the song, 夜咄ディセイブ, and I'm having some trouble understanding/translating it. It also doesn't help that the available translations of this line are wildly ...
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Are these two sentences equivalent? 「トイレはあそこです。」、「あそこはトイレです。」

I've recently begun learning Japanese and was tasked with translating the sentence "The toilet is over there.". My first intuition would have been トイレはあそこです。 However, it was suggested that ...
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What's the use of がよ in 「ダサ坊がよ」

For clarity: Two delinquent gangs were fighting but one of them was way weaker than the other. After getting beaten up the strong gang says: 気合いも何もねえ ダサ坊がよ What's がよ? What about 気合いもなにも? What does ...
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Confused by this sentence's meaning with ペース + リズム + no subjects (The pace + rhythm of what ?? <0>)

Much thanks if anyone can help me understand correctly the meaning of this complicated sentence "女の子の持つ独特なペースに、どうも自分のリズムってのが狂ってしまう。" (my guess but not sure :"The girl's peculiar pace (?)...
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What does this もまた mean?

What is the difference between も and また? Context: 山田もまたパーティーに 来ます。 So, も means "too" and the one meaning of また is also "too". What's the difference between these two words and why ...
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What does 会えて mean?

What does 会えて mean? また会えて嬉しいよ。 Looks like that 会えて is a some form of 会う (to meet), but the question is, what form? Jisho doesn't recognise the word “会えて”.
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What does this sentence means with areka/あれか at the start?

When reading, I met with a sentence with areka/あれか at the beginning and it's hard for me to understand. Much thanks if anyone can help me understand it correctly (in case I was wrong ). あれか。貴様は死人で、...
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What is the difference between "花が開きます" and "花が咲きます"

What is the difference between "花が開きます" and "花が咲きます". I think it's all about flowers blooming
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Could someone explain the function of 以上で here?

At the end of a certain teacher's video lessons, the teacher always says 以上で今日の勉強を終わりにします, and while I understand the sentence as a whole I don't grasp how exactly 以上で works in it. Could someone ...
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What does this mean? いや しつこに鞄いらんにろ [closed]

いや しつこに鞄いらんにろ I am having trouble with it. Why is に behind しつこ? Is it saying the bag is persistent? What does the sentence mean?
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What does this means in this context ?古物収集が趣味で色々と集めてるとは思ってたけど。 (MC found an old bronze mirror inside his uncle's warehouse/ storage room)

When reading, there is a sentence which i'm not sure about its meaning, since I'm new at JP. Appreciates if someone can correct my understanding if it was wrong o/ 古物収集が趣味で色々と集めてるとは思ってたけど。 (my guess : ...
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meaning of 危うくなってきた in this sentence

I was listening to bilingual news and was wondering what 危うくなってきた would mean in this context. Micheal: Should I care about celebrities’ birthdays? Mami: No. Michael: Okay. Mami: Well, especially if ...
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Meaning of それまでだし

In 白銀のソードブレイカー vol. 2, by Matsuyama Takeshi, I found this sentence: もちろん、エリザの病気を剣聖に診てもらうわけにはいかない。もし身元がバレたらそれまでだし、そもそも『処女神拷問{アイゼルネ}』を直さぬかぎりはエリザの回復もないからだ 処女神拷問{アイゼルネ} is Eliza's sword, and previously ...
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What does されています here? レポートには間違っていた箇所が指摘されています

in this sentence (レポートには間違っていた箇所が指摘されています) "Xが指摘されています" can mean: "X will be pointed out" or only "X is pointed out"? "されています" can be used to express actions ...
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吉川線 (yoshikawa-sen) is translated as meaning "neck markings indicative of strangulation". What's the origin for this term (yoshikawa in particular)

To my knowledge, 吉川 (yoshikawa) serves only as a name. And yet, for some reason, 吉川線 ("yoshikawa lines" as it were) has the meaning of marks on the neck usually indicative of strangulation ...
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What does どれ mean in this sentence?

What does どれ mean in this sentence? 神戸にはもうどれくらいいらっしゃいますか。- How long have you been in Kobe? Basically, どれ means "which", but what meaning does it have in that sentence?
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Function of だと and と in this sentence: 興味のある事だと、あなたは一生懸命に理解しようと努めるでしょう。

興味のある内容で学習しましょう this is the title of original text where I pick up the sentence to give better understanding of what is said. The sentence is: 興味のある事だと、あなたは一生懸命に理解しようと努めるでしょう。 I know that と can mean ...
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Trying to understand では、能力者だけ集めようとしてうまく回るかというと、うまくいかないと思われる

「能力のある人間しか要らない」考。 株主資本主義者やそれに影響されている人は、よくこのことを口にする。では、能力者だけ集めようとしてうまく回るかというと、うまくいかないと思われる。そんな職場は安心ができないからだ The beginning of this paragraph is pretty understandable, but the highlighted part after ...
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Meaning of 本当っぽいです

The sentence is "本当っぽいです", it's used to answer against a somewhat incredible statement, so I assume it contains a bit of sarcasm on it, and that is what I want to confirm. I know that っぽい ...
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Is Japan's サラダ油 ("salad oil") roughly equivalent to america's vegetable/olive oil?

I was watching a japanese cooking video for eggplant sauteed with miso (ナスのみそ炒め). And they mentioned they were using サラダ油. My question's are: Is this a common oil used in Japanese cooking (kind of ...
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Difference between 送信 and 送付

Both kanji has a similar meaning that mean to send or transmit. But I wonder which and when the kanji should be used.
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The meaning of this expression 視線をそわそわと泳がせる (Describing someone's eyes/ the way they're looking at you )

Can someone explain to me this expression ? 視線をそわそわと泳がせる . I met this part when MC is complimenting a girl that she's very cute. (I can only understand that her gaze/ eyes did not looking straight at ...
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Connection between phenomime じ and adverb じっ‐と?

じ(ーーーー...) seems to be a phenomime, a word which evokes the idea of the state 'staring'. じっ‐と is an adverb meaning something along the lines of being still, quiet, focused at somebody or something, ...
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Understanding 何かとやらかし側の私ですら割と引きます

From Kaguya-sama ch 275, I don't understand what she meant by「何かとやらかし側の私ですら割と引きます」. I'm not sure about やらかし側, it means "bad side"? What about「割と引きます」? It means "relatively turned back&...
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What does くらい mean in this context?

What does くらい mean in this context? びっくりするくらい遅いですよね。 Primarily, くらい means "approximately", or "about". But if I translate this sentence (via Google Translate), it gives me "It'...
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Need help with a few very confusing sentences, talking about fortune telling and people's fate/ destiny

Appreciates if anyone can help me understand the meaning of a few hard parts in this conversation. Context: MC is in an isekai world. MC met a fortune teller while he's looking for a missing girl, she ...
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わけない dual meanings: impossible vs easy

I am struggling with those two possible meanings, and have found two examples that typically puzzle me: 「この問題できる?」「こんなのわけないよ」 「N2の試験に合格したんだって?」「そんなわけないだろう」 (taken from Nihongo So-Matome N2 book) ...
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その出会いはある日の職場の飲み会でのこと [duplicate]

What is the meaning and function of the word koto in this sentence? その出会いはある日の職場の飲み会でのこと I’ve asked everywhere but I still haven’t received an explanation that not only made sense to me but also ...
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かのように・かのようだ meaning ほど

かのように and ほど translate to seems, or look like. I'm confused about the meaning or how to use it, when to use it.
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Need help with a few hard parts in this context - MC is talking with a male classmate, about the final test exam and the summer vacation

Context: MC is talking with his friend about the final test before the summer vacation start. His friend is confident that he will pass the exam (with an acceptable grade, enough to pass the red mark :...
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Meaning and interpretation of とかく

In Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei second season, episode 4, the main character while discussing how humans tend to be distracted by side events, thus not paying attention the the main story, says this: ...
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Meaning and calligraphy style of two kanji?

i was wondering what the meaning of these two kanji was and whether this kind of calligraphy style had a specific name. thanks for your help!
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What does という mean in this sentence

Context: I asked a guy on one forum to explain what does かん mean in the following sentence: 三びょうかんいきを止めてください。 And then he answered: 3秒の間、つまり3秒という時間だけ 息をとめてください。ということでしょう。 What does という mean in that ...
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Possible missing nuances of card text translation

I was translating a Japanese Digimon card with the text 「このカードを自分のテイマーの下に置ける」. When I translated the text myself, I got "Place this card under your tamer", however an official translation ...
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Confused about 1 character's question in this context (MC is discussing with his party members, about the origin of the Demon King)

Context: MC are discussing with his party members about the meaning of a Demon King's saying ,after he had defeated her. Then 1 of his party member ask him 1 question ,it's hard for my JP level to ...
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What is the meaning of もう何度目になるだろう? in this context ? ( MC is remembering about his friends back in an isekai world)

When reading, I don't understand much about 1 sentence especially because "目になる" part, appreciates if someone can explain to me the correct meaning of this sentence o/ Context: MC used to be ...
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What does なんだろ mean in this sentence?

What does なんだろ mean in the following sentence? 太陽が夜に、なんだろ、「日が沈む」といいます。 なんだろ itself means something like "I wonder", but how does it suits in that sentence?
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Number appearing after counter

In the deckbuilding card game Slay the Spire, I encountered this card description: 強打:8ダメージを与える。弱体2を与える。 (弱体 is a status effect that in this case, lasts for 2 turns.) Previously I had only seen ...
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Understanding the sentence 朝のラッシュは何とかならないものか

I encountered the following multiple-choice question on page 118 (question 4 in section 3) of my JLPT N2 grammar textbook 「新完全マスター文法 日本語能力試験N2」: 朝のラッシュは何とか(   )ものか。 a ならない   b しない   c なれない I had ...
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Predicates that come before ~てしょうがない

I encountered the following multiple-choice question on page 114 (question 1 in section 1) of my JLPT N2 grammar textbook 「新完全マスター文法 日本語能力試験N2」: この自転車は(   )しょうがない。 a 古くて   b 乗りにくくて   c 気に入って I chose ...
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Confused about the meaning of "あれこれ /are kore" in this context. (MC's thought after having the same bad dreams recently, nearly everyday)

When reading, I have a hard time understanding this sentence: 「あれこれと気【き】が重【おも】くなり」 (especially because of the "are kore to" part, I know this means "this and that" but it did not ...
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Need help about the meaning of V+ するからいけないのよ (V+suru kara ikenai no yo)

When reading , I met with this grammar , and not sure about its meaning. Much thanks if anyone can help me understand correctly o/ Example: 変に意識するからいけないのよ I have 2 guesses : 1/You shouldn't have weird/...
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What does this means in this context ? それならそれでもいい /sore nara sore de mo ii

Context: MC is living with 3 big sisters (春姉 is the eldest big sister, 冬花 is his 2nd big sister, and 夏希 is his 3rd/the youngest big sister). Now he's trying to hide the fact that he and his 2nd big ...
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The meaning of 昔から『勘と運』だけは自覚出来るくらいいい in this context (MC's thought about his intuition and luck )

When reading , I don't understand this sentence "昔から『勘と運』だけは自覚出来るくらいいい" Much thanks if anyone can help me understand correctly its meaning. (my guess but not sure : "At least since I ...
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Paired tattoos of the "life" kanji (命)

I was looking into the definition of 命 on jisho, and I got really curious about one of the entries. Other than the usual ones (that I mostly knew about), I found entry number 4 to be quite interesting:...
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ちゃんと笑いの分かる君よりいいのがね

From Naruto ch. 603, I am not sure about this part:「ちゃんと笑いの分かる君よりいいのがね」. Does 笑いの分かる君 mean "you who understands smiling"? It sounds odd to me. 君よりいいのが follows the next sentence, right? &...
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