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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's the difference between に至っては and ときたら

I was reviewing some N1 Grammar when I noticed that both of these seem to translate to "when it comes to", "as for" Is there any difference between the two in terms of nuances? I'd really appreciate ...
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「受注」と「発注」meaning in specific sentences

I'm confusing about the meaning of 受注 and 発注 in some specific sentences. I understand the meaning of both words in case it stands alone: 受注 means "receive (an) order" 発注 means "make (an) order" But ...
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What is the meaning of 「はあ」 in this excerpt?

日本語 こんにちは。 川上弘美著の「神様」という小説を読んでいます。 「河童玉」という章の以下のくだりに、男河童と女河童と人間のウテナさんの三人がいます。 「ほれご挨拶を」と(男河童に)うながされて、女河童はもじもじしながら頭を下げた。下げるなり、ウテナさんににじり寄って、「うちのひとがはあお世話に。河童玉やらなにやら、できることは全部してみたんですが、いまひとつ効果なしなんですよう、...
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Is すか a shorthand for ですか? [duplicate]

I was watching the video below and noticed that it sounds like the lizard on the left was leaving out the で in ですか? I could be mishearing it of course, but I was wondering if that's a valid ...
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What's the difference between 仰ぐ vs 見上げる?

I noticed that 仰ぐ and 見上げる both mean "to look up." What difference do these two have in terms of nuance and usage? I'd appreciate it if there would be sample sentences taken from corpus.
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What's the use of で at the end of this sentence?

the sentence is : よかった ご無事で! so is it for emphasis? and if yes mostly men use it or women ? and well when doing Japanese people usually use it? thanks for reading and I'm waiting for your ...
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「つきおうて」や「あいおうて」はどういう意味でしょうか?

こんにちは、 川上弘美著の「神様」の小説を読んでいます。 「河童玉」という章で、ある男河童が女河童についてこう言っています。 三百年もつきおうてござりますから、些かのいさかいもありましたし気持ちが行き違うこともありました、つまりはまあ山も谷もあったということでございますが、三百年にしては波瀾は少なかったほうであるように思います。儂と女河童はなんといっても気持ちが寄り添ってござったし、...
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The meaning of 「し」in this sentence [duplicate]

「彼が戦慄しつぶやいた」 What is the role of し after the noun? I already looked up the answer to this question. The 「し」is explained as ""to do Verb 2 with the purpose of carrying out Verb 1" in construction ...
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How does adding 大切に to 使っています change its meaning?

I'm working through Nihongo so-matome N5 and I came across a phrase I don't quite understand. 大切に使っています means "I'm using it" but I don't understand how that is different from 使っています. How does adding ...
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What does 精々足掻け mean?

The entire line is: 私の子よ…精々足掻け Is it saying to "Struggle at most"? If it is, what would be a more natural way to say it?
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で in 完全変態で、生まれ変わったように

I'm looking for some help in understanding the sentence below. To provide a bit more context one of the characters シュン made a ”変態発言” and then the following exchange occurred: Girl 1「”変態”って何ですか?」 ...
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Etymology of レントゲン?

What is the etymology of レントゲン (X-Ray) < From Genki II Lesson 12>? Is it a borrowed word <外来語> from another language? Translate suggests using X線 instead of レントゲン, but I'm not sure what the ...
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Are human-like robots animate or inanimate? [duplicate]

There are constructions for existence that depend on animated object or not. 鳥がいます - There is a bird (animate). 椅子があります - There is a chair (inanimate). How do you treat human-like robots? Are they ...
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How do you say 町 (in addresses) in English?

I know that in a normal context, 町 means town. But I'm pretty sure it's different in Japanese addresses, where it typically goes like: __県__市__区__町______ I know that 県 means prefecture, 市 means ...
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名前の語呂合わせはなんですか / Wordplay in names

「オドキリ」、「キョウジュ」、「アーポン」、「ブリガミ」と「ヒルネリ」という名前のついたエルフがいます。「キョウジュ」、「ブリガミ」と「ヒルネリ」の名前の語呂合わせはわかります。「オドキリ」と「アーポン」は?? There are elfs with names "Odokiri", "Kyouju", "Aapon", "Burigami" and "Hiruneri". I ...
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are “papa” and “mama” also used in japanese as father and mother?

I often hear "papa" and "mama" in animes, in situations where they seem to mean father and mother. is that so? are these words borrowed from the spanish words "papá" and "mamá", which mean father and ...
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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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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 ごと here mean?

I am not sure what ごと means in this context and I am also not too sure about what's exactly the topic in this later sentence. A.彼を見捨てろってことか? B.あくまで客観的に見て...今後の状況危険性を考えたら…という話。...
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Question about the possible nuances in this sentence

In found this sentence in a novel (甘城ブリリアントパーク). The person that is talked about here is a fairly intelligent guy who is at the time of utterance visiting a theme park. He has seen several mascots ...
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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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Question about the kanji 兵

When I was sixteen I got my first tattoo and I choose this kanji " 兵 " because I saw that stands for warrior. A couple of years after, I saw that the kanji stands more for "soldiers" than "warrior" (...
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What is the meaning of にこだわる?

英語での記載にこだわる理由は何でしょうか? 今まで通り(日本語で)に記載して頂きたいです。 I have no idea what にこだわる means here. The nuance is once day, my Japanese translator who suddenly switched to English (instead of Japanese like normal) ...
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the meaning of 手は抜けない

こうなるとテストで露骨に手は抜けない。 I found 手が抜けない and 手の抜けない, but I couldn't find 手は抜けない. Is there any different meaning between 手は抜けない and 手が抜けない? Thank you in advance for you kind guidance.
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What does 連ツイ mean in this sentence?

I'm starting to read some images that talk about tail holes in clothing, for anthropomorphic animals, and I'm already stuck on the first sentence. しっぽ穴とその周辺についての連ツイのまとめです。 What does 連ツイ mean in ...
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Meaning of もクソも in 何かもクソも寝るだけだよ

I know that ~もくそも(ない) is is an expression that can mean: not at all; not even a little​ However I'm still confused at what もクソも in 何かもクソも寝るだけだよ means.!
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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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学年別における meaning

学年別におけるクラスの勝敗。 別: distinction; difference; different; another; particular; separate; extra; exception. The school will hold an exam (a competition between classes), where the 2nd grade student will ...
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What does [私ったら] mean?

Is it conditional like the same as saying 「なら」?
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試験期間は今日を含めて約2週間後の月末 meaning

試験期間は今日を含めて約2週間後の月末。 期間: period; term; interval. 含めて ---> 含める: 1. to include (in a group or scope)​, 2. to instruct; to make one understand​, 3. to include (a nuance); to put in (an implication)​, ...
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What exactly is 最多?

I can't wrap my head around the usage of 最多 in the following: 一日の感染者数の最多を更新しました According to jisho (https://jisho.org/search/%E6%9C%80%E5%A4%9A) 最多 is a noun meaning "the most", but the above ...
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The meaning (and reading) of 間 in context of people, 境 and 混, does it mean 'getting into a group or clique'?

I'm slowly, very very slowly working through this story here while I study kanji (using kanjidamage) and with basic Japanese grammar skills, very much a beginner. 間 seems to be leaning toward 'period ...
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Meaning of 日本の風土

日本には日本の風土に合った教育も重要だ。 I read from jisho.org that the definition of 風土 are: natural features; topography; climate; spiritual features. While dictionary.goo.ne.jp described it as: 1 その土地の気候・地味・...
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I've seen 待つ in the te-form as both 待て and 待って; the latter should be correct. Does meaning/pronunciation change and why it would be written this way

My example, as like many of my recent ones is from {{JP:灰と幻想のグリムガル}}, and is as follows: {{JP:「・・・・俺も行こっかな」と誰かが。男の声だ。「ま、ま、待てってじゃあオレも!」}}. The text itself seems simple enough to understand, I ...
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目当てにさらに Meaning

Context: In a manga, the characters are being attacked and after character X is volunteered to take care of them and does so through persuasion, someone says this line X目当て{めあて}にさらに(enemies)が! My ...
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Does わかる carry more implication of assent or agreement than the English equivalents?

The dictionary definition of わかる is usually "to understand" or "to know." But in everyday life it's sometimes used by service staff in some of the same situations as the more formal かしこまる, e.g. "to ...
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Meaning of 産んだげる? [duplicate]

So I came across this word in a manga and for the life of me, I can't find any sources on what this could mean. The context is a woman talking to MC that she will give birth to MC'c child. The full ...
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行ってこなかった meaning

筆記試験の重要性は今更説明するまでもないが、学校はこれまで、体育祭や合宿くらいなもので他学年との交流を深くは行ってこなかった。 It was a sentence from a light novel ようこそ実力至上主義の教室へ that I'm reading at this moment. The school is going to hold a special exam where ...
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What's the difference between 家 and 宅?

happened to see these two kanjis while writing down some words, they had the same meaning !!! normally I heard うち as home but there but they got translated いえandたく as home-house as well !!! so I'm ...
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XもVba YもV pattern

A girl is on a date with a hot guy in a flashy sports car とにかくザックは注目を集める。  車も目立てば、本人も目立つ。信号待ちで止まろうものなら道行く女性は皆振り返るし、中にはスマホのカメラを向ける人すらいる。 Why is も used twice here and not, for example, a は in ...
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What does 入れこみ mean here?

I saw a short sentence: “A入れこみB”. What does this mean? A enters B? B holds A? Or A says something to B? Or does it mean something else? I found this sentence in a storyboard, looking a bit like this:...
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個々 or 此処 in じゃここは俺から名乗らせていただこう。

Watching / studying from an anime at the moment and I came across the following sentence. じゃここは俺から名乗らせていただこう。 Am I right in my thinking that ここ in this context is referring to 個々? So essentially ...
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Meaning of 君の知らない物語

When I saw the title 君の知らない物語 my mind translated it as Your unknown story (Translation A) However, by searching a little, most sources seemed to translate with the meaning The story you ...
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What is the meaning of 七五三 in the sentence, 七五三のしゃしんです。

I was looking at the following sentence under a picture that I unfortunately cannot provide: 七五三のしゃしんです。 I believe the sentence reads "It's a picture of 753"... which doesn't make sense. I know ...
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Is there anything special about single vowel words?

I'm not sure if this is a useful question or not. But I was surprised to notice まさか (masaka) was using a single vowel (a) for the whole word. The surprise came from the connection to "bakana" (バカな) ...
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How do you analyze : でも、やられすぎなんじゃないか?

I saw this sentence in the Volume 79 of the manga Detective Conan, but I can't understand where is the verb : is this やられ ? Thank you :)
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ではあるんだろうが meaning

もちろんバスケに対して真剣に取り組むからこそ、ではあるんだろうが。 Is there any specific meaning for ではあるんだろうが in this sentence? The story was about the narrator's classmate, who was strict during the basketball practice and it ...
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Meaning of 性懲りも無く頭を過ぎった

I started translating a manga to get a better real world grasp of the language. I also have the english version to help me cross check my translations. But the following sentence is giving me a hard ...
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Meaning and nuance of 詰む

I have some difficulties to understand the meaning of 詰む in the context あなたとは違{ちが}ってね」  冷静{れいせい}に返{かえ}されオレは言葉{ことば}を詰{つ}まらせた。 I am different from you. She returned my words calmly and "I was ...
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What's the difference between 調整する and 整える?

Both meanings are about adjust or fix, but I can't manage to understand why 温度を調整した ( right ) 温度を整えた ( wrong ) If 整える usually means fix something to the right condition/state the second ...

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