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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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The use of や…など in news

18日から19日、関東地方や東北地方などで雨がとてもたくさん降りそうです This sentence is taken from a news article. I know that など means "and so on," "etc," and や means that there may be more things or people implied. But this kind ...
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What form is 急がば in 急がば回れ? [duplicate]

What form is this. how do you use it and is it only used for proverbs? The closest I know for the verb Isogu is Isoganai or Isogeba, but not Isogaba.
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Is Xがないとだめ “must have X”? And sentence-ending かね

In an anime, two characters are talking about playing basketball and why should someone not versed in it be interested at all; one of them says: バスケやるのに理由がないとだめですかね which is translated as "To be ...
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む archaic volitional? Translated as Imperative [duplicate]

While watching Konosuba I came across following sentence: 「我が真紅の流出もて 白き世界を覆さん」 What troubles me is the 「覆さん」. The translation used an imperative here, what fits most of the other spells in the ...
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What is the difference between 体面 and 面目?

体面{たいめん} = honor; dignity; prestige; reputation; appearances 面目{めんぼく} = face; countenance; honor; reputation; prestige; dignity As individual words they seem to be almost the same, is there any ...
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能力や装飾を施している meaning in this context,

The speaker was hired by the queen to manufacture enhanced armour, but not many of the 貴族騎士 has requested an order as of now. The speaker is trying to give his special armour as a gift to a poor ...
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Can a conbini be referred to as a benriya when translating the term literally?

Can both terms be used to indicate a convenience store? I was having a discussion about convenience stores, and a chat friend sent 便利屋. I answered as convenience store. My answer was correct. The ...
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相手には when speaking of “two third persons”

I want to clarify my understanding of 相手には in the following sentence... 「人見知りをしない相手には強気なところがあるよな」 It refers to a person that usually acts rather shy around others but scolded one of her ...
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Noun + に続いて + Verb phrase

I am struggling with the meaning of に続いて in the following sentence: 貞操に続いて今度は命を守り抜くために、この街を走り続ける羽目になった。 I know that the sentence carries a rather ironic meaning and that 貞操 is not used in a ...
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Function of って in this sentence

俺のことは、みんなと同じように親父とでも呼んでくれや。親父のように強くたくましく頼りになるってな。 Is the speaker quoting what other people have said about him?
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Meaning of ドリンクを持って行った。

I'm not understanding the meaning of ドリンクを持って行った correctly in the below excerpt. To provide context it is a Christmas Eve party at a fancy hotel and ヒルダ had just finished her performance on the stage ...
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Verb+Noun Combination // なる to “describe landscapes”

I stumbled upon following sentence: 至る所に水路が張り巡らされ青が際立つ街並みになっている。 I wanted to ask which grammatical construction lies behind 「張り巡らされ青」. The context it appears in is the description of a (fictional) ...
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use of word 「どころか」 [duplicate]

その衝撃によって、恐竜達どころか、地上の80%の生物は死んでしまったのです。 in this sentence, what is the meaning of どころか part?
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だけ between two verbs / second verb performing an action on だけ construction

I am having trouble understanding following sentence: 不満を吐き出すだけ吐き出せば、スッキリするだろう。 It is taken from a novel and in this particular scene the characters are complaining about how horrible their trip ...
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What is the difference between the terms 課長 and 小頭?

I saw the term 小頭 and translated it from an online chat. Are the terms used differently? Both terms relate to a boss, an organizational leader of some sort. I am more familiar with the usage of 課長. ...
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What does 逃げっこなしにしよう mean?

So, I was reading a children's story and came across this sentence: 「いいか、この最後{さいご}のローソクが消{き}えたら、本当{ほんとう}のお化{ば}けが出{で}るかもしれん。だが、どんなお化けが出ようと、お互{たが}いに逃{に}げっこなしにしよう」 What I'm having trouble ...
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Translating “さつ… 詐欺だーツ” [closed]

However I try to translate this, it doesn't make sense. The context is about a girl that gets annoyed at 2 younger boys and says this. Please, I would appreciate if someone could help me by ...
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Does the kanji term Mitsukoshi 三越 have a meaning when the 2 terms are combined?

三越 is the name of a department store. Three is the meaning of the first character and I get the meanings of surpass, cross over, move to, exceed, and Vietnam when I research the term. Is there a ...
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Why does 「お帰りなさい」 mean “welcome home”?

As far as I know 「なさい」 is the imperative form of 「なさる」. So why does 「お帰りなさい」 mean "welcome home"? Wouldn't it mean something like "please return"? If it was just 「お帰り」, I could understand it as a mean ...
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Why is こんばんみ used as a response to こんばんは?

When I chat the term こんばんみ is occasionally used as a response to こんばんは. Is there any particular reason why this word is chosen?
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How to say animal feed in Japanese? Is there a particular verb for eating when the subject is an animal?

Is the verb 食【た】べる used for animals that are eating? Is animal food called 食事【しょくじ】? I was having a conversation about a cat. I wanted to know what the cat was eating and the conversation came off ...
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What terms are used for a non-native speaker of Japanese?

What terms are used for a non-native speaker of a language? I found ネイティブスピーカー and 母語話者 but I want to know the Japanese words for a non-native speaker. Thanks.
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DIfferences between 限定 and 制限

I was trying to understand the differences between 限定 and 制限, but I don't really get it: I found that the former is generally a business term seen as positive and special, yet as example sentences I ...
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Meaning of 初デートの記念というやつです

To provide context, the two people were out on a date, and one offered to buy the other a bracelet, and she responded with. 「ではありがたくいただきましょうか。初{はつ}デートの記念{きねん}というやつです」 I can sort of understand that ...
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ことか to place strong emphasis on something?

According to this website (http://www.jlptsensei.com/grammar-lesson/kotoka/) "ことか is used to place strong emphasis on something." This is the only explanation I could find. I was wondering if that is ...
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Understanding this incomplete sentence

I'm not quite sure how to understand the second sentence below as it looks incomplete to me. If it was because the speaker interrupted what he was saying with the next line then I would have expected ...
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Can I use both 気温 and 温度 when asking for the weather temperature?

Can I use 気温 and 温度 when asking for the weather temperature? Both terms indicate temperature. Which one is more commonly used?
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What does “夢プチ” mean?

I'm reading a manga in which a character mentions the following to another character: 今月の"夢プチ"見たよ I'm assuming that "夢プチ" is a play on something but I can't find anything via Google. Both ...
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させましょう in a task [duplicate]

「その漢字を使って下の文を完成させましょう。」 This is part of a task. I’m confused by させましょう. Why is this form used here instead of, say, してください or しましょう?
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Can 参加 be used to invite someone to a chat?

Context: I invited a person to participate in a chat. チャットに参加してください was my original sentence. Is my sentence and word choice correct? I was considering the word 関与.
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Do any other widely used romaji based acronyms besides KK and NHK translate directly into Japanese words?

Do any other widely used acronyms besides KK (Kabushiki Kaisha) and NHK (Nihon Housou Kyoukai) translate directly into Japanese? I have seen DIY, SS, NTT, JR, and LDK to name a few, but the terms ...
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How can I tell if a Japanese person's given name is male or female?

I am hoping that there may be some particular kanji and/or sounds used in determining if a persons given name is male or female.
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Is there a difference between a カーニバル and an お祭り?

Is there a difference between a カーニバル and an お祭り? I researched the terms on Jisho. Does it have to do with the duration or type of the activities? Thank you.
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Is it appropriate to use irasshaimase when welcoming someone to a private office?

I want to say welcome to people when they enter my private office. I am not in a store or selling anything. I have only heard this term used in large common public areas. There may be a more ...
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Adding -い at the end of questions [duplicate]

どうしたんだ vs どうしたんだい そうか vs そうかい This kind of thing. Is it a formality difference? Is it dialectical/Regional? Age related?
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What is the meaning of 「へそをかくせー」?

A person from a tale says:「 へそをかくせー」 because they see the God of Thunder (雷様) approaching. What does the sentence mean?
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What does “Denzen/Zenzen haitenai dame” mean on a telephone message recording?

I hear this message after dialing a phone number. I know that I cannot enter for some reason, but I don't know what the reason is. Is the message box full? Is the number not being used or misdialed? ...
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What term would be used for words that are borrowed from Japanese and used in other languages?

Many Japanese words are used in other languages, sushi, anime, karaoke, tsunami.... Is there a term to identify these words? I am familiar with terms such as 外来語 to indicate loanwords borrowed from ...
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How to interpret this joke: 釣られたからって引きこもってやんのテラワロスwww

In episode 12 of Death Note Light is watching a video sized by the police of the second Kira and gets angry at how this Kira is tarnishing the real Kira's reputation, to which THIS blog author replies ...
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Is 何それ a rude phrase?

I searched the term on the site, and I noticed that while it could mean "what's that", it also had some negative meanings. What would be a better way to ask "What's that?"
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Understanding and grammar meaning behind “やったことないしなー”

I'm reading a Japanese manga and I found this "maybe" slang sentence. A female character is asked to perform as actress in a school movie and her answer is: "えーー女優とか、やったことないしなー" My guess is "An ...
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Is there an etymological connection between 奇数 in Japanese and “odd number” in English?

I couldn't find any etymological information about 奇数{きすう} online. I found it interesting that it has the characters for "strange/odd" and "number", and wondered if it was influenced by English, or if ...
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Meaning of 合わせる本命の拳 in the following context

Context: a match between two counter puncher boxers in the manga リクドウ. After a calm fist round, in the second round they begin an intense fight during which both throw a lot of counter punches to each ...
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Why are the kanji for suika and kabocha written with the kanji for west and south?

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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What is the meaning of these Kanji? [closed]

I bought this shirt from Monogatari Series but I want to know the meaning of the kanjis
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Need help reading hand-written character from comic

Yeah, I know; everyone's favorite type of question. I just need help with making the character out. はははっ…[sweatdrop] [?]コミにはしったぞえ。 I can't read the character before コミ.
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What is the name of the writing that appears on the screen when watching television?

When watching the news and other shows on television, I often see various written content displayed on the screen for brief periods of time, usually on the bottom, but sometimes on the right. I just ...
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Why is ダメ written most commonly in katakana?

I usually see the word written in katakana, although a kanji term is available, and wanted to know the reason.
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What does the term ほおほお mean?

I mentioned to a Japanese chat friend that I liked music after he asked me what I liked. He then typed ほおほお. Does it mean something similar to I see? Thanks.
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Are the days of the week named after the planets?

I was studying the names of the planets and noticed some similarities. Are the days of the week named after the planets?

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