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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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Understanding 気軽に見る

Middle-aged man recently brought a smartphone and he is trying to get used to it: I am puzzled by the usage of 気軽に見る here. It means "to look carefreely"? It doesn't make any sense to me in ...
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What does 上一枚で mean here?

A man went out to buy cigarettes at night in one spring day and he thought 春だから上一枚で煙草買いに出たけど夜は結構冷えるなぁ I am not sure what does 上一枚で means exactly. I think 枚 counts number of cigarette boxes and 上 is ...
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Understanding そりゃ起きてはいるだろうけど

A guy plans to invite a girl to a date but she is busy at work. He texted her, asking when she will be back. She replied that she will be back around 11pm. He thought 23...結構遅いな、...
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Meaning of the expression るわけ

I stumbled upon the following sentence: ねてるわけなんですけども As I understand it, ねて means the fact/means of sleeping, and the ending ~なんですけども is short for ~なんですけれども and here is a polite way of making an ...
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お疲れー: What are the actual nuances of it?

I understand お疲れー is something you say in a JP company when you leave for work, etc. However, I'm confused because I saw it used in other context? When someone get home which I think means "...
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大葉 vs 紫蘇 for shiso leaf

What is the difference in usage between 大葉(おおば) and 紫蘇(しそ)? Are there any implications or nuances in the usage of either? I've seen more 大葉 in the supermarket.
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Can 男の子 refer to an 18-year-old?

Can 男の子 be used to refer to a young adult male? The character they are referring to is 18-19 years old. Two others characters, who are 18, are also referred to as 男 (adult male). Does it just ...
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Understanding 尺換算15秒

From Oshi no ko. ch. 137, a movie director gives thought about what happened in a brief 15 second ad lib scene: I am not sure what meaning the prefix 尺換算 add to 15秒. I understand that 尺 is a unit of ...
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Does 買える imply affordability or availability of supply?

For example, 車が買えると思います。 Does it imply that “[I] can afford a car”, or “there are cars available on the market”, or is this context dependent (as many things are in Japanese). If it is context ...
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interpretation of “〜かもしれないけど”

I often see this phrase and I'm never too sure about the specific range of interpretations. In particular the literal translation would be “may ..., but ...” but I feel this is an idiom in English ...
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Difference between the verbs used in the main clause of 間 and 間に

I saw these two sentences in a Youtube video- 私は冬休みの間韓国へ行きました。 私は冬休みの間に韓国へ行きました。 Shouldn't the first sentence be- 私は冬休みの間韓国へ行っていました。 My question is that shouldn't we use ています form of verbs with 間?( to ...
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What does “~がもとに~” mean?

Context: まずは家中を掃除して、一年の汚れを落とします。年末は寒いし、忙しいし、あまり掃除をしたくないなあと思う人もいるでしょうね。でも、これは歴史のある行事、「すす払い」がもとになっていると言われています。 What does “~がもとに~” mean in this context? Is "がもとに" a intransitive verb form of &...
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Meaning of いって in しっかりしていって

I have trouble fully understanding what's the role of いって in this sentence: リノンのことだけはしっかりしていってくれればと思うけど。 To give it a bit background, this is what Konoha from 月が導く異世界道中 is thinking about Rinon, the ...
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Nuance of 弱い人 in this sentence

I was listening to a podcast discussing how Japanese people spend their time in early January. One of the things they discussed is how they drink sake in the morning. Context: 朝十時からみんなでお酒をちょっと飲みます。 ...
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How to interpret 〜がデザインしてある

In this NHK News Web Easy article, I'm having trouble understanding the sentence 新しい1万円のお札には、「近代日本の経済の父」と呼ばれている渋沢栄一がデザインしてあります。 Specifically, my (incorrect) attempt would be "The new 10,000¥ ...
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Why is「北人」pronounced 「hokuto」?

My idol's name written in kanji is 北人 (ほくと). He once said that instead of 北斗, his parent changed 斗 into 人 because its meaning is much more deeper. But since I thought「北人」should be pronounced as「...
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Usage of まま when not describing persistence of state

Harry is flying his new broomstick (the Nimbus 2000): ニンバス2000はちょっと触れるだけで、ハリーの思いのままに飛んだ。 The Nimbus 2000, with only a slight touch, flew in accordance with Harry's thoughts. I'm familiar with the ...
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Meaning of そのくらいにして

What is the meaning behind そのくらいにして? Currently reading and this sentenced popped up. まあ、まあ。 堅苦しい挨拶はそのくらいにして、お茶でも飲んで
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ことがある vs. ものだ when talking about the past

Small doubt about this phrase from Bunpro: 子供のころ、この喫茶店に行ったことがある。あの時のドーナツは、何とうまかったことか。 Wouldn't it feel better as: 子供のころ、この喫茶店に来たものだ。あの時のドーナツは、何とうまかったことか。 Just my two cents, the whole idea of "...
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Meaning of なんてったって

Ron tells Malfoy what's in Harry's package (Harry Potter, Japanese translation): 「ただの箒なんかじゃないぞ。なんてったって、ニンバス2000だぜ。君、家に何持ってるって言った? コメット260かい?」 That's not just a broom. ???? It's the Nimbus 2000. What ...
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Is 改めて mean meaning 2 (deliberately, formally etc) used?

改めて言われっとなんか... the character thinks this after being told something unpleasant. Now as I know means "again" so "being told this again is a bit...", however is the meaning 2 改めて &...
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Meaning of スポーンてしちゃった

Context: Person A thinks she made a mistake in the play she was in and is afraid the director is made at her. When she goes to talk to the director she says えと、えと……! あたし、セリフがスポーンてしちゃったかな!? I can't ...
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Meaning of かけにかけ続けて

とにかくあの怪獣犬から少しでも遠くに離れたい一心だ。かけにかけ続けて、やっと七階の太ったレディの肖像画までたどり着いた。 Anyway, they wanted to get as far away as they could from the monster dog. ???? and finally made it to the portrait of the fat lady on the ...
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What does 幸せボケ mean?

I've seen a movie described as 幸せボケした映画 What is the exact nuance of 幸せボケ? Some google search suggest it is a king to "shallow happiness"?
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What does 適 mean in this quote?

I am unsure what 適 means in this (well-known?) quote: 人の適を適として、自ら其の適を適とせざる者なり Based on Google search, it seems to mean something like 楽しみ but I cannot find the mention of this meaning in any ...
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Meaning of 押し殺す

「ちょっとどいて」 ハーマイオニーは押し殺したような声でそう言うと ... Move over, Hermione snarled When I first read the above I translated it roughly as "Hermione spoke as though she would kill someone", i.e. I gathered ...
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Need help understanding what 卑怯もくそもあるか means

I get that it's kinda of slangy, but I'm having issues wrapping my head around it. The full sentence was ケンカに卑怯もクソもあるかと言ったのは誰だったかな
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N1 を N2 に見る structure

四畳半神話大系 EP6, I encountered this sentence: 「ラブドールを性欲処理の道具にしか見ていない輩には分からないだろうが これは高尚な趣味である。」 In which the protagonist is introducing a love doll he has been engaging with romantically for some time. I ...
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what's the meaning of "心の中だけで笑わない"?

I have seen this sentence in a japanese tv show. I think it should mean:“only in your heart, you don't laugh.” But the right explanation is, “Don't just laugh in your heart ” (by the way it tells ...
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Understanding 女の方が願い下げ

I am uncertain how to understand 女の方が願い下げ in the below panel: I believe it means "women won't accept a man like him"? Perhaps "he has no interest in women"?
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What does で踏める mean in this sentence?

I'm a bit stumbled on the meaning of で踏めるな here. So the character sister's gets home and she's shocked her brother brought a friend. Then the brother introduces the friend and the sister goes "...
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What's the meaning of the expression「すごい!生きてる!」?

After a while of searching, I think this phrase might be used to express the feeling of being extremely amazed by something, to the point you're glad to be alive at this very moment or like you can ...
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What does 可愛い mean here?

The panel below discusses what happens to actors when they don't get deeply involved in their role. I am uncertain about the meaning of the word 可愛い in the last panel. I think it means something like ...
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What is the exact nuance of ガラ in ガラじゃない

こう見えて魔術師なんだよ! ガラじゃないのは解ってるけど! いや 魔術は見た目ではなく天性の物だから。。。 Upon failing another sword fight, the character says this and another character adds the second line in answer. My reading of the first line is ...
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What does ; ; mean?

I exchanged messages recently with someone I met from Japan, and I noticed that he often uses ; ; during our conversation. I assumed it was some kind of emoji but I’m not sure what it is. I tried ...
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Meaning and usage of 刺激(しげき)?

I've come across this word 刺激 a few times now, but although the dictionary says it means "stimulation" none of the contexts I've seen it in makes sense with that definition. For example 「...
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Historical meaning of an army's name in Sengoku era 美濃八千騎

美濃八千騎 I read a historical novel with Sengoku era setting , and there's a character mentioned about this name of an army. If you know about it's historical meaning please explain. Context is an enemy's ...
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Is 片付きます a word?

In the first lesson of みんなの日本語初級II (lesson 26), the word 片【かた】づきます shows up as "be put in order, tidy up." I looked in a couple of dictionaries, and can only find 片【かた】付【づ】けます, which has the ...
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What does 休まないでください mean in the given contex?

I'm going through listening comprehension examples, and though, I can recognise separate words (well, most of them), particles, grammar and so on and recall their meaning, I still have trouble with ...
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What is the meaning of けっこういらっしゃる in the following context?

I came across the following sentence while watching the video JLPT N3 LISTENING PRACTICE TEST 12/2023 WITH ANSWERS #5, at the timestamp 10:50: 食事がすんでいるのにずっと帰りにならない方がけっこういらっしゃるのが気になります I heard the ...
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What does「お金どころじゃなく出てきた」mean?

I don't get the meaning of お金どころじゃなく出てきた below: お義父さんは別れる半年前に事業に失敗して借金を抱えてた。イライラして暴力を振るうようになって最後はもうお金どころじゃなく出てきたんだ。 I interpreted it as "[we] no longer have financial security..." I am ...
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Understanding ドッキリにかけられている

A guy confessed to a girl he likes and she accepted it but he asked her if she is serious or not. His inner monologue went like this: こんなに疑心暗鬼になるのは実は「告白」にトラウマがあるからだ だから今の状況はドッキリにかけられているみたいで I don't ...
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Help breaking down えむさえいけそうなら

In the script I'm translating, Emu and Tsukasa are practicing a scene for a play where Emu has to jump from a tree to a window. After the rehearsal, Tsukasa says とはいえ、やはり高さがあると緊張感が違うな。 えむさえいけそうなら、...
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Need help breaking down some grammar

In a script I'm translating, Character A is telling Character B how Character C isn't afraid of performing difficult stunts. A proceeds to say: ……多少は危ないことに危機感を持ってほしいというか、あの無謀さは少々どうかと思う時もあるが—— I have ...
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What is 家ーーーーー!! supposed to mean here? [FFXIV video game slang]

In an FFXIV music video, they got cheeky and showed a funny hypothetical chat-log during a Raid. I basically understand all of it, except for the "家ーーーーー!!" exclamation in the beginning. ...
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Understanding 大事なコミュニケーションだと言わんばかりの潔さ

I have trouble understanding the bold part below: 人に迷惑を掛ける事へ一切の躊躇がない。人に迷惑を掛ける事そのものが、大事なコミュニケーションだと言わんばかりの潔さ。そうだ、アイはこれだった。(source) In particular, I don't understand the meaning of the word 潔さ. It ...
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What does 浮く mean here?

A high-schooler was thinking about what to do during lunch 大人だったら別に一人メシなんて普通なんだけど...高校ジャやっぱ浮く...よなぁ I am uncertain what 浮く means here. I think it means in high school, there are many ways to eat?
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Meaning of き in 唾をぶっかけて.き.やがるからな。

If I am correct, then ぶっかける and やがる are verbs but what is the き doing in between them? Full sentence: ~ この辺では、言葉に気をつけた方がいいぜ。町のこちら側に住んでいるやつらは、口笛を吹いただけでも顔に唾をぶっかけてきやがるからな。 ~ You have to be careful about ...
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As "red", what's the difference between 紅{くれない}, 紅{べに}, 紅{こう} and 紅色?

On Weblio, the same dictionary says 紅{くれない} means "crimson" (deep red) and 紅{べに} means "vermilion" (bright red). Another dictionary says 紅{くれない}, 紅{べに}, 紅{こう} are all nouns, but I ...
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Why are there multiple ways to say hello in Japanese and how would I use them?

I have been learning basic sentences in Japanese, but I want to know what to use when I meet somebody and why. the three I know are: Yoroshiku onegaishimasu. Konnichiwa. Hajimemashite. What would I ...
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