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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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Meaning of よく住める

I came across this sentence in an exercise, so there is no context : こんなに寒い部屋によく住めるね。 What is exactly the meaning of よく住める and is it possible to have one or two other sentences using it?
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Help me understand this sentence I found on Duolingo

I'm practicing my Japanese on Duolingo to prepare for the (hopefully eventual) return of Japanese tourism, and I came across a sentence that makes no sense. Maybe someone can explain it to me. The ...
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Meaning of「悪いと思うなら協力しろって話ですよね」

I have trouble understanding the meaning of this line「すみません、悪いと思うなら協力しろって話ですよね」, especially the 協力しろって話 part. Why there's imperative? Directed to who? Source: Shuumatsu no harem ch.7
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What is the difference between 妥協 and すり合わせ

I have trouble understanding the difference between these two words. Based on my understanding, 妥協 is when two parties reach a mutual agreement by sacrificing some of their needs or wants that oppose ...
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Understanding 飲料水などに使う上水道で導入される

宮城県の水道事業の運営主体が4月1日から民間企業に切り替わった。特に飲料水などに使う上水道で導入されるのは全国初の試みだ。水質悪化や災害復旧の遅れなどを不安視する声が根強いが、県は「対応は今後も変わらない」と強調する。 I'm not sure how to understand the part 飲料水などに使う上水道で導入される. Particularly, I'm not sure how ...
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Meaning of まだまだ in fighting manga context

1 character said this after she has beaten 2 opponents on battle まだまだなのだっ! 俺にやっつけられたいヤツは、かかってくるのだ! I feel like the meaning of "madamada" here is not "I'm not tired yet"/"You'...
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Origin of 玉(たま) as a circular object

In Chinese, 玉 means jade or something beautiful/valuable. But in Japanese, it can mean a variety of other things such as a circular object, female entertainer, testicles etc. I'm curious as to when 玉{...
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The meaning of じゃないんだろう in this context 賊達の目的は略奪で、殺しじゃないんだろう

When reading, I met this sentence which describes MC's thoughts during a battle with bandits: 賊達の目的は略奪で、殺しじゃないんだろう。 My guess: "I think the bandits are after looting, not killing." What is ...
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Does 私だってわかるくらいに work adverbially in 私の噛む力で私だってわかるくらいに覚えて?

デンジ君。エッチな事はね。相手の事を理解すればするほど気持ちよくなると私は思うんだ。相手の心を理解するのは難しい事だから。最初は手をじっくり観察してみて。指の長さはどれくらい・・・?手のひらは冷たい?温かい?耳の形は?指を噛まれた事はある?かまっ・・・覚えて。デンジ君の目が見えなくなっても。私の噛む力で私だってわかるくらいに覚えて。 A female is saying this to a ...
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Meaning of あばば in あばばをしてみせる

I am reading Not of Color by Sawako Ariyoshi (有吉佐和子『非色』) at the moment. I came across this paragraph detailing how the protagonist takes care of her newborn baby, Mary: 一年というもの、...
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さっきは随分と楽しそうだったな

I am reading through my first book in Japanese, Murakami, and came across a sentence and I can't decide if it's a statement or question: さっきは随分と楽しそうだったな I believe this can mean: "Looked like ...
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What does this mean: 世の中は いっぱい いっぱい せいいっぱい 人生へこたれんなよ

This is from Midnight Diner and it doesn't seem to match the English subtitle so was curious for a literal meaning and translation of this quote that I got from Japanese subtitle: 世の中は いっぱい いっぱい ...
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彼は、自分の信ずるところはあくまでも信じ、使命感を増幅させることを自分につねに求めていた。

彼は、自分の信ずるところはあくまでも信じ、使命感を増幅させることを自分につねに求めていた。 Question: What is the function/meaning of ことを here?
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Need someone help with 2 sentences in this context [Manga/MC's thinking about his battle strategy and how it will affects to people lives]

Context : MC and A-san have thought out a strategy/plan to defeat the enemy. Now MC and A-san is marching on the main road ,with their army and the armed people/militia of their town ,toward enemy's ...
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Understanding とは言えないものが

つまり、あまり一般的な好みとは言えないものが、お好きな方を指す言葉のようですが・・・・ There’s this sentence that I found in the internet. I can kind of understand that the later part means, “it appears to be a word to refer to people who ...
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The meaning of 強くあろうと意識した in this context

Context: One character said to the MC that she only felt herself truly become strong since the day she met her Master. Then she said this to confirm that again (maybe?): そのときからだな、強くあろうと意識したのは I'm ...
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Meaning of なんやけどな

I was translating a manga chapter and found this line: 蛍なんやけどな今行方不明になっててな What's the meaning of なんやけどな?
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Meaning of に起こす

I'm reading a manga in which often 起こす is used with に, in situations like this: 次は工場用に こいつをパターンに起こす The characters just finished making a test piece for a shirt, and the speaker is saying to the ...
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Does たり mean to try? [duplicate]

ヒッチに止められたりしなかったんですか? Does the tari make the sentence mean " hitch tried to repeatedly stop you?" ? Or is it "weren't you stopped by hitch? I read somewhere that tari is to do something ...
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using じゃない in の言葉じゃないけど for affirmation?

Recently, I came across an interesting case of じゃない usage, which I haven't seen prior. さっきの連中の言葉じゃないけど、卒業したくねーわー、オレ。 In the example above, the sentence itself makes sense only in case of じゃない having ...
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the meaning of 「ということになります。」

I'm trying to understand the meaning of 「ということになります」 Context: 私の言葉の範囲が、そのまま私の世界の限界ということになります。 - The limits of my language are the limits of my world. I understand the normal usage of という こと なります ...
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だとよ at the beginning of a sentence

I watched a show in which person A tells person B they want them to come back. After it's said, person C said " datoyo." I don't understand it. Da to yo is used to quote things but why would ...
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そこが+ a person + らしくはあるか meaning in this context

When reading ,I met with this strange expression (at my level at least). Much thanks if anyone can explain to me it's correct meaning. Context: MC is talking with a general (A-san) ,about the plan of ...
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How does adding にする to よう change its meaning?

I know that ようにする means to be sure to do something, but how does it get this meaning from adding にする to よう (which means appear to be/similar to)? In other words, how does: よう + にする = to be sure to do ...
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I don't understand どうして

どうして is translated as why? but... it has して which, is the continuous form. I'm guessing it's continuous to allow the other person to continue the sentence. But, then it has どう.. which I translate to ...
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What does this mean in this context ? 結構堪える [A character's thought about a girl when she's keeping a distance from him, while sitting with him]

This is MC's thought about a girl who's sitting next to him, but she's still keeping a distance with him. This is hard for me to understand, so much thanks if anyone can help me understand what he has ...
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What is the meaning of 顔で聞いてる?

I was getting some new vocabulary using My First Story's song called アンダーグラウンド and then I couldn't understand the meaning of the verse 全部 同じ顔で聞いてるけど, how can you listen with your face? Is there ...
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Understanding「もともと片親と言えどももう高校生。親と会えないからってどうという年齢でもなかった。」

From 義妹生活 - 1話. 浅村 (who also have single father who is divorced) learned that 綾瀬 grew up with mother who is divorced who works at night everyday and rarely interact with each other. This is the reason ...
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About the meaning of による (cause or dependency?)

I usually see による used as a way to express the cause of something: 震災によってたくさんの人の命が失われた。 There were many people who lost their lives due to the earthquake. But in some places I see it being used as a ...
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What does ってえ mean in this manga?

What does 「ってえ」 mean? The context is that this character steps wrong as he is walking through the sand, and after letting out a moan he says "ってえ..."
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Understanding 賃金の伸びに物価の変動を反映した実質賃金

賃金の伸びに物価の変動を反映した実質賃金 Does this mean "the real wages which reflect the fluctuation of price amid the wages increase"? 厚生労働省は8日午前、1月の毎月勤労統計調査(速報)を発表した。賃金の伸びに物価の変動を反映した実質賃金は前年同月比0・4%増と、...
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Understanding「それだけの閉じた世界の常識」

A guy was talking about importance of reading books 成人男性の脳味噌およそ1400グラム。 今となっては、たったそれだけの閉じた世界の常識、偏った視点のくだす判断に従って生きていくことに、恐怖さえ感じていた。 (もし本を読まなかったら、俺もあんなふうになっちゃうのかなぁ) I parsed the bold part of sentence ...
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What are the proper usages and the meaning of くはある / くはない?

I recently learnt the contrastive usages of the は particle and I read the Tofogu article which has an interesting section which says I can use は contrast marker with the adjectives/nouns positive and ...
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「狡そうな眼」は悪くない意味もありますか

From what I’ve found in a few dictionaries,「狡い」has a negative meaning, like “crafty, sly”, and also “unfair” (In Jp-Jp, it appears related to negative actions like ごまかす). However, in this short story, ...
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What's the meaning of の at the end of this sentence?

I came across this sentence while reading a Manga, so here are my questions. 本当に詳しいのね Is this の here is the female speech? Is のね the same as んですね?
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適応 vs 同化 for adaptation

Which word is better for expression meaning of my adaptation to environment, situation or person, which I don't like, but unable to change situation, stop or influence situation in anyway. For example,...
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Meaning and usage of 単位

I know 単位 can indicate unit of measurement, but I can't really understand what does it adds, and if it's needed or something extra; I also tried on Weblio, but while I understand the definition, I don'...
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Meaning of 素で in 素で無視してたー!

I encountered this sentence in an anime 素で無視してたー! I've looked up 素 with jisho, but non of the definitions seem to fit. Could someone please explain how 素で works in this sentence and provide me with ...
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How to identify what って means in different situations

って can be used at least 3 different ways that I know of. Standard って form that most people learn first.て,って,んで,いて,いで etc. って for quoting people. って for making a demand/command statement. A tutorial I'...
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Is "先" an auto-antonym?

An auto-antonym is a word with multiple meanings (senses) of which one is the reverse of another. So apparently the kanji meaning of this word is "previous" or "past". This seems ...
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V ことがある past tense

This question is on page 41 of N4 Shin Kanzen: 日本に来る前には海を見たことが (a. ありません b. ありませんでした)。日本にきて、はじめてみました。 I answered A. I thought in ことがある the common mistake is making it a past form ありました so I thought ...
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What does いました mean when used by itself? From Mario RPG (includes picture)

Mario and Mallow are talking to a little mushroom guy and first, he says "Mario! Mario!". Then he follows up with the text box shown here. いました、いました! あやしい やつが! たった今 ここをとおっていきました! The ...
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って言ってるような in こんだけ集まってたら奪ってくれって言ってるようなもんでしょ

ロケット団 say this right after they catch all the フシギソウ in a net and try to take them away. The part that really confuses me is って言ってるような. I know the words but don't understand the sentence ...
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Do 能天気 and おっちょこちょい both mean "airhead" or do they mean something different? Is there another word for airhead?

I saw these different words used to describe someone who was something careless in an airhead type of way so I wanted to know if they mean that or if there is nuance in the definition. Is there ...
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Meaning of 「さすがに」in a particular context

I think 「さすがに」 generally means something like "Generally acknowledging a fact, but still has more to say regarding that fact in this specific situation". But I recently encountered a usage ...
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Usage of のに in this sentence: じゃ、あたらしいのにかえましょう

Assuming the following sentence and its answer: にもつがおもくて、ふくろのひもがきれそうです。 じゃ、あたらしいのにかえましょう。 I don't really understand why we have to use のに instead of を in the answer, actually I'd have answered like ...
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Confusion with omitted particle and 祝福と変える

終わりの鐘 祝福と変える It's from a song named HΨ=世界創造=EΨ. You see "Owari no kane shukufuku to kaeru (change)". I think it means "the end bell changes with a blessing" There is no particle ...
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Trouble interpreting time in a Soseki text passage お前が俺を殺したのは今からちょうど100年前だね

I just read Natsume Soseki’s The Third Night (『第三夜』), and I have trouble understanding well the time in that passage : 『お父さん、その杉のねだったね。』 『うん、そうだ。』と思わず答えてしまった。 『文化5年辰年だろう。』 なるほど文化5年辰年らしく思われた。 『...
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Can 一つ be used as a motivation or pump-up phrase, like a kiai?

In the Rockman X4 manga, the Reploid military of the Repliforce rebels against humanity for independence after being falsely suspected of involvement in a city's destruction and ordered to turn in ...
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What is Mallow saying to Mario in Super Mario RPG (includes picture)

Mallow is speaking in this picture. He just finished crying. In the middle section he says しに. What does the しに mean here? I think it's し+に particle but I'm not sure what it means here. し has many ...
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