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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 does “頃のこと” do in this sentence?

The full sentence, from Anki core 2k/6k: かつて私が学生だった頃のことです。 "That was when I was still a student." I'm understanding "かつて私が学生だった" to mean "I was once a student," so I'm ...
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how does 頑張ってかないと work?

「開き直ってさ」 「開き直れないよ、北村君は見てるんだもん」 「だからこそ頑張ってかないとだろう」 Aside from the meaning (which I think I understand), I don’t have the slightest idea about the structure of the last part かないとだろう. tried searching a ...
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Meaning of そう in そう、とんでもないことをさらっと言ってのけた

「て、ていうかっ、鍵閉めてたのに、どうやって入ったんですかっ!」 「うん? 鍵?あぁ、それなら私、合いカギ持ってるから」 そう、とんでもないことをさらっと言ってのけた。 I read this and it looks like he is saying "yes", but I'm not really sure. Looking at the definitions ...
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Is there really a difference between 色素 and 色

What is the difference between 色素{しきそ} and 色{いろ}? Is there a major difference? According to Jisho they both seem to mean basically the same thing.
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Meaning of 当然のように

I can understand the usage of 当然のように if it was used e.g. to describe the way that someone said something, but I do not quite understand how to interpret it in the below. What is the difference in ...
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Meaning difference between 夜は明ける and 夜が明ける?

In this song lyrics, 夜が明ける is the name of the song, but until the end of the song 夜は明ける is used. This sounds like there is a distinct meaning difference between the two forms. I read about the ...
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Meaning of 気持ちを通わせていった

My question is about phrases like 心を通わせる, etc which use 通わせる. If I look up an explanation using it I will often see e.g. 心が通じ合う which makes sense to me, but I don't quite get how to understand the way ...
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Why not te form in 見にくる

見に来る It means to come and see. I am wondering why not using te form in this particular phrase? 見て来る Is this correct? If so, how is it different from the one above?
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I want a tattoo meaning Fate/Destiny please help me out

I've seen Unmei (運命) Which apparently means destiny that can be changed by your will. and Shukumei (宿命) meaning destiny that is pre written and cant be changed. Are these correct or is there any other ...
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Meaning of 滅多な事では + Vしない?

I found a sentence like this: "滅多な事では物怖じしない". But the meaning of 滅多(careless) make me don't understand this sentence. Then I searched something similar on the website and I found this: "...
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Can おいてない act as a contraction of おいてほかにない

仕事疲れのストレス解消方法は、仕事を少し忘れてみること、それをおいてないでしょう。散歩や旅行などで気分転換を図りましょう。 The above sentence appeared in my grammar textbook in the same chapter that introduced the ~をおいてほかにない grammar point with a "is the ...
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How is arrowhead said?

So I found some ways in saying arrowhead but found various. One is 矢じり 「やじり」 and the other one is 石鏃 「せきぞく」 Honestly I got confused with the two. Is 矢じりa Japanese arrowhead or any kind? same question ...
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Translation of the kagura song

おおおお… 天地に き揺らかすは さゆらかす 神わがも 神こそは きねきこう き揺らならば…… This is dedication to the god Gozu Tennou from the video game Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Maniacs. It's almost the same as the first line of one of ...
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Meaning of “であること” in “親子であることのむずかしさについて (…)”

There is a book called 街場の親子論 by 内田樹, and I'm trying to read its preface on the author's blog. There is the following sentence: ここでは「まえがき」として、もう少し一般的なこと、親子であることのむずかしさについて思うところを書いてみたいと思います。 I ...
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What does 見とく mean here? [duplicate]

A: 理亜ちゃん(B) にも見て欲しいな B: 分かった。見とく (Full context: https://twitter.com/kure_pu25/status/1308414619216740364?s=21) What does 見とく mean here? I couldn’t find the word in the dictionary. The closest I could ...
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のように vs と同様 to show similarity

In my writing assignment, I wrote this paragraph. テレワークのように、オンライン授業もいい経験だと思う。パンデミックの前は毎日、通学しないといけないし、何度も乗り換えをしないといけないし、往復だと4時間以上、つまり一日の6分の1以上かかるのであり、私にとっては面倒くさくて疲れることばかりだった。 It was corrected to ...
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Meaning of 引きよせられるように

I'm looking for some help understanding what 引きよせられるように means in the below. I understand そっと胸の中へ包み込んだ to mean that he gently embraced 茉莉愛 into his chest, but I'm not quite sure how 引きよせられるように modifies ...
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Meaning of したて after a する-verb [duplicate]

I found this sentence in a fiction I'm reading and am confused about what したて means after 弟子入り. Context: He is talking to a young merchant who reminded him of himself when he was younger. なんだか、...
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Help understanding this sentence/joke

For context, the girl has found out that her 推しメン(refers to someone's favourite member e.g. of a idol group from what I understand) has been exposed (週刊誌にすっぱ抜かれて). Based on the context below it would ...
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ひとつ (give something a try)

Could you please explain to me how to use ひとつ (to give something a try) and give me some example sentences? I have found ひとつ as a grammar pattern in this site: https://japanesetest4you.com/flashcard/...
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Is the sentence '意思にしか動くな' a correct sentence?

Is the sentence '意思にしか動くな' a correct sentence? I mean to say someting in the lines of 'Act on (move by) will alone'. is it's meaning clear and are there more elaborate ways of conveing that meaning in ...
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What does 「生き残る目」 mean in this sentence?

I came across this sentence while reading 下町ロケット. 「ウチで密かに調べてみましたが、佃製作所はいま、資金調達すらままならない苦境にあるそうです。どう転んだところで、佃製作所に生き残る目はありませんよ。それにですねーーー」 The most obvious interpretation for me was, We searched from ...
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Japanese word using で” in this sentence [duplicate]

芸達者で食欲が旺盛な、ごくふつうの犬です。 I'm currently reading a short manga and this sentence was used at the end of the chapter, for context the story is about a タヌキ (usually referred as a dog). That one day the owner'...
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となる with a sense of composition

There are already posted questions (and answers) for the meaning of となる as a similar pattern to になる, but with a sense of finality. However, I've come across the following sentence A棟{とう}は、1階が寮長{...
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What's the difference between 親睦会 and 懇親会?

I was watching Hello World on Netflix when I encountered 親睦会. Googling it, I learned that a similar word, 懇親会, exists. I would like to ask if the content of this article is reliable. Thank you in ...
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What does the phrase 時とタイミング mean?

It came up in a game (in the sentence ううん、これも時とタイミングですね。) and when I tried to look it up on different Japanese dictionary- and phrase-type sites, nothing came up, and when I looked around on Twitter ...
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自分自身らしくいてください (double checking the meaning)

I want to double check the meaning of the sentence above. I have the word(s) 自分自身 and I need to use it in a sentence that expresses the essence of "please be yourself." For context, the ...
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Do I understand たり here correctly?

NTTドコモは、ドコモ口座を新しくつくることを10日から止めています。そして、これからドコモ口座をつくるときは、顔の写真を送ってもらったりして、もっと安全に利用できるようにすることにしています。被害があった人に、とられたお金を払うことも銀行と相談しています。 Source: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/k10012608551000/...
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Meaning for 三日後に 本気出せ

From what I understand, it means "Do your best three days after the fact"? But it doesn't make much sense in English Here is the line that precedes, if it is any help: テストも授業も却下可能 三日後に 本気出せ
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How to use いざ…や and what it exactly means

I have problems understanding how いざ...や works in the following sentence. たとえ部長からの文書だろうが、そんなもの(経費報告書)は認められるわけがない、と新田は思った。ところが、いざ抗議文が届くや、上司は主張を全面的に認め、そのケンカは新田の完全敗北で終わったのであった。 I'm quite sure that it ...
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Is '愛したら解放させ' a correct phrase? Is it's meaning clear?

I think I've read picked up the sentence '愛したら解放させ' somewhere a long time ago. It is supposed to mean 'if you love something then set it free'. Is it a correct sentence?
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Can someone help me translate “she's my person”?

I'm not quite sure if this is right. 彼女は私の人です Kanojo wa watashi no hitodesu I'm a little confused on the word for "she" as it can also translate to "girlfriend." I've read that ...
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I don't get what ''元気よくとはいかない'' means

''~とりあえず、新学期。まぁさ、元気よくとはいかないけど、でもこんな天気もいいし、桜も咲いてるし、もう少しだけ愛想が良くてもいいんじゃないかしら?'' What はいかない is? is it like てはいけない (must not/don't have to)? If so, why はいけない and not はいかない? Could you break '''元気よくとはいかない'' ...
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Nuance between いか and イカ? [duplicate]

Both mean squid but is there any difference between the use of hiragana or katakana?
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I don't understand the meaning of たまに

What is the meaning of this phrase? たなかさんも[たまに]{LLL}はどうぞ I don't understand the meaning of たまに.
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Could you please help me break this sentence down?

日本の英語教育がゴミということに気づかされた。 I know the vocabulary but I don't understand what is "という" doing there. Also, I would like to know what form is 気づく using. I went through all my notes but couldn't ...
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Contribution of 気 to the meaning, for example, 勇気 and 勇

Both 勇気 and 勇 are nouns and mean courage. Does 気 give it a different twist? Couldn't you say 力と勇 instead of 力と勇気? (meaning power and courage)
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Normal is the most difficult" — origin in Japanese?

I'm looking for the Japanese origin of the saying Normal is the most difficult. I believe the longhand version would be Normality in life is the most difficult state/condition to attain/sustain. ...
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ワクワクする vs ワクワクしている

What is the difference in actual meaning/usage? The example is from https://hanasu-eigo.com/2017/01/11/325/ “I’m excited!” というのは、「すごく楽しみなことがあってワクワクしている」というような時に使います and then had an example below: “I’...
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How should I understand 何回目か in this sentence?

One assignment for my Japanese class is this Japanese elementary reader, which contains the story of Kenta and his dog, Koro. They are playing catch with a ball, and the previous sentence I translated ...
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Meaning of 奴のが?

This is from Death Note-One Shot Especial, Ryuk says this sentence そういうのが得意って奴のが向いてるかも。 what is the function of the の in 奴のが?
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What is the difference between ないんですか and んじゃないですか?

Do they both mean "is it not/isn't it"? e.g. Do この車は新しくないんですか and この車は新しいんじゃないですか both mean ”Isn’t this car new?”?
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Meaning of ゲロった in ぼっちルーチンをゲロっただけでした

For context I have added an excerpt below. A summary of the context is that the protagonist was called out for being a 'stalker', and he 'proves' his innocence by showing her videos that show it was ...
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What does 「Nounを笑え」 phrase mean in this sentence?

Oh! KAREN 浜辺の濡れた砂の上で 抱きあう幻を笑え It's from a song 「恋するカレン」by 大滝詠一. Lyrics here. Based on my understanding, here's my translation: Oh! KAREN I laugh at my dream of embracing you in my arms on wet sand on ...
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Meaning and use of とっさに

Could you please give me some example sentences with とっさに? According to my dictionary, it means "quickly", but my dictionary doesn't give me any example sentence, so I don't know exactly how ...
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What does 「耳元を過ぎる」 mean?

Source: 「スピーチ・バルーン」by 大滝詠一 想い出のブラス・バンドが 耳元を過ぎる The Brass Band of memories Passes by close to the ears (playing) Would that be an accurate translation of 耳元を過ぎる? よろしくお願いいたします。
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How would you interpret 迷 in this sentence?

I was watching an anime when a quite interesting conversation happened. I could only read the subtitles as my Japanese is really bad but I tried my best to reconstruct the sentence afterwards. Here is ...
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What is the function of やらで?

What is the meaning of やらで in this tanka and where it comes from? 春のよの月は木のまを出でやらでまづ山のはの花ぞみえ行く I found that the expression 出でやる could be an equivalent of 出てくる but I don't really understand the ...
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Meaning of 切る in イシューを切る

In programming is very common to say things like "create an issue", "open a ticket", when you are asking for help or want to create a "topic" about the problem you wanna ...
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What is the difference between 卓 and 台?

Someone else asked this question in another Japanese learning space I'm in and I attempted to research it to find an answer for them, but I didn't quite get a conclusive answer. On goo, they define 卓 ...

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