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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 (せ)にゃ and から(な)

I found the following two sentences: あとで添削せにゃ。- I'll look it over later. この世界にゃ魔法ってのがあるからな - There's magic on this world. I checked the dictionary and some of the meanings of "にゃ" includes &...
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What does やの mean in 汚れやの匂いがする? [closed]

汚れやの匂いがする I know the sentence means something along the lines of "smells like dirt". But I have no idea what the やの means. The context is that it is talking about the natural forest ...
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Meaning of といえど

In a book I found this sentence: ありえない。そうおもってるつつも、彼は腰からハンマーを引き抜く。亡き師匠から引き継いだハンマー—その名も『万能鉄槌』は、どんな金属の正体も丸裸にする。一見するとただのハンマーだが、使い手の『能力』と結びつくと絶妙な効果を発揮する。そして、世界広しといえどこれを使いこなせる職人はフィーゴ・アンヴィルただ一人だ I ...
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What does "平穏とは消耗を以て代わりに成す" mean?

This is a sentence from a song called "ロウワー", but I'm not sure what it's supposed to mean. The wiki translation says it's "Tranquility is exchanged for attribution" but that seems ...
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Difference between として (toshite) & ように (youni)

I Can't understand the difference between として and ように. What is the difference between these word? examples: として: 私は君を友達として愛している。 I love you as friend. ように: 私は君を友達ように愛している. I love you as friend.
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Help understand 俺の腕前がわかったろう。 [closed]

Veterans, please help me understand the following sentence. You can help me by either explaining grammar or providing an accurate and literate translation in English. If you need context information, ...
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Simple phrase with comma for emphasis, sounds natural?

I'm attempting to find an equivalent for the phrase "Broken, like glass.". It should hold its emotional weight, so what comes to my mind is: 「ガラスみたい、破った。」, but I'm not sure if holds the same ...
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Whats the diffrence with に and を in this sentence?

I am having trouble understanding the use of に in this following sentence, and also if putting を instead of に would change the meaning of the sentence. 何に興味がありますか。
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What is the meaning of 付きっきり?

What is the meaning of 付きっきり? I usually see it used in the sense of "babysitting" is this the only meaning?
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What does とびっことりっこ mean?

I’m translating a Japanese novel into my language. The novel I’m working with is a fantasy story about a teen witch and children. But I’m not sure about the meaning of とびっことりっこ which appears several ...
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What does こんな青い空のなか きっとわたしは 空いろで 風のかたちで はこばれる mean?

I'm translating Japanese novel into my language. The novel I'm working with now is a fantasy novel about a witch, written for young adult. There's a song that the witch sings during she's flying in ...
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What does コピー mean here?

There isn't really much context to the word コピー here, so I am inserting the whole page of the manga. I understand the basic meanings of コピー, which are pretty much the same as the English copy, but I ...
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What is the meaning of なりうるがため in this context?

恐るべき 事態に なりうるがため、 子細を 伝えることはできぬ。 The context is that I'm talking to a wizard in the game who happens to know something about my future. Currently, I am trying to figure the exact construction/meaning ...
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specific context of てもらう

In this sentence, I am unsure what てもらった is referencing, as the parts that follow make me unsure of what it is trying to convey. If it helps, I have added the past and following sentence to make more ...
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What does 人が重なるように働いている mean?

I'm translating a Japanese novel. Here's a part of the novel I'm working with: Aさんの指図をうけてお魚をつぎつぎ焼く人、ならんだおなべのスープをかき回す人、野菜を洗う人、きざむ人、できた料理を大皿に盛る人、人がかさなるようにはたらいています。 つくっても、つくっても、まだまだたりません。 I'm not sure ...
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「手があれてひっかかっちゃう」とは何ですか?

日本の小説を外国語に翻訳している外国人です。 今、手がけている小説にこんな文章があります。 (Aは主人公、Bは別の登場人物) Bさんは布を包もうとして、Aをちらっと見ました。 「これはわたしの自慢のべールなのよ。あなた、ちょっと見たくない?」 「ええ、とても」 Aはこたえました。 Bさんは「手があれてひっかかっちゃうから・・・」とつぶやきながら、手のひらを合わせて何回もこすると、...
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「ぬれているようにまっくらです」は一般的なたとえですか?

Japanese 日本の小説を外国語に翻訳している外国人です。 今手がけている小説に、 二人は森の中にそろそろと入っていきました。空に残った明かりが少しは木の間からさしていると思ったのに、森の中に入ったとたんだれかが戸でも閉めてしまったように急に暗くなりました。冷たい空気が流れてきて、まわりはぬれているようにまっくらです。 という一節があります。 最後の「ぬれているようにまっくらです」...
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Is tachi disrespectful?

If there are only two people concerned but you say for example " John tachi ga" does it imply the other person is less important? Shouldn't it be used for a larger group of people?
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Best word for "owner" of a business/restaurant: 経営者, 事業者, オーナー?

Just as it sounds in the question. A friend wants to own a restaurant as a goal, and I'm not sure what the best words are for translating that into Japanese. "Owner": I've seen entries in ...
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Meaning of 知りたい in the following TV program

Here is the URL to the webpage of a TV program. https://news.ntv.co.jp/feature/知りたいッ! If I understand it correctly, 「知りたいッ」is the name of the program. There is a brief explanation of the program on ...
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Meaning of 貸し and 借り in「この貸しは借りになることなく相殺もしない」

From chapter one of 転校先の清楚可憐な美少女が、昔男子と思って一緒に遊んだ幼馴染だった件 I have difficulty understanding the meaning of 貸し and 借り in this panel, especially in this line この貸しは借りになることなく相殺もしない Based on what I know. 貸し ...
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What does this phrase about a face/expression mean? 少し尖った凛とした表情

I came across this sentence but don't know what it means about a girl's face/expression 整【ととの】った顔【かお】立【だ】ちに、少【すこ】し尖【とが】った凛【りん】とした表情【ひょうじょう】。 My guess: "in her well-ordered face, is a dignified ...
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Meaning of なければ + 分かる訳ないだろ

My question is about the sentence "領にでも行かなきゃ分かる訳ないだろ", meaning: "You'd have to go to the territory to find out (what is happening)" I know that なきゃ from 行かなきゃ is an abbreviation of ...
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Are 片隅 and 隅 synonymous?

I've seen them both used in the same context, for example, テレビは片隅にあります In that sentence, would 隅 have the same meaning, or is there some nuance to the two words?
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About the difference in these sentences with のを and のが

I've been struggling to find the difference between those two structures, is one of them wrong or they are both right and have a difference in meaning/emphasis 俺が走るのが見た 俺が走るのを見た
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Meaning of かけやがりまして in 勝手にヒーリングをかけやがりまして

What is the meaning of かけやがりまして in 勝手にヒーリングをかけやがりまして? Should I read it as かけ + やがりまして? If so, what would the inflection of やがる(り)+ まして mean when used together with かけ? And what would the meaning of ...
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Meaning of ごまかす

その政治家は曖昧な言い方をして問題をごまかした。 The politician spoke in a vague way and misrepresented the problem. The politician spoke in a vague way and glossed over/dodged the problem. I'm trying to understand the verb ...
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when is に used to mark the subject?

I was reading a grammar book, and I stumbled across the following sentence 君になんかわからない At first sight, I thought it means "I don't know you." But the translation given beneath the sentence ...
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I'm not sure how I should translate this: "姉上が戦いを止めて誰もけがをしなかったみたいです"

姉上が戦いを止めて誰もけがをしなかったみたいです It SEEMS that the big sister broke up the fight or is it a FACT that she broke up the fight, so "it seems" that no one was injured? Is "it seems" related ...
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Need help with the meaning of this sentence [MC failed to catch a strange creature- half cat half bird like, then he said this]

MC is a detective in his school .He's trying to catch a strange creature ,that the student in his school are gossiping about.The school Public Moral Department is chasing this creature too like him , ...
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What are the differences between 出身地 and 故郷{こきょう}?

I can't figure out the difference between 出身地 and 故郷{こきょう}, both meaning "hometown, birthplace", despite having done some research of my own in the internet as well as in this site. There is ...
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Why is 起こしましたか woke up while 起こったのですか is happened?

Why does どこで起こしましたか means where did you wake up while どこで起こったのですか means where did it happen?
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The diffference between 褒めてもらった vs 褒めてくれた?

I came across this expression on TV recently when B said something nice about A, and so A kind of told the viewers 褒めてもらった? I got the impression that the speaker meant "Did I just received a ...
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Whats the accurate meaning of this ごまかすin this sentence?

照れ臭くなるとすぐごまかす... これじゃわかんなぃよ She doesn't understand the person because when the person feels awkward she ...plays it off/trying to hide it?
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Why did "mairasesoro" (まいらせさうらふ/まいらせ候) have its own kana ligature?

The Japanese Wikipedia notes that before 1900, the kana sequence まいらせさうらふ (mairasesōrō) had its own kana ligature: Poking around Wiktionary, my best guess would be that this is a set phrase in ...
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What is the semantic difference between 認める and 通じる?

I am looking for the differences in terms of meaning between 認める and 通じる. I have 3 related questions which I have numbered across this answer to make it clearer. Now, 通じる has a myriad of different ...
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Meaning of noun + がどうとかいってたが

I found the sentence: 「なんでなんだっけ…… 魔王の代替わりがどうとかいってたが……」 Context: the character is reading a newspaper that talks about an event that occurred because of the replacement of the Demon King. I can ...
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Meaning of ものはないか

Context: the character is in a store, searching for something fun to do. Full sentence: 俺は何か面白いものはないか、店内を見回してみた。 My question is about the first part of the sentence, "俺は何か面白いものはないか", ...
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Difference between んやったら and すれば

It seems like you can use 「んやったら」to say "if", so what's the difference between this expression and words like 「したら and すれば」 What would be the difference between: そのビザがあるんやったら... And ...
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Meaning of くれる in 転がってくれるわ

I found the sentence: ようし、転がってくれるわ! It was translated as: Alright, I'm gonna roll around! (The context is that the character is rolling on a soft tatami, he's alone so he's not really talking to ...
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What’s the usage of “では” in this sentence?

歴史の授業は大きい教室でやります。歴史の先生は日本人で、授業ではあまり英語を使いません。 Is it composed of “で+は“ while は just highlights the noun before it? But if that’s the case then does 授業 here refer to a period of time?
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“は…は” usage: What’s the function of the first は?

午後は授業はありません。 I saw this sentence in my book, and from my understanding the second は marks the topic of the sentence, and in some cases “は…は” highlights the contrast between two topics, but in this ...
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Meaning of いーじゃん

I am reading 海街 Diary, and I have come across the dialogue below. For context: The older sister of the female protagonist calls her, and then has a go at her because her phone was switched off and she ...
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です vs ありますwhat is the difference between the two? Can they ever be interchangeable?

Q: 日本語の授業は毎日ありますか。一日に何時間ですか。 A: 日本語の授業は毎日あります。一日に二時間あります。 I have questions about the difference between “です” and “あります” regarding the above sentences taken from my textbook. Why is that “です” was used ...
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What's the use of tsumori in the first sentence and no in the second?

オレが...ここにいることで生かしてもらってることはわかってるつもりです Translation in the manga: I'm...here so I see you intend to let me live tsumori means the person plans on keeping him alive? In another version it just says "...
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Grammar meaning of でも in 何泊でもどうぞ

……まあ。本当は素晴らしい剣なのですね。そんなものをお預かりできるのでしたら、何泊でもどうぞ I know that でも can mean something like "Even", so 何泊でもどうぞ in this context probably means something like "Even if (でも) you stay as many ...
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What is もしくは doing in this comparision

I saw this sentence in an episode of Attack on Titan ライナーができないと言うようにもしくはライナーでさえここで休まざるを得ない現状を鑑みるに The speaker is referencing something that ライナー said they can't do I don't understand why you would ...
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What is とは in English?

I read a manga and there was this sentence: 巨人とは片想いのままだなクソメガネ Some people have been saying that because the speaker says toha there is a love that is implied to be mutual and he might be referring ...
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Cannot understand 甘える

I will show two examples from Japanese websites. First of all, from Weblio: 「彼女は私に甘える=She spoils me」 Secondly from some site for Japanese English learners (Gabastyle): 「悲しいことが起きたときには友達や家族に甘えてもいいんだよ=In ...
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What does "なにしに" mean?

I've just begun reading the Doraemon manga. Coming across this phrase, I've searched for its meaning but have been unable to find anything helpful so far. An English translation of the manga suggests ...
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