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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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Would 私は怖い mean “I'm scared” or “I'm scary”?

Or does it mean both? If so, is there any way to explicitly distinguish between "I'm scared" and "I'm scary"? If it only means one and not the other, how would you say the other?
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Meaning of ところ in アメリカのいいところ

I feel as though I understand what the below sentence means, but what I think it means makes no sense. 日本に行ったら、アメリカのいいところも発見できるかもしれないですね。 My translation: If you go to Japan, you might be able to ...
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どうしますか vs 何をしますか

I always interpreted 何 as "what" and "どう" as more of a "How or How about?" and thus was under the impression that if one wanted to ask "What will you do?" or "What did you do?" you would say 何をしますか ...
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「探してくる」には「見つける」という意味は含まれますか?

今まで、「探す」には「見つけようとする」という意味しかないと思っていました。辞書が挙げる語義にも、現代において一般的な用法(下記1.と2.)では「見つけようとする」以上の意味は含まれていません。 1. 必要なものや失ったものを見つけようとする。「安い下宿を―す」 2. ものを見つけるためにかき回す。「押し入れを―す」 3. 中にある物を表し出す。「...
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What is the meaning of あるある?

I saw it used on Twitter several times, but googling around I couldn't figure it out. Here are some examples. "@mao_sid: 24あるある。シーズン2ぐらいから、あのちょいちょい入ってくるデジタル時計いらないなぁって思いだす。" "@mao_sid: 24あるある。...
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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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Internet vocabulary: Is 落ちる an equivalent of “being AFK”?

Context I saw many times people using 落ちる in a chat followed by 後で. I assumed that the user expressed his intent of temporarily leaving a chat and planned to come back later. Question As the title ...
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What differences are there between the English word “memo” and the Japanese word “メモ”?

What differences, if any, are there between the English word "memo" and the Japanese word "メモ"? Does the Japanese word "メモ" have connotations to do with memorisation or memory that don't exist with ...
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What is 床下? (picture attached)

Most detailed definition I could find: 床下とは 建物の床の下。えん(縁)のした。 Picture from google: Example: その大雨で床下30センチまで水につかった。 The heavy rain flooded my house up to 30cm below the floorboards. However,...
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Is there a different meaning for ごちそうさま!

I have posted a "status" on Facebook: Dear santa, I would like for you to bring him for christmas My boyfriend commented: Your Wish is my command! And my Japanese manager (from our office) ...
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What does アタマ mean in reference to food/portion sizes?

I came across this at a Yoshinoya and I've never seen this before on a menu. I can't figure out what this is supposed to mean; all I can infer from the pricing is that maybe it's a size in between 並 ...
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に and で revisited

Consider the statement A: ホテル(に/で)泊まる. For both cases would translate to "I stay at a hotel" in English. However they are answers to different questions. Consider the questions 1.どこに泊まる and 2.(ホテルで)...
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What does イケボ mean?

A friend told me it means "sexy/good looking" but I'm not sure
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Nuances in the word “smile”

So as the title indicates, I'm wondering about exactly what is the difference between all the existing words that mean "smile", I originally learned only 笑い, which I feel is the most regularly used ...
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Why does 悪く(は)ない give a condescending feeling?

I thought it just meant "It's not bad" but I read some comments from Japanese people who said that it can sound too condescending or like the speaker feels superior to the listener. Why is that? In ...
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Pronunciation and meaning of  [closed]

I just received an email ending like this: 是非是非また誘って How to read the  ? Zero results on Google. As for the meaning, is it equivalent to よ ?
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What is the term for Japanese Language Stack Exchange in Japanese?

What is the Japanese Language Stack Exchange called in Japanese? I came up with 日本語のスタック交換.
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Is 「うそおっしゃい」 to be taken literally here?

In the video game Ripening Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love, the protagonist Tingle meets a fortune teller who demonstrates her powers to him. She asks him, "You come from a far away town, right?" If ...
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What does “先が気になる” mean?

Found in this tweet: 先が気になる I always have to do a double check with 先 because the possible meanings can be very opposite one another. I've also found other tweets with the same hashtag, like this....
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What does 食べたいものを好きなだけ食べる mean?

食べたいものを好きなだけ食べる seems to be weird for me because in my understanding this sentence mean I just eat the food I like from the food that I want to eat The complete sentence is as follows. ...
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一応: Usage and meaning

I've never really fully grasped the meaning of [一]{いち}[応]{おう} since it seems to have no good English equivalent. What is the meaning, usage, and nuances of 一応?
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Can't find the meaning of 「パー」

I have searched through a few dictionaries and through google but i can't seem to find an answer. from the fact that it's not found in any standard dictionary indicates it's an abbreviation but ...
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Meaning of じゃないんじゃない?

I recently came across the phrase じゃないんじゃない in this sentence: Clerk: 「でも うちで売{う}ってるアイスじゃないんじゃないかしら。」 For context, some kids are claiming they have a winning popsicle stick but the clerk can't seem ...
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What does 「なし」in 「問題なし」 mean?

I just started playing the video game Mother 3, and if you try to examine the trash can in front of his house, Lucas says, 問題なし. I expect this means something like, "no problem here", but I haven't ...
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Is there a subtle difference between 少なくても and 少なくとも?

My sense is that the meaning is identical but that 少なくとも is somewhat more formal than 少なくても. Is that observation valid?
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What is the small tray called when paying for something in person?

When I pay for something I don't hand the money over directly. I put it in a small tray.
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What is the significance of a large く character in literary texts?

I am currently reading an early story by Tanizaki Junichiro in Japanese. I have come across both the hiragana く and ぐ written twice the size they usually are, taking up the same amount of space on the ...
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The meaning of うがった見方

I'm kind of lost with the phrase うがった見方 used in NHK's special news program subtitles. They were showing U.S. President Trump speaking about his Russia ties allegations. The voice commentary was ...
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Relation between 大学, 学校 and 大学校

These are the specifications, that I do already know: [学校]{がっこう} = school, including [小学校]{しょうがっこう}, [中学校]{ちゅうがっこう}, etc. [大学]{だいがく} = university (used frequently) [大学校]{だいがっこう} = university (not a ...
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Usage (correctness) of だと after verbs

I've noticed だと showing up after verbs for a while now in various forms of media, such as blogs, anime, regular TV shows & also when speaking to Japanese people. However, I was originally told ...
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What is the difference between 部屋 and 室?

When referring to a room (in a building), what is the difference in usage, if any? I looked up the definitions and checked some sample phrases, but I could not see any real difference. I usually read ...
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Onigiri and nigiri

I was reading this two articles: Onigiri wikipedia's article Nigiri explanation inside wikipedia's sushi article I first thought that onigiri was a type of sushi but it's not. It calls my attention ...
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What does 彼女は私ほど自分のことを好きじゃない mean?

Consider the following 彼女は私ほど自分のことを好きじゃない。 My attempt is as follows A: She does not love herself as much as I love myself. B: She does not love herself as much as she loves me. C: She does not ...
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Nuances of: ふっと、ふと、ひょっこり、 どっと、 さっさ、不意に、唐突、突然、急に and いきなり。

I'm reading a beginner book and noticed that the author uses a lot of different words that translate to suddenly or abruptly which is interesting, so I have been trying to figure out the differences ...
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What does 波 mean at the end of a sentence?

Here are some examples where I saw 波 at the end of a sentence :
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Scope of negation in 「カラオケはいちばんお金を使いません。」

I came across this sentence in みんなの日本語 I. カラオケは いちばん お金を 使いません。 I now understand this sentence means: Karaoke is the cheapest activity. (or Karaoke is the activity that spends least money). ...
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Can I eat here?/ Is it ok to eat here? in Japanese

I went to Japan and want to ask the food vendors whether I can eat in front of his shop. Basically, I want to say "Can I eat here? or Is it ok to eat here?" I know that ここ = Here 食べる = Eat 大丈夫 =...
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Who scolded whom in Aに怒られる?

I can see that someone got mad or someone made someone else mad. The things that make it difficult are に and the られる form of 怒る. What does this mean? How do you figure out who did what in these types ...
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Meaning of: イベントの前ふりをば。

A colleague is organizing an event and sent everyone an email beginning like this: 田中イベント担当の田中です。 イベントの前ふりをば。 ... (explanation about the event) The first line is a funny intro (the guy is ...
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What does the pattern “Past Verb + まま + N” mean?

The following sentence was in an N4 review test: 私の本棚には 買ったまま 読んでいない まんが が たくさん あります。 The meaning, as I grasp it, is "There are a lot of books that I bought in my bookshelf that are left unread." ...
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Using 出る as opposed to 出かける

I have looked these two words up on WWWJDIC and there doesn't seem to be much difference. Are they interchangeable, or do they infer different things?
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What is the difference between 得意 and 上手?

Both 上手 and 得意 seem to both mean something along the lines of "good at" or "skilled". However, I don't understand the difference (if there is one) between them. In fact, some of the sentences on jisho....
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Is there a difference between 「目を覚ます」 and 「目覚める」

I just recently learned these phrases were a thing and I can't find the difference anywhere online. Is there a difference between 「目を覚ます」 and 「目覚める」 ? Any help would be appreciated!
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What does ^^; mean?

I was reading through this one question on OKWAVE that was asking people what they thought of Japan’s education system. It’s a pretty long read, but it does have interesting parts to it. For instance, ...
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How do I “understand” kaomoji? (Japanese smilies)

When I see something like this: ヘ(´∀`ヘ)ヘ(´∀`ヘ)ヨイヨイ(ノ´∀`)ノ(ノ´∀`)ノヨイヨイ♪ I think some voodoo demon wants to say something to me. o_O My Japanese friends often use kaomoji. But, when they add (´▽`) or ...
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What does 氏 mean after a name, how is it different from さん or 様?

If you look in the dictionary for the definition of 氏 you'll find it defined as: family name; lineage; birth. However I have seen it used in such a way that it is doubtful that it means any of those ...
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What's the meaning of もの in this sentence?

てっきり、兄{あに}は腰{こし}を下{お}ろすものだと思{おも}っていた。 I have no clue about what it could mean.
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What does 「/\」 mean in this sentence?

皆さん、こんにちは! Now, I've been reading 竹取物語 and have come across (another) set of symbols that I've yet to understand. Given the following sentence. かくて翁やう/\豐になり行く。 What does the sudden 「/\」 mean?
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[潔]{いさぎよ}い meaning

Can anyone tell me more about 潔い? I've looked in Goo, Alc, Kenkyusha, and Edict, and the definitions refer to "sportsmanlike", "gracious", or "take it like a man". However, I'm doubtful if these are ...
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What is different between 分かります and 分かりました。

What is different between 分かります and 分かりました。