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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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Confused in choosing 早い versus 速い

In my understanding, 速い is used for motion and 早い represents "early". Which one is the correct one in this example? A: 授業がそろそろ始まるので、早く来てください。 B: 授業がそろそろ始まるので、速く来てください。
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Meaning of …立てちゃいなよ

I am organizing an event and posted a flyer on a famous SNS. Someone commented on it saying: イベント立てちゃいなよ From the context I guess it is advising me to create an event (SNS feature), am I mistaken? ...
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How to understand this usage of 「〜て来た」?

I found a slightly unnatural use of 「〜て来た」 in the postscript of the Gospel in colloquial Japanese. 当時口語の聖書はなかった。のみならず私の改訳について  聖書改訳文は元訳の文体に限り申候 口語体は威厳なく口調悪く記憶に不便に候 勅語もし口語体にて作られる時代来らばイザ知らず云々 ...
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Is there any difference between 早く終われば and 早く終わったら?

Consider the following two sentences, 仕{し}事{ごと}が早{はや}く終{お}わったら行きます。 仕{し}事{ごと}が早{はや}く終{お}われば行きます。 Is there any difference between them?
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Can I use 行っている間(に) in the sense of a habitual action?

Knowing that 行く is punctual, stative, and a motion verb, I also know that, 日本に行っている means "I/he/she have gone to Japan (and am still there)" rather than "I am currently going to Japan." I also feel ...
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A word like マシ without the negative connotation

When asking, "which is better," in Japanese, I could write どっちがマシ? However マシ has a negative connotation, implying that even though something is better it's still undesirable. What's a word like マシ ...
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Can アジアンビューティー be negative?

In a scene from a manga classmates are talking about an arrogant pretty girl who's only popular with boys. One of the girls says:「これからアジアンビューティーって呼ぼーよ」. Is that supposed to sound negative? How so? My ...
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Meaning of 自分で呼んどいて

Context: two guys have just finished discussing a matter. Character A: 俺の話そんなとこだ。あー疲れた。おまえ伊吹【いぶき】のとこ帰れ。 (pushing character B) Character B: 自分で呼んどいて! (looking irritated, then goes away) I ...
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What does 'タメを作る' mean?

What does 'タメを作る' mean? What exactly is being 'made/created'? What is a 'タメ'(as I understand, is being used as a noun here)? I see the phrase frequently being used in the context of sport, such ...
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Usage of くせに and わりに in the following sentence

In Nihongo so-matome N3 grammar p63. In question I number 3 there is this question written where both answers seems fine to me. 男の(a.くせに,b.わりに)、女みたいだ. The answer is くせに. Isn't わりに used when an ...
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〜ということ and just 〜こと

I've been trying to learn when to use 〜ということ or just 〜こと, for example: 彼が金を貸してくれた{ということ/ こと}は私は彼に信用されている{ということ/こと}だ。 (The fact that he lent me money means that I am trusted by him.) With the above ...
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need help to understand がる/ がっている

I learned about がる from two different native teachers and both explained it differently. The first one said that がる is seemed/looks like someone wants something 猫が欲しがってる The cat seems to want it ...
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The meaning of 吸口 in this context

The situation (story from Edo period, but in contemporary Japanese, at most stylised on old language): three thieves A, B, and C working in a group. Pickpocket A is caught in a crowd, B disappears ...
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The meaning of 手が出せない

Take for example the sentence below ケンカができたとしても俺には手が出せない。 Does this mean something like "Even if we did get into a fight, they wouldn't be able to touch me/lay a hand on me(i.e. they would be no ...
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Why is coffee with shochu or awamori called コーヒー割{わ}り “split / divided coffee”?

About five nights ago I went out with a local friend to a traditional Okinawan club in Naha. We were of course drinking 泡盛{あわもり} (awamori) with water and ice. But the girl working there had a drink ...
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How accurately can 使い be translated as “angel”?

On jisho.org, 使い is translated with words such as "errand", and the same holds true on translate.google.com. Neither site is offering "angel" as a suggestion. Yet in Matthew 1:20, the phrase: ・・・...
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I don't understand this sentence もう声が出ず体でうなずいて

I'm reading a story about a taxi driver picking up a young girl. He is driving when he notices that the girl has disappeared. However, at a certain point he hears her voice telling him to change his ...
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首都 (しゅと) and 都 (みやこ)

首都 {しゅと} and 都 {みやこ} what's the difference? thanks for your reply.
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What does コテッと mean?

the sentence it's from コテッと首をかしげる
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Why does きいろ mean yellow rather than green?

I know that most of "why" questions don't make much sense as far as linguistics are concerned but I'll ask anyway. I know that き means a tree. いろ means color. It doesn't take a genius to guess that ...
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Meaning of a long dash “――”, and use of past tense in the present

I have this following sentence:   横線――HPバーの名で呼ばれる青いそれは、俺の生命の残量を可視化したものだ。 There are a few questions I came up with about this sentence: The first part of the sentence is: 横線――HPバーの名で呼ばれる青いそれ, ...
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Problem understanding a sentence

The sentence トムは私より身長が高いです。 means "Tom is taller than I me." but I'm trying to find the meaning of each word in order to understand the japanese sentence better. Here is what I have so far: トムは(Tom ...
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うるさい written as 五月蝿い

This is a follow-up question to Does うるさい have a "negative" connotation. I've seen うるさい written as 五月蝿い. 現代では、is this form used often / at all? What does this have to do with flies (蝿【はえ】) in May? ...
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What's the difference between 上手い, 美味い, 旨い, and 巧い?

All four of these words are read as うまい and have the same meaning in my dictionary so I was wondering, can these four words (上手い, 美味い, 旨い, and 巧い) be used interchangeably?
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Is 子宮が疼く commonly used for wanting a child?

This is a quote from a Japanese woman (the English translation is her own) saying that she would like to have a kid. Finally I met my sweet sweet niece!!!!!!!! I...I...I want a baby, too lol ...
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Meaning of 変なテンション

What does 変なテンション describe? To my limited understanding, the expression is used by a person who observes a テンション高い person but fails to understand why that person is テンション高い. Am I mistaken? Or is ...
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想い vs. 思い - Do Both Mean Feeling?

Do both 思い and 想い mean "feeling", and if they do are they used interchangeably? If not, what is their difference in meaning?
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What's the meaning of すます in 耳をすませば?

What's the meaning of すます in 耳をすませば? How would you translate this?
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Meaning of ギャップ in the following sentence

Context: a couple is checking out the otters while visiting an aquarium. Boy: 苗代【なえしろ】はカワウソが好きなの? Girl: うん!動物で一番好き。食べる時とか時々ブサイクになるギャップがたまんないの。 What is the meaning of ギャップ in this sentence? ...
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What does the Verb きれる mean here?

I’m reading a manga and I’m a little confused to the meaning of きれる in this context. “甘さを自覚した三浦くんは 私に受け止めきれるかな” When I asked one of my friends she told me it’s along the lines “I’ve realized ...
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dilemma with hana-bi and hana hi

So I know that hana-bi (はなび) means fireworks but if I want to say in more artistic way (and not about fireworks) flower of fire/flames can I say hana hi (はなひ)? Whether it will be understood? And can i ...
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Meaning of 「神様、仏様、X様」

I was recently watching a few videos about 橋本環奈{はしもとかんな}, and I came across an introduction (if it can be called that?) that I've never heard before. Whenever she introduces herself, she finishes ...
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How to break 信じようとしていただけかも知れない into separate parts?

I tried, but I came up with either: 信じる(~よう(vol.)) + とする(~ていた(prog. past)) + だけ + かもしれない。 信じよう + として + いただける(stem) + かもしれない。 I highly doubt that second one is true, because かもしれない "takes" dictionary ...
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What is the difference between 仮定 and 想定?

I see a lot of different explanations online but I'm not sure if I understand the nuances correctly From what I can gather: 仮定 is used when a situation is unclear and an assumption is made based on ...
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Isn't いろいろ多彩な a tautology?

In dictionary examples for 多彩な there is a sentence: メニューにはいろいろ多彩な料理があった。 There was a great variety of dishes on the menu. Isn't いろいろ多彩な a tautology? Do いろいろ and 多彩 convey a different meaning? Is ...
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Vて+しまう? 他の使い方がある?

「Vて+しまう」 to express an action that has taken place unintentionally often with unsatisfactory results (guidetojapanese.org). I have a sentence below and I don't know what the 「しまう」 for. 試験が終わった!...
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What does 側 at the end of a verb mean?

I haven't seen this very often at all, so this has got me stumped. Here's an example with it showing up frequently: http://www.orenoh.com/knowledge/mensetu-shikaku.html The title, for example: "...
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Meaning of あくまで in あくまで私個人の意見です

What is the meaning of あくまで in the sentence あくまで私個人の意見です ? ALC: back and edge, consistently GJiten: to the end; to the bitter end; to the last; stubbornly; persistently; to the utmost What nuance is ...
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meaning of さ after noun?

I can't figure out why in the sentence 「煙を吐き、その煙さに波香は自分で顔をしかめた。」 the second 煙 is followed by a さ. I know さ as a way to nominalize a noun. But 煙 already is one... so what function does it have ...
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What does オシャレ mean?

やっぱオシャレな雰囲気になるお声だなぁ〜 It seems the definition of おしゃれ is something like "stylish", but it doesn't seem right in this case. What does that mean?
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What does ウ○ク mean in ウ○クの方の、中○、韓○嫌いは異常。?

So, I was looking on OKWAVE, because I wanted to know if anyone is asking about xenophobia in Japan. So there is a question asking, “外国人嫌悪症について、どう思いますか?” This can be translated as “What do you think ...
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Reading 男 or 女 as ひと

Why is it that in Japanese sentence one sees 男 or 女 with furigana that says ひと? Furigana is supposed to help clarify the meaning of a kanji character, but using ひと doesn't seem to help clarify ...
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What is 何のこともかんのことも?

What is the meaning of 何のこともかんのことも? What does かん stand for here? In context: The first person says: 「旦那様、それは何のことでやんすか。人ぎきの悪いことだ」, to which the second person answers, beginning with 何のこともかんのことも and ...
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Understanding 'ありのままで'

I know that 'ありのままで' means something like 'as I am', but how would one go about understanding the bits and pieces of the phrase, such as 'あり' and what its function in the phrase is? Thank you for your ...
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Meaning of 注意 in the context of advice

みなさん、夏休みのすごし方で注意することを発表して下さい。 Everyone, please present the things you would advise for ways to spend the summer holidays. I often get confused with the meaning of 注意. Given that 注意 can also mean '...
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What does this ごにゃごにゃ onomatopoeia mean?

What does this mean? ごにゃごにゃと何かを言う
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Using 交番 as a する-verb

交番{こうばん}, meaning "police box," is listed as both a noun and a する-verb in JMdictDB. I'm curious as to what「交番する」would mean. Literal translation doesn't make any sense to me, and I can't find any ...
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What does “mononoke” mean?

I would like to know what the meaning of the word mononoke is? Of course it's the name of the princess in Miyazaki's wonderful film Mononoke-hime, but what is the deeper and actual meaning of the word ...
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Is this word slang? アメテ

I can't find a definition for this word アメテ. Aside from sounding like an amateur, the word didn't make sense in the context. In the context, a character was flipping out. The entire sentence he ...
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Meaning of 「メリハリ」

So was getting my haircut and told them to cut it like the image below, the beautician said something like「。。。メリハリ。。。」and I was wondering what it means... I did online searches and while the ...