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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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Difference : がいます or います

私には あなただけ がいます。 私には あなただけ います。 Hello, can anyone tell me if there is any difference in meaning for the above sentences? Which one is more natural?
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Difference with and without は

あしたなにをしますか。  あしたはなにをしますか。 Hi everyone! I want to know if there is any difference in the meaning for the above sentences?
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Meaning of ジョンさんはきのう五時間しか寝ませんでした 。 [duplicate]

So I saw this one in one my books and was wondering how it gets translated into John slept five hours yesterday. ジョンさんはきのう五時間しか寝ませんでした. Any kind of explanation is appreciated, my book maybe covers ...
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What does “よーく” mean? [duplicate]

"今回、企業の姿勢に厳しい意見が圧倒的に多数でした。でもネット上の声をよーく見ていると、本当に時々ですが、おっと思う体験が載っていました。"(link)
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What does the く in あまりおいしくありません stand for? [duplicate]

What does the く the following sentence stand for? ここのケーキはあまりおいしくありません。
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What is the difference between だから and なので

I'm talking about using them at the start of the sentence, meaning "so" or "therefore". 「今日は暇だ」 「だから、映画でも見に行こう?」/「なので、映画でも見に行こう?」 I'm assuming that the difference is simply the same as the ...
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What is the meaning of く here?

く‥、邪悪な気が強くなっている‥ く‥‥好むと、好まざるとまわりをまきこみおし流してゆく‥ Are these く the same as くっ? (1) SFX for "damn it" like a silent curse; (2) Mumble under the breath when in a difficult situation; (3) When one ...
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Use of '判宦' in 九郎判宦義経

A simple name cartouche 九郎判宦義経 uses '判宦' instead of '判官'. I assume it is supposed to be read Kurō Hōgan Yoshitsune. Yoshitsune received the title Kurō Hōgan (九郎判官) from the Imperial Court; sometimes ...
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What does ただいま Mean in the Context of Preparing Food? [duplicate]

I heard it a couple of times after I thought that I understood it to mean "I'm home". The other contexts I've heard it were in the context of preparing food either to go or right away, I wanted to ...
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「限定モデル」… Limited edition? Special edition? etc

So throwing this phrase into GOOG Translate gives me "limited model", I know this phrase is used quite frequently in Japan, but thinking about it a bit realized I have never actually heard "limited ...
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イヤならのいて meaning

so I am translating a comic where two people have a a conversation about something. Person A is explaining something and Person B is like saying "bullshit, that's not true". And then Person A is ...
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来年受験 - What does taking an exam in the coming year mean in this context?

In this doujin that I'm reading, a character - Hinata - comes to his new friend's volleyball practice. When an excited Hinata asks if he could join in their practice, the club members crowd around him,...
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What does しといてくれて mean here? [duplicate]

I have come across this line in a book: それは秘密にしといてくれてもよかったんだぜ…? However I am unsure what しといてくれて is supposed to mean and what the above would therefore translate to, I've tried looking online but ...
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What is the second word after the 「リミット」 and what is モノ(there is an image)

About the second word after 「リミット」. I guess that it's a museum, but then the question is: How can be linked the word "limit" and "museum". Is it just "limit-museum" (but it's sounds a little strange)? ...
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What meaning does ため have in this particular sentence? [duplicate]

On http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/k10010492331000/k10010492331000.html, you can find 大きな揺れだけではなくて、地面が動いたため、建物が倒れたり、山が崩れたりして大きな被害が出たと思います。 I don't understand what ため means in this sentence. What ...
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What is the meaning of ド in this sentence? [duplicate]

What is the meaning of ド in this sentence? 抜け駆けかド畜生 Contex: some guys take the lead and the character don't realize it. It used the same way as this ド and modifies 畜生?
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What does the second of these two Japanese symbols mean? [duplicate]

The first one is fine but I'm not sure about the second one? The first one is "na" and the second one looks like "shi" on its side, facing down, but is it "shi" or something else?
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Usage of 認めよう and 空 on this page?

This one middle page in between these three (link) has been weighing on my mind for a good while. The character would seem to be commenting on a brave/chivalrous aerial battle going on overhead, and ...
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What is the form of “売らん” in the sentence “ウランは売らん。”? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if "売らん" is acting as a verb in the dajare, "ウランは売らん。". If it is, please explain what conjugation or form of the verb that this is. If it isn't, can you tell me where "売らん" comes from and ...
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Where does げ come from? [duplicate]

Where does ~げ come from? For example in 地震の影響で工場を閉じることになったと説明する社長は悔しげだった。 it is supposed to mean that we get a slight impression that the manager was "regretful" while explaining why the factory ...
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What do つれて and いくと mean here?

ある日、アリババがロバをつれて森へいくと、たくさんの馬の足音が聞こえてきました。 Can anyone explain to me what つれて and いくと mean in this sentence, I'm having a hard time understanding.. Thanks
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What is the meaning of しちまおう?

I'm playing a video game and in this scene the character is on a hill and says: このまま昼寝しちまおうか My guess is that it's a conjugation of する but it doesn't look close to する at all. What conjugations ...
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What does “日本語だと聞く立場になって” mean?

I've just come across this sentence: 初めて会った人と何を話したらいいかわからない時や、中心になって話したいけど、日本語だと聞く立場になってしまうときはありませんか。 I'm fine with other parts, but what does "日本語だと聞く立場になってしまうとき" mean?
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“自然な流れ” and “サボろう” mean

In this sentence "自然な流れでサボろうと思ったのにちょっと言い過ぎたかな" ,there are two phrases i don't know the meaning "自然な流れ" and "サボろう" . "自然な流れ" I think it means "natural flow" but what is " natural flow". Also, "サボろう" ...
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How would I ask for a persons Age, Sex, and Location (ASL) in Japanese?

The abbreviation means age, sex and location, and is used frequently in English speaking chatsites during introductions. Is there a similar term used in Japanese chatsites?
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The meaning of もしかして

What is the meaning of もしかして? Sometimes I got it on my Japanese novel (Japanese people have given it to me for free), and on films I watched. But, I don't know what is the meaning of that.
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What does the name “Ashido” mean?

I keep searching around for what it means, since I want to use the name as one of my characters. But the closest I've ever gotten to a translation was Mina Ashido's name being a pun on meaning Acid. ...
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What's the difference between それならいい and それならいいんですが [duplicate]

What is the difference between それならいい and それならいいんですが? I'm guessing that the んですが implies some sort of unsaid reservation or concern.
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What does サーブ mean?

Can't understand the term サーブ。I was thinking it may mean sub or substitute. Thanks as always! I was chatting with 茶屋。Could the term mean serve? Serving in the Olympics as an athlete? Or in reference ...
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Furu meaning in sentences

Kaze ga furu and Ame ga furu. The wind is blowing and the rain is falling. Are the two sentences written correctly? TYVM.
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What does ずっと前から mean?

I couldn't understand this structure, so I would like an explanation for this and a translation 日本語をずっと前から勉強してきて、結局はやめた。
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What term refers to the written characters used before kanji? [duplicate]

The kanji characters were borrowed from China, so what were the written language characters called before kanji was introduced?
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What does “ばーーーか” mean?

I was texting a friend earlier and I tried speaking Japanese with her (utterly failing) and she sent "ばーーーか". I understand that this word means "fool; stupid", but I'm confused about the usage of ...
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What are the uses and origins of the word 肌?

Why is there a table radical in the word 肌? In what contexts is the word 肌 used? Is 雪肌 an appropriate way to say fair skin?
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What does ぐいつ mean? [closed]

Can somebody help me, please?.
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What does “Itatakimas” actually mean?

What does “Itatakimas” actually mean? Do Japanese use it only before starting to eat or it means more than that? I was watching an anime and someone used that word when he was leaving the house, and ...
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How does the conditional(れば) + 一緒 structure work?

How does the conditional + 一緒 structure work? This person ate a raw prawn and was then berated by his friends in the following exchange. 「さ、さすがに生は……どうかと思うぞ」 「残酷な食べ方ね」 「残酷も何も……...
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Meaning of ハチ代(hachidai?) [closed]

I’m reading the manga WORKING!! and came across the word in this strip (corner of the last panel): From the context and the -代 suffix it seems to refer to some kind of payment to the employees but I ...
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What is the meaning of うが? [closed]

I know that omae means you but what does お前うが mean? [for reference the whole sentence is 毎度お前にばかり...すまなくお前うが]
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Construction of this sentence?

本当に来てくれたんだね。へー、こういうのもアリなんだ。個別の相談事なんてのもさ。 I think I understand the global meaning of the sentence, but I don't understand how the sentence has been made. I assume that by 個別の相談事なんてのもさ。it means that ...
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Can the term お姉さん be used to address female strangers politely? [closed]

Can the term be お姉さんbe used to address female strangers politely?
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What is a proper response to こちらこそ?

When chatting, after こちらこそ is used, I will say はい or どうも. Is this appropriate or should I say nothing and just start chatting?
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Does the size of a 町 determine if it is pronounced machi or chou?

北谷町 and 下町 The first one is pronounced Chatanchou and the second is Shitamachi. The second term is within an area of the the first one. Is a machi smaller than a chou? In the past was the term ノ・の ...
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The meaning of となった in this context

the meaning of となった in this context is not entirely clear for me. Help, onegai. 世界同時株安の発端となったニューヨーク株式市場は、11日も売り注文が続き、ダウ平均株価は一時、前日に比べて700ドル近く値下がりしました。
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How to translate “動いた拍子に” this?

For context this is the whole sentence. "動いた拍子に,立て掛けて置いた刀が倒れかけ慌てて押さえた.". "立て掛けて置いた刀が倒れかけ慌てて押さえた" I know that the gist of this part is that a sword was placed against something and fell over. But I ...
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What is the purpose of 「順風満帆」 used in business context?

I was involved in a talk about certain company's future and a colleague wrote this in the middle of discussion: ここまで会社{かいしゃ}の経営{けいえい}があまりに順風満帆{じゅんぷうまんぱん} 過ぎ{すぎ}でした。 本業{ほんぎょう}も、副業{ふくじょう}も果たして{...
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What would be the correct way to say “Moose” in Japanese? Ty in advance [closed]

I go by “Moose” as my online alias or online name in video games and have friends that call me moose as a nickname. I recently decided that I want to get a tattoo of the word “Moose” on my wrist but ...
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大恋愛の末に結ばれるわけではないから、アバタもエクボということはありえなかった。先行するのは条件である。 [closed]

Could somebody please help me decipher the phrase above which I came across while reading 逃がした魚は大きかった。It’s about two people in relationship. I understand that the first sentence means something like “...
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Looking for the correct spelling of “tsundoku” in Japanese [closed]

I am not learning nor will I be learning Japanese any time soon so I’ll be glad if you could help me out here. I am a designer and I wanted to play with the correct Japanese spelling of this word “...
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Could someone clarify the meaning of these sentences?

I'm having some problems with a few pieces of a script I'm reading. These are the following phrases: "こうであってほしいっていう願望は別でもいいでしょう?" : context for this one is that someone was asked what they thought ...