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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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Can you use 頂いてもいいinterchangeably with 頂けますか?

Like for Eg. I know 写真を取って頂けますか is correct. I am only aware of て+もいいfor standard verbs like 行ってもいい and not for receiving like もらう or 頂く so is 写真を取って頂いてもいい fine? Any difference in meaning? Also ...
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I'm not sure about this くらいで

「恋愛成就のお守りを託されたくらいで、自己改革が出来る程度のものだったとは思えないの。」 What purpose does くらいで serve in this sentence? How would you translate it?
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What does it mean when someone uses -kun after a person's name?

I have heard in many Anime they use then ending -kun. I'm interested on knowing since I can get more of the feeling of how the person feels about the other.
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‘Nanpū’ (難風), ‘Bōrei’ (亡霊) and other matters

A couple of questions, including the use of the word ‘nanpū’ 難風. I am looking at (and transliterating) a cartouche with a combination of hiragana, hentaigana, and kanji, some in sōsho, however, there ...
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Is 「~していれば」a conditional verb form?

I'm wondering if 「~していれば」is not only a conditional verb form. Because I once encountered a sentence; 「別担当者であれば...」. I thought this sentence means "If there is a different person-in-charge...". ...
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What does “taka” mean in this sentence

As topic, "(アタシは当時、バイクなんて全然詳しくなかったけど、タカのその横顔が、すごく楽しそうに見えた)" タカ in this sentence, what does it mean (it's not a name taka for sure)
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How can I understand 構成?

Ok, I have this word "構成". If you look in translate it means "constitution" or "configuration" Also "composition" or "organization". But I am reading a japanese technical document, where this word ...
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Is グギイイ a sound effect?

I found the word グギイイ, while reading a comic and I'm having trouble figuring out its meaning. The only thing I can think of is that "グギ" could be a sfx for "popping veins", seeing as the character is ...
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Tanuki. Red panda or raccoon dog?

Sometimes I find that "tanuki" in anime is used for (or translated as) red pandas. But technically it should be raccoon dog. Does anyone know why?
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とし in this sentence, among other problems

I was trying to translate this song (full lyrics here: http://vocadb.net/S/87131 ) and I'm having a lot of trouble with these two lines: 混沌に鎖されし 喪服纏った我を 蝕む右手の薔薇 宿命とし 後罪滲む "Trapped by the chaos, ...
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What does ずっとああ mean?

まだ慣れなくってずっとああさ。 Is it roughly "all the way like that"?
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これわなんだか and なんだこれ?

I recently started to learn japanese, and I'm having trouble to distinguish some of it's phrase structures. I learned that だ is often used in informal situations representing the です form and か is used ...
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What is the difference between wakaran or wakaranai?

Wakaran or wakaranai? Am I correct in assuming that both terms mean do not understand or not understanding? Thanks.
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Are these translations of 'metaphor', 'love', 'death', 'dream' correct? [closed]

metaphor 隠喩 (in'yu) love 愛 (Ai) death 死 (Shi) dream 夢 (yume) I ma looking for the words (translations) which are..hmm how to say it.. which are the "most general" :)
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Different meanings of すっきり?

For すっきり, Jisho gives six possible translations that don't seem to have much common ground, so I have a hard time forming a general idea of what the word means, or knowing which meaning to pick when ...
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What does その正体に注目 mean in this context?

I was watching the news > link and I think the MC said at 1:23 先週オープンしたアミューズメントパーク「トンデミ」大人も子供も汗だくで楽しめるその正体に注目 According to Jishou, 正体 = true character; true form; true colors; true colours; ...
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Difference between 夢想 and ドリームスケープ

What's the difference between these 2 terms? Both refer to dreams but I want to know if ドリームスケープ may be referring to events that even though they've been dreamt, they are sure to happen in the future....
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Can ただ今be used if I visit a relatives home on a daily basis?

I go to the homes of relatives on a daily basis, can I use the term at their home? Thank you.
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What is the term for a wishy washy person?

I used jisho.org and could not find the term. A person unable to make a decision. Thank you.
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Meaning of 無理して

A:でも、おおやまさん、いきたくないのに、どうしていくんですか。むりしていかなくてもいいじゃないですか。 B:そうおもって、いちど、いかなかったんです。そしたら、しんじんなのになまいきだっていわれました。しんじんはつくらなきゃいけないって、しかられました。 A:ふうん、そうなんですか。 What's the meaning of "むりして" and I don't ...
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ありませんと - possible interpretations

My understanding of ありませんと is that it is an abbreviated form of ありませんと(だめ/いけない/ならない), but the formal ません throws me off. I was under the impression that the formal part should be always the last one, ...
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Meaning of 'すれ違う赤の軌道'

I don't really get the meaning of this line 'すれ違う赤の軌道' Could it mean 'Crimson path crossed' or 'The crimson path i crossed' ?
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The 「って」 + 「いい」 in this sentence what does it mean?

This is piece of dialogue from a book, and i don't quite get what the 「って」 is doing, if it's a quote, i don't get why they would need to phrase it as a quote. I'm guessing the 「いい」 is the word for "...
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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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Is 日 “hi” or “ni”? [duplicate]

日 is at the start of "Nihon" (Japan) making me think it means "Ni" but 日 means Day which is written in romaji as "hi" and pronounced "hi". If 日 has multiple meanings how am I supposed to read it?
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What does “劣勢を受け止める” mean?

I found this out of context. Looked everywhere and no answer to be found. alc.co.jp offers a bunch of different meanings and is of not much help. Please help!
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Does remembering meanings in two languages help [closed]

Let me explain, I know 2 languages, portuguese and english. When I learn the meaning of a new word in Japanese, I take note of and try to remember the meaning in english as well as in portuguese. For ...
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What is the difference between あと、うしろ and のちほど?

I'm confused, because all of them seem to have the same meaning (*in my opinion). Can anyone help me?
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が and けど at end of a sentence

I know that when in a sentence-final position が and けど can be used as softeners or to convey hedging, but in some situations understanding them as such doesn't feel right. Although my brain ...
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Meaning and usage of きっと良{よ}い

What is exact meaning of きっと良い? The ~良い part is easy to understand, it means "good". But きっと~ part is not very clear to me. Also, could this phrase be used in official language?
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Meaning of JAPAなび

What is the meaning of 「JAPAなび」? The term is often used on NHK あさイチ broadcasts. Maybe 「なび」is for "navigation" here?
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Literal translation of the word シレジレ

I'm not sure how to translate the word シレジレ. Does it mean something like "perky, confident, opinionated, presumptuous"? If so, may シレジレメカコラム be translated as "All-knowing Mecha Column" or "Wise Guy'...
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Can anybody tell me what this means?

I have an ornament, the picture, and I do not know what it means. I'm not even sure if it's Japanese but any help would be gladly taken.
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Do all the meanings of 掛ける and 掛かる tally?

WWWJDIC does not tally their meanings of 掛ける and 掛かる so i find it hard for a beginner like me to properly learn these 2 words.. Do all these meanings of 掛ける and 掛かる tally: (is this list correct): 1a)...
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Japanese translate [closed]

たまに ぬけがけして告る 私みたいのがいるんだけど サラリと言う たまに Occasionally? Sometimes? ぬけがけして告る Tell someone off the top-of-the-line? 私みたいのがいるんだけど There's someone like me? But... サラリと言う(=さらりと言う? same ...
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What does adjective + でも mean? [duplicate]

The song RGTO by AKLO starts with the following lines: Everyday I wake up やる事明碓 少しでも 良くするこの生活 I think the translation goes as follows: Everyday I wake up It is clear what I have to ...
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The meaning of 気もない

I was intrigued by the meaning of 気もない, and so far I could only find one reference from Romajidesu.com. It described 気もない as: 1. showing no signs of; there being no hint of, 2. unthinkable. I was ...
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What does the いうの do in this sentence? [duplicate]

I have this sentence: 一体 何をしようというのですか? which I understand to mean: What in the world are you trying to do? However I cannot understand what というの means or functions as doing. From my own ...
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What does お慕いしております mean? [duplicate]

Its something I can't understand very well and I like to know what it really means
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Meaning of “仕掛ける機会”

I was reading something and I came across this sentence: それだって仕掛ける機会が得られなかったというだけで、殺しそのものを失敗したわけでも証拠を残したわけでもない。 My problem is that I don’t understand what 仕掛ける機会 means in this context. I know that ...
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on-yomi and kun-yomi readings for the one compound? [duplicate]

Are there examples of kanji compounds that have recognised on-yomi and kun-yomi readings for the one compound? Does the meaning vary depending on which reading is chosen?
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What is the meaning of おちょくっとる? [duplicate]

This sentence here: "なっ… お前おちょくっとるのか!? I didn't understand おちょくっとる, is it a form of the verb おちょくる? What is the meaning in this sentence? Thanks.
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What is the meaning of kai/かい? [duplicate]

Here is the context it was used in: "また来たのかい?" What does かい mean here? Is it a suffix? Thank you in advance!
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…がいい…のいい difference? [duplicate]

I have been stumbling upon phrases like 「頭のいい人」 「頭がいい人」 Or in relation to my other question 「都合の悪いところ」 「都合の悪いところ」 Are there any differences in meaning/nuance? And extending on 「のいい」while I am ...
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Need help understanding what 全体 is referring to in this context (NSFW)

You'll have to pardon the example as it is NSFW(I didn't see anything explicitly disallowing these types of questions). The context of the text below is that the main character is having sex with his ...
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use of word 「どころか」 [duplicate]

その衝撃によって、恐竜達どころか、地上の80%の生物は死んでしまったのです。 in this sentence, what is the meaning of どころか part?
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What is the difference in connotation between できれば and できたら?

Is できれば more polite? Is one more often used when describing favors? Also could you please provide some examples?
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Difference of お送りください and 送ってください。 [duplicate]

Seems that both phrase can be used when you are saying about sending mail, doc etc. What is difference?
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How does ジャンケンポン become the meaning for the rock paper and scissors game? [duplicate]

It's the term used for the rock, paper and scissors game. I have also heard the term kai bai bo/bou used. Which term is correct? Kai bai bo/bou sounds Chinese. How does jyankenpon and kai bai bo/bou ...
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What is the word(s) for fast food?

What is the word for fast food? Food prepared quickly. I saw the term ファストフード used, but wondered if there is a kanji term to reflect the definition. I used the katakana term in a chat and it was not ...