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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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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 ...
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Meaning of もなく construct

I am trying to understand this sentence. 父は旅{たび}じたくをするようすもなく片{かた}手{て}にバケツを持{も}ち、”行{い}くぞ”とさけんでいる。 My guess is, it can be rewritten as 父は旅{たび}支{じ}度{たく}をする様{よう}子{す}もなく片{かた}手{て}にバケツを持{も}ち、”行{い}くぞ”と叫{さけ}...
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Meaning of 道々 and 口々

I wanna clarrified meaning of these words. Is that right 道々 is 'along the way' and mean of 口々 is 'bad mouthing'? Is there any chance that both of them have another means?
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Can だけど and しかし be used in the same way, or is one considered more formal?

I see だけど used frequently in conversations, whereas しかし is predominantly used on TV programs. Thank you.
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自分の小市民ぶり meaning [closed]

「―――いえ。 誰にも遠野くんは傷つけさせません。 それだけは信じてください」 ……というか、そんな事より旅費とかパスポートとかを心配してしまう自分の小市民ぶりが情けない。 I cannot understand the last sentence, especially 自分の小市民ぶりが情けない。 Can someone help?
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Specifying Objects in Japanese

How do you say and write 'this is' and 'that is' in Japanese? Expanding on this, how would you say and write 'these are' and 'those are'? Around this topic, are there any male and female words in ...
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Meaning of 伝わる and AよりもB, 温かい, and て-form+から+でも

I need help understanding some Japanese sentences. All the sentences are connected except the last one. 今も手紙はたまに書きますよ。 mailよりも気持ちが伝わるんです。 I know that the first sentence means "people also write ...
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In what context can kiniira mean 'pleased'?

I gave this sentence as an example before(どういう関係) 何か気に入られてる、みたいなんだけど But Jisho says it means 'pleased' and in english there's a difference between liking someone and being pleased with them so I'm ...
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What is the Little つ? What does it mean? [duplicate]

We have a school project for Japanese and we have to explain what Little つ means but I can't find the meaning of it anywhere and our teacher won't tell us what it is. Please help!
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What does さちゅえい mean?

I can't find this in any dictionary, but it seems to mean something like picture. Is that right? I don't have an example sentence, because that word was the whole sentence.
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Why is a bubble tea called 'タピオカジュース' or 'タピオカティー 'in Japan?

I love drinking bubble tea, especially in Indonesia, China, and in Japan where there are many famous bubble tea sellers, especially Chatime or KOI (there was one when I visited Indonesia). However, ...
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Why is ダメ written most commonly in katakana?

I usually see the word written in katakana, although a kanji term is available, and wanted to know the reason.
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How do I say the term cold as in the sickness, in Japanese? [closed]

I am using 鼻水 but it doesn't seem right. I wanted to find the term for a head cold.
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What is the “rice milling commission” on sake? [closed]

I was looking at a bottle of sake I had been given. It had a 60% on it and I wondered what it meant: I ran it through the Google Translate for images - and it gave me this: In regard to the ...
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What does 帰りに寄ってください mean?

Can someone tell me the meaning of this phrase 帰りに寄ってください ? I use google translate but it seems to give an answer which is kinda weird. The verb 寄る has a lot of meaning which confuses me.
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What is the real meaning of せずに in Japaneses language? [closed]

I don't know anything about Japanese language; I'm just researching about Japan. I got an email that said (This is summery): There is no meaning (concept) for sin in Japanese culture, and the shame ...
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What term is used to mean the game of American football?

I see terms for soccer and football and they seem closely related. What is the term used to clearly indicate American football? National/American Football League football. Thank you for your time in ...
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What's the meaning of ヌき所 in this sentence?

このシーンはヌき所だな. Does "This scene is gold, ain't it." work? Many thanks in advance, sensei-tachi.
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What term would be used for commemorative coins and notes collectively?

Would commemorative coins and notes collectively be known as メモリアル?to indicate a type of memorial? The special money printed and coined in honor of special occasions such as the Olympics and other ...
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Meaning of 指摘しない程度に

I do not understand this 「指摘しない程度に」 . It appears in advertisements and also I received a letter, an answer to my Q and I just don't get it: これで本人が力みもなくちゃんと演奏出来るのであれば、わざわざ指摘しない程度にきちんと構えられていますよ!
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Is a 模合 considered to be a type of クラブ ?

I posted a question a while back concerning the term moai and I am trying to explain it others. Would it be considered a type of club?
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Meaning of the name Moki [closed]

Can someone please tell me what the name Moki means in English? And is it a boy's or girl's name? Thank you
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What is 「切れ」 in 切れかけの蛍光灯?

What is 「切れ」 as in 「切れかけの蛍光灯。」?
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What’s the difference between 「長」,「長い」and「長く」?

I’m trying to understand the difference between「長」,「長い」and「長く」 I believe they all mean “long”, but I’m not sure what context to use each one in.
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What's the meaning of “冒頭の言葉”?

I was trying to read a novel when I encountered this phrase: 出た感想が冒頭の言葉だ。 I can't seem to understand it. The only thing I found out was that 冒頭 meant beginning, but it doesn't seem to make sense ...
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japanese ambiguous sentences [closed]

hello guys can you help me to translate this ambiguous sentence? これは道路の上に作られた細い溝と、その上を通るタイヤによって作られるのだが、制限速度で走らないと音楽らしい音楽に聞こえない。 translation: it is narrow gutter which is laid on top of road, ...
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Help to understand japanese sentence [closed]

私自身、自分の作ったものは先ほど書いたようにどんどん忘れていってしまうけれど、大好きで読みついできたよその作者の小説についてならば 先ほどの意味? → long time ago/just now? I tend to forget what I write just now/long time ago? 私 → author? What does よそ mean? ...
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Kanji for Hirohito [closed]

I cannot find the kanji for hito, as in the name Hirohito, in my Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary (Andrew Nelson). When I searched online I found that the hito was shown as a four ...
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Help with meaning

I read in a manga this bubble: てめぇ一回だって自分の力一つで何とかできたことあったかよ?" One translation says: Have you ever handled something with your own power? The second translation says: You've managed to settle ...
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How do you say “ 14 days left and will finish the vacation ”?

I'm a little bit confused , I tried to find a good answer of how to say 2 days left +verb like 2 days left and will start dieting or 2 minutes left and will be ready or 14 days left and will ...
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Can 参加 be used to invite someone to a chat?

Context: I invited a person to participate in a chat. チャットに参加してください was my original sentence. Is my sentence and word choice correct? I was considering the word 関与.
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Does 病 refer to a short or long term illness?

Does 病 refer to a short or long term illness? I was in a chat and the word was used in response to someone chatting about a head cold. I asked the person if they were hospitalized, and they were not. ...
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Tsunetero from tsundere [closed]

I once heard a word and it’s “tsunetero” which is kinda a verb for tsundere but when I googled the word I couldn’t find it anywhere and I’m questioning myself if this word really exist or I made it up....
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What is the difference between お風呂 and 銭湯?

I saw that the term お風呂 can refer to both and 銭湯 is apparently used for a public one. I see the term bath listed in Jisho. Would I take an お風呂 at a 銭湯?
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Can the term kaiwa no heya be used to mean an actual location/room to chat in?

I know that the term chattorumu is used for online chats. What term would be used to denote an actual room for this activity? A room to chat in.
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What does どうしてこのサイトに来てるのかな?

My question is why is かな being used in this sentence? The person is asking me why I come/came to he site? or wondering why I came to the site? Would かな be added after the の? I am used to seeing かな ...
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What does 具志川mean? [closed]

Does it mean a sandy marshy area by a river? Thank you.
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The proper use of ご確認ください [closed]

I often see in Japanese business letters ご確認ください。what and how do I use this phrase?
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What does おせわになってます mean?

あなたにいつもおせわになってますからね. What does the above sentence mean? I'm confused about the おせわになってます part.
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What is the meaning of キルフェボン? [closed]

キルフェボン好きの人 雑談好きならココにおいで キルフェボン I dont understand the meaning of this word. The context is the heading of the chatroom. Thank you.
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part time job and visa vocabs [closed]

this was my email to my prospective employer ご返信ありがとうございました。 今学生ビザを持っていますが、労働許可証を持っていません。 労働許可証もご所望ですか? どうぞよろしくお願いいたします I was wondering if I needed work permit to work too. his reply was: ...
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What is the meaning of 今回のように?

If you run 今回のように through google translate, it gives: "As of this time", and "Like this time", but nobody speaks like this in real english. もちろん。 それだけじゃありません。 今回のように有名人を島にお招きするのも村おこしの一環なんです。 Of ...