Questions tagged [set-phrases]

成句. Phrases with fixed words used as a single unit, such as idioms. For questions about a particular idiom, please use the tag "idioms".

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1
vote
2answers
93 views

To what extent is 御目出度う御座います used? Is it considered bad form?

Relatively recently - probably in the last few months or something - I've noticed the much more Kanjified version of おめでとうございます - 御目出度う御座います. Personally I think this looks cooler than the strictly ...
0
votes
1answer
64 views

Question regarding 上がったり

Why does 上がったり mean doomed business etc. even if in 上がったり下がったり it means going up/improving (as does 上がる)? Is it shortened from a longer phrase or something? Thanks
1
vote
1answer
72 views

は versus が in this sentence

In the Genki 1 textbook, the question prompt 本を読んでいる人は誰ですか? appears alongside an illustration with a bunch of people doing different activities. The textbook user is then supposed to pick out a ...
1
vote
1answer
46 views

What would be the function of the ときたものだ?

神無月とやらは大仰に礼をすると、興奮した調子で続けてきた。  「突然ですがお嬢さん!あなた、モデルになってみる気はありませんか!?」 「え……っ?」 急に発された言葉に、七罪は目を見開いた。 「も、モデル……って、あの、雑誌なんかに載ってる……?」 「はいッ!そのモデルです!」 神無月が力強くうなずいてくる。が、それに反して七罪は冷ややかに息を吐いた。 なんと、モデルときたものだ。...
2
votes
1answer
126 views

What would be the function of the というものだ in this context?

一体、士道や琴里にどんな狙いがあるかわからなかったが、それが七罪にとって不利益になるものであろうことは想像に難くなかった。きっと何らかの方法で七罪に復讐するつもりに決まっているのだ。それこそ、肥え太らせてから食べてしまうつもりかもしれない。それならば、七罪にこんなに美味しいご飯を与える意味もわかるというものだ。 Hi. What would be the function of the ...
1
vote
1answer
39 views

Meaning of “であること” in “親子であることのむずかしさについて (…)”

There is a book called 街場の親子論 by 内田樹, and I'm trying to read its preface on the author's blog. There is the following sentence: ここでは「まえがき」として、もう少し一般的なこと、親子であることのむずかしさについて思うところを書いてみたいと思います。 I ...
1
vote
0answers
49 views

Is というのだ similar to “in addition”? Or it is “they said”?

まだ十香の件にさえ納得がいっていない様子の折紙である。そんなところにもう一人精霊が現れたというのである。それは不審に思うだろう。だが、かといって<ラタトスク>のことを説明するわけにもいかない。 『ーー君の説明だけでは、信憑性が足りなっかたのだよ。何しろ自己蘇生能力に……精霊の力を吸収する能力というんだ。にわかには信じられん』 ただでさえ、女子の手作りクッキーをいただくなんてのは、...
0
votes
0answers
59 views

Is とどまることを知らなかった a misuse of とどまるところを知らなかった?

休憩が終わり、元のデザイン表とにらめっこしながらペンを走らせつつも、未だ出海の愚痴はとどまることを知らなかった。 Hi. I know the last part of the sentence means she was still complaining. I’m just wondering: is とどまることを知らなかった a misuse of とどまるところを知らなかった, ...
0
votes
1answer
105 views

Meaning and origin of もありか?

精霊の身体は人間より遥かに強靭だからな。毒でも呑ませてみようか。ああ、それならば麻薬を打ってみるのもありか…… The speaker was offering some ways to torment a 精霊. Hi. Does the もありか mean “OK”? But I can only find the word 在り処(ありか), which means “...
2
votes
1answer
67 views

What does 形になります mean here?

『その隙を、ステージ部門二位につけた来禅が衝いたというわけですね。特に模擬店部門のメイドカフェの得票数が凄まじい!審査の際に物議を醸したという話ですが、実行委員の熱心なプッシュが功を奏した形になりますね!』 The host was announcing that the champion school at a school festival was 来禅高校, whose maid cafe ...
2
votes
2answers
103 views

Is the following sentence a set phrase?

本日はお忙しいところ、ありがとうございます A book I'm learning from translates this sentence as 'thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule today' Is the first part a set phrase or is it just an elaborate ...
7
votes
1answer
281 views

「目が高い」meaning and is it actually used in conversation?

Is 「目が高い」 a set phrase that a native speaker would ever use in daily conversation? (I memorized that phrase from a book long ago). If this phrase is not used, then I don't care. I will basically ...
0
votes
2answers
91 views

How is “あるちゃあるけど” used?

As far as I understand "あるちゃあるけど" is close in meaning to "ないとは言い切れない" and "しいていえばある" but I could not find how it is used, nor understand the exact meaning.
3
votes
1answer
87 views

Understanding 「…でけっこうですので、…」

In my textbook, I encountered the phrase 先生のお時間があるときでけっこうですので、[わからない言葉を教えていただきたいんですが] I assume that the meaning is approximately "I'd like to ask you something, but it's OK if you don't have time"...
0
votes
1answer
135 views

What does というのである mean here?

何しろ買い物から帰ってきたら、出かける前に見ていた街とは別の光景が広がっていたというのである。その場にへたり込んでしまわないだけ、折紙はまだ幾分落ち着いているのかもしれなかった。 Hi. This quote is a flashback from a novel. When 折紙 returned home she found the whole street was on fire and ...
2
votes
1answer
157 views

Is 会いたくなる one way to say “I miss you?” [連絡とったら、会いたくなるやん] What is the nuanced meaning of 会いたくなる in this context?

I know that there is no direct translation for "I miss you" in Japanese. I am wondering if the nuanced understanding of 連絡とったら、会いたくなる indicates that it is too painful to contact because it leads to ...
5
votes
1answer
249 views

山と積む: what does this と mean?

In the expression 山と積む (meaning 山ように積む , I think) I can't understand the grammatical function of this と. Is there any omission after と in the phrase? Or is this a use of と that I don't recognize? Or ...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

Meaning of phrase “to stay alive”? [duplicate]

気をつけてな! Is the meaning of this phrase “try to stay alive” or something like that? It’s like literally “keep your air attached to you”, right?
4
votes
2answers
3k views

About what age to stop using おいくつですか?

Is it natural to say 「おいくつですか」 to children who are around 10, or younger? Then, just like in Western culture, above a certain age I'm sure it is impolite or creepy to even ask another person's age. ...
1
vote
1answer
251 views

Can someone explain the usage of Verb+り in these sentences please

I previously practice reading beginner’s japanese book and was surprised by this verb form, the verb+り. Can someone please help explain about its usage or where I can study more about this form of ...
4
votes
2answers
841 views

What order do Japanese people say/recite the seasons?

In English, I always say winter, spring, summer, fall/autumn, in that order. Is there a similar order that the Japanese people follow?
2
votes
1answer
146 views

use 一触即発 to refer to someone's personality? someone who “easily gets upset”?

I think "一触即発" can be used to refer to the personality of a person and means "quick to anger or get emotionally upset". If it cannot, please just say "no it cannot" and no reason to read further. ...
2
votes
1answer
77 views

Translation of beady-eyed

いま誰かが窓の外をのぞいても、ビーズのように光る目のダーズリー夫人でさえ、何が起こっているのか、この暗闇ではまったく見えなかっただろう。 If someone were to peer out of the window now, even Mrs Dursley (whose eyes shone like beads) probably wouldn't be able to see ...
2
votes
1answer
69 views

Syntactic Properties of “Bare Numerals”: 「一」in「其の一」

I am currently attempting to research the syntax of nominal classifiers (i.e. "counter" words like 「〜台」and 「〜個」) and wanted to look for references to the irregular phenomenon of "bare" numerals: ...
7
votes
1answer
334 views

How best to respond to 「ご無沙汰しています」

I just received an email from a good friend in Japan, who has notably over the past few months been instrumental in connecting me to various people, for some research interviews I've been conducting. ...
-1
votes
2answers
201 views

How would I say “This place is Heaven on Earth”?

How would I say "This place is Heaven on Earth"? Would このところは地球上の天国です。 be correct?
4
votes
3answers
345 views

How to say ''I miss you'' at the end of a letter?

I am writing a letter to a Japanese girl that I like and I want to finish by simply saying "I miss you". I don't trust Google Translate and there seem to be a few ways to say it online. What is the ...
4
votes
2answers
236 views

“Safe” as an adjective?

Today at my company, I was involved in something, and I was unsure if the action we were about to do was safe. Normally in English, I would say something along the lines of "Hey, is this safe to ...
3
votes
1answer
236 views

Is なきにしもあらず~なきに a set phrase?

This sentence recently appeared in one of my N1 training books: 彼女が合格する可能性はなきにしもあらずだが、彼がパスする可能性はなきにひとしい。 My translation: While she may have a slight chance of passing the exam, it is hopeless for him....
2
votes
1answer
94 views

What does 意識が遠くなる mean?

I ran into this japanese medical site. http://www.kojinkai.or.jp/msc/outpatient-selfcheck18.html The title "意識が遠くなる" stumps me. Best I can guess is "Consciousness is fading." Is that right? "...
2
votes
1answer
415 views

How to ask “How about you?” after answering a question yourself

I've run in to many conversations where I was asked something in Japanese: 「お元気ですか」、how my weekend was, what kind of music I like, describing family members, etc. After answering, I have the urge to ...
6
votes
1answer
354 views

How would you express the sentiment of “Happy New Era” [duplicate]

Something like 良いお時代を。? Or would you specifically say 令和? If not that, what would be a literal English translation?
4
votes
1answer
196 views

What's the meaning of はなに引っ掛ける?

I came across the following expression: あなたにはなにも引っ掛けてもらえなかった I traced it back here, and I loosely understand that this means that あなた (the character who is being spoken to) has been ignoring the ...
4
votes
0answers
93 views

Is 寝るの朝 a set phrase? [duplicate]

In a manga I am reading, I found this sentence: "私も最近は寝るの朝の9時くらい" I understand its meaning from context: I also sleep around 9 in the morning these days. But I don't get why there is の ...
11
votes
2answers
3k views

Saying お疲れ様でした to teacher at the end of a lesson?

I'm taking beginner Japanese lessons. Would お疲れ様でした be an appropriate thing one might say to the teacher at the end of a lesson? We're "colleagues" in a sense since I'm an academic at the same ...
3
votes
1answer
218 views

The grammar of Xには我慢がならん

おかしな服{ふく}を着{き}た連中{れんちゅう}には我慢{がまん}がならん。 He couldn't bear folk who wore strange clothes. My translation comes from the obvious context, plus the fact that Jisho says of ならん "Cannot bear not to". But ...
2
votes
1answer
183 views

Understanding 絵に描いたように

そんな絵に描いたように満ち足りたダーズリー家にも、たった一つ秘密があった。 In the Dursley family, who were the very picture of contentment, there was just one secret. My translation of そんな絵に描いたように満ち足りた is purely a guess based on Jisho'...
1
vote
1answer
184 views

Understanding 手のつけようがない

、...錠前破りの名人だって、手のつけようがない。 Even expert lock breakers can do nothing about it. This is my best effort at a translation from looking at example sentences using 手のつけようがない on Weblio. I can't find this ...
3
votes
2answers
130 views

サインもらっとけとでも言う - Breaking this phrase down

今のうちにサインもらっとけとでも言うんスか!? What I thought he was saying: "Are you saying we should get his signature now while we still can!?" I was stuck for several days on this sentence having trouble making sense ...
1
vote
1answer
250 views

Meaning of ツッコミどころ多すぎ?

I've come across the phrase: ツッコミどころ多すぎ In a book where the character was for a second time expressing annoyance at his colleague's reckless actions. But I'm unsure of it's meaning since it ...
5
votes
2answers
147 views

How to interpret “一日の楽しみ”

こいつにとって水泳は本当に一日の楽しみなんだと思う。 The person in question here swims literally everyday. "I think she really enjoys swimming (everyday? all the time?)" It's hard to fit these use cases here.
3
votes
1answer
265 views

Is there a term for “the one that got away”?

I'm thinking of something like 失恋対象 or 失恋相手, except 1) I just made those up off the top of my head, and 2) on the off-chance they're real words, they don't really capture the essence of "the one that ...
2
votes
1answer
97 views

What's the meaning of 私でもたまに in the following sentence?

I'm a bit confused about this sentence: 斜陽の日本語は、私でもたまに難しい This part is easy: 斜陽の日本語は. It means "the Japanese (language) in (the book) The Setting Sun ..." But this second bit confuses me a lot: ...
0
votes
1answer
230 views

When should I say the phrase ビールのおかわりお願いします?

When should I say this phrase? ビールのおかわりお願いします。 Bīru no o kawari onegaishimasu. I couldn't figure out the meaning. My main source of confusion is that I've never seen this sentence ...
0
votes
1answer
624 views

Why do I hear ますから (masukara) so often at the end of sentences?

Yesteday, I was watching this anime. One of the characters said ますから (I'm not very sure, it sounded like "mascara") twice in the same scene. Google Translate translates the phrase as "Because it is."...
4
votes
1answer
145 views

恐れ入ります meaning on this sentence

i think "恐れ入ります" means "sorry" , "excuse me", but it has another meaning "fear".which is correct in the bold sentence A:双葉さんから(コール)で聞きましにいつの間にか帰っていたと (don't know A or B speak ):サボタージュとは恐れ入ります
1
vote
1answer
140 views

Is ます omitted in “てしまいすみません”

I understand that しまう means unintended action, or the completion of an action. However, recently I came across this usage in the comment section on a website: 遅くなってしまいすみません。 While I understand this ...
1
vote
1answer
65 views

How to say “including” or “it follows” for schedules and holidays etc

How do you say something along the lines of "my class schedule follows the holidays of the year" or "my class schedule is dependent on the national calender, including holidays. 授業の定刻は国の休み日をついて is ...
2
votes
1answer
7k views

Can you say 'make friends' using 作る?

I'm directly translating from Eng so I'm wondering if 作るworks. I'm only familiar with ~と友達に成りたい & 友達ができたい。
2
votes
1answer
75 views

Polite phrase apologizing for irregular (written) correspondence

What is the set phrase used to apologize for not corresponding regularly?

1
2 3 4 5 6