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Question about a possible meaning of “この先も”

So in English, you can say sentences like- "I think I'm still gonna fail the test even after this." (With the "this" being a long study session or something") or "Do you ...
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Does 1言語1章ずつ imply that each chapter is in a different language?

I'm reading about a Japanese book approaching linguistics and translation through the lens of "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. A sentence in the press release announcing the ...
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The word こうぼう “kōbō” meaning? [closed]

I found this word "こうぼう" in google translate, stating it means 'atelier' or artist workshop... is this an accurate translation in the sense it specifically refers to an artist's workspace?
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もっとわきをしめて。インパクトの瞬間に力を集中させる。 Relating to JP sword art. What does this mean?

Context: MC is giving advice about sword practice to a young knight. It seems that MC practiced JP sword art "kendo" back when he was still in his original world. もっとわきをしめて。インパクトの瞬間に力を集中させる。...
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Can “のたもうて” be the て−form of のたもう?

I just learned that the て/た form of the verb たまう can be たまうて/たまうた. Is this the same for the verb のたもう? I am trying to translate a song and this て construction seems to appear in it. If this is the ...
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Double conditional in same sentence? 「一人になれば不安になると。。。」

I was translating the song オレンジ by 7!! as an exercise, and I found the following sentence quite confusing: 一人になれば不安になると眠りたくない夜は話し続けていた So far, I get that 一人になれば不安になる -> If I become (remain) ...
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Could a translation error lead to squares to not be considered as rectangles?

I'm reading a certain set of kindergarten/lower primary maths textbooks that is written by North American authors for an Asian company. Whenever students are asked to identify the number of rectangles ...
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What does さあ (saa) mean?

I have seen this term used a lot in many different ways. 「さあ、忘れましょうその未来が」 saa, wasuremashou sono mirai ga — in this sense, I assume it means "come". But I have also seen it used as 「でもさあ」 demo saa — ...
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ほいほい騎士団が誘い出された時点で、半ば勝負はついてるんだよ >>What does this mean?

Context: A servant is talking with a prince, about an sealed egg that had been stolen from the cathedral. It can be resurrected to summon back an ancient being who can destroy the world. Meanwhile the ...
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Why does 「もう待てないよ!」 mean “I can't wait any longer”?

I've just learnt that the expression 「もう待てないよ!」 has similar meaning in English as "I can't wait any longer", but how to interpret 「待てない」 from a grammar point? Shouldn't the "te-form&...
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I don't know how to interpret this line 死んだと知らさせるより受け入れがたいから

I don't understand very well what a character wants to say...For context, this character is on the verge of dying, he was cursed and had only a day to live and tries to find the one who cursed him....
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Translating this Japanese text to English, character identification [closed]

I am a non-Japanese speaker and have been attempting to translate the text in the image below by identifying each character. This is from a poster. I have identified all of the characters in the ...
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「暗から明へ」— how should this be read?

This article about a Japanese translation of Amanda Gorman's inauguration poem is headlined as follows: 暗から明へーアマンダ・ゴーマン氏が米大統領就任式で朗読した詩の内容は?翻訳者の読み解き Obviously the translation is: "From darkness ...
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What is the meaning of 巻ノ + number next to a book?

What is the meaning of 巻ノ + number next to a book? I know that 巻 = volume ノ = ? 七十二 = 72 So it's Volume [?] 72
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今更自分で突っ込まないでよ。追加料金払ってるんだからいいでしょう >>What does this mean in this context

Context : MC is talking with a girl after he brought food to her place from a restaurant, where he is currently staying and working. The girl complains the food is a little bit cold, and suggests he ...
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What does 張ってた (hatteta) mean in this context?

Context: a detective is talking with the police who is the real culprit behind the recent crime. This police threw away his disguise costume to erase evidence, but it has been found by the detective. ...
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1から10まで (ichi kara juu made / 一から十まで) >> What does this mean in this context?

Full context: The MC is talking with a detective who pretended to accused MC as the murderer to the police — put him in jail to trick the real culprit — and then helped him escape from prison. D1: ...
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向こうも向こうで What does this mean in this context ? (mukou mo mukou de) Is this some kind of Japanese Idiom?

Context: MC talking with 2 girls in his team. The detective (who was helping MC to clear his name from the false accusation of police and find out who is the real murderer) has left the crime ...
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What does mean Vる+とこ?

I was watching Terrace House and someone used Vる+とこ many times in her sentence so I was wondering what it mean. Here is her sentence : 鼻クソほじるとこ、よだれ飛ばすとこ、あと 下ネタばっか言ってるとこ。 Thank you !
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いや、端から見ようとしてないのか What does this mean?

Context : 2 characters talking about who is the culprit of a crime and why MC was falsely arrested by the police G1: 最後の事件……逃げ道は、完全に封鎖されていた. だけど煙のように犯人は消えてしまった. だから、君が犯人だと断定されてしまったわけだけど. 皆、...
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What does すごいこと考えるわね mean?

Context: 2 characters talking about what do to with an enemy after defeated him G1: この者が、目が覚めたら私達のことを報告されるだけだろう。 それとも、ここで息の根を止めておくか? 口封じに。 G2:だから、ダメですよそんな。 G1:分かってる。では連れていくしかないだろう。 目が覚めたら、...
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Difference between the following phrases

I was coming up with a phrase that means "don't look at me too much." in a very formal tone. I thought of many sentences but I don't know which one is the most correct one. 1) あまり見ないでくれ 2) ...
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Help with understanding そんなのは単なる甘えだ?

I actually have a few questions about this exchange, if that's alright. The context is the characters' friends are preparing a party to thank A for all their hard work. A: 別に気にしなくていいのにさ ...
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What is the meaning of this も?

I'm struggling to understand what the も is doing in the following sentence. I know that も can mean 'also' 'too' 'as well' and other things; depending on the context. I think the first も here means 'as ...
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Help interpreting this sentence using 「あんまり」?

Reading Harry Potter I came across this: 一人の男が現れた。あんまり突然、あんまりスーッと現れたので、地面から湧いて出たかと思えるぐらいだった To me it seems to say "A man appeared. So quickly, so suddenly, that it could be thought he emerged ...
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What does ギスる mean?

Conversation goes: A: まだひきずっていたのか B: え、お前忘れたの?ギスってたの俺だけ?びっくりする B: 次はねぇぞ The ギス I know means having a cold atmosphere or strained relationship. But here, I am not sure I get what it means.
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How do you translate the world “layer” in Japanese? [closed]

Layer as in the ones used in digital art software like Adobe Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, Manga Studio, etc.
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Use of のところ for comparison?

Good day. I have an inquiry regarding a line from Yotsubato, it reads: 俺は4分のところを6分待ってちょっとデロデロにするのが好きなんすわ Which apparently translates to: I like to wait six minutes instead of four so that it gets ...
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“In my dream, I ran through a meadow full of flowers” -> 夢の中で、花がいっぱい草地で走っていた

So, I'm trying to build "In my dream, I ran through a meadow full of flowers" in Japanese, but I'm having some problems... Is 夢の中で a valid way of saying "In the dream"? Should ...
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How to tell if a なり is the なる form or if it is the hiragana form of a word?

I am uncertain if the bolded なり below is the hiragana form of the kanji 鳴り 'ringing, sound' or if its the なる form for the そぞろ. (which would come out as 'to become restless/ to become on edge (and ...
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Help on a use of 「ところ」?

Watching a show, I came across the sentence 2年前とは別人だってところをお見せします What confuses me is the use of 「ところ」. I have seen 「ところ」 be used after verbs to give them a temporal-context, but this seems different ...
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Meaning of 『肉』 when used stand-alone, apparently as some sort of insult

I am currently translating an English text, which itself has been translated from an originally Japanese text. Whenever there's something I don't understand in the English text, I try to translate the ...
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What is the Japanese wording for unsheathing a sword (katana) for about half an inch with your thumb?

I know that "tsuba" is the handguard that you use to push katana out of its scabbard and "nuke to" means to draw a sword I think. I'm curious how would you say/write down "...
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Word that means “flying” but in the sense of “growing” and “not to give up” and “be free” [closed]

I was looking for a word in Japanese that means "flying"/"fly" but I wanted it to be a metaphor for "growing" and "not giving up" and "be free". ...
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この世に生まれてきてしまった - How does this translate to “born into the world”?

The full phrase is: ですが私は死にたくありません (but I don't want to die) この世に生まれてきてしまったからです (because I was born into this world) I think I understand the vocabulary break down. I just don't understand how this ...
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Meaning of 「あうあう!」in this context?

I encountered this section in a manga but am unable to determine exactly what is meant by「あうあう!」 I have 2 possible interpretations: It's just being said as affirmation, which is corroborated by this ...
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Specific use of してまで

Recently I've been reading Michael Emmerich's "New Penguin Parallel Text" for Japanese short stories. In Yoshimoto Banana's "A Little Darkness," there's a passage that describes how the narrator's ...
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What is the function of から in 昼間から?

I found a phrase that contains 昼間から but I am not sure if I understand the から function correctly: またこの子は昼間からゴロゴロして I believe that it should roughly translate to "This child is being lazy all day ...
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What's the meaning of 私だけなのが?

In the story I'm reading, a girl is given a gift from her boyfriend, after which she says, 「それをもらったの…私だけなのが幸せなのです…」 I'm at a complete loss as to how to parse this.「私だけなの」is happy? "Only I am ...
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What does this usage of 「かどうか」mean?

So I've been studying for the inevitable JLPT N4 exam, and came across a grammar question I didn't understand at all. I mean, I do understand every individual word, but as it often happens with ...
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What is the the meaning of 理 in this sentence?

I am trying to translate this song for practice, and am wondering how 理 (ことわり) is being used in this particular line. According to Jisho 理(ことわり)means, "reason; logic; sense; natural way of things....
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Chinese Name into Japanese [closed]

I was wondering if it was possible to use my Chinese name 安曜輪 Ān Yàolún as a basis for a Japanese name? The only other option is to use katakana to transcribe my western name, which is one of those ...
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Parsing and meaning of a song verse

I'm trying to understand the opening of an anime song, but I'm stumped on a couple of parts by (I think) a similar doubt; this is the lyrics. Here's what I don't understand: 夢を持ってきた 言葉じゃ足りないユメのアリカ ...
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Does the phrase “まるで爪のようだと鬼ホミコーシスから食べ物視される” have a sense in Japanese?

"鬼ホミコーシス" is a kind of wordplay on nail disease onychomycosis. I try to write "Onychomycosis looks at (and regards) your nails as if it's a food" in Japanese. There is a meme in ...
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How is '打って' being used in this context?

この歌:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEwycsmfACg 最初の歌詞はこれです: 「またビートを打ってリリック書く だってそうじゃなきゃ俺が俺じゃない」 でも意味が分かんない。 英語で説明していい。 "(I'm) writing lyrics for another beat ... ... If I'm not, then it's not me&...
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Help understanding this sentences

道の隅で咲いたり枯れる夢たち それじゃずっと 自由なのに自由じゃないまま This sentences are taken from a song and there are two things I don't quite understand. First, I get the meaning of the first one, but why isn't it 咲いたり枯れたりする ...
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Meaning of「時」の意識 in this sentence

What does「時」の意識 mean in the following sentence? 「時間が止まってほしいと思う瞬間はどんなときですか」ーある時計の会社が、二十歳の男性と女性516人に、「時」の意識についてアンケート調査をしました。 ? I got the meaning as a whole but i don't get what 意識 means in the sentence (...
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Breaking up “年収だってこんなにあんのよ”

I'm having a hard time understanding "年収だってこんなにあんのよ" so please help me fill in the holes! 年収: annual income だって: as for (?) こんなに: like this あんの: ??
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っていうことになったんですけど - meaning?

I had just received a somewhat rushed 'transliteration' of a 1 minute video. To me, Shigeru Miyamoto speaks in a way which is extremely difficult to understand. I am adding the full transcript just ...
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Is there a short phrase/ slang for “ hating the people you love most”? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a phrase that means something that means something along "I hate the people I love the most" I know 愛憎関係 means love-hate relationship but was wondering if there was something ...

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