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Popular: モテ vs 人気

In the anime adaptation of the manga The Quintessential Quintuplets, as well as the corresponding manga, I notice these 3 times (besides this) the word 'popular' (in the subtitles) was used: Scene 1: ...
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Is there any word 'popular' in 'お嬢ちゃんも先生似だしいけるんじゃねーか ?'?

In some subtitles of S02E06 of the anime adaptation of the manga The Quintessential Quintuplets, there's this line by a character named Shimoda, who was the student of now deceased character named ...
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このままだと自分だけじゃなくてこの世界壊れるだろう

I would like to understand the meaning of the first part of this sentence, I get parts but not the whole thing. このままだと自分だけじゃなくてこの世界壊れるだろう。 I get that この世界壊れるだろう means this world will break. I think ...
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What does 悲しいほど青い空 mean?

I'm kind of beginner so maybe I'm wrong, but I understand it as "The LATAM sky sadly blue" but I don't really get the meaning behind the words. Since Japanese language is a lot about context,...
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What does the word しゅき mean in the context of this comic?

I'm reading this comic, and the words しゅき appear on the last page (page 4 of 4) but I don't know what it means in this context and without the proper kanji. I feel like the words I know that can be ...
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what is the translation for the word "intersection"? when used as an *operation* between volumes or lines. (not a road intersection) [closed]

intersection when used as an operation or volumetric operation between volumes or lines. (not as a road intersection).
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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 ...
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"What am I doing here?"/ Excuse yourself

Question 1 I was curious about the phrase "What am I doing here?" in Japanese. I know that if you want to ask someone "what is he/she doing here?", it should be like ここで何をしているんの? ...
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Meaning of 〜たら in 好きな人に告白したら、サインを貰いました

好きな人に告白したら、サインを貰いました。(This comes from a manga) I get the gist of the sentence, in that it means something like "I confessed to the person I like, but I received his signature instead" or &...
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"If I want to start doing something"

How to ask for advice if I want to start doing something, for example: If I want to start watching Tv-shows, from which should I start? If I want to start doing exercises, how should I start? Is ...
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Trying to translate a shirt, I've gotten most of it but I can't figure out this one piece? [closed]

it looks like に but with こ instead? is it just an example of how much handwriting can change? or character limitations online? i think the shirt says something like "going home to tokyo street,&...
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meaning of 録(と)り直した? [duplicate]

In season 3 episode 10 of Kaguya-sama, at 7:12, one of the characters says: 何度も録(と)り直したかいがあったわ (which I found by Japanese subtitles) I am having trouble understanding this part: 録(と)り直した I am having ...
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Is it necessary to include の in the following?

English: I'm an American who was born in South America. Google Translate: 私は南アメリカで生まれたアメリカ人です。 My translation: 私は南アメリカで生まれたのアメリカ人です。 Should there be a の there? Why or why not?
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Does the Japanese word "akasuki" means "bright improvement" in English?

We are an outgoing college students, we've decided to choose a Japanese name for our class. We want it to be meaningful, it should represent our ambitions to grow and further improve ourselves. We ...
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Meaning of the word 水戸黄門. Is there a hidden nuance?

I was re-watching Usagi Drop. When the MC tries to unfold a plastic bag or something, his hands are not slippery enough to separate the plastic handle. After harassing him in a cute way, the little ...
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What does 前かmean?

痛恨のミス。本来なら家を出る前かホームルーム前に回しておくのだが、今朝は眠過ぎてそこまで頭が回っていなかったのだ。 It's from a light novel 時々ボソッとロシア語でデレる隣のアーリャさん1 The first question is: what does 前+か mean here? The second one is: 家を出る前かホームルーム前に回しておく ...
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What does ふらふら mean? And can お花 mean 花嫁?

I'm reading 魔女の宅急便 その5 魔法のとまり木, and there's a sentence I don't understand. Kiki, the main character of this story who is a witch living with a speaking cat, does a delivery service, and gets something ...
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What does いろりのそば mean?

I am reading Basic Connections by Kakuko Shoji and came across the following passage from 雪女 (page 63 of book) みのきちはいろりのそばで仕事をしている。 みのきち is a name, but I am not sure what いろりのそば means in this ...
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How to ask about someone's opinion regarding the future?

I have a question. I wanna ask: "Do You think in the near future/from now on more people will be learning Japanese?". What is the best way to ask that? I have come up with two ideas: ...
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What does 白と茶色を基調とする mean in this sentence?

白と茶色を基調とした真新しい洋風の外壁。 I saw that ~を~とする means "as" and that 基調 means "to be the main color in something like a picture" (2nd definition), but I can't link everything in this ...
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Does といったところ translate to "approximately" or "at most" in this sentence?

How would you translate the following sentence: 明日参加予定なのは、田中さん、林さん、川田さん、原さんといったところです。 Is it either: According to tomorrow's schedule only/merely/at most Tanaka, Hayashi, Kawada and Hara will ...
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するだろうな wonderment or a question?

If a person says " レイどんな顔をするだろうな" Is it more correct to translate it as: I wonder what face Rey would make. Or How do you think he will react?
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How does なんていう + のも function in this sentence?

The premise is a young girl's entire family claim to be in service to 龍神 as fortune tellers. They own the Hoju Jewel which allows them to have clairvoyant powers and they use their station to connect ...
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Where do I put 覚えて in 私はコンビニですしをうります?

I am going to attempt to translate an English sentence to Japanese. Where do I put the word ’覚えて’ in the sentence? I just remember that there is a convenient store that sells sushi Translation: ...
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Can the "&"-symbol (ampersand) be used in Japanese to connect two language names?

For example, is this correct and commonly understood by Japanese-readers: "日本語 & 英語" which should represent "Japanese & English" and denote a bilingual edition of a ...
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Meaning of しかも and それで in Yes-No question

I see that しかも and それで usually connect 2 sentence together. But I see them place at the beginning in Yes-No questions. 1)"しかも歌うんかい" 2)"それで上手いんかい" Does it mean 1) "(Moreover) is he singing?" and 2) "...
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What does "平穏とは消耗を以て代わりに成す" mean?

This is a sentence from a song called "ロウワー", but I'm not sure what it's supposed to mean. The wiki translation says it's "Tranquility is exchanged for attribution" but that seems ...
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Are these sentences natural? If not, is the grammar at least correct? [closed]

Are these sentences natural? If not, is the grammar at least correct? For 2 years, my goal was to pass the JLPT N3. Since passing in December, I've rarely studied Japanese at all. I've already ...
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Problem with translation of 言ってんのね

俺はさ、お前らにお友達になれって言ってんじゃないのね‌。中学のときにネットを挟んだ敵同士だったとしても‌、今はネットのこっち側同士だってことを自覚しなさいって‌言ってんのね。 Official translation: Do you get it? The source is from Haikyuu season 1 episode 2 (around the 10 minute mark). ...
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Does the も particle mean "as far as" in the following sentence?

I'm translating a sentence, and I come across the particle も. I remember learning in my Beginner Japanese class that the particle も can be used to mean "too" in various situations, but that meaning is ...
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Help with translating this quote

I'm going to say a word on peace, participating in contest at university, and I have literally no one to check what I've written, and it's tomorrow. I think of putting this quote from Ibn El Romi: ...
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How to say 'I want to be red' in Japanese?

Watasi wa akaku sitai. ? Watasi wa akakaritai. ? How to say 'Be red!'? Akaku siro! ? Akakare! ? How to say 'It's being red at the moment (as in: it will turn purple and then blue soon)'? Kore wa ...
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だって, なんだって and some other interpretation questions

I have couple of issues/questions about a certain piece of monologue from a manga. Because it's from a manga I will be separating the lines based on boxes in which they are in, and using / to separate ...
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What does とびっことりっこ mean?

I’m translating a Japanese novel into my language. The novel I’m working with is a fantasy story about a teen witch and children. But I’m not sure about the meaning of とびっことりっこ which appears several ...
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Do "Nani o tabetai" and "Nani ga tabetai" have the same meaning? [duplicate]

Sometimes you see japanese people (or japanese descendant I guess) writing nani ga tabetai desuka? and sometimes they write Nani o tabetai desu ka? Is there any difference in meaning, nuance or ...
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How does one say "toy airplane" in Japanese?

「飛行機のおもちゃ」と「おもちゃの飛行機」のどっちが正しい日本語?どっちも正しいんであれば、それぞれの使い方を説明してください。 伝えたいのはプラや木で出来ているおもちゃのことです。
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How would you say, 「Will you please look at this picture?」

I am talking to my a teacher of mine, and would like to ask her to look at a picture I took a screen shot of this morning because one of her staff came up to us and said 「おはようございました」and we had a ...
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politeness level of dochirasama desu ka

If speaking to a family member (who you haven't seen for a long time, say over the phone and you don't know who you're talking to), will dochirasama desu ka sound too polite, or is it okay to just say ...
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What does こんな青い空のなか きっとわたしは 空いろで 風のかたちで はこばれる mean?

I'm translating Japanese novel into my language. The novel I'm working with now is a fantasy novel about a witch, written for young adult. There's a song that the witch sings during she's flying in ...
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What does 人が重なるように働いている mean?

I'm translating a Japanese novel. Here's a part of the novel I'm working with: Aさんの指図をうけてお魚をつぎつぎ焼く人、ならんだおなべのスープをかき回す人、野菜を洗う人、きざむ人、できた料理を大皿に盛る人、人がかさなるようにはたらいています。 つくっても、つくっても、まだまだたりません。 I'm not sure ...
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「手があれてひっかかっちゃう」とは何ですか?

日本の小説を外国語に翻訳している外国人です。 今、手がけている小説にこんな文章があります。 (Aは主人公、Bは別の登場人物) Bさんは布を包もうとして、Aをちらっと見ました。 「これはわたしの自慢のべールなのよ。あなた、ちょっと見たくない?」 「ええ、とても」 Aはこたえました。 Bさんは「手があれてひっかかっちゃうから・・・」とつぶやきながら、手のひらを合わせて何回もこすると、...
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「ぬれているようにまっくらです」は一般的なたとえですか?

Japanese 日本の小説を外国語に翻訳している外国人です。 今手がけている小説に、 二人は森の中にそろそろと入っていきました。空に残った明かりが少しは木の間からさしていると思ったのに、森の中に入ったとたんだれかが戸でも閉めてしまったように急に暗くなりました。冷たい空気が流れてきて、まわりはぬれているようにまっくらです。 という一節があります。 最後の「ぬれているようにまっくらです」...
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What does ほん mean?

Good evening, I was reading a manga and I'm not sure if it's ほん or if it's another expression, because something appears first that seems to be a zero, something like this: 0ほん...
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What does なんだって mean in this case? 「そういう子なんだってだけで...」

I saw this sentence in manga and I had trouble with it: そういう子なんだってだけで俺が怒ってもどうしようもない I would like to know how we can translate なんだって in this case.
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Which noun is described by 大きな and 滑か in 「真珠貝は大きな滑かな縁の鋭い貝であった」

Is it 縁 or 貝? I have consulted two translations, and they both make different choices. The shell was big and smooth and sharp-edged. (Breaking into Japanese Literature; trans. Giles Murray) The ...
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What does "dainty" mean in this context? [closed]

What does the "dainty" below "Liquor and Drink" mean/correlate to? This seems like 和製英語 of some kind but I can't figure out what it could be from or what sort of meaning or purpose ...
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Fish that is "filled with fat"?

I lived in Japan in the 90s and remember the (big) fish section in the supermarket. A label on one said, if I recall correctly, "abura no tappiri" which I believe means 'filled with fat.' ...
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Meaning of いーじゃん

I am reading 海街 Diary, and I have come across the dialogue below. For context: The older sister of the female protagonist calls her, and then has a go at her because her phone was switched off and she ...
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What is the meaning of やさしい色のソフトカラー

I recently bought some highlighters from Japan that are pastel in color and on the front it says 「やさしい色のソフトカラー」 and I'm a bit confused since 「やさしい色」and 「ソフトカラー」both, in my mind, mean "pastels&...
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How do you construct the grammar "The way you..." + Verb in Japanese?

I was coming up and practicing with Japanese sentences. I found myself wondering on how to construct this kind of grammar... THE WAY YOU + Verb "The way you look at me..." "The way you ...

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