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Questions tagged [word-choice]

使い分け. The differences between two or more words or phrases and how to select the best one for a given situation.

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Can I say 日本語程度 as an alternative for 日本語実力?

Or perhaps even 日本語実力程度? Although that seems overkill and double emphasising.
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What is the difference between 乗り越すand 乗り過ごす?

I don't understand the difference between these two words. In my textbook they appear like "miss the stop" (norisugosu) and "pass my station" (norikosu), but they both sound like you don't go out the ...
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Is this sentence from anki correct? [duplicate]

私は帰国することに決めた This is the original sentence, but shouldn't it be: 私は帰国することを決めた or 私は帰国することが決めた?
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“I hate change”

How would you say "I hate change" in Japanese? I feel like 「私は変更を憎みます」 would just sound like a bad google translation.
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What is the difference between ガラクタ and ゴミ?

I like to listen to NERU's Vocaloid songs, but I realized that several of his songs had two words translated the same way. Those are ガラクタ and ゴミ. I think ゴミ can be used to talk about taking garbage ...
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「から」「ので」「ーんで」など

日本で大学に通っている留学生です。 基本的に普段友達と話す時は「から」、面接や先生へのメールなど敬語で話す時は「ので」を使っていますが、ある程度親しい目上の人(学校やバイト先の一個上の先輩など)と敬語で話す時に「ので」を使ってもおかしくないのでしょうか? 「から」は「ですます」形で使うと個人的には日本語的に正しくない感じがしますし、「ので」は書き言葉のような印象で、工夫したのが「んで」(例:...
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興味を持ってきている versus 興味がある

子供の頃からずっとロボットに興味を持って来ています。 子供の頃からずっとロボットに興味があります。 Which sentence sounds more natural?
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What is the difference between それでは and それなら

My grammar book says they both mean ‘if that’s the case...’ but it doesn’t clarify the differences. Thank you!
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What is the difference between プログラム and 日程 in the context of a スポーツ大会?

I was doing some JLPT N2 practice and got this question wrong: スポーツ大会のプログラムはさておき、( )。 a 日程を決めよう b 準備はすべて整った c わたしも参加したい When I saw option "a", I immediately thought that it was ...
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Difference between 仮、一時的、臨時 when expressing “temporary”

All of these words express "temporary" but I can't understand the difference and in which contexts each are used. For example: 仮の包帯 A temporary bandage 一時的な住宅 A temporary residence 臨時列車 ...
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What does あいつ and こいつ imply in various situations/contexts?

I've read that あいつ and こいつ can mean "that person over there" or "this person over here", respectively, and also that (at least, as far as I'm aware, for こいつ) they are an impolite way of referring to a ...
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What is the difference between 訪れる and 訪ねる?

According to goo, We can say 「彼を訪ねる」 but not 「彼を訪れる」 and we should instead say 「彼の家を訪れる」if we use the verb 訪れる. Does it have a nuance? Does it open the doors to another interpretation(visiting his ...
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What is the word for an independent-minded person? What is the opposite of that word?

I'm looking for two words: a word that means an independent-minded person and its opposite. Not necessarily a rebel or someone who wants to stand out, but someone who is comfortable sticking with what ...
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Word select: 食べます?/飲みます?

食べ物の場合は動詞「食べる」を使いますが、飲み物の場合は動詞「飲む」を使います。ところが、食べ物と飲み物をいっしょに出た場合はどの動詞を使いますか。 例①:パンとミルクを...(食べます?/飲みます?)… 例②:コーヒーとりんごを...(食べます?/飲みます?)…
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Why would you use 好き to describe a favorite object?

After taking some notes from various classes, I have come across some of the same translations: 好{す}きな音楽{おんがく}:Favorite Music 好{す}きな人{ひと}:Favorite person etc. Why would one use 好{す}き instead of 大好{...
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What is the difference between 武道 and 格闘技?

When I was looking through the Category List on OKWAVE, I found these two listed under the スポーツ・フィットネス (Sports and Fitness) sub-category. When I looked them up on Weblio, I found that both 武道 and 格闘技 ...
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都内 is reserved for the capital Tokyo, what term is used to mean a foreign capital city? [duplicate]

I have seen the term used in reference to Tokyo. What would the term be for a foreign capital?
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How to say hello and goodbye in shops?

I am currently staying in Japan for four weeks. I learned to read & write kana and some basic Japanese (basic particles and sentence structure and some vocabulary), but as you can imagine I’m ...
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見事な活躍 ~ use of 活躍

While studying for the JLPT, I ran into the phrase "見事な活躍をする". I have always assumed that 活躍 means to use effectively or to one's advantage as in 日本語を仕事に活躍したい But when I looked up 活躍 in a ...
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Is there a difference between 数学 and 数理?

I noticed that both terms referred to mathematics. Is one term used more frequently than the other?
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Issues translating “get an ultrasound.”

Talking about pregnancy with my Japanese friends has been a challenge because I have struggled to translate some English concepts. Ultrasound is one of those words. 超音波{ちょうおんぱ} is the word I find ...
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Difference between 自己 and 自分

I am wondering if there are any differences in the usage of 自己 and 自分, or are they simply synonyms? It seems that the two are interchangeable with nouns stemming from them. I.e, 非自己 and 非自分 also ...
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Difference between 満足 and 円満

I am confused about the usage of two words 満足 and 円満. According to dictionary 満足 is satisfaction and 円満 is perfection, peace, harmony and satisfaction. So I used it in a sentence : 今の収入で円満じゃありません。 ...
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In terms of Japanese crime syndicates, what is the difference between 組 and 会?

As you can see in this one Wikipedia article, there is a long list of these syndicates. Not only that, but most of them have 組 or 会 as a suffix. According to Weblio, 組 has the meanings of “A company,...
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What is the difference between 悩み and 疑問?

On the Q&A site OKWAVE, it says that its purpose to help people resolve their questions and/or problems, and it uses 悩み and 疑問. According to Weblio, 悩み has the meanings of “trouble(s), worry, ...
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Is 「湯を沸かす」 an exception or an example of a general rule?

Japanese people use 湯を沸かす instead of 水を沸かす to say "to boil water", is it an exception or a general rule? Do we use the word 冷水 to say "to cool down water" for example?
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Why did the 黄色い線 become the 黄色いブロック?

Until a few months ago, I am absolutely sure in every single train station I had ever been the announcement was something along the lines of "黄色い線の内側でお待ちください". Then, out of the blue, one day the word ...
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What is the difference between 織機(しょっき) and 機 (はた)?

Does 織機 mean the device, while 機 means the concept? Or maybe one of them is more formal than the other?
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What is the difference between 約 and 約束?

What is the purpose of adding 束 to 約 if the meaning stays the same and the other meanings of 約 are enough different to not be mixed up with the one in question? やく【約】の意味 [名] 1 約束。取り決め。「...
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What is the difference between 問い and 質問?

I found this explanation but I don't really understand it. 【1】「問い」は、単に尋ね聞くこと。 【2】「質問」は、広く一般的に疑問点を問う場合に用いる。教室や会議など公の場での問いに用いることが多いが、私的、個人的な場でも用いる。(source)
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Is there a difference between 事務室 and 事務所?

I want to say that I work in an office. I researched both terms. Shitsu is a room, but I assumed that sho is used more for location. Which term is more appropriate to use?
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What is the reading of the town 北谷?

What is the reading of the town 北谷? ちゃたん or ほくたに? It is a town in Okinawa. Most Japanese read it as Hokutani or Kitatani. Okinawans say Chatan. Is it a dialect? Could all terms be correct?
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とか vs たりする what's the difference?

What's the difference between とか and たりする when listing verbs?
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What is the difference between 勝利 and 勝ち?

Both mean "victory" so I would like to know when is it more convenient to use 勝ち, and when shoud I use 勝利 ? Is one of them more polite ?
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How do I respond to よろしくお願いします after being assigned a task at work?

My supervisor at work tells me よろしくお願いします after she gives me a task to do in the office. What is the appropriate way to respond? I've looked around on the internet but have been unsuccessful in ...
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What is the preference if reading a single Kanji?

For example the term 人, is the preference for reading it hito or jin? There are no other characters associated with it.
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Does Japanese have an original word for banana besides the loanword バナナ?

I see banana be written バナナ so since it's katakana I guess they imported it from English or Spanish where it's written the same. But does Japanese have an original word for bananas? I guess that if ...
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Can a newcomer to an area or a new employee be referred to as a gaijin?

Can a newcomer to an area or a new employee be referred to as a gaijin? They are an outsider initially, when they arrive to a new area or job.
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連携と接続の違いは何でしょうか。

連携 アカウント と 接続 されたアカウントの違いは何でしょうか。教えてください!
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What is the difference between 大凡(おおよそ) and 凡そ(およそ)?

彼女のおおよその年齢しか知らない。 We can only know her approximate age. 旅はおよそ5時間くらいかかるでしょう。The trip will take some five hours. I even found a sentence with both of them: 1浪でおよそ20%台の合格率で、2浪以上ではおおよそ2~3%...
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What's the difference betweenグズ野郎 andクソ野郎

They mean the same thing or is there a difference?
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What is the difference between ばんごはん and よるごはん?

I looked at two different sentences: 六時半に母とばんごはんをつくりました。(At 6:30, I made dinner with my mother.) よるごはんのあと家族とえいがをみました。(After dinner, I watched a movie with my family.) In both sentences, ...
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Japanese word for window sill

I'm looking for Japanese word for window sill, specifically the interior one. There is a specific word for a wide interior window sill in Russian (подоконник). Is there an equivalent in Japanese? I ...
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What nuances are carried when addressing someone as きみ?

What nuances are carried when addressing someone as きみ? I often hear a (Japanese) manager addressing his subordinates using きみ My partner told me that addressing him as きみ made him feel like we were ...
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May I use 洗濯日 to indicate a day for washing clothes?

I want to say a clothes washing day. Am I correctly using 洗濯日 to indicate a day for washing clothes? I seem to also remember a term sentakubiyori/youri?
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Is 動物語 a valid term for the sounds that animals make?

Animals make sounds and communicate. Is there a proper name collectively for these sounds?
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What term denotes a Japanese style living room?

I searched the word 居間 on Jisho and noticed that it referred to a Western style living room. I originally assumed that リビングルーム referred to a Western style living room. Is there a term for a Japanese ...
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Difference between 今晩 and 今夜

夜 - night 晩 - counter for nights Is there a difference in time reference, i.e., is 今晩 earlier/later than 今夜? Is there a difference in style, i.e., is one more reserved than the other? If so, which ...
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What's the difference between まま and っぱなし?

I do understand that they can be interchangeable, but can you provide me some example to understand the difference?
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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 ...