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Topics related to finding a word that fits a meaning.

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What is the Japanese phrase for “art of the horse”?

Does bajutsu 馬術 refer to the use of weapons on horseback, or less specifically the art of the horse riding and horsemanship? I'm trying to work out if bajutsu is the horse equivalent to kyūjutsu 弓術, ...
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How would you translate “more” for use as an interface button?

I'm working on an interface that includes several tabs to organize information about a topic. In the English version, the last tab is labeled "More", and it shows additional details about the topic. ...
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A name for common words that use uncommon kanji?

I didn't see a duplicate for this in the similar questions, so here goes. Is there either a list of words like this, or a name for this type of word (made of two very rare/complex kanji, but the word ...
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How to say someone “feels distant”

I've looked through ALC and Jisho but I couldn't find a good expression to convey that someone feels "distant" especially in a romantic setting. The best word that I found in Jisho/ALC was よそよそしい. ...
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How to convey the image of the surrounding L.A. desert via translation of 愕然?

I'm trying to find a suitable word/phrase in English that will convey the image shown below while also being suitable for a translation of 荒野, as I want to properly convey the image of a.... rather ...
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How to say “Some” in Japanese

I need to communicate that I am allergic to some sunscreens (but not all). I know that 'some' is a difficult concept to get across in Japanese, so how would I say it in this specific case? ie. "(...
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What does it mean to end a sentence with ひとつだけ?

I came across a sentence that ends with ひとつだけ in a book and searching on jisho gave me zero results (https://jisho.org/search/ひとつだけ); nor did searching for the individual parsing of what I remember ...
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What is the Japanese word for a judge in a court of law?

I have looked up judge, but I am finding a number of words and am not sure how they are different. Is there a general word that is most common? Words I found include: saibankan 裁判官 saibannin ...
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How do I say ''Idle animation'' in Japanese?

I want to know how to say the term ''idle animation'' in Japanese. It's what a character from a videogame does when standing still for too long. Ex: Sonic. I have seen people in twitter use ''...
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Being caught in an act?

What would be the proper way to phrase such an action, particularly in a casual way? Say, the phrase “Oh, I guess you caught me.” How might a native speaker say this? I know in a criminal context of ...
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Difference between 七転び八起き and 七転八起

I really need someones help and PRONTO!! So I have finally decided my next Japanese Kanji tattoo! :) BUT I got one problem when I was doing some research on "Fall down seven times, stand up eight." I ...
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I can't identify this kanji ( kanji 当ても)

I've decided to read manga in japanese again, I left it for a couple of years so now I'm out of practice and in need of help. It must be a really simple one but still I want to understand without ...
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Are there more terms similar to 上京 or 来阪 for going to Japanese cities?

I've seen that 上京する "going to Tokyo", 来阪する "going to Osaka" are used to refer to visiting these cities. What other terms are in use for visiting other cities? Which of them are commonly understood?
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What is the right word for existential goal?

I am looking for a Japanese word that corresponds to life goal. It does not refer to getting a good salary job, marrying with dream S.O., buying exotic cars, or other materialistic/worldly targets. ...
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Appropriate word for “fellow”

I've been wondering how to appropriately say the phrase "My fellow members" lately and I've come up with the phrase 「僕の仲間のメンバーたち」but I feel like there's a more appropriate word for it. Is there a ...
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How can I say “self-love” in Japanase?

How can I say "self-love" in japanese, when you love yourself in a healthy way, not egoism? Is 自愛 (Jiai) ok? And does the two pics mean same thing, with diff calligraphy?
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Japanese term for morning office mantra ritual

This is a follow-on question to this question which was asked on the English Language stack. The phenomenon in question is the typical Japanese workplace ritual where team members will begin the day ...
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Generic Japanese greeting new people?

The most commonly cited one is Konnichiwa, but knowing that is time specific, can it be used generically in all hours of the day as a "hello" instead of a specific "good afternoon"? Ohayou and ...
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Is there a name for the ending year of an era?

[元]{がん}[年]{ねん} is a term for the first year of an era, i. e. 平成元年=1989 starting with 8 January. But what is the term of the ending one, i. e. 2019 for Heisei?
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How to say “This is how I do […]”?

私はかんじをべんきょうします。 This literally says "I study kanji". But I would like to say "This is how I study kanji." or "I will show you how I study kanji". Can anyone help with this structure?
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How to translate “Fill” (in a form)

Say I have a form with differents fields to fill. How do I translate to japanese the word "Fill" (For example I have a button that when pressed will fill all the fields automatically)
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Is there a gender-specific way of using 先輩 or 後輩?

My motivation behind this question is that I want to translate the Chinese word "学妹" into Japanese. 学妹, as you probably have guessed already, refers to a female 後輩. A male 先輩 is 学长,female 先輩 is 学姐,...
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How to say “weeaboo” in Japanese?

What's the best translation of "weeaboo" in Japanese? I would define a weeaboo as a (generally derogatory term for a) non-Japanese person who is highly interested in manga, anime, Japanese video ...
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Japanese equivalent for “Beta” as in software prototype or early release?

What are the most common terms used by the software industry in Japan to list software as "beta" as in an early release. And how would they translate literally to American English? Beta software ...
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Is it possible to “be confident in” without using 信 and implying having “faith”?

In academic fields, particularly in science, practitioners are often careful to to say they have confidence in something rather than saying they believe in it. Example: "I am confident the theory of ...
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What's the original japanese word for door, other than the loanword ドア?

I assume that ドア is a loanword from English, unless it's a big coincidence, yet, it's in the top 200 most used Japanese words by frequency in a Japanese words by frequency list. What's the original ...
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What is the word or set-phrases of “grinding/grindy gameplay” as opposed to “power-leveling” in formal/informal Japanese

Background: Japanese online games are known for its grinding process while people often find a way to "power-level" in a certain way so that they can bypass the 'grindy process'. I have difficulties ...
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Is using 人口 when referencing animal populations alright?

I am writing about that Isle of Dogs movie and I wanted to write 日本の犬の人口. Since it has the character for person in it, I was wondering if it is appropriate for animals. Any help would be appreciated!
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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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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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What does “kittie-kittie-kittie” mean and how is it spelled correctly (in transcription) [closed]

What does the most famous line of the movie Audition (Ôdishon, 1999) mean and how is it transcribed correctly using Latin letters? It sounds (!) like "kittie, kittie, kittie, kittie, kittie" and is ...
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Is there a term similar to ASL when used in chats?

The abbreviation means age, sex and location. It is used frequently in English. Is there a similar term used in Japanese?
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What is the proper way to use 初回?

How would you say, I saw that movie for the first time? Would you use 初回 or a different word like 第一回? What are the differences between using these words to describe the "first time" doing something ...
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What are the pizza delivery guys called?

I was thinking of the word ピザ配達者, or ピザ人、but it doesn't read right.
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What is the name for a blackboard eraser? [closed]

I found the term 消しゴム but the definition refers to a pencil eraser. Is there a name for a blackboard eraser? Thank you. https://jisho.org/word/%E6%B6%88%E3%81%97%E3%82%B4%E3%83%A0
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What are the plastic meals featured in restaurants called?

I can point at the food that I would like to order, because there is a plastic representation of it. Is it called purasuchikku shokuji?
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What is the best way to express the concept of “accountability” in Japanese?

I am teaching a class at church on the importance of having an accountability partner to check on our goals, growth, and see whether or not we are fulfilling our plans. Originally, I found that ...
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How do you say “no!” (to stop someone)?

Suppose someone is about to do/say something dangerous/inappropriate. And I want to stop them immediately. In English and Spanish I say "no!" to them. It is an order to stop, short form of "don't do ...
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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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The Japanese term for “synonym discussion”?

In English, when I want to know the subtle differences in meaning between similar words I consult a thesaurus's synonym discussion. To give an example of this, see halfway down Merriam-Webster's ...
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How can I say of a person that he or she has an open or closed personality?

How can I say of a person that he or she has an open or closed personality? Is there a standard adjective for that?
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Can I use the word “Genkō” to mean “current”?

I'm looking at words apart from "Genzai" that mean "Current" as in "Present moment". Can I safely use the word "Genkō", or "現行" for that?
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Trouble understanding different meanings of べつに

I know べつに can mean "nothing", (not) particularly, not a big deal, I don't care etc. But I have some trouble understanding what it means in long sentences like these. I only have an idea, but I'm so ...
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What are the equivalents of millionnaire, multimillionaire and billionaire in Japanese?

I'm talking about the "cultural" ones, because with the yen currency the scale is completely different (millionnaire with yen is only about having approximately 10 000 usd so I don't think it's the ...
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What does this 意識 refer to?

Context: a guy complaining about his boss with a colleague. 振り回されて意識せざるを得ない I don't know how to translate the sentence due to the 意識. I have two interpretations I cannot help being controlled/...
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How do you say 'set 'or 'fixed' for this example

For example, a person's destiny is fixed/set from birth. Don't suppose 決定 is the word?
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Japanese word for element

I am trying to find Japanese word for element (as in five elements) and so far I got two answers from google translate. It would be good to confirm from a native speaker. One is Yoso and other is ...
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What is the Japanese verb for “to flex” (one's muscles)?

I would like to know the Japanese verb for "to flex", but I haven't found much information and the few dictionary options I have found are a bit unclear to my understanding so I think that some people ...
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Looking for the japanese word for “cat collar”

I'm searching for the word for this, a kind of cat collar accessory I've searched everywhere, ask to many people but just found it in Korean but not in japanese. Thank you for you help
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Commonly used term(s) for floor/ground/whatever surface we usually stand on

I've had trouble communicating the concept of 'doing something on the floor/ground' in Japanese. I've seemed to miss the mark by whichever word I used for the situation during several short ...