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is there a name for character archetypes in Japanese?

The villagers in Animal Crossing have distinct speech patterns and I was wondering if there is a name for that in Japanese. Also, does anyone know what kind of character the unicorn is? (maybe イケメンキャラ?...
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How to say "I accept" in Japanese

I know that 断る means decline, but I couldn't find the meaning of accept. I want to say something like "I accept your offer"
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How do you say "wardrobe" (furniture)?

I know 洋{よう}服{ふく}箪{だん}笥{す}, 衣{い}装{しょう}箪{だん}笥{す} and ワードローブ, but I've never seen them used and I don't know what the difference between them is. I mean a typical wardrobe with doors (like the one from &...
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I do not understand what 腰折れ懸念 means

I am a student of Japanese language, and while translating from an economic review text, I encountered this term 腰折れ懸念, which I tried looking up on the internet, but unfortunately with no results, if ...
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How can I express the idea of "lurking" in a server?

When you join, e.g., a Discord server, but end up not actively participating in the discussions taking place and instead just reading them, you are said to be a "lurker", or to be "...
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Unfair or dirty in Japanese

I believe I heard it a number of times in anime. And I heard it just now: tsurui na (you fight dirty) But I decided to look in a dictionary, and can't find the word. Which is strange because the word ...
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Can you help me know what does "カンジ" means?

I came across a drawing tutorial about colouring eyes on pixiv. And there is this sentence: こんなカンジの目を描きたい人向け。 I know カンジ reads as "Kanji". But if you put in the sentence and the content ...
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Japanese onomatopoeia for "Shuffle"

As in like a shoe scraping across the floor or the ground?
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Names for these traditional craft items in Kyushu

What are the Japanese terms for these seemingly traditional craft items in Kyushu? In winter 2013 I spotted two similar freestanding items and one perhaps-related item hanging over a doorway in the ...
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Word for "Town meeting"?

I'm looking for a word for the phrase "Town meeting". The best I can find is タウンミーティング, but is there a better word I could use? Would 町の会合 work or is that too literal? Thanks.
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Onomatopoeia for taking off a helmet

What I'm looking for is the Japanese equivalent of the sound of taking off a helmet, particularly a full-head helmet, like a racing helmet or a motorcycle helmet. For the life of me, I can't find any ...
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What is the word for "handwriting" in Japanese?

When I looked up the word "handwriting" on jisho.org, it came up with: 筆跡 {ひっせき} 手書き {てがき} 字 {じ} So if I were to say, "my handwriting is bad," which word do I use?
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Japanese onomatopoeia for "RRRip" in a horror context?

I'm working on a horror comic and I'm looking for a reference for the onomatopoeia "RRRRip". The comic specifically deals with zombies, so "RRRRip" here would be referring to skin ...
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What the Japanese onomatopoeia for crunch?

As in chewing or crunching on something, specifically when something is chewing loudly or roughly, like an animal eating.
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Is it true step-sibling is translated the same as sibling-in-law?

I often see these weird translations sometimes of sibling-in-law (or sister-in-law or brother-in-law) but what they really mean is step-sibling (or step-sister or step-brother). I had the strangest ...
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Stubbornly gender-neutral way to address or refer to your older sibling? (Wait a minute...what about non-binary?)

I believe Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog/Filipino/Philippine and English (I'm a monolinguist from HK and the Philippines) don't have this, and so Japanese probably doesn't either, but here goes: Is ...
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How to say "to review an academic paper" in Japanese

How to say "to review an academic paper" in Japanese? By "reviewing" I refer to "the process of having a draft version of a researcher's methods and findings reviewed (usually ...
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Is there a conjunctive that's roughly equivalent to "in that case" or "if so"?

Say for example I want to say something like レストランに行きたいですか?行きたかったら、私は予約をしておきますよ。 It feels cumbersome to me to have to repeat the verb 行くin the second sentence. Is there a conjunctive that I should ...
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Can you call a group of people by a subgroup of 2, and if so then how?

What I understand: A way of referring to a group of people by just 1 person can be done with saying [name]-[honorific, if any] tachi. (I seem to be right based on this and this.) Eg For the group of ...
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Japanese word for a specific definition of "writing"

I had been thinking about the invention of writing in human history when I realised I didn't know its Japanese translation. What would be the closest word for the following definition of "writing&...
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is it correct to use (word) + の逆? to express "the opposite of..."

I was trying to come up with a way to say "the opposite of (word)" and since I already knew about 逆 in my head I thought it'd make sense to use a word + の逆 but I'm not 100% sure if that's ...
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Translating the phrase "Says the guy who..." into Japanese

I got curious thinking about this. Is there any phrase that conveys the same idea/feeling as the English phrase "says the guy who [...]!" For example: "You should stop watching TV all ...
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Word that means support (in the sense of thinking they will win)

What is a word that means support, in a sense of not actually doing any cheering or rooting for, but thinking that they are the best and will therefore win? For context, I'm translating a WEBTOON (...
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Which is the best way to translate "disrespect" in this context?

I want to write a short quote to hang up on my wall. It is about respecting yourself and never finding excuses or allowing yourself to slack. In other words, to properly take care of yourself and not ...
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Is there a single word for a group (teacher, student and parents) or a teacher communicating with a student? [closed]

I was wondering if there is a word that represents a teacher communicating with a student or a word that represents a group which consists of a teacher, student and parent, do any of these words exist?...
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How do you describe something as "family-friendly"?

Google gives me 家族向け, but it seems like its used to describe things like vehicles, properties and tourist spots that are "for families (with 3-4+ members)", rather than media such as video ...
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Historic interpreter in Japanese [closed]

What is the Japanese equivalent / job title of a historic interpreter? If there's no equivalent job title in Japanese, what's the closest phrase for it? Essentially, historic interpreters recreate ...
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Is there a way to say "false" (adj) such that it cannot mean "lie" (n) or some other meaning?

Every entry in the dictionary that I have found that has the meaning, "false" or "falsehood," is either a prefix (thus can't stand on its own) or has other meanings. A lie is an ...
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Is there a counter for a dog's barking? Or more generally, a counter for sounds?

Had the thought while chatting online about whether there is a counter for barks from a dog or possibly one for distinct sounds in general.
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How would one say "to call on a student"?

I would like to write a sentence to the effect of "the student was afraid to be called on." I have searched all over to find the verb of "calling on" a student and the best I can ...
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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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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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How do the Japanese refer to passage of time in pregnancy?

Though my wife's two pregnancies, I've struggled to describing how much time has passed. Usually, I just revert to just saying how many months she's been pregnant, but in English there are other ways ...
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Is there another term for "in fact", "actually"?

I feel like I am blanking on a very common conjunction word. よく聞く言葉みたいな気がしますが、どうしても思い出せないんです。I am looking for a word that means "in fact", "actually", as in: You can call me by my ...
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Are there Japanese words for chili peppers which would translate to "Japanese chili pods"? [closed]

What is the Japanese word for "Japanese chili pods", like the ones in the link below? https://www.mexgrocer.com/9656.html
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how do we translate 外資を含む in this sentence?

Full text: このためには、都市部における経済活動のボトルネックになっている電力等の都市・産業インフラの脆弱性を抜本的に改善し、外資を含む製造業の立地環境を整備する必要がある。 My understanding: For this purpose, drastic improvements are required in the fragile and vulnerable urban ...
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Trying to convey "Confection" or "Sweets" using Japaneese number wordplay

I am trying to convey a meaning using old Japanese numeral wordplay. The idea is to say something similar to the word for Sweets or Confection with up to 3 numbers. My understanding is that this word ...
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Japanese word meaning "clumsy"

What would we call a person who in ungraceful, clumsy in movement? Is there a Japanese adjective or noun with the meaning?
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The usage of 回転数 in a sentence

Text: エンジン回転数/電気モーター回転数 My understanding: Engine rpm/Electric motor rpm My Issue: 回転数 has different meanings such as "rpm", "number of revolutions of the engine", "Engine ...
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What does 集線 mean?

Full text: VPNにおける対向拠点は最大1000対地(拡張メモリ搭載時)、ISDN同時接続可能な対向拠点は46対地(PRI拡張モジュール×2搭載時)と、大規模なネットワークの集線に対応しています。 My understanding: There is a maximum of 1000 tunnels at the opposite VPN end-point (with ...
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What does the following mean?

What does this mean in english if you translate it straight from japanese アントン . Im trying to write my name in japanese (Amy name is Anton) with japanese sign.
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How to say "self-isolation" or "quarantine" in japanese

I want to ask "Do you eat more in self-isolation/quarantine?" and "Do you exercise less in self-isolation/quarantine?". What is the simplest translation for these sentences and can I use something ...
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名前の語呂合わせはなんですか / Wordplay in names

「オドキリ」、「キョウジュ」、「アーポン」、「ブリガミ」と「ヒルネリ」という名前のついたエルフがいます。「キョウジュ」、「ブリガミ」と「ヒルネリ」の名前の語呂合わせはわかります。「オドキリ」と「アーポン」は?? There are elfs with names "Odokiri", "Kyouju", "Aapon", "Burigami" and "Hiruneri". I ...
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How to say "give me some time" in a certain context

How does one say "give me time" in the context of "please give me some time to answer you love confession". Possible candidates are: 告白を答えるように時間かかる - But it seems awfully rude and business formal to ...
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How to say "deserve" in Japanese

As in the title, how can I say "I don't deserve your present" in Japanese? Google translate tells me it's あなたのプレゼントに値しません。First off, the verb doesn't seem to be correct. Secondly, can I use を instead ...
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Is there an idiom equivalent to / similar to "gut feeling"?

Is there an expression or metaphor similar to "gut feeling", as a metaphor for one's intuition or instinctive feeling about something?
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An analogous expression to "gem"

I'm trying to find an expression akin to a "gem" in English (as defined by the OALD here): This picture is the gem (= the best) of the collection. While 宝石{ほうせき} is the literal translation of the ...
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Can なになに be used to fill in an unknown word in an example? i.e. なになにともうします。

In English you teach someone how to say their name by saying: My name is ''blah blah'' or My name is ''whatever''. Your voice drops on the words blah blah and whatever to show that your name is not ...
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What's a good onomatopoeia for “suddenly realizing, in a flash of genius”?

In a sentence like: While I was in the bath, (suddenly / in a flash of genius / …) I thought of a great plan. 風呂に入っている時に、____とすごい計画を思いついた。 Is there a good [擬情語]{gijōgo} word to fill in the ...
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Opposite of 座ります [closed]

Is there an "opposite" of 座ります?
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